ANN MEISNER | Venice Real Estate, Nokomis Real Estate, Englewood Real Estate, Sarasota Real Estate


Moving to a new home can be a stressful time for a new homeowner. Packing up a house-full of belongings is a strenuous process that can take up a lot of time and energy. And, if you’re working with movers, you’re going to have to pay for everything you want to move.

One way to make the process of moving easier and to save some money is by listing some of your unwanted belongings for sale online.

There are a number of places to list your unwanted items, but some are better than others when it comes to heavy and bulk items.

When to start listing and selling

The best time to begin the process of listing and selling some of your bulk items is at least two months before your move.

Why so long?

The answer lies in how much time it takes to list items, field responses, and ship the items or meet up with the buyer for pickup.

To list your items, you’ll want to do some research on them to find out the brand name, year, condition, and model number for things like large televisions. You’ll then want to see what the items are selling for used online.

Once you have a price in mind, you’ll want to take some high quality photos of the items. Good lighting and a decent camera (a newer smartphone camera should suffice).

Next comes the process of listing. Regardless of where you list your items, you’ll want to make sure you provide as many details as possible. This will help provide the site you’re using with enough keywords to make your items show up in popular searches. It will also help reduce the number of questions you receive from buyers who want to know more about the item--the listing should tell them everything they need to know to make a purchase.

Where to list

For large items that would be costly to ship, it’s best to use local listing services like Craigslist and Facebook groups. However, don’t give out too many details (like your address or date of moving); you don’t want to tip off would-be scammers or thieves to the fact that you’re moving.

For smaller items that still carry some value, a site like eBay or Amazon can produce top value for your belongings. Just factor in shipping costs and the chance of returns into the price.

Tips for success

One of the reasons I recommend listing your items months in advance of your move is because it can take time to list your items, field inquiries, then finally ship them and receive your payment.

One way to ensure that you successfully sell your items is to stay on top of inquiries. That means making yourself available whenever possible to take phone calls and answering email questions.

If you follow these steps, you should be able to turn a profit off of the items you would have otherwise had to pay to move. Happy moving, and good luck!



This listing recently sold for $232,000.

611 CAREFREE, VENICE, FL 34285  

Residential
$232,000
Price
$232,000
Sale Price
2
Bedrooms
2
Baths
Boating Community on Venice Island with direct Access to the Gulf of Mexico! This 2 bedroom, 2 bath home features vaulted ceilings, crown molding, an open floor plan, breakfast bar, gourmet kitchen, stainless-steel appliances, an inside laundry room with tub, and plenty of natural light. The oversized master suite offers a spacious bathroom with walk-in shower and elevated double sinks. Enjoy the relaxed resort lifestyle that this 55+ community has to offer: Activities include boating (boat docks available for rent), bocce, tennis, shuffleboard, fitness, ping pong, billiards, arts & crafts, library, heated community pool with hot tub and plenty of social functions and activities. Bike or walk to grocery stores, restaurants and the legacy trail; the beach is only a short 5 min drive away.


When you have kids, it’s difficult to keep a spotless home. Your home will undoubtedly be “lived in,” as the saying goes. There’s ways that you can keep nice things and make those things accident-proof and kid-proof at the same time. Kids can spill things, cause dirt build-up, and even sustain minor injuries from certain pieces of furniture. Slip Covers Work Wonders Slip covers are really amazing assets to any home with children. Most of these covers are washable. You can fit them tightly around your furniture for a smooth look. Guests won’t even know that you’re using slip covers! The bonus is that you’ll be able to keep your nicer furniture fresh and clean. Substitute The Coffee Table Instead of a coffee table, try an ottoman with a new purpose. Ottomans will help keep kids from hurting themselves on the sometimes sharp corners of the coffee table. It will also give you somewhere to prop your feet up after a long day. This tactic will save you from the grief of many bumped heads, since ottomans are soft. You can use your ottoman to place books and other items on and around. Showcase An Art Wall Dedicate a space for kids’ art. This will make for a colorful addition to your home and give the sense to guests that your home is indeed family friendly. It’s also just plain fun to showcase the art that your children create. It will give the kids a sense of pride and joy! Whether it’s a wall or a hallway, this idea is always perfect for a home with kids. When In Doubt, Buy Washable There are plenty of things that come in washable form from throw pillows to paint. Some sofas even come with removable, washable cushion covers. These will all be a blessing to you when cleaning up after your children. Incorporate Extra Storage With all of the extra toys around your home, you’ll need extra storage to keep them in. Think about using pretty storage pieces like baskets, which are easy for kids to manage and easy for you to store. While your home won’t need to be childproof forever, doing it now will save you from ruining expensive things. However, if there’s items that you really love, don’t sacrifice. Take the safety measures and precautions that you feel are necessary and don’t worry about the rest. A house is meant to be lived in. Remember that it’s not a museum!

552 CLUBSIDE CIR #24, VENICE, FL 34293  

Residential
$219,000
Price
2
Bedrooms
2
Baths
A beautiful place to call home in Florida! Located in the unique gated community of Clubside, within close walking distance of the Plantation Golf and Country Club. Natural light streams through this maintenance free, 2 bedroom, 2 bath detached villa with a 2 car attached garage. Tucked away in the cul-de-sac overlooking a peaceful pond. Vaulted ceilings make the dining and living room area seem even more spacious. New carpet in the living areas and bedrooms. Functional kitchen with lots of cabinets and closet storage, and a pleasant dinette for everyday meals.Large master suite with double vanities and walk-in closet. Second bedroom has an adjacent full bath. Roof replaced in 2017. Garage door replaced in 2018. Welcoming curved driveway with extra large 2 car garage. The screened lanai offers you relaxing outdoor living, overlooking the pond and putting you in touch with the water view and lush vegetation, that is so special about Florida living. Consider this well priced home in the gated community of Clubside , complete with its' own community pool and clubhouse. To top off the many lifestyle benefits of this location, a variety of memberships (tennis, golf, social) are available to you, if you choose to join the Plantation Golf and Country Club.


Welcome to this nicely appointed, detached villa with serene lake views. With its two bedrooms & den/ office, two baths, and a 2-car garage, this home has been lovingly maintained and updated. It has been re-plumbed in 2017, the kitchen has recently been updated with wood cabinets and quartz counters, and a new water-heater was added. Waterproof vinyl plank flooring, which looks and feels like hardwood, has been installed. The villa lets in plenty of natural light, and the spacious, glass-enclosed Florida room is an inviting space for relaxation & entertainment. A screened & covered, side-patio offers additional space and room for gatherings. A central vacuum system, a security system, and hurricane shutters provide convenience and security. Harrington Lake is a small community within the greater Plantation Golf & Country Club and features its own heated pool, clubhouse and array of social events. A golf or tennis membership is optional. There are numerous walking & biking paths through the community and multiple shopping & dining venues are nearby. The beach is only a 15-minute car ride away.

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