If you are thinking of selling your home, it’s a great idea to get everything in good order. A nicely decorated property with no outstanding issues is a far more appealing prospect than one that has clear problems that the buyer will have to deal with. Often it is the case that the money you spend doing up the property is more than made back in the eventual difference in sale price.
But even knowing this, many homeowners often overlook a key part of their property that could be easily renovated and made over; the garage. Garages are so often a maligned part of the home – a depository for unused exercise equipment and various accumulated junk.
A garage that is in great shape and has a purpose is definitely a huge selling point for buyers, so it is not something that you should overlook.
However, there are many different ways that you can do up your garage before a sale. Here we take a look at some of the optimal opportunities you can take advantage of when renovating your garage.
Focus on kerb appeal
There is no doubt that visual appearance plays a big part in the decision making of potential home buyers. When you renovate your garage before a sale, it’s a great idea to focus on some of the issues that make your garage appear attractive. For example, if your garage door has seen better days, now might be the right time to freshen it up or buy a replacement.
Of course, if you’re looking to wow potential buyers with your garage it could be a great idea to invest in an automatic garage door. In many cases, it is possible to simply automate your existing door rather than having to buy a new one.
“Most modern garage doors which are from leading manufacturers can be automated, whether you have roller door, sectional or an up and over style door,” says Mascha Lipscomb of Wessex Garage Doors, “but it does depend on the model – if you’ve had your door in place for many years, you may need to do some research into the specific type of door you have to ensure the operation works with automation.”
Invest in a modern garage
One use for your garage that is sometimes underrated is traditional; simply as a space for your car. A good quality garage can make a big difference to a property – it can lower your insurance premium, keep the car in good condition for longer, and minimise any risk of theft or damage. These are all positives from a potential home buyers perspective.
But renovating your garage could also be an opportunity to embrace the future, and put an electric charging point in place. It can be a huge plus for those with electric vehicles to know that there is already a space that is ideal for charging.
Smarten up the storage
It may be that you think the space is better used as a storage area, but it can still be a great idea to put the effort into a renovation. Take the time to clear out your garage and get rid of everything you don’t need. You can also put in some useful storage solutions to ensure that there is space for the things you choose to keep.
Of course, the real idea with renovating the space is showing potential buyers the possibilities, so it could be a great idea to put in more storage than you need.
Another possibility that could be a great idea for some homes is conversion. Converting your garage is certainly the most financially beneficial renovation option for your garage. Adding a bedroom adds significant value to a property – up to 10% of the value of a home, by some estimates.
But the conversion doesn’t necessarily need to be a bedroom to add value. According to HomeHouseBuyers, “extending a property can add a tremendous amount of value to it. After all, a four-bedroom property typically sells for a higher price than a three-bed home in the same area. Of course, you don’t have to use the extra space you create as a bedroom.”
Converting can be expensive, and a big project just before you sell – but it can definitely be worth it in terms of recouping the investment.
There are many different renovation options that could be perfect for your home. Perhaps the greatest advantage of all is the renovation forces you to sort out everything currently in your garage. This provides the double benefit of ensuring you have less clutter around the home when you sell and removing all the unwanted items from your property.0