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Tips for Selling Your Home - Stage the Garage!

When selling a house, many homeowners are willing to go the extra mile to make their properties stand out from the competition.  While sprucing up the kitchen and bathrooms certainly helps a house sell faster, the garage is important too, especially if you’re trying to appeal to male homebuyers.
While most people would agree that the wife is the principal decision maker in a home purchase, it’s important to impress the husband too.  Many home sellers mistakenly store all their extra junk in the garage, close the garage door and put their house on the market, assuming that no one will ask to see the garage.
But garages are an important selling feature for homes.  Many people are looking for a garage in their home search, so it’s important for the garage to “show” well.  Here are some tips that may help you:
1.        Make sure your garage is at least organized and clean – declutter it as much as possible.  Rent a ‘POD’ to store your extra belongings.  It’s nice to show that there is room for a car or two in the garage. ;-)
2.       If there’s room for a “workshop area” in the garage, that is especially appealing to male homebuyers.  Attach a peg board to the wall and organize tools on the pegboards instead of having them lie around.
3.        Shelves are important to create an organized appearance.  Put your belongings into plastic containers, label them and put them neatly onto shelves. 
4.       It’s OK to keep the lawnmower, gardening tools and bicycles in the garage, but make sure they are neatly stored.
5.       Dispose of old paint cans and other extraneous chemical items.  This can cause a potential homeowner to worry that there may be problems with the house.
6.       If the garage floor is dirty, clean it and apply a fresh coat of paint – I suggest a neutral color, but not gray. By following the tips above, you can ensure that your cluttered garage doesn’t turn off potential buyers and that it will catch the eye of men who are in the market for a new house!
      If you have any questions, please leave a comment or contact me at www.AGoodeStartDecorating.com.  Until next month, Happy Decorating!

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