Yes, Virginia, There Really is a Garage!!

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Home Stager with Room Service Home Staging

Yes, Virginia, There Really Is a Garage.

While searching for a house in Houston, I reminded myself of some of the staging posts I’ve written. I have had the “joy” of looking for a house...starting online and then seeing it for real.

 

cluttered garage

 

One area that always surprises me is the garage. Now in the area of full disclosure, I did not even look at the garages when we were out house hunting. But at least one person (Larry) made sure that it was one of the first areas he looked at.

 

You see the garage may not be that important to one member of a couple, but you can be sure that at least one person is seriously checking it out, especially the one who doesn't care anything about the room with the stove and refrigerator.

 

So YES, the garage is very important when selling your house.

 

WHY?

*Remember, there are no basements in many areas so any extra space the garage offers is a huge plus.

*Buyers need to see that your garage functions as one and not just space for your appliances, large boxes and assorted toys.

*Not every 2 car garage looks like one!

I’ve seen some garages that looked like they could barely hold one car much less two.  Buyers have to be able to see that the garage can easily hold two (or three) cars.

*Buyers will, when they see a garage packed with boxes and “indoor” house items,  wonder if your interior space is lacking any kind of storage.

*You never want to hide a key selling feature of your home.

 

What you can do…

*Clean...the same staging “key” holds true for your garage as well. Make sure everything is clean. Wash and paint the floors. If there are windows, clean them.

*Edit...Get rid of all of the cleaning and car care products that you tried one time and didn’t work out. If you absolutely have to store some of your moving boxes in the garage, then at least minimize their impact by stacking them neatly in one area.

*Debug...this can almost be a daily chore depending upon where you live. Remove the spider webs and bugs even if this is the garage.

 

garage

 

Don’t forget that buyers are buying every part of your house and that includes your garage. Don’t dump everything that you can’t fit in your house in the garage!




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100x Yes! I feel this way about closets as well. If they are crammed full, you cannot picture your car, or towels, in the space. Thank you for sharing. 

Jan 17, 2019 09:06 AM #13
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Kathy Streib
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William Feela I agree, the garage needs to be really clean.

Sally K. & David L. Hanson It would be great if a seller could off-site storage but when they can't, then make sure it's not just thrown all over the garage. 

Wayne Martin I saw a garage once that wouldn't work for any buyer. It needed to be demolished. 

Jan 17, 2019 10:40 AM #14
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Kat Palmiotti join the club. We had at one time 8 kayaks, 16 RC planes, and all sorts of other garage-type stuff in it. 

Michael Jacobs especially when you live in an area where there are no basements. 

Jan 17, 2019 10:42 AM #15
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Donald Urschalitz Larry always heads there first. How many cars will it hold? Is there any extra space?? 

Barbara Todaro Larry loves his shelving in our garage and it will come with us. 

 

Jan 17, 2019 10:44 AM #16
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Beth Atalay that is so true. No basements means the loss of a lot of storage. 

Nina Hollander you're right, there are some who may not think anything of it. But it's just better to make an overall good impression. 

 

Jan 17, 2019 10:48 AM #17
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Brian England Larry is definitely one who checks out the garage first!  I, on the other hand go to the kitchen. 

Gabe Sanders I've seen so many garages that are never used for the owner's cars. 

Jan 17, 2019 10:51 AM #18
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Chris Ann Cleland I agree. A really clean garage says something about the overall condition of the house. 

Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes-- yes!! Same thing about closets!  Buyers have a wonderful sense of peace and organization when closets, cabinets and drawers are organized. 

Jan 17, 2019 10:54 AM #19
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Hi Kathy Streib - Wonderful post!  Like Larry, my husband checks out the garage before anything else. He always wants to see if there is room for a work bench.  

You hit the nail on the head on storage.  People will wonder if there is not enough room inside for storage if the garage is full!

Jan 17, 2019 11:09 AM #20
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Kathy,

Garages are definitely very important in our view also, and we both look at the garage.  So, have you found the home you want in Houston?  A

Jan 17, 2019 12:31 PM #21
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We joke that the average garage in Alexandria which is advertised as "2 car" is actually only a 2 car garage if both your cars are SmartCars or something equally small.   When we lived in Atlanta, our garage was HUGE, even with a large area to the side that was almost big enough for another car, yet it was still labeled as a 2 car.  I agree totally with your tips about presenting it well - a junky garage screams "lack of storage" in the house. 

Jan 17, 2019 01:12 PM #22
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Francine Viola
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Very good points.  We don't have basements or attic areas in our homes and if a buyer sees a garage crammed with stuff, they immediately think the home will be too small for them.

Jan 17, 2019 01:31 PM #23
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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You are very right about the garage needing to appear nicely too, Kathy.  While women often check out the kitchen with a careful eye, the guys will often check out the garage.

Jan 17, 2019 02:16 PM #24
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Kathy garages many times stop being a place to house the car, and end up turning into a storage space instead.

Jan 17, 2019 03:11 PM #25
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Kathy, such good points on a garage since many certainly don't store a car.

Jan 17, 2019 05:43 PM #26
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Congratulations! You have been featured in Bananatude!

 

Jan 17, 2019 06:12 PM #27
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Morning Kathy.

You sure don't want to see our garage.  At times my wife is an impulse buyer, nothing else needs to be said

Jan 18, 2019 01:15 AM #28
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My kids in Bend are selling and moving to SF for work. :( More trips to the  Bay area in our future. At any rate, their great agent also suggested getting the auto garage doors adjusted prior to listing. They were clanging a bit, my daughter in law called to ask my opinion. I told her to trust her agent, a garage can be a big deal - and it often reflects how we care and maintain our overall home. 

Jan 18, 2019 09:24 AM #29
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Kathy - that is one of my pet peeves. My garage is for my cars, period 

 

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Oh, I'd venture to say that the majority of sellers here will declutter their home and pack it in the garage, Kathy. It is one of my big no-nos because hubbys LOVE their garages and they want to SEE them! As well, it gives the illusion that the owners/sellers ran out of storage space on the inside. 

GREAT post and advice that I agree with 100% on all counts!

Happy Friday!

Jan 18, 2019 09:11 PM #31
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Sharon Tara
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Rick and I were both interested in the garage in all homes we looked at. It's not only the size and storage....how people keep their garage tells a lot about them and how they maintain their home in general.

There was one house that required we go through the garage to get into the house for the open house. We went no further than the garage. That is how bad it was.

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