If you’re like most home sellers around Morris County, you’ve been preparing your property for showing with plenty of home projects, deep-cleaning chores and maybe even some updates or remodeling. There’s one room in many houses which tends to be forgotten when it comes to staging a home to attract potential buyers. Often relegated as an extra storage space, staging your garage well can pay off.
According to a survey done by Realtor.com®, the garage is in the top 5 list of most important rooms for many homebuyers. If you’ve putting off the inevitable of cleaning up this catchall space, now is a great time to get it cleaned and organized. Just as in other rooms, an efficient way to clean out a space full of things is to start with separating items into donations, discards, recyclables and things to keep. Once you have taken everything away which needs to go, review your keep pile and place anything you won’t need to use in the coming weeks, such as holiday decorations or winter tools like snow shovels, into storage if possible.
For the things you do keep in your garage, get creative with how you store them. Instead of basic steel shelves full of plastic bins, a storage cabinet can make it easy to hide things from view when people are viewing your home. Recreational equipment such as bicycles or skis can go vertical on the wall or into the rafters. If you have a lot of tools and use them regularly, consider installing a tool peg board to store them; on the wall they can be kept organized and out of the way but readily accessible.
Once cleaned and organized, consider upping the look and feel of your garage with some fresh paint. If your garage floor has seen better days, it may be worth updating. There are a variety of options for floors now, including durable paint and composite flooring material which lasts longer and looks better than concrete. Pay attention to the lighting in your garage as well. This should be a brightly lit room for potential buyers to view, so updating your light fixtures is an investment worth the cost.
Speaking of investments, one sure way to set your home apart and set the stage for your garage is to replace the door. As noted in my recent post, How Valuable is Your Remodel Return on Investment, new garage doors are at the top of the list. There has been a growing trend in new architectural designs for garage doors; this is a sure way you can up the wow-factor for your home overall.
Staging your home can help potential buyers envision themselves in your property and make a positive impression. Find more inspiring ideas to stage your garage with this Realtor.com® article. When you’re ready to sell your home, let me be your experienced Realtor®. My team and I are here to help you succeed through the entire process. Please contact me, Doug Tucker, directly. You can give us a call at (973) 539-6300, or send an email to Tucker@dougtucker.com, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.