Make Your Garage An Attraction
Make your garage an attraction too
When preparing the house for sale, we often simply focus on the indoor spaces, but the garage can use some loving too, especially if prospective buyers are looking for their very own ‘man-cave’ or ‘she shed’. Don’t fall into the trap of dumping everything from the house into the garage – make your garage a showcase to complement the other work you around the property. Here’s some quick tips to help.
There’s a rule in our house: if you haven’t used it in 12 months then you don’t need it. Before anything else, you need to look at what is in your garage and get rid of what you don’t need or don’t use. Bottles that are almost empty or boxes no longer useful can be discarded. If the item is still useful donate it (find a local Men’s Shed – they usually welcome old tools); if it’s broken then throw it away.
The floor space is one of the things that determines how people see your garage. If the floor is covered with boxes, bikes or equipment your garage will appear smaller (not to mentioned untidy and poorly looked after). Having gone through the items already (see Clutter-free above) to determine what you to still want to keep, you need to now find places for anything that sits on the floor. A storage unit is an option if you can’t get everything off the floor.
Another good option if the clearing hasn’t worked is completing the space with some storage options. Floating shelves can small smaller items, or larger freestanding shelves could solve the problem of boxes on the floor. A lockable cupboard could also hold any valuable tools.
This is a simple job but is essential. Make sure that any electrical fixtures or fittings are working. Replace any old bulbs if that is needed. If the outside is maintained well, it implies the rest of the property is too.
Once you have declutter, cleared, looked after the storage and checked the electrics, all that is left is too make sure the space is clean. Use a high-pressure hose to clean the floor, especially if there is any oil or grease from the car. Check the corners for cobwebs and clear these away.
While this can take time, ensuring your garage is presented as well as you present the other areas of your property can increase interest.
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