20 Places To Sell Your Old Smartphone For Top Dollar

We live in an age where technology is constantly evolving, and newer and more advanced smartphones seem to come out on a weekly basis.

When you bought your iPhone, it was the cream of the crop – the best available on the market.  While it still works just fine, you’re in love with the newest iPhone that was just released with that fancy new feature that you just can’t live without. (Sound familiar?)

The only problem?  That new smartphone is expensive, and you’re not sure you can justify the expense.

If your old phone is still relatively new and in demand, you may be able to offset the cost of that new device by selling your old one.

Places To Sell Old Smartphones

There are a lot of places where you can sell your old smartphone for a decent amount of money. Some places you can even sell your broken phone for parts and still make a decent amount! Today I’d thought I’d list a few of the more popular ones.

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SellCell.com: SellCell.com is the US’s largest price comparison site for selling old mobile phones and tablets – they compare all of the key BuyBack companies in the market, saving the user the time of visiting lots of other websites to get the best deal for an old device. They guarantee that the user will always get the maximum cash when selling an old device on SellCell.com and offer users a Best Price Guarantee – if they spot a higher price on another site, they will refund the customer double the difference. They also show each BuyBack company’s user ratings from sites likes ReSeller Ratings, Trustpilot & BBB for peace of mind.
Top Places To Sell Your Smartphone

  • Decluttr: Decluttr will buy your cell phones and other tech gadgets. They process fast next-day payments for your Apple and Android phones, game consoles, and other technology items. Read a full Decluttr review here. UPDATE: Get an extra 10% on electronics traded in using code:  ELECTRONICS10
  • Whistle: Whistle offers consumers a quick and easy way to sell almost any used electronic device (phones, laptops, tablets, gaming consoles, smart speakers, etc.). You indicate what you have to sell, and Whistle extends you an offer. If you accept it, Whistle provides free shipping and fast payment, so that the transaction can be completed in under a week. Whistle is the fastest, easiest way to sell used electronics.  
  • ItsWorthMore: ItsWorthMore is a well-rated buyer and will buy anything from an Android device to a Macbook or an iPhone. They have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, an Elite Rating with ResellerRatings.com, and payments within 2 days.
  • BuyRUs: They buy used phones, tablets, laptops, consoles, and more. Just get a quote, ship off your item (with free shipping), and then get paid within 24 hours of them receiving your device. Buy through our link and use our invite code: V0T6J4 to get extra back!
  • SellYourBadApples.com: This is a new buyback website that specializes in buying cracked, broken or financed iPhones, iPads, MacBooks and Apple Watches. Get a quote, ship with a free label, get paid via Venmo, PayPal, Check, or Zelle. Use promo code: “moneymatters” to get a $10 bonus!
  • BuyBack World: They’ll buy iPhones, iPads, media players, and a host of other electronics. They even buy unwanted gift cards.
  • BuyBackBoss.com: With an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and a price match guarantee, they are well respected. They issue payments within 2 days via PayPal or Check.
  • GadgetPickup.com: BuyBack company where you can sell a huge variety of Phones, Macbooks, iPads, iPods, Game Consoles, GoPros and other electronics. Simple and easy to use platform. Just get an instant quote, ship your item for free, and then get paid within 48 hours of them receiving your device.
  • OCBuyBack: Sell your used or broken iPhones, iPads, iPods, Samsung Phones even MacBooks. From the OCBuyBack team: “Help us keep e-waste out of landfills. We keep a low overhead to give you a bigger payout.” Get free shipping and fast payment via check or paypal.  Use our exclusive promo code MONEY5 to get $5 added to your trade-in!
  • QuickSell: QuickSell is a trade-in website that offers competitive prices for used, cracked, and broken iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches. They offer multiple payment options, quick payouts, and free shipping on all orders. Use promo code “MONEYMATTERS” at checkout to receive an additional $5 on your order!
  • Buy Back Pros: They pay cash for cell phones, computers, electronics, laptops, smartphones, tablets, & more.  Find your device, accept their offer, and get paid within 2 days of the device being inspected.
  • Swappa: A great place to sell your late model phones, tablets, wearables, and some computers.  Buy from other phone owners!
  • Glyde: They buy iPads, iPhones, Samsung phones, tablets and more.  You get paid 3 days after delivery to the buyer. Simple.
  • Green Buyback: GreenBuyback will pay you for your mobile device, from cell phones and tablets to a wide variety of other electronics. GreenBuyback will give you free shipping and quick payment. We worked out a special deal with them and if you use promo code: moneymatters when checking out at GreenBuyback, you’ll get an extra $5 for your device.
  • ecoATM: ecoATM has ATM-like machines in high traffic locations that will buy your phone or tablet. Use our promo code: peter at the ecoATM kiosk checkout to get an extra $5 on your order! Find a location near you here: ecoATM locations.
  • eBay: Over the years I’ve done pretty well selling relatively new electronics on eBay, especially devices that are only a year or two old.  Selling on eBay may mean more hassle than selling elsewhere since you have to deal with the auction, answering questions, and then mailing out the device. You also have to pay listing fees and fees on the final price of the winning bid, but in the end, you may come out further ahead.
  • ItemCycle.com: They buy your used iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and other Apple devices.
  • SellShark.com: Apple products are the most in-demand on this site. They buy everything from Apple TV and Apple Watches to Mac computers.
  • UpTrade: UpTrade is a great choice if you want to keep the process of buying or selling a used phone simple. For buyers, every listing includes HD quality photos of the exact phone being sold, along with a phone history report.
  • Sell On Amazon:  Just search for your item on Amazon, then look for the button that says “Sell on Amazon”. You can then create a listing to sell your used item via Amazon. You’ll just pay a small listing fee and a pay a percentage when it sells. I’ve had good success selling this way.
  • Facebook “Yard Sale” Groups: My wife has been using Facebook to sell things lately, and typically does pretty well.  Typically she will find a local Facebook yard sale group for one of our local areas that is big enough to have quite a few members, and then she’ll list the items on there.  When someone wants to buy the item you connect and figure out all the details to complete the sale.
  • Craigslist: Selling to people on craigslist typically works better for me for larger items like furniture, but it can work pretty well for electronics as well. The only hassle is having to connect with a person in real life – and the dangers associated with doing so.  Many local police departments have started to have designated Craigslist transaction areas where people can meet and complete a sale, and not have to feel like they’re in danger.
  • Amazon Trade-In program: Ship your old items, not only electronics, to Amazon and receive Amazon gift cards in return. It should be noted that they don’t typically pay a ton.
  • Sell Broke: Get an instant quote to sell laptops, phones, tablets, or other electronic devices – even if they’re broken.
  • Gadget Salvation: This website will take most electronic devices, even those that are broken. Get a quote through their website.
  • MaxBack: This site pays cash for cell phones, tablets, and other devices!
  • GizMogul: Sell anything from old iPhones and smartphones to tablets, watches, Macbooks and more.
  • YouRenew: Sell your old phones, tablets and other devices.
  • uSell: Working or damaged, sell your used phone in seconds.
  • iPhone Antidote: Mainly buying Apple products.
  • SellMyCellPhones: They claim to offer the “best price when you sell your old cell phone, iPhone, iPad or tablet”.
  • Gadget Traders: Recycle your devices and get paid. They accept Apple products, Android phones tablets, iPods, and more.
  • Gadget Gone: Sell your iPhone and get the most cash, fast.
  • Get Top Dollar By Selling Before An iPhone Launch

