There’s nothing like the calm feeling of pulling your vehicle into a clean, organized, and well-maintained garage at the end of the day.
In fact, having a well-maintained garage is one of the hallmarks of a prestigious and desirable home. This is true whether you plan to stay in your current house for the next 20 years or whether you’re thinking of selling in the next few years.
Many realtors will tell you that while clients look at kitchens, bedrooms, and lounge areas closely when they’re deciding whether to buy a particular property, a poorly maintained or overwhelmingly messy garage is one of the few things that will spark an instant “no” in potential buyers. The funny thing is that fixing up a garage doesn’t cost as much as fixing up a kitchen, but somehow people think that remodeling a kitchen is doable but repainting the garage or discarding a pile of building materials left on the side of the garage is a nearly impossible task.
Here are 3 tips for an enviable garage that will make you feel proud, add to the value of your home, and make your home the talk of the neighborhood.
Tip 1: De-clutter your garage.
The garage can become easily cluttered with items that you don’t want to store in the house, or with items you don’t know what to do with. But a messy garage is harder to park in, more cumbersome to navigate while carrying shopping bags, and can attract bugs, rats, mice, and other vermin. When your garage is neat and tidy, your home arrival is more pleasant and less stressful. If you have a great garage, you can open the garage door and wait proudly as your garage is temporarily displayed to the neighborhood. You don’t have to worry about whether the neighbors will see the pile of discarded items in the corner, or about tripping over the broken shelf on the way in, where the tools used to sit. To keep your garage tidy, sort through items on a regular basis (monthly, if possible, and discard or donate unneeded items and store belongings you wish to keep safe in a storage unit).
Tip 2: Paint the walls and finish the floor.
Many garages are built without these final finishing touches, but sealing the floors and painting (or repainting) the walls will deter pests and provide an attractive environment. You can have the floor finished with an epoxy coat or other sealant. Making these small upgrades to your garage over the course of your homeownership can increase the value and marketability of your home. Sometimes it’s easier to do these upgrades when you’ve just cleaned out the garage and de-cluttered.
Tip 3: Keep the door running smoothly.
A garage door should be maintained regularly (once every 1-2 years, depending on your door’s age and the climate you live in). If it’s squeaking when it opens or closes, there is probably something that can be fixed. Broken springs, crooked doors, and other problems can be easily fixed within a few hours with an experienced garage door repair technician. Getting a new track might be all your garage needs to get rid of the ear-splitting sound it makes when operating, and keeping it well maintained will prevent problems later on. If your garage door itself is showing advanced signs of wear and tear, or if it just doesn’t portray the style you like, look into getting a new garage door. A new garage door can be more affordable than that patio you’re thinking of adding, but you’ll enjoy the benefits of an attractive, durable, hard-working garage door every day of your life, year round.
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