Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Blessings When Selling Your Home And Furniture

My advice to anyone selling their home and moving out of state is to sell what you can instead of going to the expense of moving and storing your furniture, washer and dryer, etc.

Our washer and dryer were sold to a friend when she was helping me get ready to put the house on the market. 

We gave her a very low price on the "H.E." set, and she is waiting to pick it up just before the house closing. A win-win for both of us!

This very heavy, wooden bed frame is staying put as our buyer is buying several large pieces of furniture...Another win-win!

We at first planned to keep about half of our furniture, but things went so quick with the sale of the house, we reconsidered and I'm so glad we did!

We have been fortunate to run into the best people during our house sale. Our realtor even bought the love seat and the home buyers have been the best we could hope to work with, and we appreciate our new-found friendship with them.

The home inspector gave me a great tip about using Facebook Marketplace instead of Craigslist when he did the inspection, and it really made a difference! 

The inspector also relayed to our buyer that we planned to sell our large, very heavy TV cabinet and would add the 65-inch TV free with the purchase.

It was sold to them in just a half hour after the inspection!

Wild Bill has suffered with progressively bad chemo-related neuropathy for a while now, and just the fact that he's saved from feeling bad about not being able to help move stuff makes a world of difference for us! I'm sure all you ladies know how a man's pride is the first to suffer, right?

Every item we've listed on FB Marketplace has sold that day or the next! This leather sofa went the afternoon we listed it...

This heavy bed below (and some other furniture and household stuff) went without listing it...The sofa buyers bought it all when they came to pay for the sofa! 

Bill's very last guitar and some large, heavy speakers (for a keyboard) had been for sale for a quite a while on Craigslist, but sold the next day after listing them on FB Marketplace. I can't recommend FB's Marketplace enough! 

Also, tell everyone that you have items for sell! Not only did the home inspector spread the word for us, but a cousin put out the word with pictures on her phone, and her son contacted us right away. 

We were able to give him just what he was looking for...a kingsize mattress and boxsprings set leftover from the sale of the bed frame, with kingsize metal frame being stored in the garage. 

We received a sweet note -- thanking us for the "blessing" from him and his fiancĂ© today -- with this lovely arrangement delivered by a florist. 

The sweet roses and lilies were totally unexpected, and they felt like a blessing to us in turn as they came just in time to make our day!

My last piece of advice is to ensure that your prices are as low as you can justify. Think about all the work that moving furniture entails...and then deduct more off the price you're willing to sell an item for to save yourself all the trouble and expense of moving and storing it. 

Last of all...a public service announcement:

Along with other local charities, anything related to a home would be greatly appreciated by Habitat For Humanity...and they will come pick up your donations and deliver them to the store for you.

Just look them up online and call them if you have a local "Restore" in your area. 

Thanks for dropping by!


  1. You are so smart to do that, Sugar! If we move a longer distance than across town I would do the same thing. And, guess what? When you get to your new digs and settle in you can BUY on FB Marketplace, too. Crazy prices!!!
    Not sure what is happening to the comments but I am only given a one line box to write in on the bottom of your blog. Hoping this goes through. Love to you- xo Diana

    1. I'll check the comments section out Di, thanks for the heads up.

  2. Now the comment box looks different. I must have hit something by mistake.

  3. How wonderful! It seems as if everything is moving along well, meant to be. And great tips, I agree, moving furniture is so expensive. Hoping Bill is feeling well.

  4. Good to hear that everything for the move is going well. It makes a lot of sense to sell furniture rather than move it a long distance and possibly have it in storage.

    Wishing you both all the best.

  5. Such beautiful items - it is no wonder they went quickly.
    Praying your hubs feels better quickly.

  6. Thrilled all is going well with the sale of your furniture. Sorry to read Bill is suffering from his last round of treatment, he is in my prayers.

  7. I'm so happy to hear the move is going so smoothly, Sugar. I think you and Bill are going to feel much lighter! Wishing you all the best on your next adventure.

  8. It is great to hear that the move is progressing in such a satisfactory way. It will be nice to start out fresh in a new location without so much extra stuff.

    Take care and hope that all continues to go so well.

  9. This is wonderful that you have such a great buyer and you have been able to sell so much. Your stuff is gorgeous so I am sure it would sell quickly. I have been using FB Market place and sold all my stuff on there in a day or less after listing. It is a great place to find things and sell things. Wow you get to take your washer and dryer when you sell. Here we have to leave all of the appliances like a washer and dryer along with the other appliances. Good luck as you get ready to close. Ours is coming up soon too. It will be nice not to have to move a lot of stuff. I agree must makes moving so much easier.

    1. Kris, the buyers wanted the fridge and our bar stools (which I had just bought for about $1000) so they already have a washer/dryer. They are wonderful people and have become great friends as they are going through a similar cancer situation.

  10. Such good advice! You are saving yourself a ton of work this way. My hubby has also had good success on FB marketplace.

  11. Rivercrest Cottage,
    Great advice & tips as you begin your move!
    I am honored to be Guest Speaker for a Ladies Group later in the Autumn and will definitely look into Face Book Marketplace as a resource, as many in this group are beginning to downsize!
    Much continued $uccess on the $ale of your home.
    Blessings upon you and Wild Bill as you begin this new adventure!

  12. We only moved a few miles into town, but we sold some things, too.
    Right now, with half a garage filled with stuff, I wish we'd sold more. I think a yard sale is in our future!
    Be blessed!
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

    1. Laura, try Facebook Marketplace. It's very easy to list things there. I listed a bed frame and had 3 messages within 10 minutes.

  13. nice article..
    thanks for sharing :)

  14. Moving not my favourite thing but seam to have it all under control, good job.

  15. You have been a busy lady! And so smart! Thanks for the good tips. Makes good sense. Your kind comment on my post gave me a real lift. Thanks so much!

  16. I've heard from my younger daughter that Facebook Market place is a great place to both buy and sell stuff. I'm not on Facebook but am tempted to join just to see what bargains I could pick up to sell on ebay!

    1. Cool Joe, I made almost $1000 yesterday, and already $128 today. I never had much luck selling on Craigslist, but FB Marketplace is quick. Usually sell things in one day.

  17. Great tips. Blessings for your move. Praying for Wild Bill.

  18. These are such clever and practical tips, Sugar, and you are kind to share. I hope the move goes smoothly and that you are very happy in your new home.