    As I write this Apple is expected to announce the release of the new iPhone 12 in early October. With the release, many people will be selling their iPhone 11s and Xs in order to fund the purchase of the new model. In fact, 40% of iPhone owners plan to purchase the new model according to one recent survey.

    The earlier you sell your older iPhone, the better off you’ll be. Once the new phone comes out and more and more people flood the market with old phones, the value of your phone goes down each day, especially after the big announcement.

    Top cell phone buyer and seller Gazelle has discussed the trend.

    Trade-ins typically spike around each iPhone cycle as consumers seek to get maximum value for their old phone and take advantage of special offers. This year, consumers can lock in their best price with Gazelle on an iPhone, Galaxy, or any unwanted phone starting 9/5 to 9/22, and will have until 10/22 to mail it in – plenty of time for their new iPhone to arrive. But the earlier you lock in the better, because the value of your phone goes down each day – and especially after Apple’s 9/12 announcement.

    So to get top dollar on your old phone, sell before the market is flooded after a new phone is released!

    Selling My Old Smartphone

    The last time I sold an old smartphone I had purchased an Android phone and used it for a couple of years. The phone was no longer state of the art but was still usable on a national network.

    I searched for completed listings on eBay, but the phone was going for next to nothing there because it was so common.

    I searched phone buying sites. Those sites gave me at most $10-15.

    In the end, I sold the phone on Amazon.com for about half of what I originally bought it for. The buyer was happy because it was less than what the phone cost new, and I was happy because I got more than I would have through other venues. It took a little while to sell, but in the end, the wait was worth it.

    Get Top Dollar By Selling Your Old Smartphone ASAP

    One thing you must keep in mind when selling your old smartphone, the amount you receive for your phone will be directly correlated to the demand for that phone on the current market.

    If it’s a high demand phone like an iPhone from a recent generation, you may do better than you will for an old Android phone from 6 years ago.  It’s all about demand, and how much the phone is still desired by buyers on the marketplace.

    Your best bet is to shop around, figure out what forum will give you the best return for your device, and then go for it.

    Finding Out What Your Phone Is Worth

    To get an idea of what your phone is worth I suggest doing the following:

    • Search eBay for completed listings: Do a search for your phone’s make and model on eBay, and then make sure to check the “completed listings” checkbox on the search filters. It will show you what your phone sold for – in real-world listings.
    • Get price quotes on several smartphone buying sites: Try getting a price quote on a bunch of sites to see what kind of offers they’ll give you on your phone. If you only want to do a few, I suggest established sites like Gazelle, SellShark.com, Decluttr, Green Buyback, Buyback Boss or BuyBack World.

    Once you find the place that you think will give you the best return for your phone (when taking into consideration the amount of time you have, how much you want to get for your phone, and how much hassle you want to deal with), go for it!

    Do your research, and you’ll likely come out with a nice chunk of change to help pay for your new phone. Good luck!

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    Just Sold Your Old Phone, But Need New Service?

    If you’re selling your phone and looking for a new mobile provider, there are a ton of great low-cost providers out there. Here are some of the best that I’ve found:

    Moble Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Mobile Network Minimum Plan Price Free Tethering Review
    Gen Mobile Sprint $5 (Unlimited Text – No Talk, No Data) $10 (300 Min Talk & Unlimited Text – 1GB Data) Discounts if prepaid for 3 months. Yes Review
    Tello Sprint $5 (100 Min Talk & Unlimited Text – No Data) Yes Review
    Twigby Sprint, Verizon Wireless $9 (300 Min Talk & Unlimited Text – No Data) Yes Review
    Ting Sprint, T-Mobile $9 (100 Min Talk & No Text – No Data) Yes Review
    Red Pocket Mobile Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile US, Sprint $10 (500 Min Talk & 500 Text – 500 MB Data) Yes
    Republic Wireless Sprint, T-Mobile $15 (Unlimited Talk & Text – No Data) Yes Review
    Mint Mobile T-Mobile $15 (Unlimited Talk & Text – 3GB Data) If prepaid for 1 year. Prepay in 3,6, 12 month increments. Buy 3 Months, Get 3 Free) Yes Review
    Unreal Mobile AT&T $15 (Unlimited Talk & Text – 3GB Data). Prepay in 3,6, 12 month increments. Yes Review
    TracFone Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile US, Sprint, U.S. Cellular $15 (200 Min Talk & 500 Text – 500 MB Data) If put on auto-renew save 5%. No
    Google FI T-Mobile, Sprint, U.S. Cellular $20 (Unlimited Talk & Text – No Data) Yes
    Total Wireless Verizon Wireless $23.70 (Unlimited Talk & Text – No Data) $25 without auto-pay. Yes
    Cricket Wireless AT&T $25 (Unlimited Talk & Text – No Data) No
    Boost Sprint $35 (Unlimited Talk & Text – 3GB Data) No
    Straight Talk Wireless AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon $35 (Unlimited Talk & Text – 2GB Data) No
    Visible Verizon $40 (Unlimited Talk & Text – Unlimited Data) Yes Review

    20 Places To Sell Your Old Smartphone For Top Dollar

    Source: biblemoneymatters.com

    Having A Baby Can Be A Good Excuse To Simplify And Declutter

    For the past few months we’ve been preparing ourselves for the exciting event of becoming parents for the second time.  We’ve been having baby showers, buying all the baby related items we needed and just stocking up.

