How to Stage a Garage- and YES, It Does Matter.

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Home Stage Tip-How To Stage a Garage


As a Home Stager, I’ve heard both sides of the does it or does it not home staging tipsmatter” discussion of whether or not the condition of the garage matters.

However, what we do… meant to show all of the possibilities of the home as well as the space.  


And last I looked, the garage IS part of the house!


During some of my consultations, I’ve heard agent and friends tell sellers to just put everything...boxes, chairs, toys, extra art, etc. in the garage.


I would encourage you not to.


Buyers have to be able to see that a 2 car garage indeed can hold 2 cars.

I’ve seen stuffed 2 car garages that were questionable as to whether they could even hold one car.


This is Florida… there are NO basements.

Storage space is even more important when there are no basements. If buyers see that you’ve had to shove everything you own in the garage, it will occur to them that you are lacking in extra space!


How to stage a garage…


1.Start packing.

Now is the time to toss those chemicals and cleaning supplies that you no longer use.  Make sure to check with your local waste management for proper disposal.

Paint cans full of tools and nails, tennis racquets that have been waiting to be restrung for years, boxes of Christmas decorations that you no longer use, the list goes on.

Why haul the items that you no longer use or want to your new home?  


packed garage2.Hang it up!

If you can, find a way to hang up what you’re left with after editing all of your stuff.

Use peg boards and hooks, shelving and bins.



Hello...this is part of your home.  Sweep the floors, and look up and use that broom to get the spiderwebs.

And while you’re at it, remove those oil stains on the floor.


4. Paint the floor after you’ve cleaned and degreased it.

Just as you’ve been told to give your house a fresh coat of paint when you are selling it, the same could go for your garage.  And don’t just stop with the floors.  

Clean your walls and then if you can, paint them.

I had one homeowner who went on to add baseboards to his freshly painted garage!


5.Organize it

Once you’ve edited, cleaned and hung up your tools, organize what’s left. Invest in plastic bins to put on shelves.  Hang up the bicycles, arrange mowers and edgers neatly.  (make sure they’re clean!)


6.If you must….

If you have just a few boxes that need to be stored, then stack them in a corner.  Anything more than that needs to be stored.  You can invest in storage units that rent on a monthly basis.  Isn’t this worth it to help get your home sold?


Garages do matter when selling your house.  Stage them to maximize the investment you have in your home.




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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Actually, I just remembered a client who was so meticulous she washed the floor in her garage every single day! It looked like no one had ever driven a car nto it!

Apr 16, 2016 11:59 PM #72
Theresa Akin

I have seen some of the newer (5 years old) homes with so much "stuff', you literally cannot see the garage door even if there are windows.

Apr 17, 2016 03:11 AM #73
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey Kathy, I included this post in today's Last Week's Favorites.  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Apr 17, 2016 04:14 AM #74
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Hi Kathy, the better a house looks the easier it will be to sell and that includes the garage.  Thanks for sharing.

Apr 17, 2016 05:49 AM #75
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I am shocked how many homes have garages full of stuff -- and a car cannot get in the garage.  This is not a good selling point.

Apr 17, 2016 01:17 PM #76
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

I find that most buyers love spacious clean garages.  The appearance of significant storage space is important in our area, as we do not have basements.  Removing and storing items is essential. Painting the ceiling, walls and floors is easy when the garage is empty. 

Apr 17, 2016 03:16 PM #77
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

Kathy, it's uncanny how appropriately timed this post is. Ironically I worked on decluttering my garage this weekend. It's beginning to look like two cars can now safely fit inside!

Apr 18, 2016 04:05 AM #78
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Alliance Real Estate - Minot - Minot, ND
Bob Timm, Broker Associate, Alliance Real Estate

I'm so glad Debbie Reynolds reblogged your post or I may have missed it. Thanks for the excellent information Kathy Streib 

Apr 18, 2016 05:48 AM #79
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Reason 101 why I bought my home: garage and attic spaces! First things  I did? Paint, speckle and floor those puppies! Great article. Garages matter. Just as soon as I show and sell a home to one buyer who never walked in the garage, their significant other comes along and asks me for the overhead garage door remote. Never fails...

Apr 18, 2016 06:41 AM #80
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Yikes, I'm one of your worst offenders. I always tell them that "just put it all out there"...OK not anymore! Now, I'm proud to say, I actually do park my 2 cars in my 2 car garage! Great post, who knew...I'm converted!

Apr 18, 2016 02:21 PM #81
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I tend to agree with you.  But if the seller is short of cash and cannot afford the storage or the pods better to shove it all in the garage than the rest of the house.  That being said it can be neat and well organized stacks.  As I point out to the seller, you are going to have to move it anyway.  May as well organize and pack it right now. 

Apr 19, 2016 03:53 AM #82
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

I almost missed your great post Kathy Streib but thankfully I found it on Debbie Reynolds reblog.  Congratulations on the Feature!

Apr 19, 2016 04:44 AM #83
Melissa Jackson
Riverside Homebuilders - Sales Consultant - Springtown, TX
Your New Home Sales Consultant in Parker County

Yes, the garage is overlooked by homeowners, they like to throw items in there.  If they need the space then stacking boxes is a great idea.   

Apr 20, 2016 03:10 PM #84
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Now I will start telling everyone to paint the floor of their garage. Thanks for the inspiration 

Apr 26, 2016 08:38 PM #85
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Kathy Streib - I had a home that was going stale on the market and it took some time to convince the seller to get a Home Stager involved. Besides staging updated furniture using minimalistic approach, fresh paint inside and on the garage floor.  House sold for asking in 2 weeks with other potential offers calling after it was in contract!  

Very few people and homes do not need outside advice from a home stager.  You play a valuable role in selling a property. I am a true believer! Thank you Kathy! 

Apr 26, 2016 10:49 PM #86
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Just found this post from Winston Heverly re-blogging it - very good lessons for sellers. I should follow them also LOL

Jul 08, 2016 10:00 PM #87
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

Kathy, found this from Winston's reblog.... so glad I have some really great points!! I wish more homeowners would read this!! 

Jul 09, 2016 11:47 AM #88
Michael Dagner
Brokers Guild Classic - Denver, CO
Your Denver Homes Realty Expert

Kathy, yes, its very smart to stage a garage - just as if it were another room inside the house.  Some buyers view the garage as importantly as other parts of the house! 

Sep 29, 2016 03:01 PM #89
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

It is an essential cleanup area, unfortunately much of the stuff that is removed from the house often gets piled out here.

Great advice on how to stage this area!

Sep 29, 2016 04:07 PM #90
Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Sometimes there's no choice-but clear space always looks better.

Oct 12, 2016 05:50 PM #91
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