Staging FAQs -How Important Is My Garage?
On a Staging Consultation recently, the seller planned on putting everything they didn’t need in their already- stuffed garage. Their reasoning was that the garage didn’t matter.
Hold on there, Bucky!
Last I looked, when someone is buying your house, it includes the garage!
Why is the garage so important?
~With no basements in South Florida, buyers know that every inch of space counts for storage.
~If you have a 2 or 3 car garage and you know that it is, that’s not good enough. A buyer must be able to see that it can hold that many cars. And let’s face it, everyone in Florida has at least 2 cars. A family could have 3 or more.
~A stuffed and messy garage can be a signal that the house lacks any storage space.
I’ve seen garages that had clothes racks as well as holiday decorations and small appliances stacked in the garage.
~It’s a key selling point!
Some people may not care about the garage but there usually is at least one person in the buying party whose focus will be on the garage.
What you can do…
1. Clean your garage as thoroughly as you did the interior of your home.
Sweep, get rid of spiders and their webs, clean the windows if you have them.
Just as your interior looks fresh with a coat of paint, so will your garage!
Just like you did inside, let the buyer see your space. Go through old cleaners, gadgets, etc that you no longer use or need and donate or dispose of them.
For the items that you do have, place them on shelves or in bins along the wall.
5.Air it out.
Fumes, old rags, dirt...not too appealing to a buyer’s nose. Make sure that the odor in your garage doesn’t turn off a buyer.
6.Light it up.
Make sure the lights work in your garage so your buyers can see it!
7.Stack it or store it.
If you must store some items in the garage, pack them up neatly and store them where they will not distract a buyer. OR consider renting a small storage space just while your house is on the market.
So, to answer your questions...garages DO matter!!!