You want to increase the value of your home, but which garage upgrades will give you the most bang for your buck? While many homeowners believe that the key to increasing home value is by transforming their garage into an additional living space, others are seeing an increase in value by creating a well-organized, functional garage space.
In fact, an updated, traditional garage can help boost the value of your home, and sell it quickly! What are some of the top garage updates to make when you’re looking to increase the value of your home? Keep reading to learn more!
- Install A Functional Garage Door
One of the first steps that you should take when looking to increase the value of your home, is to install a garage door that opens automatically with a keypad, or remote. If your home currently has a heavy wooden door, another option is to swap it for a lightweight aluminum one.
- Utilize Storage Options
Many homeowners keep out-of-season decor, toys, and equipment in their garage to keep it out of the home. However, you want to avoid cluttering up the garage and making it look small, especially when prospective homebuyers come to look at the space. Consider installing heavy-duty shelving, and keeping items in uniform bins to create an orderly space.
- Insulate and Add Vents
Insulate the walls and ceiling of your attached garage to capture some of your home’s climate control, and protect your items and vehicle from the weather. Consider also insulating the garage door by adding weather stripping to the bottom and sides to reduce drafts. Be sure that your attached garage is properly vented so carbon monoxide isn’t entering the home, and install a carbon monoxide detector to alert you of any unsafe conditions.
- Finish the Floors
Paint your floor with an epoxy finish so it’s easy to clean. Not only does this help create a more finished look to your space, but it also prevents stains from spills such as car oil, or similar.
- Add Additional Outlets
If your garage isn’t already equipped with enough outlets, hire an electrician to install two electrical outlets per wall, just like they would in a house. This small cost will have a big payoff when it comes to selling your home.
Don’t forget, after you make upgrades to your garage, it’s time to review your homeowner’s insurance policy! In fact, you should review your insurance policies on an annual basis to keep track of any changes.
Ready to begin? Contact a trusted agent today to review your current insurance policies, and how changes made to your home, or garage, can qualify you for an adjustment.