The Garbage in the Garage: Why Potential Buyers Dislike Cluttered Garages

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When preparing your home for sale, it would be a costly mistake to overlook the importance of your garage. To a potential buyer, a home with a cluttered garage is a home with no garage. These are not just empty words. A recent homebuyer survey by, found that nearly 70 percent of males and 58 percent of females, would prefer a home with a garage.

However, if a garage is so full of junk that it is barely accessible, the appeal of your property will decrease. As a result, it may take longer to sell your property than you bargained for. So what is it about junk-filled garages that puts buyers off?

Junk Prevents an Accurate Appraisal

A garage will appeal to buyers in several ways. For instance, car owners will obviously prefer a home with a garage so they can safely store their car. Similarly, woodworking enthusiasts will want somewhere that they can put their tools and workbenches. Some buyers may just require a garage for storage.

Unfortunately, a garage that is crammed full of junk will prevent potential buyers from evaluating the available space. If a buyer can't work out if their car will fit in your garage or not, they might just go elsewhere.

Junk Implies Inadequate Storage Space

If your garage is overflowing with unwanted items from your house, potential buyers may assume there isn't enough storage space. Not disposing of all the junk in your garage then will make your house appear smaller.

Junk Seeds Mistrust in Buyers

When a potential buyer walks into your garage to see junk piled everywhere, they could begin to doubt your trustworthiness. Not in terms of money, but in terms of other potential issues that could be lurking in your home. They will also wonder if the junk is hiding stains.

Hire a Rubbish Removal Service

 Your garage could be the deciding factor when it comes to selling your home. Before you stage your home then, make sure that you get rid of any junk that is taking up precious garage space. The fastest and simplest way to do this is to hire a rubbish removal service. These services can save you a lot of time and money by clearing out your garage on the day you call them.

Most homebuyers will pay $100,000 more than they did for their current home if the house of their dreams becomes available. A garage is usually part of such a home. Don't let clutter cause your sales efforts to stutter.