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By Brian Burries | Broker in Greenwood, IN

Garage Organization with an Objective . . .

The evolution of the garage cannot go unnoticed . . . from no garage, to a single detached in the back on the alley, to a two car on the alley. Multiple cars and new found suburbia, found the garage attached to the house. Three, four or more attached garages are not uncommon. Everything from a parking space to a TV place. From tools to pictures on the wall or plain concrete, to painted or carpeted floor. Face it the garage makes a statement to all who enter.

The garage will either impress a potential home buyer . . . or satisfy the existing homeowner.

These basic steps can make sure your garage space speaks what you want to all who enter.

1. Choose a sunny Saturday morning and enlist the family to gather and place on the driveway, items that have found their way to the garage.

2. Sort through specific piles and discard broken or unnecessary “stuff.” This is the hard part but extremely necessary.

3. Create, list and place value on a charitable donation pile. Keep the list for tax purposes.

4. Now challenge each helper to once again reduce or eliminate their pile.

5. With the garage empty, it is time to hose the floor, use some dish detergent, and let the broom do the work. I have found that the kids love this part . . . getting wet, sliding in bubbles. Cheap, clean fun.

6. Hose out the suds, sweep out the water, let it dry, and enjoy the fresh smell.

7. Replace the burned out light bulb with a brighter new one.

8. Now avoid the cluttered look of items that need to find their way back into the garage by considering:

Hangers for Bikes Hooks for Yard Tools Bins for Miscellaneous Items

Attic for Off Season Box for Hand Tools Metal or Plastic Shelving

Shoe Rack Coat/Jacket Rack

The bottom line is that you can increase your bottom line. A little time and focus on a much overlooked area of the home can make a big difference. It will impress the potential buyer.

This free, fun, family time can really make a difference to your Saturday. And you never know, the kids may ask if we can do it again next week.

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