It is no secret that there are some rooms home sellers pay more attention to when staging. Others are left neglected or staged improperly. What most forget is that every room is important to buyers – be it the master bedroom or the attic. When it comes to staging, one of the most neglected rooms is the garage. “Why does a garage need to be staged?” you may ask. Because it can be one of the selling points of a home. A garage can serve as a storage room for tools, books, and unused gadgets. Share these fall garage-staging tips with your home sellers.
Homeowners use their garages differently. Some use them to park cars, others use them as relaxation spots, while others use them as workshops. Your clients must know how they want to use their garages before they start decluttering. This way, they won’t have any difficulty organizing the spaces. However, they should remember that they are staging their garages for buyers and not for themselves.
Decluttering a garage can seem overwhelming for those who don’t know where to start. Tell homeowners to move everything to the driveway or lawn. After moving items outside, they should divide them into two categories: useful and unuseful. Unuseful items should be discarded or donated and useful ones should be neatly arranged in the garage. They can group garden tools, sports gear, supplies, and holiday decorations together. Home sellers with packed garages can focus on one area at a time. They can divide the task into manageable portions in order to finish it sooner. Those whose garages have no storage can install cabinets and shelving.
Most garages are small in size, but they make up for it with vertical storage. Homeowners without storage should create it. They should choose storage which allows them to use as much wall space as possible. There is a lot of storage equipment which can be used in garages. The important thing is to provide enough storage without covering every section of the walls. A little space should be left for hanging tools and for a work bench.
When organizing, homeowners should first tackle the objects which aren’t used regularly such as holiday decorations and camping supplies. These should be stored higher or hung from the ceiling. Easily accessible wall storage should be reserved for items that are used frequently such as pet food and sports gear. Tell home sellers to use totes and clear bins for storage so they are able to easily identify items. They can choose color-coded totes.
A garage can be a striking room if updated the right way. There are many things homeowners can do to upgrade their garages. They can use paint to revamp the rooms or to define spaces. Floors can also be updated with paint. Stripes or color blocks can make a garage an eye-catching place. Home sellers with big budgets can install new floors. Lighting can also add a lot of interest to a garage. Many garages only have one source of light: a garage door opener. Home sellers can install lighting on the ceiling and garage walls.
Garages are often dumping sites for anything that can’t be stored in the house. Walk into one and you’ll be overwhelmed by the quantity of items there. But just because a garage offers additional storage doesn’t mean it should be used as a dump. Encourage your clients to declutter their garages before autumn in order to attract autumn home buyers. Buyers will fall in love with their homes, and offers will start streaming in.
Ronique Gibson is an Associate Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, who has been in the design industry for over 13 years. She started her design blog in 2009 and today it has become a premier destination for helping homeowners with everyday lifestyle challenges. Her readers check in daily for help with their homes, DIY project ideas, recipes, crafts, and inspiration to beautify and enjoy their homes.