Getting ready to sell? Don’t forget the garage
Before your home goes on show, you’ll probably spend a lot of time and effort on cleaning, painting, and gardening to make it look “just right” for potential buyers.
And while you’re at it, you shouldn’t forget about you garage, because this is an important amenity for many homebuyers.
If it’s full of boxes, tools, camping equipment, and an assortment of household items – as many garages are – they won’t be able to see where they could park their vehicles, or store their own goods, and while that won’t usually make or break a sale, it could easily detract from the good first impression you’ve worked so hard to create.
You can avoid this by taking the following steps:
- Have a good clear-out. What’s actually in all those boxes? Gather up everything that you don’t use any more – and probably never will – and sell it, donate it or dump it.
- Make the most of the available space by getting things off the floor. Any good hardware shop will offer a variety of hooks to hold bikes and other sporting equipment, garden tools, brooms, and umbrellas. Then add some shelves and possibly some wall cabinets for storing hand and power tools, nuts and bolts, pool chemicals, and paint cans, and already things will look much more orderly and uncluttered.
- Make sure everything is dusted and the floor swept. Use driveway cleaner or thinners to get rid of any oil spots.
- If you have an automatic garage door opener, make sure that it is working properly, and don’t forget the garage door itself. Giving it a fresh coat of paint or varnish if necessary is an easy step that is bound to enhance the overall “curb appeal” of your home.