Clutter: it’s every family’s worst nightmare.
Whether you’re looking to clear up to help sell your house, or you just want to get your home in order, keeping your abode clutter-free is a time-consuming and tedious endeavour.
Although a house clearance service will be able to help you clear out any clutter that may be clogging up your home or garage, rarely will you see any profit from this. If, indeed, you do see any profit at all.
But there are ways to make money from some of those ‘relics’ that take up valuable space in your home. Relics that you thought were not worth anything at all.
So here we give you an idea as to what unconventional items you could sell to help clear some space, and make some extra cash in the process.
There’s more cash in your attic than you think
Although much of the clutter in your home won’t be worth anything, there are more than likely a few unexpected gems in the depths of your attic, loft or garage that may be worth quite a bit of money.
As Rufus Hirsch of London house clearance service Clearance Solutions explains, ‘Often when we’re clearing a house for a client we’ll come across a few objects that are quite rare and obviously valuable. But we’ll also find some other items that, although not “conventionally” valuable, are nevertheless given away free of charge despite the fact that they could raise a little cash if sold’.
So whilst most people would be able to tell you that the silver candlesticks that have been in their family for generations are worth quite a bit of money, not many would think that the collection of recipes passed down from their mother, that watch passed down from a grandfather which is just sitting in a drawer gathering dust, or even the toys that your children have grown out of are all potentially valuable items.
The personalised number plate you bought on a whim
Getting rid of this unique purchase is going to be a nightmare, right? Wrong.
Selling your personalised number plate is much easier than you might expect. That personalised plate is not quite as personal as you might think, a critical factor to bear in mind during any future re-sale.
‘Even though you bought it to represent your something unique to you, like your initials or your lucky number, a customised plate like “J 20” could also be desirable for virtually anyone with a name beginning with J’, explain personalised registration specialists Click4Reg.
‘Likewise a plate which is humourous or spells out something particular, such as “BA 13 OON”, will surely find a new home much quicker than any generic number plate’.
With £67 million raised from the sale of personalised number plates in 2013, it’s clear that there is a very big demand for these unique forms of car customisation. A demand that you can, and probably should, be taking advantage of.
Your parking space, or even your garage itself
Although this may initially seem like a strange idea, renting out your empty parking space is an idea that is rapidly gaining popularity, and will almost certainly help you to free up some more funds. Especially if you live in the centre of a bustling metropolis such as Manchester or London where transport links are often plentiful and parking spaces hard to come by.
With many companies, such as YourParkingSpace, now acting as a go-between, it’s never been easier to rent out your parking space, and raise a little extra cash in the process.
Of course, if you’re really strapped for cash (and it’s of no immediate use) you could even rent out your garage itself. After all, what better way to clear clutter in your home or garage than by renting out the area that it is almost certainly going to collect in?