Staging Your Home: Don't Forget Your Garage!

Posted by Dennis DeSouza on Friday, June 29th, 2018 at 1:46pm.

Staging your home is always a crucial part to attracting potential home buyers. The main responsibility of staging is to figure out what color palettes and decorations work with the aesthetic you're going for.

 

Often times, the time and energy of staging go to the more used parts of the house, like the kitchen or master bedroom. Most are under the impression that an impeccable dining room is all you need to stage. But, what about the garage? No matter how tempted you are to leave your garage as is, it's a big part of your home. As someone trying to sell their home, it'd be in your best interest to stage the garage as well.

 

Here's how you can start.

Get rid of the mess

The first order of business is decluttering the garage. Let’s be honest, the garage is notorious for being the dumping ground where all things go when we don't know what to do with them. If you’re going to stage a gorgeous garage, you’re going to have to get your hands dirty. Fish out every single box of unwanted clothes, disassembled bicycles, and rusty old garden gnomes.

 

It may seem daunting, but a bit of organization and preparation will spare you a lot of heartache in the long run. Begin by sorting everything out. What are you going to keep? What are you going to donate? What are you going to throw away?

 

Try not to hoard items. Think about the last time you used something, how practical it is to keep it, and make a decision. 3-6 months is a good time frame to start with. If you'd rather trust your emotion, keep only items that leave a spark of joy within you. This is also known as the Konmari Method. If they don’t, consider donating so that it may have the chance to make someone else happy.

 

A waste pick-up service can take care of the items that you're disposing of. When finding the best one, make sure they have an environmental program in place. That way they'll recycle or repurpose your junk before sending it off to the landfill.

Do a deep clean

Once you're done with decluttering, start cleaning! Cleaning can help you envision what you want your staged garage to look like when potential buyers arrive. Dust and sweep every nook and cranny of your garage. Apply paint thinner and an absorbent material, like cat litter, to remove oil stains. Let it dry overnight and you should be able to sweep it up with ease in the morning.

 

Take proper care of all hazardous items. Make sure these materials are inaccessible for curious children and animals. If you haven’t already done so, install a light detector and replace the light bulbs in the garage. It’ll brighten up the space considerably. Adding a few extra outlets wouldn’t hurt either.

Add some flair

To add some life back into your garage, try adding a fresh coat of paint. If you’re feeling adventurous, try experimenting with different color palettes. You can also add a different floor material to revitalize your garage.

 

Give your garage some personality. Find a theme for your space and throw some artwork on the walls. A decorated garage with a cool theme draws people in. Just because it’s a garage doesn’t mean that it has to be standard and boring. Step outside the box and decorate it as you would your bedroom or your living room. The possibilities are endless and it’ll make your house that much more desirable.

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