While many people agree the wife is the principal decision maker when a couple buys a house, it’s important to stage a home to appeal to husbands too. Home staging expert Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®, shares tips for decorating the garage to help a home sell in today’s real estate market.
Home sellers often assume that as long as their house is clean it’s ready to sell. But it takes much more than that to stand out, especially in a slow real estate market. While attractive kitchens and bathrooms certainly help a house sell (because they’re the most expensive rooms to renovate), the garage is important too, especially if you’re trying to appeal to male home buyers.
While most people would agree the wife is the principal decision maker in a home purchase, it’s important to wow husbands too. Many home sellers mistakenly assume they can store all their extra junk in the garage, close the garage door and then hope no one notices or cares when they put their house on the market.
“Garages are an important selling feature in a home,” says expert home stager, Debra Gould, “unfortunately most people fail to organize them properly to showcase the space and how it can be used.” Gould, who created the Staging Diva® Home Staging Business Training Program after running her own successful home staging business adds, “Your goal when decorating a house to sell— whether you do it yourself or hire a professional home stager to take over the job— is to help prospective buyers imagine their life in a home. If your garage is full of clutter and looks too small, buyers will be turned off. Men especially like to see how much stuff they can store in a garage and whether there’s a work space for them too. Most won’t be able to see past your junk, so don’t leave it there when trying to sell your home.”
The Staging Diva® says, “One of the reasons people move is to have more space for their stuff, so don’t show them you’re having the same problem by putting everything in the garage, or they won’t be motivated to buy your property.” She offers the following home staging tips for the garage:
If the floor and walls look bad, consider a fresh coat of paint. But don’t paint a concrete floor gray, warm it up with a neutral, for example a soft mushroom color works well. A complementary neutral can be used on the walls.
For more home staging tips, check out Debra Gould’s Staging Diva® Ultimate Design Guide: Home Staging Tips, Tricks and Floor Plans. Written for home stagers, it explains how to stage every space in a home and includes tons of photographs and floor plans from The Staging Diva’s own home staging projects to illustrate all the design concepts.
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