The overlooked way to a better sale price: 4 ways to make the most of your garage
When it comes time to selling, people often spend a substantial amount renovating and staging their home. While fresh paint and furniture will undoubtedly make any property more appealing to buyers, one space often neglected is the humble garage. Here’s how to make the most out of a space often overlooked.
Your garage is a room in your home that should not be neglected.
Why? Australians have a longstanding love affair with their cars.
Cars are often one of the most expensive purchases people make (other than homes!), and housing them in garages ensures they’re kept in good condition and more likely to retain their value.
Apart from this, garages also serve as storage spaces. Having a space to store tools, garden equipment, exercise paraphernalia, and everything else that can’t fit inside the house is highly sought after by many buyers.
In fact, it’s been estimated that a garage can add between $20,000 to $30,000 to the value of Perth properties.
The 4 ways to get the garage from good to great
When it comes time for you to sell your property, if it has a garage, here are a few steps to ensure it appeals to the most number of buyers.
Install vinyl flooring
Installing hard-wearing vinyl floor tiles can have a number of benefits. Apart from being abrasion, chemical and fire resistant, it will also be less slippery and more comfortable to walk on.
This can be valuable if you plan to showcase your garage as not just a place to park the car, but also a place to spend time working on DIY projects.
Make it a useful storage space
Garages all too often become dumping grounds for all sorts of items that cannot fit, or are not wanted in the main house. As such, they can quickly become cluttered.
Showcase your garage as a useful storage space by installing shelving and cupboards. Potential buyers will see the value in a well-planned storage zone, rather than a cluttered dumping ground.
Make sure you use all available space, right up to the ceilings, so buyers can easily visualise the amount of usable storage space they will have available.
Make your garage a multi-purpose space
Depending on the size of your garage, you may be able to do more in the space than simply park the car.
If possible, create different zones for different functions. For example, have a zone dedicated to working on DIY projects. This can be achieved with the placement of a large workbench and tool storage wall.
Perhaps you can create a kids’ zone where they can play pool or table tennis. Parents will love the fact the kids can spend hours playing in the garage (and away from them!). Alternatively, you could create a home gym zone.
Obviously, this depends on the size of the garage. However, it is worth highlighting to potential buyers the variety of different functions the space could be used for – we want them to spot potential.
Improve curb appeal
We all know first impressions count.
When we think of a property’s curb appeal, we usually consider the yard and the front door. Yet we often forget about the garage.
Garages are often highly visible from the street. A high-quality garage door can significantly boost your home’s overall street appeal.
Tired-looking garage doors will give an initial impression that the entire house is old. But a new garage door will lift the look of the whole house.
When installing a new garage door, ensure it comes with the latest opening mechanisms. These days, garage doors can be activated from apps on a smartphone. Little touches such as these will make life more convenient for potential buyers.
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