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How to Prepare for An Estate Sale

Tuesday, August 30th by Junkluggers

How to Prepare for An Estate Sale

If you’ve never held an estate sale, the process can be daunting. Selling a loved one’s belongings can lead to emotional exhaustion and clouded judgement (“Yes, Grandma’s Snoopy plate is worth $500.00 dollars!”) Even if you’re holding an estate sale for your home in preparation for downsizing, the sorting, pricing, tagging of an entire houseful of items is challenging.

Deciding to hold an estate sale means you’re in for a lot of work, but the process can be rewarding as long as you think ahead. Here are some tried and true tricks from estate sales experts to help you plan and prepare for a successful estate sale:

Remove Items That Aren’t For Sale

If there are items with sentimental value you don’t wish to sell, remove them immediately. Take them off the property or lock them in an isolated room that guests and shoppers won’t be able to access. Take photographs out of frames if you wish to keep them and remove important documents from filing cabinets or desks.

Label, Label, Label

Everything in the home should have a label. Clearly mark what should be sold, donated, trashed, or kept. Mark sale items with the price easily visible.


It’s helpful to estate sale shoppers if you group like items together to create “mini-shops” within the home. Group all linens together in one corner while dishes and cookware are all together in another area. This will help move people through the home quickly.


The most important thing to draw people to your sale is your advertising; don’t go through all the work of sorting and tagging your items only to have nobody show up because no one knows about the sale! Advertise in local newspapers, on websites, and even on Facebook groups. Place brightly colored signs near the street directing passing traffic to your estate sale to attract passers-by.

Clean Up

After the dust has settled, you’ll likely still have items left that you’re not sure what to do with. It’s helpful to sort these items into two piles: donate and throw away. (You may not have much in the “throw away” pile, since these are items that were in good enough condition to sell in the first place.) Save yourself time and headaches by hiring a reputable, eco-friendly junk hauling service. We will pick up and dispose of unsold items, taking all usable items and donating them to local charities on your behalf, always providing you with a tax-deductible receipt for any items donated.

Preparation is the key to a successful estate sale, but understandably, hosting an estate sale yourself can be a little overwhelming. The Junkluggers will be standing by to help whisk away unwanted items to make the process a bit smoother. Contact us today to schedule your estate sale pickup!

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