Best Ways to Declutter your Home & ‘BB’ your Unwanted Items – “JUST BB IT!”

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BEST WAY TO DECLUTTER YOUR HOME & TURN UNWANTED ITEMS INTO CASH

Online Auction PaphosEveryone has been decluttering their homes during recent months. If, like us, you are slightly envious of your friends who all proclaimed that they had used their time wisely during the recent Lockdowns, now is the time to start thinking about a big clear-out. With the hot sunny days upon us, it is the perfect time to pop the air-con on and get going. Another benefit is that you can also create a new income stream by selling your unwanted goods.

Possibly the main reason you haven’t done this task to date is that you are just overwhelmed by the size of the job in front of you. This article looks at the best ways to start your clear-out and the most successful ways to sell your unwanted items in Cyprus, to attain the maximum price.

FIVE WAYS TO GET STARTED:

BREAK IT DOWN INTO ACHIEVABLE TASKS

Do not be a superhero and think you can do the whole house in one day. Break it down into little sections and achievable tasks. Rather than saying to yourself, you will tackle every room in one go, stop, and start with just one room. If it is a large room, maybe break it down into sections and start with just one area to get you started. It might be a chest of drawers or a cupboard – start small and just get going!

CREATE A PLEASANT WORKING ENVIRONMENT

For example, whilst you are sorting through everything, it is essential to be stimulated by either music or a podcast. This way you will not get bored.

KEEP, SELL, CHARITY OR BIN!

Now that you have your background music selected, make sure you take the time to allocate four containers into which you can categorise your items. One area can be for items to keep, one to sell, one for items to be given to a charity, and the other for items ready to go into the bin. Make sure that if you are throwing away certain items, they go into a bin bag. Do not have multiple bin bags as this is when mistakes can happen. In short, just make sure you adopt an organised approach, from the beginning, to avoid confusion!

DECIDING WHAT TO KEEP AND WHAT TO SELL

The old rules still apply when it comes to sorting through items. Have you used it in the last 12 months? Do you absolutely love it? Does it have sentimental value? If the answer to these questions is ‘no’, then now is the time to either throw or sell! Much of the advice given when having a clear-out will tell you to be ruthless. Personally, I can’t entirely agree with this. Take your time and don’t make any decisions you will later regret.

AVOID GETTING DISTRACTED AND ENJOY!

The other thing to remember is to make sure you take regular breaks, preventing boredom and dehydration. Whilst you should take your time and enjoy the experience, it is also important not to get distracted. If you start reading old school reports or love letters, it is going to slow you down. Be aware of where you have placed them and go back to them when you have completed the task at hand.

HOW TO SELL UNWANTED ITEMS IN CYPRUS:

After you have finished going through everything and have your piles, now is the time to think about selling the unwanted goods. In today’s online world, we have many options at our fingertips. Personally, I was looking for the best method involving the least amount of hassle and for achieving the maximum price. This was when a friend said to me, “You must BB it”. Having never heard of this method to sell, I followed through and found the Best Bid website.

JUST BB IT!!!

This has been designed to be the Cyprus equivalent to a famous online site. It is set up to connect with a large audience in Cyprus, who all have access to the online auction website selling various items. You can sell anything here. I particularly liked this service because you can set a reserve price on the item (so it is not given away) and not have the hassle of dealing with individual inquiries. The article goes online, is sold, paid for, and then collected from you by the buyer. The best thing about this service is that it is totally free.

SIGN UP HERE TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT – FREE!

HOW TO ‘BB’ AN ITEM ONLINE WITH BEST BID?

PHOTOGRAPH THE ITEM

Once you have your selection of goods to be sold, make sure you take the opportunity to take some good photos. Think about if you were buying the item and reflect what you would want to see. If there is any damage, it is better to point this out in the text and highlight it with a photo. Take as many angles as you can to show the item at its full potential. Dependent on the article, it is sometimes worthwhile to show scale, so, if you are selling a sculpture in one of the photos, include a paperback book or ruler alongside it.

SET UP YOUR ‘BEST BID’ ACCOUNT

The first thing to do is go to the Best Bid website and set up your own account. Here is a link to help you get started.

CONSIDER YOUR RESERVE PRICE

Now is the time to think about the minimum price you want. If you are sure you want to sell the item, then a reserve price is not obligatory or even recommended. Sometimes it is better to get something rather than nothing. In essence, the reserve price that you put on an item is the minimum amount you would let it go for. If you see this money as a bonus, then there is no need to set a reserve price.

SET A FIXED PRICE

Another option on the Best Bid website is to list your item for sale with a stated price. This takes the auction aspect away from the article but is another way to sell your unwanted goods. However, the main thing about an online auction, is that you are selling the items for the price they are actually worth, which means you are not under or overpricing. An auction will always enable the buyers to set the price.

SET YOUR TIMEFRAME

The next thing to decide is how long you want this auction to last. It can be as long or as short as you wish. Whilst it is nice to think ‘let’s give it as much time as possible online’, it is wise to consider that buyers will want to know if they have successfully secured it, as soon as possible. If they don’t get it, they will want to move on and buy somewhere else, so a period of 7 days is recommended.

CONFIDENTIALITY GUARANTEED

Another benefit of Best Bid is that there is total privacy between the buyer and the seller, due to the auction site acting as a middleman. It is also designed so that you are only alerted when someone is bidding on your lot.

COLLECTION OR SHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS

Once a successful bid has been placed, you can either arrange for the item to be collected from your home by the buyer, or when you list the item, you can put specific shipping instructions.

For further details about Best Bid Cy and this new way to sell your unwanted goods in Cyprus, please click here.

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Published by Cyprus in Style Magazine September 2021 | #InStyleBusinessNetwork | online auction paphos

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