Stage a Garage? You bet!

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Although garages tend to be an extension of a home and are often overlooked, they are one area that you do not want to forget about! It sounds weird to say that you need to stage your garage. What might be better said is that you need to clean out and organize your garage.

Garages are notorious for becoming dusty, messy caverns crammed full of boxes, tools, sports equipment, and all sorts of other things.   Many people utilize their garage for storage and they want to ensure that the home they purchase has enough of it! It is best if you can clean and organize your garage to make it look as spacious and useful as possible.

Love how this garage looks!


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Here are my Top 10 Tips to getting your garage looking great:

  • Sweep or wash the floor. Seal any cracks in the concrete.
  • Check that all the lights, doors, and shelving units (if you have any) are in good working order, and that they’re clean and free from fingerprints, stains, spider webs, etc.
  • If you store garbage bins and recycling boxes in the garage, place them in out-of-the way corners, and make sure the containers are spotlessly clean.
  • If you have items stored in the garage that you wouldn’t expect to see there (furniture, for example) have it stored elsewhere.
  • Clean any glass in the garage door(s).
  • Make sure the garage door is in good shape and works properly. If dented or damaged, consider replacing it. If the paint is peeling or faded, give it a fresh coat of paint. Keep garage door lowered at all times.
  • Organize the contents of the garage and place everything in storage containers stacked neatly on shelves. It’s important to remember to try and get everything off the floor!
  • Have any old paints, solvents, chemicals, batteries, etc. properly disposed of (please check your local Fire Department as they often will have a disposal area).
  • Make sure you don’t have any rodent traps, insect killers, weed killers, or other products that might lead buyers to think you have infestations of any sort.
  • Clean door hardware if there’s a side entrance to the garage.

Love how they have used clear bins (and labels) to quickly know what is in each bin.

Garage Storage Bins

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 Garages don’t need to be all masculine and muscular either! Here are some of my favorite, pretty garage ideas:

Pretty Garage

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Pretty Garage

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Pretty Garage

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Pretty Garage

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When you are finished, ideally you should have the center of your garage clear. Your car can be parked there during showings if you choose. Extra vehicles that don’t fit in the garage should be stored down the street or in a neighbor’s driveway rather than in your own driveway.

In the end, you want to ensure you are not giving potential buyers ammunition for knocking down the price.

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Comments

  1. on 29.04.2014
    at 4:48 AM

    You’ve picked some really great garage organizing / decorating themes & absolutely love the one with chalkboard so there’s no more guessing about what is stored where.

    • on 02.05.2014
      at 3:48 PM

      It definitely is one of my favorites too!

  2. on 06.05.2014
    at 11:46 AM

    Sheri, Truly miss meeting people through commenting, so thanks … and a couple of things. Wondering if you’d like to swap guest blog posts as we’re both serving homeowners? And wanted to connect you to my good friend who lives in Calgary, Jennifer Powter who’s a health & wellness expert, http://jenniferpowter.com … and I’ll tell her about your women’s group.

    • on 06.05.2014
      at 2:42 PM

      Hi Tina,
      I’ll definitely contact you directly to discuss the guest blogging!
      And very small world, someone has already introduced me to Jennifer but we have yet to connect in person.
      Thanks for leaving your comment and I’ll be in touch shortly. Sheri

  3. on 06.05.2014
    at 11:48 AM

    Oh my, please tell me how my last blog post showed up on your website, inside my comment? I like that idea a whole lot.

    • on 06.05.2014
      at 2:42 PM

      We’ll chat about how that works 🙂

  4. on 12.11.2015
    at 7:19 PM

    Great Article gitcalgary,
    Great way to keep the garage looking beautiful. The Pictures look really clean and beautiful as well.

    • on 15.11.2015
      at 9:23 PM

      Thanks Rob. ~Sheri

  5. on 25.10.2016
    at 10:19 PM

    Fantastic ideas! I have been on the hunt for some ways to organise the Garage and I am going to have to use the peg board idea!

    Thanks Sheri!

    • on 28.10.2016
      at 8:21 PM

      That’s awesome to hear. I’d love to know how it all works out for you.

  6. Shawn Wood
    on 16.04.2017
    at 3:34 PM

    Wel… consider yourself added to my blogroll. I have like six other blogs I read on a weekly basis, guess that number just increased to seven! Keep writing!

    • on 18.04.2017
      at 3:56 PM

      Awe…thank you!

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