Are you thinking of putting your house on the market this summer? If you’re preparing your property for sale, don’t forget that kerb appeal can make all the difference for getting you a swift sale at the asking price.
It’s all about first impressions – you never get a second chance to make one. Did you know that ¼ of house hunters make a decision on a property in just 10 minutes? With so little time to impress potential buyers, you need to make sure the front of the house looks nothing less than perfect.
Garages are, of course, a desirable feature in any home, particularly if yours is big enough to accommodate a modern car – most pre-war garages struggle in that respect. But regardless of size, it always pays to make the most of the space available.
Let’s start with the garage door.
Assuming your garage faces the road and is clearly visible at the end of your drive, it will be one of the first things visitors will see. In fact, your garage door may be the main elevation to catch your potential buyer’s eye as s/he approaches the house. No surprise, then, that having an attractive garage door will substantially influence the perceived value of your home. If your garage door is not up to scratch, now is the time to repair whatever needs fixing and give the door a new paint job – or better still invest in a brand new door.
In terms of what buyers are looking for, it’s best to play it safe so that you can appeal to the widest possible market.
- Choose a colour that adds interest but isn’t so bold that it can put potential buyers off. Whichever shade you select, make sure that it fits with the rest of your property’s exterior.
- The same goes for the style of door. Whether you go for UPVC up-and-over garage doors or a traditional timber garage door, make sure they complement your home beautifully.
- Your garage door must be fully functional. A creaky, sticky or damaged door is not a good selling point while a smoothly gliding door may just clinch the deal. If the budget allows, invest in automatic garage doors that you can show off by using a remote key fob or your smartphone.
- Finally, cleanliness is next to godliness. Even the smartest, snazziest garage door won’t get you any brownie points with house buyers if you haven’t bothered to look after it.
Once you’ve wowed your potential home buyers with the outside of the garage, it’s time to take a look inside.
A garage should be tidy and organised, with plenty of room for the car as well as all the other bits and bobs that are typically found there – gardening equipment, DIY tools, bicycles, toys etc. That said, many home owners may see much more than just a place to park the car. Garages represent very valuable extra spaces that can be used in a variety of ways. From home gyms to artists’ studios, man caves to home offices, your humble garage offers huge potential that you can easily exploit through good presentation for sale.
Use clever storage and lighting solutions to make your garage look as spacious as possible, and show off any windows by letting in natural light. Finally, it should go without saying that everything should be sparkling clean.