    Through all this we realized that even before we started buying all of this baby stuff that we were starting to run out of room, and we really had a lot of stuff in the house that we no longer needed.

    While we certainly aren’t hoarders (1.4 million Americans DO suffer from chronic hoarding & clutter.), and we weren’t trapped and killed by our piles of stuff like this unfortunate fellow, we didn’t want to have our home stuffed to the gills with things we didn’t want or need.

    We decided to simplify, and to declutter.

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    10 Reasons To Get Rid Of Your Stuff“.

    Our Criteria For Getting Rid Of Stuff

    • Are we currently using this item?
    • Are we likely to use it in the future?
    • Is it sentimental?
    • Even if we’re using it, does it take up more space than it is worth?

    More often than not we’re not really using the item anymore, and in many cases we’re not even sure why we saved it.  Old shoes, old magazines and CDs we hadn’t listened to in years went out the door.  Old computer motherboards and computer cables? Gone.

    Of course there are the exceptions – things that I will always refuse to get rid of – like my guitars and my old baseball card collection.

    How To Get Rid Of Things When You Declutter

    There are a lot of ways to get rid of things when you declutter your house.   You can sell it, donate it, give it away or  junk it.

    Sell The Item

    When we’re deciding what we’re going to do with an item we go through a mental inventory to decide on if the item is actually worth anything.  If it is, we try to sell the item.  Our favorite places to sell things are online.  They include:

    We recently sold a couple of old rugs, and some old electronics we had in storage on Craigslist.  In the end we made a couple of hundred dollars on the items. Money for baby stuff!

    My wife has found she has a knack for selling things like old baby clothes and accessories on Facebook via mommy pages and garage sale groups for our local area.  Usually she’ll list more popular items on there and we can have the items sold within a few days.  We sold our son’s old baby clothes that we had been saving for several hundred dollars that way.

    We’ve also sold old technology items using electronics buying sites.  We recently had an old Samsung Galaxy phone to get rid of.  We checked prices at a variety of sites, including the ones listed above, and ended up finding the best price with Decluttr.com.  We were able to make some money on a phone we weren’t using, and someone else will get a like new Galaxy phone for a low price.

    If selling our stuff online doesn’t work, and if we have enough items, we will sometimes have a garage sale.

    The problem with garage sales is that far too often you put in more effort to have the garage sale than you actually make in selling the items.   Another alternative is to ask family or friends if they’re having a garage sale anytime soon.  If they are, ask them if you can bring your items over to sell.  We did this last year and sold several larger ticket items – and had fun hanging out with friends all day!

    Donate The Item

    If we don’t believe we’ll get enough money for the item to make selling it worth our while, quite often we’ll donate the item to a local charity.  We have a goodwill store pretty close to our house, and quite often we end up donating the items there.  Remember, you can often get a tax deduction if you donate items!

    Some options for donating items:

    For some more options on places to donate your things, check out this great post: Where To Donate All Your Unwanted Stuff.

    Give The Item Away

    If you can’t sell the item, and charities don’t take your item as a donation, you can always give the item away for free.  Place a free ad on Craigslist offering the item for free – or leave a post on a site like Freecycle.org.  Usually you can find a taker for just about any item you’re getting rid of.

    Junk The Item

    If no one will take your items, even for free, you can always just dump them.    If the items are too big to throw in your own garbage receptacle, you can use one of these options:

    • 1800GotJunk.com
    • Your local dump
    • Some communities have a “large trash item” day once a year where they’ll pick up your larger items.

    Get Rid Of Your Excess Items – You’ll Be Glad You Did

    When we started getting rid of things from our house, at first it was a bit painful.  We were both coming up with excuses about how we would use items in the future, about how certain items meant so much to us, and how we could continue to store items because we wouldn’t want to re-buy them again in the future.

    In the end we realized that we were making a lot of rationalizations, and that things we weren’t currently using were probably going to remain unused for the foreseeable future.  It just made sense to get rid of all these things that were weighing us down.

    After we started getting rid of things it felt really good to be rid of all the excess baggage.  It was a like a weight lifted off of our shoulders, and we felt so much more free!  We have free space in the house!

    So if you’re thinking about getting rid of your things – just do it!   It may be hard at first, but it will get easier, and the freedom you’ll feel by having de-clutterfied will be priceless!

    Have you recently tried decluttering your house?  Was it hard to get rid of things – even the things you weren’t using anymore?  Why do you think that “things” are able to get such a hold on our lives?

    Source: biblemoneymatters.com

    How to Organize a Garage Sale Like a Boss

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    You’ve been feverishly decluttering your house and now the weather is nice enough that you’re thinking about hosting a garage sale before you bring everything to the thrift store.

    Before you get your price stickers and signs ready, you should do a little preparing so you can organize a garage sale that will make you as much money as possible.

    How to Organize a Garage Sale

    There are several steps that go into hosting a successful yard sale.

    First, you have to schedule a date for your sale. This may not be a problem right now but usually there’s a lot going on where I live so I wanted to pick a day with as little happening as possible.

    It would suck to plan this whole thing to find out it conflicts with a major event. I used the “Events” tab on Facebook, you can input a date and it’ll show you upcoming events.

    Disclaimer: If your only available day conflicts with a big event, don’t worry too much. Serious garage sale shoppers stop at nothing to get their fix.

    The other important detail is day and time. We decided to hold ours on a Saturday from 8am-5pm. We held our sale in a fenced-in backyard so we could set up the night before and minimize work in the morning.

