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Fixing Up Your Garage Before Selling

We have spent a lot of time – quality time – on exploring various ways to spruce up your home in order to maximize its salability and appeal. In our articles, we have covered things such as home staging, home appraisals, yard maintenance, lighting, bathrooms, rugs, and windows. From the inside to the outside, we strive to make sure that you receive helpful information on just how to improve your home. There is, however, an area which we have yet to explore. This changes today!

Garages easily find themselves forgotten. Lying away from a home, not occupied, perpetually dark, it is not uncommon for homeowners looking to sell to engage in all manner of improvements to their homes and then to forget the presence of the garage. While the oversight is not uncommon, it is also something you will want to avoid if you are hoping to get anywhere close to the full asking price of your home.

Where to begin? For one thing, a garage must look nice. If your home sparkles and shines but then the garage looks as though it stepped out of Chernobyl, there’s a good chance that no one will even bother to go inside. This means that you will want to assess the exterior of the structure. Is the siding rotten? Are the windows intact? Do the gutters sag off of the roof? Are the shingles decaying? In many ways, the exterior of the garage is the most difficult part as there are numerous components, all identical – although in a diminutive fashion – to the components on the house itself.

The inside of a garage is, obviously, key. Fortunately, there is usually far less within a garage than within a home. For instance, you don’t need to worry about aesthetic lighting or hardwood floors, and you also don’t need to spend much time polishing fixtures or replacing the seal around a bathtub. What you do need to do, on the other hand, is clean.

Same as with the interior of a home, a garage should look well taken care of. Lots of cobwebs, dirt, mold, and dust will not necessarily turn off a potential buyer, but it will leave them asking themselves whether or not they really want to take on the extra work or if they would rather find somewhere else to call home.

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5 reasons to partner with Rich Bassford

  1. Consistently one of the Top Selling Agents in QC
  2. Successfully completed over 1400 transactions in his career.
  3. Calculates the ideal sale price to meet your expectations and attract buyers.
  4. Brings interested buyers to your doorstep.
  5. Maximizes your home’s visibility online and through his network of agents.