Three Pre-Selling Purging Tips for Charlotte Home Sellers

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Three Pre-Selling Purging Tips for Charlotte Home Sellers


Are you thinking about selling your Charlotte home? While the prospect of moving is undoubtedly exciting, you may be dreading the thought of having to pack everything. Let’s explore three tips for purging old, unwanted or forgotten items before listing your home.


Sort, Sort, Sort


Decluttering your Charlotte home before sellingThe first step you will want to take is to sort everything in your home. Many sellers go through the house, room-by-room, separating the must-have items from everything else. At first, this process is quick & painless as there are many items just sitting around screaming to be discarded. However, once you dig a little deeper, you will find some older keepsakes that are much harder to let go. Keep those items that are important to you and let the rest go!


Virtual Yard Sales and Consignment


Virtual yard sales in Charlotte NCNow that you have everything in your home sorted, it's time to host a yard sale - virtually! You can run online yard sale ads through web and app-based classifieds; there are a ton of ‘yard sale’ Facebook pages and if you search, you’ll likely find one in your area.


You may also want to consider checking with local consignment shops to see if they'll take some of your unwanted items. A consignment store will sell your items for you and keep a portion of the sale price as a fee. This can be a useful option if you have antiques or other goods that are in demand with consignment store shoppers. 


Donate the Rest


Donate to local Charlotte charitiesNow it's time to hand over this last bit of unwanted clothing, furniture, or appliances to your local charities. Many charitable organizations will come to you to pick up your unwanted items, saving you from having to drop it off. Call your charity of choice and see if they accept donations. If not, they will be able to refer you to other local organizations who do as many of them work together.


Purging your older or unwanted items is a surefire way to make your move easier. If you're in the market to list your Charlotte home, or for more information about the local real estate market, we're here for you.



If you're thinking of selling your Charlotte homelet’s talk!  As with everything in life, preparation is key and I will equip you with what you'll need to get you, as seamlessly as possible, through the home-selling process. Call or text (704) 491-3310 and let’s get started!

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Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

A virtual yard sale - now that's a good idea!  If most communties are like ours here in Laramie, then they will have more than one Facebook group for buying and selling used items.

Dec 05, 2017 08:54 PM #1
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

We're not moving anytime soon, but we've been sorting and discarding to baby proof our house.  We haven't been baby proof around here in decades.

Dec 05, 2017 09:54 PM #2
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debe, love your idea of donating so many people do not get this concept, makes life so much easier, Endre

Dec 05, 2017 11:28 PM #3
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Debe.

With our last move we had accumulated so much stuff, should we ever move again I think we'll just donate it.

Dec 06, 2017 01:13 AM #4
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, Debe Maxwell, CRS ... I think it's healthy to "purge" periodically, whether one is preparing to list a property of to just live in an uncluttered home...

Dec 06, 2017 03:01 AM #5
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

It really does take a while to go through everything and decide what can or can't be eliminated. I like the virtual yard sale idea!

Dec 06, 2017 03:06 AM #6
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Debe, if Realtors lived by these points themselves they would find it much easier to advise clients...and many do not!  So these excellent points are well worth noting and following!

Dec 06, 2017 04:03 AM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

This is excellent advice to share with prospective home sellers. We need to do some purging at our house.

Dec 06, 2017 04:35 AM #8
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Debe. Everyone should have a "purging" exercise every ten years or so! It would make life easier. Enjoy your day!

Dec 06, 2017 05:13 AM #9
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

My wife and I go through everything every six months and see what we need to give to the Goodwill. Once a month we have big trash day and what we don't donate goes to the front for pickup and invariably there are pic up trucks that come by to beat the city to it.

Dec 06, 2017 08:27 AM #10
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I donate a ton of clothing to Goodwill, too, every year. My policy is nothing comes into my closet unless something goes out.

Most people, including home sellers especially, have accumulated waaayy too much stuff. It can be overwhelming to deal with, and your tips, Debe, are  the best.

Dec 06, 2017 09:39 AM #11
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debe I have hot head of a virtual yard sale before.  What a great idea.

Dec 06, 2017 12:09 PM #12
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Debe Maxwell, CRS ,

I love your tips and especially the virtual yard sale!! Good way to hold one!

Dec 06, 2017 03:36 PM #13
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Great tips for home sellers to get their home "show ready"!

Dec 06, 2017 04:28 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Debe- excellent tips for sellers (or anyone) to help them rid themselves of items they no longer use or need. Thanks to Nextdoor, Offer Up, and other sites, it can be easier for people to edit and make a little money at the same time. 

Dec 06, 2017 05:44 PM #15
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

I have way too much stuff - and then I inherited most of my Mom's stuff. I've donated 2 or 3 pickup loads full and still need to keep sorting.

The first batch of donations went to a local non-profit two years ago, and much of it was new clothing that my Mom had purchased to give as gifts - or gifts that had been given to her. It was fun to think that the people who needed to shop thrift stores for Christmas were going to find those goodies.

Dec 07, 2017 02:54 PM #16
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market

This has to be the hardest thing for people to do. How many times do we look at things in our homes and wonder why we are still hanging on to them. Sellers are going to be forced to make the decision.

Dec 07, 2017 02:57 PM #17
Tyra Hatcher Mitchell
Alliance Realty - Portland, ME
Southern Maine Realtor

Great reminders to be proactive

Dec 07, 2017 07:19 PM #18
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

Purgng is probably one of the most difficult tasks Selles have before them.

Feb 19, 2018 05:29 AM #19
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