The humble garage may be among the among utilitarian spaces in any home, but its impact on your ability to sell your home in a timely manner (and for the right price) might surprise you. Here are four upgrades you can make to your garage that can help you get the deal the want.
- Making Mechanical and Electronic Repairs - Few missteps will embarrass you more during a showing of your property than a garage door that refused to close, opens only grudgingly, or makes unpleasant sounds as it operates. Initiate that long-overlooked garage door repair now, not after you've already lost potential sales. Even if the door opens and closes as it should, frayed cables, loose springs, and scraping or grinding noises are all indications of impending trouble. But replacing components such as torsion or extension springs is dangerous work that calls for professional expertise, so save your DIY skills for other home staging tasks and call an experienced technician. If your garage uses an outmoded or failing electronic garage door opener, you'll want to get this component replaced. While replacing the unit yourself is not as hazardous as working on your garage doors, the labor required to completely remove the old one and then assemble the new one into place might be better delegated to a professional.
- Cleaning and Repainting - Don't assume that a garage is supposed to "look like a garage" even when you're showing your home. Yes, most people stuff their garages with tools, boxes, and other old junk. But just as a professional home stager clears personal items out of the living room so prospective buyers can fully imagine their own belongings there, a clean, mostly-empty garage will stimulate the imagination while also making the space appear larger. Once you've gotten all the clutter out of the way, time the time to wipe up spills and sweep away dirt. For the ultimate in dressing up your garage, consider applying a fresh coat of paint both inside and out. Your garage's interior will look bright, clean and new, while your garage door will go from faded to fabulous.
- Adding Insulation - If your garage feels noticeably hotter or colder than the rest of the home, you'll find it harder to convince buyers that this property will provide the kind of comfort and energy-efficiency they seek, especially if you live in an extreme climate. Adding thermal insulation to the garage can help equalize temperatures while also allowing you to discuss your utility bills with pride instead of shame. The simples way to prevent the outside world from affecting your garage's temperature is by adding panels of foam insulation to the inside surfaces of the garage door, but this method may detract from the door's looks. Replacing worn weatherstripping along the bottom of the garage door can also help. The most attractive and effective step to take, however, would be replacing an old, thin metal or wooden garage door with a multi-layered insulated door.
- Converting the Garage Into an Apartment - The ultimate attraction for some purchasers may be a home that contains a ready-made apartment or spare room in the form of a garage conversion. Obviously this plus will become a minus for people who prefer the traditional carport and warehouse capabilities of a standard garage. But for others, the ability to accommodate guests, enjoy a private study or hobby space, or even rent the garage out to boarders could really set your home apart from other listings in the area. You might even replace the garage doors with French doors or sliding patio doors.
As you can see, your garage can work against your home sale, or it can shine as a major selling point in your favor. Contact a local garage door repair technician, like one from Plano Overhead Garage Door, or home improvement experts for detailed guidance and recommendations on how to turn your garage a showcase!