Do You Need To Stage Your Garage Before Selling Your Home?

Here’s a tip you can’t ignore when preparing to show and sell your home.

Most homeowners know the importance of staging the inside and outside of the home when trying to sell. Your home should be staged for all pictures that will accompany your listing and for all showings and open houses. According to the National Association of Realtors®, when staging your home you need to make sure that the curb appeal extends “all the way up the driveway and into the garage”. The the National Association of Realtors® recommends staging the garage, along with the rest of the house, because research that indicates that 78% of home buyers purchase a house with a garage. The garage is an important feature for many buyers because it’s essentially a storage space, whether they’re keeping cars or boxes in there.

Here’s how to stage your garage for a successful showing:

  1. De-clutter. Just as you got rid of unnecessary furniture and items inside the house, you need to eliminate clutter in the garage.

  2. Consider having a garage sale to get rid of unwanted/unused items from the garage and from inside the home

  3. Donate whatever doesn’t sell to a local charity

  4. Hang bikes and large equipment on the walls (or put them in storage) to free up space in the garage

  5. Organize cabinets, shelving, and other storage systems. Put anything you don’t need in the trash or in storage.

  6. Clear the floor. Get everything off the floor of the garage and into cabinets, bins, hooks, or shelves.

  7. Keep all dangerous tools and chemicals stored away and out of reach of children.

  8. Make sure you have a working smoke detector installed in the garage.

  9. Clean-try to get rid of all dust, dirt, and stains on the walls and cabinets.

  10. Apply a fresh coat of paint on the walls and cabinets if necessary.

  11. Make sure the garage is well-lit. Change burnt-out lightbulbs and add light if needed.

  12. Your garage should have a working automatic opener (automatic light, automatic reverse, wall control panel, remote).

  13. Clean the floors. Remove all stains if possible, repaint the floor if necessary.

  14. The garage door itself should be clean and new-looking.

The outside of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see – you don’t want to ruin your curb appeal with a dirty or cluttered garage, so make sure you take the time stage your garage before showing your home.

Read more about staging your garage from Realtor. com.

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Preparing Your Home To Sell With An Open House

Trying to sell your home this year? Having a successful open house can help you! Check out these tips for preparing your home to sell with an open house.

Hosting an open house is a great way to bring in tons of potential buyers, but if your house is unsightly, dirty, or cluttered, those potential buyers will probably turn around and walk right back out the door. Potential buyers attend open house functions because they’re trying to get an idea of whether or not the home will meet their needs; to give your home its best chance to impress, follow these guidelines from

Make it less personal.

  • Keep family members and pets away from the home during an open house

  • Remove photos, awards, and other sentimental objects during an open house

  • Consider putting personal items into storage while your home is on the market

Taking down family photos and storing personal items allows you and your family retain at least some privacy during the home selling process, but there is another benefit to depersonalizing your home. A potential buyer at an open house is trying to imagine their life in that home, which can be hard to do with pictures of a strange family staring at them in every room.

A closet isn’t a good hiding place for clutter.

  • The goal is for your home to appear spacious

  • Consider renting a storage unit or asking a friend/family member to hold on to extra clutter

Rule number one of an open house is to de-clutter. That doesn’t mean hide clutter in the closets, attic, basement, or garage – potential buyers will be looking in all of those spaces during an open house. Empty spaces look larger than cluttered spaces, and you want potential homebuyers to be able to assess whether your home will meet their own storage needs.

Making your home inviting.

  • Try baking bread or cookies before the open house starts

  • Scented candles also make the home feel warm and inviting

  • Add fresh flowers or other plants in and outside of the home

  • Keep a fruit bowl on the counter and clean towels in the bathroom

While you want your home to be free of clutter and depersonalized, you don’t want it to feel like no one lives there.

Let in light.

  • Windows should be clean inside and out

  • Open all curtains and shades

  • Make sure that all light bulbs are working and shine brightly

Quite simply, “light sells homes”, according to The idea is that light will make your home feel more warm and inviting and will allow potential buyers to see everything your home has to offer.

Follow these tips for a successful open house and check out for more great tips on selling your home!

