Getting Your Garage Ready To Stage

Posted in Real Estate by Michigan Real Estate Expert on July 5th, 2018

Getting Your Garage Ready To StageIf you’ve decided to sell your home, you’ve probably paid a lot of attention to the inside of your home. You have likely cleaned and staged your living room, bedrooms and kitchen to perfection. If you were like most other homeowners, you might have forgotten to stage one of the most critical areas of your home — the garage.

Most home buyers want a perfectly organized garage stage. A clean, organized garage is more important than you might think when it comes to selling a home. In fact, the Active Spring Shopper’s Report found that more than 30 percent of home buyers said that the garage is one of most essential rooms in a home. That means that 3 out of 10 buyers would rank a garage higher on their list of priorities than say a beautiful kitchen or bathroom.

If your garage has become a grease-stained dumping ground, that is okay. There are still plenty of things that you can do to get it looking like the showroom of an auto dealer. Get your garage in top shape with these tips.  

Clear The Clutter

Garages tend to be the one place where you can throw everything to keep out of sight. Anything that you don’t have room for probably goes into the garage. As a result, you might have quite a bit of clutter in there. Start by taking everything out. Before putting anything back in the garage, sort it into piles. Make three piles — keep, donate and throw away. Next, sort items accordingly.

Clean Thoroughly

Clean the floor and walls thoroughly. Use a concrete degreaser and a large scrubbing brush. If your floors are still dingy after cleaning, consider painting your concrete with epoxy. Garage floor epoxies are specially designed for concrete and can make your garage floor look brand new. This detail can impress buyers.  

Organize

The last step is to organize the remaining items. Consider installing different types of shelving to expand your garage storage. Metal and wire shelving, storage benches and metal cabinets are all excellent storage ideas for a garage. Consider installing storage racks on the ceiling of your garage to use the space above.  

Your trusted real estate professional will have loads of tips to help you make your home presentable and appealing for buyers. Make sure to utilize this valuable resource.

 

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The Case for Making a “Smart” Garage

Posted in Real Estate by Michigan Real Estate Expert on June 28th, 2018

The Case for Making a Smart GarageEnergy-efficiency, smart electronics and automation have come home to the rest of the house, but many garages still look and feel like neglected warehouses. Why not update the lighting and add some high-tech features that will bring your garage into the 21st Century. Doing so will make your life easier and need not cost a fortune!

Rethink Room Function

Most homeowners use the garage for more than a car park. If it’s part storage room, part play space and part project area, manage the corresponding needs for specialized task lighting, additional circuits for a second refrigerator or freezer, conveniently located space for gadgets, gizmos, bikes and sports gear, and how you’ll deal with yard equipment and gardening tools and trash receptacles. A comprehensive lighting/electrical plan will be a great benefit.

Power Up 

Consider your lifestyle, and plan for the uses and activities you envision in the garage. Whether you have built-in storage cabinets, a fully-equipped home workshop, a hobby center, or play space for neighborhood kids, you’ll need handy receptacles for air compressors, charging stations and a variety of portable tools and devices. Trailing extension cords from the receptacle on a door opener is not only unsafe, but inconvenient. If you have or are considering an electric or hybrid vehicle, think about a car-charging station; it will require a 220-240 volt circuit.

Become Energy Efficient

Install sleek, energy efficient recessed cans, and use LED bulbs for bright, attractive general garage lighting that offers greater flexibility than typical fluorescent tube fixtures. They are available for both new construction and remodeling. Also look at insulated garage doors with a row of windows for natural light. Add insulation to walls and ceiling if necessary. Modern garage door openers have advanced safety sensors and lighting timers; but those that are truly smart allow you to monitor operation and control opening and closing via smart phone app as well as by wireless remote.

Go Hands-Free

It’s not uncommon for exterior lighting to be motion-activated, particularly if you have a long driveway or security spotlights on your home’s perimeter. But you can also automate interior lighting, either with motion sensors, or by using door-jamb switches. You’ll love the convenience of never having to fumble in the dark for a light switch!

Tie the Garage Into Home Security

In addition to an intrusion alarm and various sensors for your home’s interior, incorporate air quality sensors and fire and water detectors, even a security camera, in your garage space. Home security is a major concern among potential buyers.

If you’re in the market for a new home, make sure to ask your trusted real estate professional about homes in your area with all of the newest technology.

 

 

 

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