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    our sale on and poppin!

    I read that serious buyers would show up early and without fail, at 7am they were there. We were mostly set up so we just let them in.

    The morning was the busiest. We were steady until 1:00 then really quiet for 45 minutes. We had a late rush at 1:45 then it was steady again for another hour and a half. It started sprinkling at 4 so we packed everything up a little early.

    I’m glad we decided to start at 8, I couldn’t imagine people showing up at 5 or 6am. There is not enough coffee in the world for me to be ok with that. If I could do it over I probably would’ve ended at 1. The last rush of people was nice but not worth the sitting around.

    How to Advertise Your Garage Sale

    The key to a successful sale is good advertising. You can have the best stuff but if no one knows or there’s no incentive to come then you wont sell them. There were three things we did to make sure as many people got to our house as possible.

    1. Have Multiple Sellers

    We were inspired by another sale that had six or seven different people selling in one place. Having a “multi-family” sale not only means more items but also a larger variety, that gives more people incentive to come, even people who might not be into yard sale-ing.

    People with different interests accumulate different stuff and if you don’t jive with one seller’s items you might like what another seller has to offer.

    If it is a lot of the same stuff, consider theming your sale to set it apart. JD Roth from Get Rich Slowly looked at what he had most of and listed his sale as a “Geek Garage Sale.” You might think you’ll drive people away by niching down but you actually make your sale more attractive to non garage salers.

    Multiple sellers also means more exposure. The more people you have selling, the more people you have sharing the event with their friends.

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    probably no room for multiple sellers here

    2. Coordinate With Another Garage Sale

    Sales that happen on the same day aren’t competition, they’re advertising! I discovered this one by accident and it by far brought us the most traffic. A friend at my work had planned a sale for the same day as ours. She was nearby so I suggested we print out fliers for each other’s sales and hand them out to people as they left.

    The flier was a simple half-sheet of paper with the sale address, times, and highlights of what we were selling. This is a great option for people who want to host a multi-family sale but don’t have space. And I’m sure if none of your friends want to host you could easily find nearby sales on Craigslist and email the seller to set something up.

    3. Post Your Garage Sale Online

    Craigslist is where all the serious buyers and sellers go. I posted on Monday and then another with a rephrased title on Thursday. Then I posted in Facebook Marketplace and in relevant local Facebook groups.

    I also Googled “garage sale” and posted to every site that popped up on the first page. Most of the garage sale listing sites are in the same family of websites which made filling out the details easy (thanks auto-fill!).

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    How to Prepare Your Yard Sale

    Go through the boxes of stuff you haven’t seen in years before you put them out for sale. My husband was going through one I’d put out and found a copy of my social security card, I had not intended to sell my identity.

    And if you can’t put everything out the night before like we did, you should do as much as possible to limit your stress on the morning of and have time for more coffee.

    1. Garage Sale Pricing

    We used a combination of methods for pricing. For clothes and items we had a lot of I made a sign with individual and bulk prices, I bought price stickers and put them on other items. A lot of stuff we left blank. When people asked how much we either yelled out a price or asked “How much you offering?”

    If we’d had a smaller sale I wouldn’t have priced anything. When people name their own price they’re more likely to buy the item. The nice thing about putting prices on some stuff was that I didn’t have to talk as much. Introverts will appreciate pricing items individually.

    I found pricing suggestions on Angie’s List and found that people will haggle you down whether the price is fair or not, so best practice is to price high.

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    People will pay $1 each for beanie babies

    2. Garage Sale Signs

    I bought signs to stick in the ground and neon cardstock to post on poles, fences, etc. I thought four signs would be enough but my paranoid husband thought we could put up every sign we had. He was right.

    It was the signs on neon poster board that attracted the most attention. People saw the white signs in the ground but they got to us by the bright ones. Our signs just said “Yard Sale” with the address at the bottom and an arrow in the middle pointing the way to treasure land.

    If you can, have someone check your signs midway through the sale. One of ours fell and was pointing AWAY from our sale.

    What to do The Day of Your Garage Sale

    First, give yourself more time to post the signs than you think you’ll need. We had a debate on which illegal places would be least illegal to post our signs. Every city has their rules so check yours to be sure.

    I posted a Facebook Live video on my profile giving a tour of the sale. I called attention to some of the more enticing items and introduced all our sellers.

    Here are some essentials that kept our ship sale-ing (lololol):

    Chill music– It’s too early in the morning for all that hip hop, play something inviting that will keep the people browsing and your neighbors from yelling at you.
    Fanny pack– Keep your money close and your fanny pack closer.
    Free section– There are some things that no one will buy at your yard sale, doesn’t mean you can’t put them out, but don’t waste your time pricing them.

    With a few hours left in the sale, I started posting big ticket items that didn’t sell to Facebook Marketplace. By doing that I was able to secure a home for almost everything I posted.

    I posted midday thinking people would come while we were still selling but nobody could make it until the next day so you could probably wait until your sale is over to post.

    Warning: responding to all those Facebook messages was almost more tiring than the actual sale.

    What to do After a Yard Sale

    Take down the signs so people don’t continue to show up at your house, delete your Craigslist and other ads so people don’t roll by your house trying to get free stuff, and count your money!

    We took name brand clothes that didn’t sell to Plato’s Closet and made $15 more. And we continued to post big-ticket items to Facebook Marketplace.

    Bring leftovers to a thrift store or call one to see if you can have your stuff picked up. We made around $400 not including the furniture we sold on Marketplace the next day.

    For the amount of work we put (and didn’t put) into it, I’m glad we did it. Purging is so cathartic and to get some spending money in exchange is just a bonus.

    Tell me: What do you think about garage sales? Do you have any interesting garage sale stories or tips to share?

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    Jen Smith is a personal finance expert, founder of Modern Frugality and co-host of the Frugal Friends Podcast. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Lifehacker, Money Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, Business Insider, and more. She’s passionate about helping people gain control of their spending.

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    6 Clever Hacks for Landing Your Dream Apartment

    Outsmart the rental-search woes with these techy tips and tricks.

