Q. I am wondering if men and women have a different way of looking at the right home to buy.
A. There was an interesting study earlier this year, by Realtor.com, equating looking for and buying a home to dating and falling in love. There are definitely differences between the sexes. A majority of consumers admit to having home crushes. That is a property they liked so much they were drawn back to looking at it numerous times. But men and women have a different pattern.
Men were more likely than women to move from one home crush to another. 36% of men surveyed say they find a new house crush weekly, compared to 29% of women. Women were more likely than men to have a crush on a home that was out of their price range. 41% of women revealed their home crush is out of their price range compared to only 30% of men.
One thing both sexes agree can make them fall in love with a home is outdoor living space. They both identified this attribute as most important in a home. Women swoon over open floor plans, great curb appeal, fixtures and appliances. Men loved open floor plans, great curb appeal and good garage space. They visualize their toys in it or toys they wish they had.
In life or in Real Estate, finding “the one” is easier when your list of deal breaker’s is short.
Q. In staging a home for sale, how important is the garage?
A. It is more important than many people realize. Generally speaking it is most important if a man is involved in the sale. Women, however, also can appreciate a clean garage with good storage cabinets. It gives her a feeling of practicality to park the car inside and also store items so she doesn’t have to use up all the indoor closets space.
Most buyers can’t visualize the potential of a garage that looks like a dumping site. I suggest renting a storage space when selling a home. The cost is worth the benefit. Not only will the garage look great but other areas of your home will also be less cluttered. Remember it is an important living space.
Good lighting is very important in a garage. You can get a fluorescent fixture. So many garages are dark and dingy. If you have a large garage, at least a double, set up a portion of it as a workshop. Don’t go to a lot of expense. Keep it simple. A set of work horses and a piece of plywood on top is great. A loft area for storage is a desirable storage place for the buyer.
If you have a small, one car garage, park your car there for showings. Potential buyers will see that a car fits in. An empty garage seems smaller.
If the floor of the garage is stained or dirty clean it and consider painting it.