With the New Year in sight, you may be wondering whether converting your garage into a living space could add value to your property. However, findings actually suggest that most home buyers find a garage very appealing and in some cases it can add as much as 15% to a property in a desirable area. So what should you do?
Keep it is the answer and give it a makeover. Ensure you are making the most of it with storage solutions that suit your needs and will be attractive to buyers if and when you come to sell. A Daily Telegraph article back in 2006 stated that for an £8000 makeover of a triple garage, approx. £20-25k was added to the property value. Not that’s a few years ago so in today’s money you could probably amend that to a £12,500 investment to give you a £30k return – not bad really in today’s market.
First of all think about what you do in your garage and what you want to use it for, that should answer the basic questions around how much storage you need and if you can designate particular areas to hobbies such as cycling, golf, tinkering with your beloved vintage car or even think about having part of it as a home gym.
Hanging items off the walls are a great way to keep your garage looking neat and tidy. Not only do they keep everything off the floor but they give it an uncluttered look which is visually appealing. There are many storage options to choose from including Cupboards, Racks, Hooks and Shelves.
The ceiling of your garage is probably the most underused space in your home. Why not add in hooks, hoists or overhead storage racks so that large or seasonal items such as Christmas Trees, timber, pipework etc. are out of the way and in a safe place.
Don’t forget the floor
The floor really completes a garage so its important as the final piece of the jigsaw to compliment the rest of the garage. Keep it simple with neutral greys or blacks that are easy to keep clean but that give a non-slip finish too. A tiled or resin floor can make all the difference and will last a lot longer than a painted finish which will soon peel and flake.
And what about the doors?
If yours are a bit past their sell by date perhaps you should invest in having them updated. Roller Shutter or Sectional doors allow you maximise the space in your garage as you can park within millimetres of them without the worry that they will damage your car. Adding in a threshold barrier can stop all the debris, leaves and water from getting in too.
Just remember, thinking now about storage and giving it a professional finish could make your house more attractive and reap the rewards in the future. What have you got to lose?
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