Staging FAQ’s- Why do I have to worry about the garage?
I can always see the look of guilt and embarrassment on a seller’s face when we begin to approach the garage. The next words are usually:
“It’s just the garage… how important can it be?!”
Well.. guess what.. IT IS!
Living in South Florida, where there are no basements, storage or perceived storage can become an important factor for buyers.
Here’s why the condition of your garage is important…
1. Buyers need to see it.
Just as the rest of your living space, buyers need to see your space. We can tell them that it’s a garageand they know it is, but if they walk in and it’s piled high with boxes, tools and everything else, imagination goes out the door.
2. Are you sure it’s a 2 car garage?
I can tell you the garage will hold 2 cars, and the listing can say it’s a 2 car garage, but I’ve honestly seen some garages that looked questionable to me.
This is especially true if you have shelves built along the sides. If those are packed and one half of the garage is full of boxes, it can be hard for a buyer to imagine another car in there.
3. A stuffed garage can signal a lack of storage space in the house as well as the garage.
I’ve seen homes with clothes racks alongside workout equipment, which is next to their holiday decorations.
4. Don’t hide what is a key selling point.
You may care only about the kitchenbut there are many out there who would value a good sized garage.
What you can do?
Clean, Repair, Replace?
What’s good for the inside still applies to your garage. Don’t distract a buyer with dirty shelves or oil stains on the garage floor.
-Sweep and wash your floors.
-Pack it up, throw it out and organize it.
-Get rid of spider webs and bugs.
-If you have windows in the garage, clean them
-Air it out. Garages are like any other room in your house. Don’t let an odor become the big distraction.
- If you still have too much, then rent some external storage space.
-Make sure you have good lighting so your buyers can see it.
Garages DO matter when selling your house!