Tips for Selling Your Home This Spring

New Jersey is a wonderful place to be in the spring and as a resident, you probably already know that, but it’s important for you to show potential buyers the beauty of New Jersey as well, starting with your lawn and home. There are a ton of properties on the market for buyers to choose from, so it’s also important for you to make your home stand out. Here are 5 important tips to help you sell your home this spring…

1. Enhance your curb appeal: This is the first impression potential buyers will have of your home, so it better be a good one, or else they might just drive on by. As the snow melts and the grass starts to turn a beautiful green color, make sure you’re ready to take advantage of the weather. Spring is the prime planting and growing season for many flowers in New Jersey, so check out your local nursery for plants that will make your home look vibrant, bright, and friendly. Mow the lawn (if necessary), and also be sure to clear away any wet piles of leaves or dead tree branches that may be lingering in your yard. If it’s still too cold out to plant flowers, you need to make sure, at the very least, that your driveway and walkways are cleared of snow.

2. Leave no evidence of children or pets. Your home should be completely uncluttered (no children’s toys) and it should smell like spring (no litter boxes or dog droppings in the yard). Arrange for a friend or family member to watch your pets and/or kids when you’re having a showing in order to make sure that the buyer is not distracted and not put off by clutter or pet smells.

3. Make your home sparkle and shine. This means you need to take your spring cleaning to the next level. Do this by focusing especially on windows, mirrors, glass fixtures, etc. The goal is to let as much light in as possible and make your home seem as bright (and inviting) as possible. Change out thick, dark curtains for light, sheer ones, and consider installing lights under cabinets and adding extra fixtures/lamps in naturally dark corners of your home.

4. Spring cleaning! Most people practice this ritual even if they aren’t planning on selling their home, so this is a great way to take advantage of the season to help you sell your home. If you’re already a meticulous cleaner, great, if not, make sure that you don’t skip or slack off in any areas of your home when cleaning.  Be particularly thorough when cleaning your bathrooms and kitchen, because those are the deal makers or breakers of any home. Don’t forget to dust and clean all floors as well!

5. Market your home for sale. Your real estate agent will be able to help you with this part of the process, but you should put some thought into it as well. Writers from Ziprealty recommend that if your home sat on the market all winter to remove your listing and post it again fresh. You should also create brochures for your home, market online and in print.

For more information on how to sell your home this Spring visit this website.

Jodi Goldberg
RE/MAX Central
(908) 770-2150

How To Sell Your Home in Freehold, New Jersey

There are few ways to sell a home but to get the best price, in the shortest amount of time, under the best terms there are some things you need to know. Selling a home is essentially a beauty contest and a price war. So spending time preparing your home for sale, marketing your home properly, and pricing it right the first time is key.

Here are some tips to get you started…

Preparing Your Home for the Sale

When preparing your home to sell, it’s important to organize, declutter, and clean. Sounds easy and sometimes obvious right? So many times we see homes that are not properly prepared and it can really be a turn off to buyers. Here is your checklist..

  • Start with the outside of your home, this is the first thing buyers will see when viewing your home.
  • Remember to consistently mow the lawn, trim the hedges and trees, and clear walkways.
  • Be sure that you also clean all debris from your yard, clean the gutters, and carefully check the outside of your home for any damage that needs to be repaired before selling (ex. missing siding, cracked windows, etc.).
  • Adding flowers or potted plants near your front door can also help to increase the curb appeal of your home.

You must also organize, declutter, and clean inside of your home, but you must also make any necessary repairs and updates. Here is your checklist…

  • Check to make sure that all electrical, plumbing, and heating and cooling systems are working properly
  • Fix leaky faucets and tubs along with rocky toiletsOrange-county-water-faucet-repair1
  • Replace/repair any other out-of-date or non-working systems/appliances
  • Repaint walls that look faded or are peeling
  • Consistently clean all windows, furniture, floors (carpet and hardwood), and pay special attention to the kitchen and bathroom(s).
  • Also be sure to de-clutter and de-personalize inside of your home by organizing, storing unneeded furniture and toys, and removing family photos.

Sometimes depersonalizing your home can be hard. Since you are still living there you might want to see pictures of your family and have a hard time taking them down. But keep this in mind…

Let potential buyers see themselves living in your home. If you don’t pay attention to the details we mentioned above, you could potentially turn off buyers from placing an offer.