    Finding a new apartment is a time-consuming process. It takes an average of 2 ½ months and includes plenty of paperwork, research and calls. In fact, according to a 2016 study, 82 percent of adults say moving is somewhat stressful or very stressful — more stressful than getting a root canal, being trapped in an elevator or doing taxes.

    It doesn’t have to be this way, though. Savvy renters are finding inventive ways to automate the most onerous parts of their apartment search — from outsourcing listing research to setting up automatic new-listing notifications.

    Here are six easy ways to streamline your next apartment search.

    1. Create notifications

    Timing is everything — especially when it comes to landing your dream apartment. Zillow’s listing database is updated daily, so save your search, and sign up for real-time notifications or daily emails whenever new listings match your criteria.

    In addition to timely Zillow notifications, this IFTTT recipe will text you whenever a new Craigslist post matches your search.

    2. Organize your search with Trello

    Apartment hunting involves many moving parts, and Trello is an easy-to-use tool that will help streamline your search and track your progress.

    You add information to “cards,” which you can move to different columns, share with family or friends, and even automate. Here’s a house-hunting Trello board, and this one helps you organize moving tasks after you sign your lease.

    If you’re feeling extra ambitious, this IFTTT recipe automatically adds relevant Craigslist listings to your Trello board.

    3. Delegate to a virtual assistant

    Every apartment search requires hours of researching, scheduling and calling. But many hands make light work, and Fancy Hands can help you do the heavy lifting. This affordable virtual assistant service works by “request” — essentially, tasks that take up to 20 minutes to complete.

    Here are three tasks you can outsource immediately to your new assistant: Find listings that match your criteria, research potential neighborhoods and schedule apartment tours.

    Plus, Fancy Hands integrates with Trello, so you can delegate new tasks and share information right from your board.

    4. Hire out on-the-ground research

    While Fancy Hands has the Googling, typing, calling and emailing handled, don’t underestimate the value of analog research.

    If you’ve got your heart set on a particular neighborhood (or a handful of them), it’s worth hitting the pavement to spot the for-rent signs that aren’t online yet. Thanks to TaskRabbit, you can hire someone do this research for you.

    5. Draft an email template

    Mixmax is a Gmail add-on that allows you to create email templates for communicating with landlords and property managers. It also lets you track who opens your emails and when so you know when to follow up.

    And don’t worry — Mixmax will do the follow-up outreach for you too. You can create sequences of emails that trigger follow-up emails after a set number of days.

    Bonus: Mixmax integrates with Dropbox, so you can share your application materials right there in the body of your email.

    6. Store application materials in Dropbox

    In addition to creating your Zillow renter profile, which helps you share your qualifications with potential landlords with just one click, try storing your application materials in Dropbox.

    With all your application materials in one place, you can quickly and easily share your qualifications with a Dropbox link. Include copies of credit reports, pay stubs, your driver’s license and at least one reference letter.

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    How to Remodel a House

    I have flipped almost 200 houses in my career, and I will pass that 200 mark later this year. I have also bought close to 30 rental properties that have ranged from 800 to 68,000 square feet. Over the years, I have learned a lot about how to remodel homes. In fact, even as a professional, one of the hardest parts of the business is still remodeling homes even after almost 20 years. I do not do the work myself. I have in the past, but now I hire out everything, and it is tough finding the right people and deciding what the right mix of fixing and not fixing is. In this article, I will try to give you an idea of the best approach to take when remodeling a home and the major mistakes to avoid.

    What are the basics of remodeling a house?

    When I flip houses, almost every house I buy needs work. Most of the rental properties I buy need work as well. I want a really good deal, and sometimes that takes buying properties that need to be remodeled. What are the basic steps to take when remodeling a home?

    Assess what needs to be done

    The first step to take when remodeling a home is to figure out what you want to do! This can often be the hardest part. You don’t want to make the home too nice for the neighborhood or you will never get back the money you spend when it comes time to sell the home. You don’t want to do too little or you might leave money on the table. I like to take the route of doing just enough to make the home as nice as other houses that are selling in the neighborhood. Sometimes that means going to look at those houses for sale and deciding what level you want to be at. Doing $20,000 in work may bring $40,000 more in value, but doing $40,000 in work may only bring $50,000 in value.

    This step can be tough to figure out because if you live in the home, you also need to balance what you want as far as creature comforts. You may want to go above and beyond what makes sense due to your personal preferences. That is okay as long as you know you may not get that money back. My article on what home remodeling jobs bring the most bang for the buck goes into more detail on this subject.

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    Decide how you are going to handle the remodel

    Another big decision is how you are going to handle the remodel. Are you going to do the work yourself? Are you going to hire a general contractor to do it all? Are you going to hire subcontractors and are going to manage it all?

    In my business, we act as the general contractor and hire out all the subs, or we use employees. It saves us a ton of money to run our business this way. Here is what I mean by each term:

    General contractor

    A general contractor runs the show and hires everything out. If you want a new house built, the general contractor or GC should be able to get it all scheduled and completed. Many times, the GC will not do any work themselves: they simply manage everything. A good GC can be great, but they are usually expensive as well.

    Subcontractor

    A sub is someone or a company that specializes in a certain aspect of construction. We hire subs all the time for plumbing, electrical, foundations, HVAC, roofing, landscaping, flooring, painting, and more. Subs are specialists, which means they are often faster and cheaper than general contractors.

    Handyman or woman

    A handyman or woman is someone who can do a lot of different things but is usually not classified as a GC because they are not licensed or do not have the capability to run a crew. They do all the work themselves to varying degrees of quality. Some can be great, and others can be quit poor! I also find than many handypeople are great at certain things like drywall or painting but are not so great at plumbing or electrical, although they tend to think they can do anything.

    We use handymen or women all the time, but we figure out what they are good at and stick to those items. It can be rough trying to use them as a general contractor because they may claim to be able to do everything but not really know what they are doing. It can also take a long time since it is usually a one or two-person show.

