Clearing Out Your Attic For Cash

A few days ago I found myself taking the dreaded trip up into the attic to fetch down the Christmas decorations. The kids were clammering, the ladder was shaking and my morale was at an all time low. It was officially Christmas time again, the grey site of the dusty boxes and the lonely tinsel poking out of them made the whole thing a devastatingly unavoidable reality. The mouse droppings and nibbled cardboard boxes put a light on the fact that I really had to call the someone like to come and get rid of them. I really couldn’t go on living like this!

Anyway, once the tree, the baubles, and the Christmas lights had gone up and the children were thoroughly exhausted I went back up into the attic to stow away the decorations containers until I’d begrudgingly go back up to fetch them a month later. Living in a fairly greener area, I was lucky that I wasn’t one of those homeowners who would have a rat or god forbid, raccoon problem in their attic. Sure, a Raccoon Removal service could’ve taken care of the problem for me, but not before the wild critters did a bunch of damage to my home. A lot of items up there could’ve been destroyed, simply due to lack of upkeep and general neglect.

So it was on this second trip up that I noticed simply how much “stuff” had been accumulated up there over the years. There were spaces in the attic that had become hard to get to simply because so much stuff was in the way. If there were any bats or any other rodents nesting in there, I wouldn’t have known until it was too late, and wouldn’t have been able to call a Bat Removal service on time. Thankfully, I was able to get around everything, but just the amount of stuff present overwhelmed me. Every time something had served its use, was getting in the way, or had become obsolete in some fashion I’d simply stash it away in the attic.

Sweeping my problems on top of my ceiling as opposed to under the carpet as it were. From old game consoles to unused pieces of furniture that had been replaced by newer, swankier models downstairs. Turns out even neglected storage needs maintenance from time to time – broken wood, scraped drywall, cracked windows, and so on. This becomes worse when I start moving furniture. It’s a good thing that reliable home repair services in Victor and other areas exist and I can always rely on them for maintenance or restoration work in the attic, should the need arise. In any case, moving some of the furniture out is quite a task, but once it’s out it feels so much better. Now what did I do with it? Some of this furniture I simply donated to the local charity store but some of the other pieces that looked like they may have had some value I took down to an antique shop in town. While some of it wasn’t worth much, other pieces fetched up to £50, which was surely better than any impending Christmas present surprises!

After the success of this venture, I found myself full of festive cheer and decided to try my luck with some of the other items sitting around in my attic. There was my old Xbox gaming console there, complete with a horde of games so I decided to sell my Xbox and also sell my Wii for some cash. While the money I received for this wasn’t quite in the same league as the antique items the knowledge that somebody else was going to be putting the machine to good use was good enough for me (and if that’s not me getting into the Christmas spirit then I don’t know what is).

The selling didn’t stop there, old skiing clothes that no longer fitted my children fetched a tidy price online due to their extortionate value firsthand in stores. I’d also managed to sell an old bowling ball! I’m aware that some people are eBay-crazy, but it’s never quite been for me. I was able to sell all of my stuff either online or locally through other outlets at prices that suited me. Why not try it out yourself this Christmas season? Anything that can help line your pockets in preparation for the post-festivity sales is a good thing in my eyes.

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