Tis' the Season for Charity... and Cleaning out your Clutter!!!

Real Estate Agent with Gentry-Jackson & Assoc., Keller Williams Bluegrass

Is Your Home for Sale or Going to be put on the market soon?
Are you thinking how will you have a yard/garage sale in the winter??
Then this blog is FOR YOU.... it's the season of Giving... so why not "Give" and clean out your clutter at the same time??

As an alternative to a garage sale, or to put unsold items to good use, you may wish to make donations to local charities, community organizations or religious organizations.

If you're not sure of which charities operate in your area, you should check your local yellow page listings for "Charities," "Associations," "Thrift Stores," "Social and Human Services" and other categories to find local organizations. Internet searches will usually turn up additional charities in your area, and we've provided a list of major national charitable organizations below.

Pickup and Drop-off:
Many charities have pickup services for large items, but in some cases they may ask that you bring the items in yourself. Be sure of their pickup policies, and if you can't accommodate each other's needs, be prepared to look at alternative donation options.

Alternatives to Charities: In addition to charities, local theater groups, and college and high school drama departments may be interested in accepting vintage clothing for their costumes department, or furniture and other decorative items for set dressing.
Preschools and daycare centers may be able to accept toys and children's furniture, depending upon their condition. Your local ASPCA or animal shelter can make good use of old pet care items.
In every case, ensure all items are clean and in good condition before you donate them. Overly worn or dirty material may be discarded by the charity.

Tax Credits: If you'd like to get tax credit for the donations, you should get a receipt from the charity during drop-off or pickup. Once you get the receipt, itemize the items you gave to charity, list them with their fair market value, and keep it with the receipt. As the overall value of your donation rises, you may need to provide additional documentation to claim tax credit. For more information on this topic, please review IRS Publication 78 on charitable giving.

Contact Dana Gentry today if you are thinking of buying or selling a home. I will be glad to talk with you, and help you in all of your Real Estate needs.



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