Garages are often overlooked, but not for lack of function. To some, it’s just a place to park the car, store seasonal items, and corral all of the outdoor toys and sports equipment. For many, the garage takes a back seat to the living areas in the home, even if sometimes by accident.
There are people, however, who have capitalized on their garage spaces, creating storage solutions and other great functional uses for the space.
Maybe you’ve purchased a shelf or added some decorations, but have you really made the most of your space? If it works, after all, you might not have a need to make changes.
Garages are an important part of the home, and it’s time to start thinking of them that way. Here are five great reasons to start giving your garage a little extra TLC.
Clutter can be dangerous
Do you have old cans of paint or bottles of oil laying around the garage? These can be dangerous, and even toxic, and they need to be properly recycled. Clutter and junk lying around on the floor become instant tripping hazards and present a fire risk. The more clutter that you have, the more dangerous it can become.
What’s worse is that if your garage isn’t well-ventilated or well-maintained, it could become a source of foul odors and even mold buildup. Clutter can hide serious problems, structural damage, and other things that need your attention.
Never store food items, other than canned goods, in the garage. This could attract all kinds of critters and create a serious mess.
Your garage is probably a regular pathway
Did you know that as many as 70% of homeowners surveyed reported using the garage as their main entry point to the home? When the clutter builds up, it can be difficult to find a path, or at least find a safe one. If you’re frustrated with trying to get in and out of your garage without causing an avalanche, it might be time to clean up and declutter a little.
While you’re decluttering, you can even spruce a few things up. Consider adding storage shelves and boxes to keep things neat and organized and keep anything of value off of the floor. Instead of dreading the walk through the garage, you will enjoy walking through and seeing your newly organized space.
A garage is a safe space for your stuff
Next to your home, your vehicles are probably your most valuable assets. They are also some of your most expensive belongings. They should be adequately protected to reduce ongoing maintenance expenses and preserve their lifespan. This goes for cars, trucks, RVs, motorcycles, and other vehicles you may own. They all deserve a garage that can protect them from the elements, theft, and other potential risks.
Plus, think about all of the other items that you have in your garage. From sports equipment to tools, there is a lot of money in that often-ignored space. It is critical, though, that you take the time to keep items stored correctly so that they are protected.
If your garage is detached, you’ve got a bonus option for protecting your belongings AND improving your space. If your ceilings are high enough, you can add overhead storage. This is ideal for items that aren’t used as often because it keeps them organized and gets them off the floor.
The garage is a great extra space
Garages aren’t just for vehicles and storage. If you’re looking to find a new hideaway, you can turn your garage into a craft studio, woodworking shop, or even a man cave with a TV, mini fridge, and plenty of comfortable seating. There is so much that you can do with a garage. Some people are using them to start their own businesses or enjoy their hobbies. Stop forgetting about your garage and realize its potential because it is among the largest spaces in your home and you should capitalize on that.
Most importantly, garages increase the value of your home
Most homebuyers are looking for a home with a well-maintained and functional garage space. If you have a garage, your home is instantly more valuable than it would be without one. If your garage is well cared-for, the value will only continue to increase.
Don’t forget about curb appeal. Front-facing doors make up as much as 30-45% of your home’s exterior and are the first thing people see when they pull into the driveway. If you don’t maintain your garage, it can seriously impact the value of your home.
Any appraiser, real estate agent, or other industry professional will tell you that one of the primary home improvements that will add the most value to a home is the garage. Along with kitchens, bathrooms, and windows, the garage is something that homeowners don’t want to have to upgrade themselves. If it already looks and functions well, it will be a much greater asset.
Imagine the possibilities
Think of the things that you could do if your garage was well-organized, neat, and freshly updated. Not only will this increase the value of your home and the use of the space, but it will give everyone more peace of mind.
Imagine having a brand-new garage door that can breathe new life into your home and kick your garage improvement off with a bang.
If you’re looking for a new garage door or garage door system, we can provide you with no-obligation quotes for any products and services you need. Call us at 1-800-409-3667 to discuss your garage’s potential.
We also welcome homeowners to visit our showroom and see what we can do firsthand. While you’re here, you can check out the Design Centre and use our on-hand image gallery to get inspired and find your new garage door.