Have you ever stepped into your garage, looked around, and walked back inside because it was just too overwhelming? That has happened to me many times when I was given the chore to clean and organize my parent’s garage. The main reason people get so stressed when organizing is because they do not have a game plan and they have no idea of where to start.
When people are searching to buy a home, they do not want to see a dirty and disorganized garage. This will not only make them think that you have not taken care of your garage, but that the garage is small and can’t fit much.
If you want to make the best first impression of your home, follow these few easy steps to get your home back in the minds of potential buyers.
Remove and Clean Everything
Take everything out of the garage and make specific piles for things to throw away, give to goodwill, or keep. This will help you eliminate much-needed space for your garage. While everything is removed, start the cleaning process with the ceiling and work your way to the floor. Use a duster to remove cobwebs and dirt, then go around with a damp rag to wipe off the walls, and finish with mopping the floors.
Cover the Concrete
One update that you should always focus on first is the garage flooring. There are many options when it comes to the floor. You can paint, install tiles or even coat it with epoxy. Any of these is a great addition to your garage that will make it stand out amongst all other homes on the market.
Paint & Wrap The Walls
When you walk into a garage with open walls that have no drywall, the flooring doesn’t seem as great. You can easily change this by installing insulation, drywall, plaster and maybe a little paint. There are many options to make your walls look more appealing, but even with these few upgrades, you will be ahead of the curve!
Designate the Space
The last thing you should focus on after you have your new floor and walls is storage. Having a place to store all of your items in the garage gives you an even greater advantage over other homes without storage space in the garage.
Some things you could install are:
- Overhead storage
You might be thinking that doing some or all of these things is expensive and possibly not worth the extra expense. According to Britt Lopez at Dallas City Center Realtors, “A well-organized, updated garage can absolutely help sell your home”. So if you are having a hard time selling your home or you want to stay ahead of the competition, it might be a good idea to invest a little in your garage.
This post was written by Kenny Pedersen at Alpha Garage Solutions.