We spoke with Property Week for their monthly podcast about what we do at Stuff U Sell, and how we help people get onto eBay. The eBay marketplace is the largest online marketplace in the UK, with nearly 18m users, and we take pride in helping both businesses and people sell their unwanted items there. [To put this number in context, in the 2005 General Election 18.3m people voted for Labour and Conservatives combined]
One of the things that Property Week was particularly interested in was how the slow housing market is affecting business. We’ve noticed two areas where people are using eBay more as a result:-
Rather than move house, more people are renovating. Doing up a kitchen or bathroom can make a world of difference to a property, and remodelling can open up that extra space that would have been provided by a move. But what about the old kitchen?
It’s well known that builders have the best kitchens: in days gone by your old granite worksurfaces would have found their way into their van rather than the skip, and the same with appliance and units with life left in them. Well now there’s a thriving second-hand market for these pieces and you can see thousands of pounds from selling yours rather than paying someone to take it away.
The same goes for bathrooms, fireplaces and other architectural items which no longer find a use in your home, but which still have enough life left in them to go elsewhere. You can read more about our service for kitchens and other similar items on our website.
Supermarkets have long known that the smell of fresh bread makes people buy more, and there’s every reason to make a property look good at the point of sale. A consistent, elegant and uncluttered look can be achieved by putting the right items in the right place. eBay is a great source for dressing items, and we work with a number of property managers who use our services to source and then, once the property is sold or let, sell on the furniture they use. We’ve even seen entirely new kitchens fitted in order to dress a property, which the new owners have then replaced straight away (selling the unused one through us)
You can hear all about this and much more on the Property Week Podcast (we are about 27 mins in to this stream)