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Home & Garden

Selling your home? Check the garage, advises Re/Max Real Estate Concepts


Did you know that, when it comes time to sell, staging involves more than just your house?

Don’t forget the garage. You didn’t work so hard to clean your house for showing, only to have potential buyers open the garage door and find a mess, so make sure it’s as organized as your house.

According to the National Association of Realtors 78 percent of homebuyers buy a house with a garage, so kick the clutter before you list.

NAR recommends gathering all items in the garage that you don’t need and having ... well, a garage sale, since those things are conveniently already there. Donate what doesn’t sell to a local charity.

Many garages end up catchalls and neglected to some extent over time. If yours falls into that category, items may have ended up scattered, so make use of any cabinets, shelves or storage areas to organize or put them out of sight. Put tools away or hang on a pegboard and place chemicals or anything flammable out of reach. It’s also a good idea to install a smoke detector, adds NAR.

Also, invest in some inexpensive heavy-duty hooks that can get bicycles, ladders and other large items up off the floor.

Your garage door is also very important, says NAR. It adds to your home’s curb appeal, and can actually be a deal breaker if it’s in poor condition. Make any cosmetic repairs and paint it, if necessary. Make sure your automatic garage door opener is working correctly, including the automatic light, the automatic reverse, the small opening for pets, the emergency release, and the wall control. If not, have it repaired or replaced. If you don't have an automatic garage door opener, it’s worth the investment to have one installed.

Last but not least, make sure your garage is well lit.

Re/Max Real Estate Concepts

120 N 2nd Avenue West

Newton, IA 50208