Before-You-Sell Checklist

Ready to part with unused belongings? Here’s how to get your items ready to be sold online, offered in a yard sale, or donated.

  1. Check Collect all the components.

    It's important to include all the pieces when selling games or other products with many parts.

  2. Check Make everything look like new.

    Wash and iron clothing, polish silver, remove visible stains, vacuum a used couch, and so on.

  3. Check Remove names anywhere they're written.

    Especially in books or on clothing. That may mean removing tags that have permanent ink.

  4. Check Delete personal information.

    Wipe your hard drive clean when selling electronic items such as computers. Download free disk-wiping software at