Thanksgiving is a time for reflection on all of the things we are grateful for, and I think that most of us have more than enough to put on that list! Family, friends, and homes usually top the list, but what about all of the stuff you have that you probably don’t need?! As I have made the transition into the listing specialist position I’ve also made a few observations.
As a buyer’s agent I saw homes that were ready for the market. Most clutter was put away, beds were made, and generally speaking a storage unit was probably put to use since we definitely don’t all live as we would when our home is on the market. However, I’m NOW walking into homes in the beginning stages of the listing process. I usually find that when sellers go to put their homes their homes they realize that they have more than they need! I almost always hear the phrase, “I know, we have so much stuff. We’ll be getting rid of it before we list!” They then look to me for suggestions on what to do…
Here’s a starting point:
- American Kidney Services – AKS is an Atlanta based organization that helps relieve the financial burden of patients with kidney disease. They offer options to drop off or pick up items than can include women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing, small kitchen appliances, electrical items, silverware, glassware, dishes, decorative items, small furniture, books, linens, bedding, televisions, and any other items that you no longer use or want. I think the key to this charity is the pick-up option. You register on their site and then the organization will pick up items from your doorstep or place of business. The convenience combined with the great cause makes this an easy option for many sellers! http://www.akspickup.org/
- Atlanta Mission – The Atlanta Mission has many facets, but one you may not know about is their thrift ministry. They accept items to be donated to their thrift stores and the items are then sold with money going to the Mission. This concept is a win-win as people living on a limited income can purchase items at low prices and clients get a chance to practice on-the-job training working in the store. They accept gently used and new items including furniture, clothing, shoes, household good, linens, small kitchen appliances, books, media and electronics. For large donations they also have a pick-up service! http://atlantamission.org/
- Your Junk Guys – I know that not everything is in a great condition for donation, so who do you call then? We love Your Junk Guys for this type of work especially since they are an Atlanta based family company. I can’t list all of the things they haul away, but garage, storage unit and basement clean out are their specialties. Appliances, mattresses, and debris of almost any sort… you name it and they take it away. They only dispose at state approved landfills, and if anything can be recycled or donated, they take that route and typically partner with the Salvation Army. http://yourjunkguys.com/
Most of us have more than we need, so even if you aren’t preparing for the market perhaps this holiday season you’ll find the time to do some GIVING to great organizations and relieve your self of some of the clutter in your life. Of course, if you are cleaning out in an effort to prepare your home for the market, please give us a call! As always, The Peters Company would love to help!
Written by Jennie Moshure, Listing Specialist, The Peters Company