Thinking about putting your home on the market in 2017? If so, the number one area of the home that detracts from a showing is the garage!
You might be surprised to learn that buyers take as hard of a look at the garage as they do other areas of the home. In fact, the garage may be the indicator that tells a prospective buyer how an owner takes care of the rest of their property.
While its a common place to store your treasures in the garage, to a prospective buyer it may look like a bunch of junk. If your garage is used as a catch-all storage unit, it’s time to clean it out! With the Holidays coming to a close this is the perfect time to sort, throw away, organize and reassess your storage solutions.
For a few hundred dollars you can walk away from Home Depot, Lowe’s or Walmart with all the necessary shelving, brackets, organizing bins and materials to do a bang up job. You’ll want to think “vertical” or opt for a sliding storage system on the ceiling of your garage for the best results.
When cleaning out your garage, remember to remove as many items from the floor as possible and use traditional workbenches not cabinetry, if you plan on taking your storage units with you when you leave.
Is there a seldom used car, truck, motorcycle or boat sitting in one of the garage bays? Why not contact the Arizona PBS Vehicle Donation Program and let them pick it up for free. Not only will you be supporting public broadcast programming but you will receive a tax deduction on your itemized tax return and you will be adding value to your home.
If your garage floor has oil or water stains on it, why not make a nominal investment in garage floor epoxy or garage floor paint? It’s a myth that commercial garage floor coatings are extremely expensive and if you are a DIY enthusiast, the big box stores carry kits and the necessary safety equipment for installing it yourself.
Another important tip, if the HOA allows it move trash and recycling bins outside and out of sight.
Organizing your garage can be a weekend project. Stay focused and remember these 4 important tips:
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