Tip #6 for a Successful Downsizing Sale

Downsizing Tip #6: Choose a low stress approach to selling your unwanted items

Selling the unwanted contents of your house can be challenging and time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You are busy enough with the move and don’t need more stress at this point in your life.

Listing items for sale in the classified section of your newspapers or online with eBay, Craigslist or Kijiji, can result in a lot of phone calls and emails for each item. These inquiries (e.g., whether the item is still for sale, its features and condition, a time it can be seen and negotiations about the price) can be quite a burden. Having strangers come to

your home to inspect and perhaps buy the items can also be a security concern. Be cause of the effort and concerns, this approach may not be suitable for people with a lot of items to sell.

Tag sales (also known as content sales) are like a super sized garage sale. A price is tagged to each item and the public is invited to come in on a particular day to buy. It can be a chaotic environment that is difficult to control if a lot of people show up. The owner may be concerned about damage to the home and potential theft of items. A thorough paper trail of what each item sold for may be lacking. At the end of it all, 30% or more of the contents may be left unsold. All this can add unnecessary stress to you rmove.

Bulk buyers may come in and give you one price to take it all away. They make their

money on reselling the higher value goods and will assign little (sometimes negative) value to much of your contents. You may end up with pennies on the dollar and concerns about

how many of your items end up in the landfill. For many people this approach will not be

an option.

Solution: The YouBidLocal online auction service can put all your contents online for

competitive bidding with a complete paper trail of what each item sold for. The in-home preview and pick up are tightly controlled and monitored by professional staff with great respect for your property. No money changes hands on site as all payments are taken online. The result is that within two weeks practically everything is sold and the house is empty ready for the closing, with next to no effort or stress for you. 

*Information shared from ASA-auctions

Contact me for more information and to discuss your real estate needs.

Thanks for reading. As always, if you would like to discuss your current real estate situation, I would love to offer my expert knowledge of the Oakville, Milton and Mississauga markets. I will also show you how my exceptional marketing plan will help you get more money for your home and make it sell faster. You can reach me at 905 845 9180, or by email at elizabeth.polak@century21.ca.

Elizabeth Polak
Sales Representative
CENTURY 21 Miller Real Estate Ltd.
467 Speers Road,
Oakville, ON L6K 3S4
Mobile: 905.617.3556 Office: 905.845.9180
Email: elizabeth.polak@century21.ca


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Liz Polak

Liz Polak

Sales Representative
CENTURY 21 Miller Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage*
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