How to Stage Your Garage when Selling Your Home

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Tips for Staging your home and garage
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Most people don't think that the appearance of their garage makes any difference when they are staging their home to sell it.They take plenty of time and spend more money than necessary painting and decorating. They make sure that everything in the house is clean, neat and orderly, but the garage they don't think too much about. After all, it's the garage, who cares?

Things You'll Need

  • Broom & Mop
  • Cleaner
  • Wall Hooks & Hangers
  • Paint & Brush
  • Pictures & Curtains
  • Throw rug

Stage your home for the Garage Lover!

Many people who want a garage when they are buying a house value the garage for its storage convenience both for vehicles and household tools. They want to be able to drive their car in at night, close the door and know that all is well. If you are selling your home, a garage that is neat and orderly to the shopper will say "I care about my house" and I know you will too.

A man and his garage!
A man and his garage!

Clean and Neat

When staging your home to sell, clean your garage thoroughly. If you do not already having hooks to hang things on, invest in enough to hang everything and anything you can. Dust and cobwebs don't matter most of the time, but when it's time to stage your home, they suddenly become very important. Take a good look at the condition of the walls as well. If they need painting, paint them and paint the ceiling and floor while you're at it, using a light color. The minimal expense involved will be returned to in the sale price. Wash the windows and replace the light bulb. Clean and neat is what you're after.

Stage your home with a clean garage
Stage your home with a clean garage

Make it Look Spacious

Do get rid of everything you possibly can. You want to stage your garage so the buyer will think the garage is as big as possible. You can do this by eliminating anything on the floor and around the edges where we all love to stack things. Leave the car in the driveway or on the street while the house is being shown. An empty garage looks much bigger than one with a car parked in it. Paint the ceiling, walls and floor a light color if they are dark.

Stage your home to look spacious
Stage your home to look spacious

Make it Homey and Inviting

A garage can say "I'm lived in and loved" and this imparts a subtle message to the buyer that you love your home and took very good care of it. Staging your garage and your home in this way leaves them with a positive feeling about the home. It doesn't take much to make a garage look homey. Just hang a few well placed pictures and consider a window topper or a soft shade for the windows. Don't overdo it though or you run the risk of making the area look smaller. Simple is best. Do add color. A colorful, yet durable, throw rug by the door to the house can provide just what you need in both warmth and color.

When staging your home for sale purposes, don't dismiss the importance of the garage to the potential buyer. It doesn't take that much time and effort to whip it into shape and it could be the difference between a sale and someone who walks away.

Tips & Warnings

  • Elbow grease is more important than money when staging your home.
  • Getting rid of "things" is more important than redecorating when you stage your home for sale.

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