    Project manager

    I run a fairly large operation, and I have a project manager who runs everything for me. She is great at her job and schedules everything, hires subs, decides when work should be done, and basically takes on the job of the GC but for 10 to 20 projects at once. It does not make sense for a homeowner doing a one-time remodel to hire a project manager, but it might make sense for real estate investors who do a lot of deals.

    For small jobs that are not complicated, a handyman might do the trick. For larger jobs, you might want to use a GC or try taking on the role of GC yourself and hiring subcontractors. How much you do will often depend on your level of knowledge and time you have to dedicate to the project.

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    How to find the right people to help you

    Now you have decided what work you want to be done, and you have decided how you want to get the work done. How do you find the people to do the work? This can be tough and can be the number one way people lose money in real estate. We go through a strict recruiting process when looking for people.

    • We search for people by browsing Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Angie’s List, Thumbtack, or by referral.
    • We email them or call asking a list of questions about how they work, what they charge, and when they have time to start.
    • We ask them to send a resume to us and a few references of work they have done recently.
    • If they complete these tasks (which many won’t), we schedule a meeting in our office. At the office, we talk about the same things and make sure they have their own tools, truck, and seem like a good fit. We also make sure they are on time and communicate well.
    • If they pass that test, we meet them at the job site and have them give us a bid on the work to be done. We make sure the bid comes in, and we compare it to what we think the work should cost. Sometimes we have multiple bids.
    • If they get past all of this, we hire them on a small job first. I never hire brand new people to start a $30,000 rehab or more right off the bat. I want to make sure they know what they are doing, show up, and get work done in a timely manner before I make a big commitment.

    This is the process we use for a contractor or handyman that will be doing a lot of different work. For a sub who may only be doing a small job, we will skip some of these steps as references and a decent bid will be enough to try them out. I have another article that goes into much more detail on how to find contractors, subs, etc. here.

    Why are bids so different?

    There will be a huge price range for bids on remodeling jobs. Some contractors prey on homeowners who have no idea what things should cost. We have seen one bid on a foundation for $84,000 and another for $5,000. Both fixed the problem and came with a letter from an engineer. We have seen a bid for a sewer cleanout of $7,700 when another company did the work for $185.

    Other contractors will be fair, but they still need to make a living as well. There is a trade-off between how much management and effort the homeowner wants to put in versus how much the project will cost. If you are the project manager and act as the GC, it can save a ton of money, but it takes work.

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    How do you choose the right bid?

    When you are getting work done for the first time, or even for the second third, fourth, or fifth time, it makes sense to get multiple bids, especially if you are not sure what the project should cost. When you get those bids, how do you know which one is better, and how do you keep getting bids?

    First off, I would realize that contractors don’t get paid to come up with bids: they get paid to do work. However, most know that part of the business is coming up with those bids and getting some jobs while losing others. I would go out of my way to reward people who are willing to give you bids in a timely manner. Take them to lunch, get to know them, pick their brains about the bids and why they bid them as they did. If you can’t do that, give them a Home Depot gift card.

    We often go with the cheaper bid, but I also have a good idea of what repairs should cost. I know if someone is way overshooting things or even coming in way too low and are sure to increase the bid as time goes on. Whatever bid you go with, start them slow! When I start a new contractor, I do not give them an entire house off the bat, I have them start with the bathroom or a small project to see if they show up, do good work and are honest. If there are problems from the start, I know to move on. This process may cost a little more money because small jobs often come with higher price tags relatively speaking, and it may take more time, but it is worth it. Taking a little more time and being careful will often avoid the massive horror stories of contractors taking half the bid up front of an $80,000 remodel job and leaving town.

    How do you pay the contractor?

    A lot of contractors want a lot of money up front to pay for materials, to pay their guys, and to know the customer will pay them. I hate paying money up front, but I know it is needed on certain jobs. This is another reason to start with a small job first to see how they do and if they will perform. If you spend half of $4,000 to remodel a bathroom and the contractor bails, that is not as bad as losing $40,000 on half of a major job.

    This is also another reason it is nice to break up the work and pay subs yourself. If there is a problem with a sub, they are not derailing the entire project and budget. You can often pay subs little up front or sometimes nothing because they have a smaller job and less risk.

    For big jobs, I like to pay 25% up front, 25 percent at the halfway point, and 50% when it is all done. A lot of contractors do not like this, but what other profession gets paid half the money before they work even gets started? I also pay for all of the materials. I know many contractors mark up the materials and use the excuse for big upfront payments that they need to buy materials. If I am paying for them, it takes away that need for so much money up front. I can buy things at Home Depot over the phone and with a Pro Account with text messages, so it is not a big hassle.

    Should you do the work yourself?

    I fixed up a house on my own in 2006. I learned a ton! I learned never to do it again. I learned that contractors are much better at repairs than I am. I learned how valuable my time was, and I was more productive doing other things. I lost money on that house because it took me so long to flip, the work was not as good as it should have been, and the market was decreasing while I owned it. I also lost money because I was not working as an agent or finding other deals.

    For most people, it does not make sense to do the work yourself on a house if you are flipping or buying rentals. It takes time away from your work, your family, and finding more deals. If you are a homeowner and living in the house, it might make sense in some circumstances. When you live in the home as you do the work, it does not take as much time away from your family. You do not have to commute to another property, and it can be a fun thing you do together. Since you are living in the home, it is not costing you money every day the house is not finished like it would on a flip or rental.

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    What do you do first?

    Another question I get all the time is how do you decide what repairs to do first? If you hire a GC, they will decide that for you, but if you go the handyman, sub route, or do the work yourself, that is up to you. Here is my take on what repairs to tackle first:

    Demolition

    The first thing is always tearing out what you do not need. This way you can get a good look at the condition of the house and see if any major surprises are lurking in the home. I try not to demo anything that does not need it as the more you tear out, the more money you will spend.

    Major systems

    Electrical, plumbing, HVAC, foundation, Mold, etc. If there is major work that needs to be done, I have that started first because they may make a mess of the home. You don’t want to install new drywall and paint only to find out the electrician must tear it all out.

    Windows and doors

    When putting in new windows and doors, it often does some damage to the drywall and sheetrock or trim. This is one of the first things we do.

