Though you may not think of your garage as a selling point, it could be – especially if you implement these five garage staging tips. You may be surprised at what buyers want to see – and how your garage can impact their decision.
5 Garage Staging Tips That Can Help You Sell Your Home
First things first: Your garage should be clean before you attempt to stage it. That means taking out all your stored items, cleaning the walls and floors, checking the ceiling and corners for cobwebs, and neatly putting away all your belongings. After that’s done, check out these five garage staging tips:
- Add a coat of fresh paint
- Improve the lighting
- Add organizational tools
- Put up window treatments
Here’s a closer look at each.
Garage Staging Tip #1: Declutter
After your garage is clean – and preferably before you put everything back inside – it’s a good idea to remove things you don’t use (or that you haven’t used in the past six months). Be ruthless when you declutter, and remember, everything you get rid of now is something that you won’t have to move to your new home.
A good rule of thumb with decluttering is to get rid of everything you haven’t used in the past six months, even if you intend to repair it or are waiting to give it to someone else. You can decide whether to sell, donate or throw away the items you’re not using.
Pro Tip: If you choose to sell items from your garage online, list in your product description that people must come pick them up from you. It’s easier on you – and you’re more likely to actually get rid of things that way.
Garage Staging Tip #2: Add a coat of fresh paint
If it’s been a while since your walls were last painted – or if they were never painted – it’s a good idea to get in there and get the job done. You can paint the interior of your garage yourself or you can hire a professional; it depends on your comfort and ability level. If you decide to DIY the job and you don’t have much experience with painting walls, check out this tutorial from Lowe’s Home Improvement for some great tips.
Garage Staging Tip #3: Improve the lighting
Most garage spaces are pretty dim, so it’s up to you to add lighting. You may not have to install more ceiling lights; it may be enough to swap out the bulbs you have for those with higher wattages. You may also consider adding floor lamps and task lighting, which can help illuminate dark corners and workbenches.
Garage Staging Tip #4: Add organizational tools
Shelving is a great way to get your belongings off the floor, and you can find great deals on DIY shelves at your favorite home improvement store. You can also invest in cabinets that you can take with you when you move, or in pre-made shelving units that can help keep your space organized. If you have a significant number of tools, consider using a pegboard to keep them organized and off your workbench. The key is really getting things off the floor or other surfaces and finding a “home” for them.
Garage Staging Tip #5: Put up window treatments
If your garage has a window, dress it up a bit with customized window treatments. Even a set of blinds can make a tremendous difference in the way prospective buyers feel about your garage – but one thing’s for sure: Window treatments make a room look complete, and that’s what buyers are looking for.
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