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What's Behind the Garage Door?

When we get ready to sell a home, we spend time staging the interior but we often use our garage as a dumping ground for all our extras. Garages are important to buyers especially those that have a special car, enjoy organized spaces or like to work on projects. So don't forget your garage and consider a temporary storage unit or take the time to get rid of things you don't use or need!

Here are some tips from my American Lifestyle Magazine:


Sort into categories and either keep, donate or throw away and just ask yourself if you really want to pack and move it. If you have time, plan a yard sale to clear out the garage and make some extra money while you’re at it. You might want to consider moving your vehicles to the street before a showing or an open house. Clear spaces help people imagine their own space and that's what we want when we show the house.

Clean the floors

Sweep away any dirt or dust from the area. Soak the oil stain with paint thinner or mineral spirits. Cover the area with an absorbent material like kitty litter or corn starch, and allow it to sit overnight. Sweep away or vacuum the material.

Add storage

Hanging wall storage can help create additional space on the floor of your garage. If you have your garage partially set up as a workshop, consider installing a pegboard to keep tools off the floor and in view, where they are more easily accessible.

Paint the walls

A coat of paint can give your garage a clean, stylish refresh. Choose a paint color like bright white, light gray, or light tan to make your garage appear brighter and more inviting.

Update the lighting

A dark and drab garage won’t be as attractive as a space with plenty of light. You may be able to switch the bulb out for a higher wattage, or you may want to update the entire light fixture to make sure potential buyers can check out every nook and cranny of your garage. We just added some new lighting to our garage and it has made the world of difference.


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