    Drywall/sheetrock/trim

    If the home needs patches or is a complete gut, I would do the drywall and sheetrock next since you need that in place before installing new kitchens and baths.

    Paint

    I prefer to paint early because then you do not have to mask everything you just installed. You may have to come back at the end for touch-ups, but that is usually easier than masking the entire house and then most likely still having to come back later for touch-ups.

    Kitchens and baths

    I install the kitchens and baths next after the paint is done as we won’t have to mask them off.

    Fixtures

    We install light fixtures nex,t but it can be done at the end as well. They are not too messy, but we want them installed after the paint is done.

    Flooring

    We try to do the flooring last because it gets trampled and damaged if a lot of other work is being done after the flooring is installed. Some reasons might be if the floor needs to be installed prior to kitchen cabinets being installed.

    Touch-ups

    Finally, we blue tape the house for anything that needs to be touched up. The flooring guys usually mark up the trim, and some of the walls might need to be touched up or a few spots may have been missed in the beginning. Make sure you keep the same type of paint for touchups! Use the same sheen and color, and keep an old bucket of paint to mix with the new paint if needed so there is not a glaring difference where the touchups are done.

    What if you run into problems?

    if you have problems with a contractor or a sub or a handyman, my advice is to cut ties as fast as possible. There is a 98% chance things will not get better, and they most likely will get worse. This is why it is best not to pay too much money upfront or start with small jobs because if there are problems, it is much easier to move on to someone else.

    It is also wise to check in on the work often! Do not sit back for a month without seeing the project, asking how it is going, and making sure it is on budget. Be very clear that if there are any change orders that will add to the cost, you must approve them first.

    Conclusion

    It can be a tiring and frustrating process to remodel a house if you don’t take your time to get the right people to help. It can be a wonderful and fulfilling process with the right people. There are many things that can be done to help the process go smoothly. Do not be afraid to get multiple bids, speak up, or take charge if things are not going as planned!

    P.S. My new book was just released! Build a Commercial Real Estate Empire! You can get it on Amazon now! https://amzn.to/2Y2J41c

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    Tips for De-Cluttering Your House and Getting Paid for it

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    When you’re trying not to spend money, there’s no better way to spend your time than making money. And you know what my favorite way to make money is?

    De-cluttering.

    I couldn’t make a living off of it but it’s a great way to build an emergency fund or earn a little vacation money. The feeling of a good purge is half the reward anyway.

    And with the rise of blogs, books, and movies about minimalism, I think you guys agree. Whether you’re venturing into minimalism, doing a No-Spend Challenge or just trying to spend less, getting rid of stuff is a wild way to spend a Friday night and a cathartic activity.

    So if you want to go further than just “not spending” and make your home and life more minimalist and cozy, here are 7 tips for de-cluttering your house and where to sell your stuff for quick cash.

    Also, if you like this topic I cover this and much more in my book The No-Spend Challenge Guide. Check it out to help you save more, spend less, and make the most of your time paying off debt.

    1. Mentally Prepare

    When purging unused items it’s important to go in knowing what you’re up against. The goal isn’t to go from hoarder to Ikea in one day. Purging is a process. The reason I love de-cluttering while on a No Spend Challenge is that it’s unlikely I’ll replace the stuff I get rid of during that process.

    Also, you have to give up the “I paid $$$ for this” mentality. What you paid for it mattered to your budget (or lack of) when you bought it. It’s non-use matters today. If you haven’t used it this year then you can live without it.

    2. Physically Prepare

    You can start your purge up to a year before you actually get rid of anything. Try this hanger trick, made famous by Oprah. Go into your closet and turn all the hangers the wrong way (whatever that means to you).

    Whenever you put a garment back into the closet after wearing it put it in with the hanger facing the right way. At the end of six months or a year whatever hangers are still facing the wrong way can easily be gotten rid of.

    3. Keep – Sell/Give – Store

    For going through drawers and closets that have become a black hole of clutter, find three boxes and label them: keep, sell/give, and store. There could also be a fourth box for trash but I like to keep it simple and just bring the trash can over.

    The “Keep” box is for things you use and still need to easy access to. The Sell/Give box gets an attempt at selling then if that fails goes to charity, and the Store box is for things you need or want but can go into deep storage.

    I also like the Store box as a tester for getting rid of more on my next purge. If you’re holding that snow globe from middle school and you’re having a hard time parting with it, you don’t have to make a decision yet. Put it in the Store box and come back to it in a month.

    4. Don’t Call It Junk

    When we were hosting a garage sale for my mom we had a lot of clothes leftover. I went through and tried to separate out what we could sell to Clothes Mentor which buys and sells gently used clothes for women.

    There were these two pairs of corduroy overalls, one with Eeyore on the front, the other with Pooh and Piglet. Assuming that I knew what was in style I put those in the Give box but Travis saw me and was convinced they would sell. I don’t remember everything I said but it was something to the extent of “you’re crazy, these are ugly.” But because I wanted to prove him wrong I let him take them.

    We ended up taking the clothes to Plato’s Closet, which sells teen clothing because Clothes Mentor wasn’t buying at the time. I was prepared to make very little because the clothes were definitely for an older crowd. When we picked up our two bins of clothing they’d agreed to buy three items from us. Two of them were the overalls.

    That story to say, I don’t call anything junk anymore (well, I’m at least trying now). You’d be shocked at what people will buy online or at gently-used stores. It’s usually the things we think will sell that don’t and the things we think will never sell do the quickest.

    5. Free Your Flat Surfaces

    I read this online and it’s become my mantra when I only have five minutes to clean. Clearing off countertops, the coffee table, dining table, desk, anything flat can transform your house.

    This is especially true in a small house. We didn’t have many flat surfaces in our apartment; it was pretty much just the kitchen table. So it ended up being a catchall for mail, papers, etc. The first thing to get cleared was always that table and it made a huge difference right off the bat.

    6. Find Storage

    Don’t buy storage. You’re trying not to spend money remember? You don’t even know how much storage you’re going to need until after you finish. Trust me, I too have dreams about the Container Store but use it as a reward instead of a necessity.

