Keeping your home clean and organized is one of the best ways to attract home buyers and leave a good impression. However, there is one area of your home that is often overlooked by many sellers getting ready to list, the garage! Not commonly kept nearly as neat and tidy as the rest of your home, a cluttered garage can turn off a home buyer. It will most likely be one of the last spaces they look at in your home, so you want to make sure you leave a good impression. Below are some simple yet very efficient ways to organize your garage in no time!
Fast Fact: According to organizational professionals only 30% of home owners actually have room to store their car in the garage!
- Set Aside the Time
Depending on the size of your garage and just how cluttered it is, set away a day or weekend just dedicated to this task. This will help keep you focused and from putting the task off.
- Start With a Clean Slate
Remove everything from the garage! Why you ask? When you are working with a clean slate it’ll be easier to visualize where you want to put things and how much space you’re actually working with. Get three tarps and decide which things you want to keep, donate or toss.
- Decide What the Space Will Be Used For
Will you need room for a shop to work on cars, a studio or a craft space? Figure out the best way to incorporate every aspect you need your garage to function as.
Map out space for seasonal equipment: lawn mowers, weed-trimmers, snowblowers, etc. Avoid planting big items, such as lawn mowers, in a corner where they’ll chew up space. Try to park them under a shelf unit. Finally, get seasonal space hogs such as snow tires, kayaks, and bikes off the floor. These items should be relegated to walls or hung from the ceiling. Keeping things in containers not only lets you get them off the floor but keeps them clean. Transparent stackable bins conserve space and also allow you to see their contents. Always label opaque containers so you know what’s inside.
- Use the Walls
The walls of a garage are a great place to store garden tools, brooms and even some sporting equipment. PVC piping or magnetic strips work wonders for wall organization!
- Create a “Mudroom”
A mudroom is a space that many home buyers would love, but are not incorporated into a lot of homes. Try adding one in the corner of your garage if you have direct access into your home from your garage.
Now that your garage is neat and organized it’s time to relax and enjoy the summer day on the patio! Check out my earlier blog on how to perk up your outdoor space!