Most people rarely think about their garage. Those who do are typically only considering where to park the car or whether to move things to make room for patio furniture. You aren’t alone if the garage is just a space to store your vehicle and other belongings. It isn’t often when people are itching to make improvements to this space. But that also doesn’t mean it has to be that way.
On the other hand, you might have a friend or family member who has a garage that has been set up to be organized and aesthetically pleasing. You may or may not think that is important, but it could mean more than you think.
If you’re like most people, you have your garage set up in a certain way and don’t feel there is any reason to change it up.
Today, we want to change the way you think about your garage. We have five different reasons you should pay more attention to this space and give it all the improvements and care that it really does deserve.
Care about your home value? Your garage matters!
Whether you plan to sell your home in the future or not, a high home value is an advantage. How does your garage factor in? You might be surprised. If you have a front-facing garage door, it makes up at least 30% and perhaps as much as 45% of the face of your home. That means when someone pulls up to your house, your garage is going to be the first thing they see. It’s a major feature of your house and it also happens to be the largest, or one of the largest, rooms in the entire dwelling.
The garage itself and the garage door more specifically has a chance to enhance the appearance of your home. Not sure about that? Ask any real estate agent and they will let you know that this single feature of your home has a huge effect on the value and equity of your house. Any homebuyer looking at your home is going to value a home with a garage, especially if it is one that is spacious, functional, and laid out in an exceptional manner.
A garage protects more than just your car or truck
The largest purchase you might ever make is your home, but the one that comes next is probably your SUV, car, or truck. Both your home and your vehicle require upkeep in terms of insurance and maintenance, which is an expense. This is also true of things like recreational vehicles and motorcycles. To keep these things safe and protects, your garage plays a huge part.
You likely have more belongings in your garage than simply one or two vehicles. There might be sports equipment, woodworking tools, seasonal items, and more. Each of these items needs to be kept protected and dry to stay in good working order.
Do you have a detached garage rather than one that is attached to the home? If it has enough ceiling space, you can make a storage space overhead to keep all these important items protected and off the ground.
Keeps your belongings safe
Most people have items in their garage that they want to keep safe. They put motorcycles, classic cars, expensive tools, bicycles, sporting gear, and more in the garage to keep it out of the elements. It helps to keep all of those items in great shape for longer. Keeping everything safe is very important, and the garage is a perfect place for that. If you have a detached garage that has a high ceiling, you might want to consider an overhead storage area. This will let you get even more out of the garage.
Most garages see a reasonable amount of foot traffic
Based on a study done in the United States, nearly 70% of homeowners use the garage as the most common way to get into their home. Tired of pushing through boxes and moving objects to get inside? That means it is beyond time to do some tidying up.
It might be time to stop the procrastination cycle and get started with straightening up. Once everything is in order, you can move toward making a few improvements. This will make the space safer for you and your family members, as well as making it simpler to walk through. It also means you won’t feel embarrassed when others are in the space.
You never know what hazards are inside a cluttered garage
Be honest with yourself, have you spent time recently to remove toxic or flammable items from your garage? You aren’t alone if it has been a while. It’s a simple process to recycle old paint, old oil, and even oil grease that might be hanging around. When your garage isn’t taken care of or is overly cluttered, it can be both a fire and a health risk.
Considering food, canned items are okay to store in the garage. However, it’s important to be sure all food is sealed adequately to prevent attracting animals and insects.
The garage can be a space for enjoyment
The garage can be more than storage space. It can also be transformed into somewhere to enjoy your hobbies and favorite activities. All you need to do is take a little creativity and time to change things. You could choose to make your garage a place to take part in your woodworking projects. You could bring in a television and make it a spot to watch films with the family. Some people even use it to start a home business. The first thing to do is start opening your mind to all of the possibilities and the rest will come over time.
Everything else you need to know
How would you feel about having a garage that is organized, that makes your home value rise, which is neat, safe, and a great place for everyone in the family to spend time? You can make that a reality if you put the time into it.
If you prefer, you are also welcome to come out to our showroom to meet us. Those who are considering a new garage door may find our Design Centre useful for choosing between style. We also offer an inspirational image gallery.