How to Stage Your Garage to Boost Your Home Value
What are some of the first things you think of when you are about to stage your home? Most of the time we focus our energies on the interiors or the curb appeal, but we forget that the garage is for sale too!
Most of the time, the garage becomes a giant catch-all where we chuck everything we are not using into. But it can be an important selling point for many, especially the man of the house. Sometimes the first things they want to take a look at is how big the garage is. Garages are often turned into man caves (if the clutter hasn't fully taken over). There are even companies that specialize in transforming garages into places for guys to hang out in. That should be enough to realize how important it is to spiffy up your garage before you stage your home. Here are a few tips on improving your garage's curb appeal:
1. Garage Doors
Something that you should consider when focusing on curb appeal is how the house looks from the outside. As prospected buyers are walking or driving towards your home, they are taking everything in: How does the entry way look? How is the garden? Is the front door inviting? What condition is the home?
If your garage doors are in good mechanical shape but need a new paint job, do it. That little time and money invested could mean the difference between an attractive curb appeal or not.
The same goes for garage doors that need to be replaced. Any necessary repairs should be completed before your home goes on the market. You can do the door maintenance yourself as well, or check online or stores if you want to replace them.
2. Do Something About That Washer and Dryer
Some people place their washing and drying machines in the garage. This can be a big source of clutter. If this is how you want to keep it, make a laundry area out of it. A great styling strategy would be adding the appropriate shelves and cabinets for the laundry room. You could also install an accordion-style drying rack next to the washer and dryer to make a station. Make the area look like a wonderful place to do laundry.
3. Clean and/or Totally Refinish Your Garage Floor
The floor of your garage is just as important as anything else in the home. If the garage floor has oil or other stains, follow these tips.
- Use an old towel or cloth to wipe up oil and other liquid.
- If there is still some oil residue on the floor, try pouring some paint thinner on it until the oil is saturated.
- Next, you can use something like cat litter or some other absorbent material to soak up the paint thinner.
- Let that sit overnight.
- In the morning, use a flat edged shovel and hard-bristled broom to clean it up.
- Purchase some special cleaner designed for cleaning cement floors. Let that soak overnight also.
- The next morning, use hot water and a scrubber to clean the area again.
- Finally, if the floor seems to have been stained too badly, you should seriously consider an epoxy. There are some great garage floor design solutions out there, and they won't break the bank.
4. Install Garage Storage Systems
Staging your garage doesn't mean you have to move everything out of it. Just make sure that anything you leave in it is there for the staging purposes. This means it should be in good condition and in order. Installing storage systems will not only help your garage looks clean and organized, it is also often a plus for potential buyers. Depending on your budget, there are tons of great garage storage systems to choose from, some more complete than others. If ceiling allows it, garage overhead storage can look very tidy, make the garage looks spacious while freeing up a lot of space.
Today's post is contributed by Philip Piletic. Photo credit: Marie-France Latour.