    Use what you have for free first. Wrap boxes with ribbon or washi tape for custom storage or look for free storage on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. I try to make it my goal to get rid of enough stuff to eliminate the need of containers.

    Wait a few months after finishing the de-clutter, if it still bothers you then you can go buy exactly what you need, but chances are you won’t even think about it once it’s done.

    7. One Room at a Time

    Don’t try to tackle the whole house in one day, not even a month. 2-4 hours is about how much most people can handle. So start small and tackle one room, closet or drawer at a time and just keep going.

    I suggest starting with the most used room down to the least. For me that’s the bedroom or kitchen.

    Suggestions for quick purges:

    • Old Magazines
    • Stretched out Hair Ties
    • Unused CDs & DVDs
    • Unused Makeup & Skincare
    • Free T-Shirts
    • Unwanted Gifts
    • Unused Purses

    Now here’s the fun part. Where you can make some money off your efforts. There are a few ways to go at this. You can sell items yourself on eBay, Poshmark, or Amazon. Or you can sell to reselling services like DeCluttr, ThredUp, and Gone.

    You’ll get more money doing it yourself but it also takes more time. Either one is a good option because you’re making some dough and you have a clean house! Here are some more ideas on where to sell your stuff and what these services buy:

    • DeCluttr- Games, CDs, DVDs, Books, Tech
    • Gone- Electronics
    • ThredUp- Clothes
    • Poshmark- Clothes
    • Facebook Marketplace
    • Letgo
    • OfferUp
    • Mercari
    • Amazon

    If you have a lot of stuff to sell (or you have friends with stuff to sell too) you can go with a good ol’ fashioned garage sale. I highly recommend having a multi-person yard sale. We did one this way and in addition to having more variety, we had a lot of fun together.

    So what are your tips for de-cluttering your house? What’s the first drawer, room, or closet you’re going to tackle this weekend?

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    Jen Smith is a personal finance expert, founder of Modern Frugality and co-host of the Frugal Friends Podcast. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Lifehacker, Money Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, Business Insider, and more. She’s passionate about helping people gain control of their spending.

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    4 Side Hustles You Can Do While Working Full Time

    From selling unwanted items online to launching a blog, there are side hustles you can start today.

    A side hustle may just sound like extra work. Like coming home from your 9-to-5 job only to work another one (goodbye, free time). But a side hustle that generates income beyond your primary job doesn’t have to be a drain on your energy or time.

    It’s easier than ever to find ways to make money on the side of your day job. As the side hustlers below show, it can be as easy as digging out forgotten treasures from the back of your closet.

    Whether you’re looking to leverage a side gig to more quickly build wealth, or you’ve set out to increase your emergency fund or save for a specific financial goal, consider these four side hustles you can start today:

    1. Sell unwanted items online

    If you’re considering ways to make money side hustling, look no further than your own home. Chances are you have items lying around that you don’t actually use—books, toys, kitchen gadgets, exercise equipment, tech accessories, you name it—that sounded like a good idea at one point but are now just collecting dust. Selling unwanted items online is one of the easiest side hustles you can do while working full time.

    Selling things you no longer want or need is a great side hustle you can start today.

    “You can really sell anything on Craigslist and Kijiji. If it’s still in decent shape, there’s a buyer out there for items you’re no longer using,” says Tom Drake, founder of MapleMoney and no stranger to selling items online in his spare time.

    Drake and his wife declutter their home and sell unwanted items online as often as they can. A recent focus was video games: Drake says he sold about $2,000 worth of video games that were sitting in his garage for over a decade. Based on his calculations, he expects to sell about $10,000 worth of unwanted items in 2018.

    If you’re thinking about posting items online as a way to make money on the side, Drake says it’s easy to start. Listing items doesn’t take long, though he suggests taking a decent photo and writing a detailed description to make the item easier to find in search results and more likely to sell in a timely fashion.

    PriceCharting, which documents prices for every video game ever made, to check value.

    Outside of video games, Drake says you can find clothing at thrift stores, then list it for 30 to 50 percent off retail price to make a sale. For collectible items like coins, you can Google the item and add the term “price guide” to the search query. This type of information could come in handy as you build out your pricing structure. Don’t forget to explore e-commerce sites to gauge market rates for items.

    3. Start an online store

    Briana Ford is a search engine marketing campaign manager for a marketing company based in Dallas. Her way to make money side hustling is through three stores she runs on Shopify, an online e-commerce platform. She generates about $1,000 to $3,000 in total revenue each month.

    Her stores Ciao Toots and Karma Outfitters sell phone covers and graphic tees, respectively. Her most popular store, PinLivingColor, sells ’90s memorabilia. She creates the designs through Printful, a printing service through Shopify, and uploads the photos to her store. When someone buys, say, a cell phone case, Printful prints the design on a case and sends it off to the customer. She took a weekend each to start her stores.

    “We live in a day and age where you can literally have an idea in the morning and have your business launched in the evening. There is an audience and a customer for almost anything,” she says.

    She also helps fellow African Americans start their own stores as a consultant via Startup Noire.

    4. Launch a blog

    Eric Rosenberg, founder of Personal Profitability, has tried side hustles from web coding to organizing flash mobs. He found a winning side hustle you can do while working full time with his blog.

    Blogging is a great way to make money on the side.

    “Personal Profitability led to freelance opportunities and eventually a full-time job. But it all started with weekends and evenings,” Rosenberg says.

    He has tracked his online earnings publicly since 2012, when the blog earned him about $700 a month. In 2017 he had a six-figure business. Most of his income comes from writing services and website support, with some affiliate income, Rosenberg says.

    Blogging is one of the side hustles you can start today, and it doesn’t necessarily cost much to get up and running. However, as the online income reports on Rosenberg’s blog show, it does require patience to make it really pay off.

    Ways to make money side hustling: The possibilities are endless

    These are just a few of the possibilities available to you as you explore ways to make money on the side of your primary career. As you compare the various side hustles you can start today, consider activities, skills or experiences that you’re passionate about. Enjoying and finding value in your side hustle may make the extra income and increased earning potential even more rewarding.

    Source: discover.com