A garage has a significant impact on the resale price and overall value of your home. Most homebuyers won’t even consider a house with no garage. Similarly, a poorly maintained garage will certainly add less value than one that’s well-kept and visually appealing.
Before you put your house in the market, consider these upgrades that can make your garage more attractive to homebuyers.
1. Install a smart and stylish garage door
Smart doors are all the rage now due to their and ease of use. They can be linked to your home’s wireless network. Homeowners can receive smartphone notifications every time the door is left open. They can also open or close it remotely. Homebuyers with kids who tend to leave the door open all the time would appreciate a smart garage door. Access can also be shared with people who need to enter your home even without a remote control.
Garage doors make up a large portion of your home’s exterior. This means its color, appearance, and condition can affect the overall curb appeal of your home. Make sure you choose a style that seamlessly fits into your property.
2. Vent and insulate your garage
Insulation in your home provides resistance to heat flow and lowers your heating and cooling costs. Proper insulation can also improve comfort.
Similarly, insulation is effective for attached garages and locations with extreme weather conditions. An insulated garage helps capture some of your home’s climate control and protect your car and belongings from the weather. Additionally, insulation can also be used to soundproof your home from external noise.
Proper ventilation is also crucial for keeping carbon monoxide from entering your home and threatening your family’s health. You might also want to install a carbon monoxide detector that can notify you about unsafe conditions.
3. Provide ample lighting
Sufficient lighting ensures your garage is safe and comfortable to use. Make sure to choose bulbs that provide sufficient illumination from driveway to doorway.
Traditional fluorescent bulbs are safe bets for general purpose lighting. They offer sufficient illumination that can span the length of your garage. On the other hand, LED lightbulbs can last longer and are far more cost-efficient. Motion sensor lights are great for outdoor security lighting and preventing break-ins. They can also significantly reduce your energy bills.
4. Protect your flooring
Homeowners love sleek, tough, and easy-to-clean floors. If your floors are cracked or stained, investing in epoxy flooring can protect your concrete and add long-lasting shine that requires very little maintenance.
You can also opt to install garage floor tiles. They come in a range of and textures, adding effortless style to your flooring. Additionally, covering concrete with tile can protect the subfloor from daily wear and tear. Most tile varieties are also more resistant to spills, stains, and traffic than concrete.
A garage door threshold seal can also protect your floor by closing potential entryways for dirt and water during heavy rain. Another way to protect your floor is by setting up oil leak mats that absorb oil drops from your vehicle.
A garage is one of the most dynamic spaces in your home. It can be used for parking, storage, or even additional living space. Upgrading it not only improves its functionality, but also increases your home’s marketability when it’s time to sell.