Did you know your garage also helps determine the value of your home?
Whether it’s for parking the family sedan in Winnipeg, housing summer tools in Vancouver, or storing winter supplies in Edmonton, garages are becoming an essential must-have on many homebuyer’s checklists. This is why it’s important you present your garage in a way that is appealing to a larger market. Here are some garage tips and ideas on how to wow buyers before they even step foot into your house.
CLEAN AND DE-CLUTTER
A full garage can give the impression you may have a storage shortage, so make sure you remove clutter when trying to sell your home. Gather everything in your garage and divide them into Keep, Donate, and Discard piles to restore what you need in a more orderly way.
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STAGE THE SPACE
Help buyers see what their garage could be by creating spaces that are practical and pleasing. Ensuring your garage space is functional will generate more interest in your home.
TIP: A workspace is desirable to many homebuyers, so carve out some space for this feature. And don’t forget about the lighting!
Buyers are always looking for ample storage solutions, and the garage is no exception. Fortunately, there are lots of easy and inexpensive options, such as floating shelves, wall racks, hooks, bins, and cabinets. These additions can help you create a space the will provide value to the next homeowner—and enhance your selling price.
UPGRADE YOUR GARAGE
When it comes to resale value, a new garage door is considered one of the best home improvement investments you can make. As a primary focal point of your home’s exterior, it’s important
you make a good first impression, especially if your door is front-facing. An upgrade doesn’t have to cost a fortune either. Creative Door carries plenty of affordable garage doors to suit any style
IMPROVE YOUR ENERGY EFFICIENCY
An insulated garage door properly regulates the temperature inside your garage, saving you money on energy costs. This is especially important for attached or heated garages and homes with rooms above the garage. Depending on where you live in Canada, Creative Door carries garage doors with a range of R-values that will help reduce your energy bill, which will appeal to more homebuyers.
TIP: For climates that are prone to colder temperatures during fall and winter, we recommend having a garage door with an R-value between 14 and 16.
ADDRESS THE WALLS
Having exposed insulation or beams not only limits valuable storage space on your walls, but also looks unsightly and unfinished. Drywall and a coat of paint go a long way in creating a more pleasant space and will make your garage look larger and more inviting.
HAVE SMART TECHNOLOGY
Garage door openers and security systems that can be controlled remotely with a smartphone are a desirable feature for potential homebuyers—especially young families and couples—and can help increase the asking price of your home.
These devices are easy to install and work with most garage doors. Our team can help you find the right opener for your garage door, and install it for you in no time.
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Following these tips will ensure your garage catches the eye of homebuyers and provide resale benefits by increasing your curb appeal, energy savings, and security.