Advertising and Marketing Strategies

Today it is all about online marketing. Print marketing still works in some areas but online is where you will be able to reach the most amount of active buyers. Here are a few tips to make sure your home attracts buyers to pick up the phone and set up a showing…

  • Pictures, Pictures, PICTURES! Did I mention pictures? Make sure your pictures show off the best features of your home. Some pictures don’t show off the size of the room and the rooms features but actually make a room look smaller, only show off furniture, or showcase cleaning supplies. Sounds crazy, but we’ve seen it!kitchen-design
  • Show off features: Any upgrades you have done, any features that attracted you to your home, or anything that your agent sees as a positive amenity, show it off. Not only in your pictures but in the remarks.
  • Make sure your home is marketed on all of the top real estate websites, consistently and accurately. This is huge, you do not want to miss a potential buyer because your home expired on a top site or is not on a top real estate website.

You should also post a sign in your yard that says your house is for sale, includes your real estate agent’s information, and any additional contact information if needed.  Even charlotte-homes-for-sale-signthough window shopping online is very popular, don’t count our drive-by shopping.

You can also provide a fact sheet/takeaway brochure for interested buyers that includes at least one picture of your home, and details about the property such as number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, lot size, square footage, floors, etc.

For buyers who are unfamiliar with the Freemont area, or who are weary about buying a home that lies in the wake of the Hurricane Sandy disaster, highlight the Monmouth County Housing Improvement Program that is offering home repair assistance to victims of the hurricane. This will ensure buyers that they’re moving into a great community dedicated to helping its residents.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Freehold, New Jersey or surrounding areas contact a professional and dedicated real estate agent contact me, Jodi Goldberg with RE/MAX Central. I would love to help you take advantage of today’s housing market!

Jodi Goldberg
RE/MAX Central
(908) 770-2150

Questions for Your Potential Real Estate Agent

A Smart Home Seller should always interview multiple real estate agents before deciding on one. Here are some questions for a successful interview:

1. What makes you different? Why should I list my home with you?

It’s a much tougher real estate market than it was a decade ago. What unique marketing plans do you have that will make my home stand out from other homes on the market?

2. What is your company’s track record and reputation in the marketplace?

It may seem like everywhere you look, real estate agents are boasting about being number one. It is important to know their individual performance and see it in writing.

3. What are your marketing plans for my home?

How much money do you have to advertise my home and where will it be listed?  Online? In print?

4. What has your company sold in my area?

Agents should bring you a complete listing of their sales and other comparable sales in your area.

5. Does your broker control your advertising or do you?

Are you in control of your own advertising or will the brokerage firm manage the advertising?

 6. On average, when your listings sell, how close is the selling price to the asking price?

7. On average, how long does it take for your listings to sell?.

8. How many buyers are you currently working with?

The more buyers your agent is working with, the better your chances are of selling your home quickly.

9. Do you have a reference list of clients I could contact?

10. What happens if I’m not happy with the job you are doing to get my home sold?

Can a Realtor Help You Sell Your Home More Quickly in Freehold, New Jersey?


Real estate agents in Freehold are required to be up to date on the housing market trends in the area. That means that an agent in Freehold is familiar with average selling prices, short sales, foreclosures, lenders in the area, and everything else real estate. Furthermore, these agents are trained and tested daily in the real estate and housing markets, and their experience can absolutely work to help you buy or sell your home in Freehold, New Jersey.

Moreover, because your real estate agent will be familiar with the housing market trends in Freehold, he or she will be about to help you determine a realistic asking price for your property in order to ensure that your home sells. To determine what you should list your home for, your real estate agent will look at comparable homes that sold and that didn’t sell in Freehold, New Jersey. This will give both of you a good idea of what price is too high, and what price will sell, as well as give you more insight on the competition in the area.

If you need to sell your home very quickly, say, to avoid foreclosure, your real estate agent can work with local lenders and/or help you find out whether you qualify for a short sale or deeds-in-lieu transaction (which will save you from being foreclosed upon).

Make sure to hire a competent realtor who has experience in buying and selling homes in Freemont to help you sell your home as quickly as possible, and for the best possible price.

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