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Garages are underrated. There, I said it. People with garages take theirs for granted, and those without them have no idea what they’re missing. Normally, we associate the garage with your car. Essentially, the main purpose of one is to act as a sort of home for your car. But, they can bring so much more to the table that you might be unaware of.
I think a lot of families will spend loads of money on different home improvements when they could cut the costs and just build a garage instead. It ticks a lot of boxes, and you’ll be surprised at home much your house is improved by one.
To further stamp home my point about how good garages are, I’ve come up with a few of the top reasons you should consider building one. Alternatively, if you already have a garage, this can be used as a way to help you get more out of it. Perhaps you’ve been neglecting yours, and this article will encourage you to renovate it and use it more! Either way, take a look at the points below for all the information you need:
Keeps Your Car Safe & Saves Money
As mentioned at the start, the main purpose of a garage is to store your car. While this doesn’t seem like the most glamorous thing in the world, it can actually be very beneficial. Especially if you normally park your car on the side of the road outside your house. Did you know that doing this can cause your insurance premiums to be higher? Car insurance companies consider it risky if your car is out on the street because anyone can walk by and cause damage to it. But, when it’s tucked away in your garage, there’s less risk, meaning your premium is lower, saving you loads of money every year!
This brings up something I’m keen to talk about; what makes a home improvement a home improvement? It sounds like a strange question, as surely the answer is just; anything that improves your home in some way. Which is correct, but a garage is something that improves your life too. It literally saves money for you, which you can’t say for most other home improvements!
Not only that, but it will also keep your car safe and in good working order. You keep it in your garage during summer and avoid bleaching the interior or discoloring the outside. Store in there in winter and you avoid things freezing over, making it hard to start your car every morning. Parking your car in your garage every night can increase its longevity, which may end up saving money as well! If future savings aren’t a good enough reason to build something, then I don’t know what is.
Can Be Used As An Extra Room For Your Home
Garages don’t just have to be used for car storage. In fact, if you already have a driveway with a gate, then your car is still more protected than it will be on the side of the road. In which case, you might think the earlier point is invalid as you don’t need a garage.
But, if you’re not using a garage for your car, you can use it for other things too. It can become an extra room for your home! There’s likely to be a decent amount of space in the garage, meaning you can use it for multiple purposes. A lot of people turn theirs into a recreational area of sorts. They put a ping pong table in there, or a pool table, and it’s a great place for the family to have fun. Or, another very popular idea is to put your washer and dryer in there, turning it into a laundry room. The good thing about either idea is that you don’t always have to use up all the space in your garage, meaning you could still fit a car in there anyway! If you’re struggling for space in your home, then a garage is a great place to move things to and use as a separate room.
This is a great idea for anyone with a garage that doesn’t really use it anymore. But, it’s also perfect if you want to build a garage just for this purpose. Get some insulated garage doors and a couple of portable heaters in there to keep it warm and useable in the colder months. Add a bit of decoration to make it more homely too. A garage is much cheaper than a full-on extension, so if you’re struggling for space in your house, maybe consider this as an option instead.
Adds Value To Your Property
Remember earlier on when I asked what made something a ‘home improvement’? Well, one other thing that can be considered ‘improving your home’ is doing things that boost the value of it. There are plenty of improvement ideas that do this, and quite a few that don’t. A lot of people think building a swimming pool in their garden is a really great idea that will improve their home. In reality, this might give you an extra degree of entertainment, and make your home look cooler, but it actually lowers the value of your house.
With a garage, you get something that will definitely add value to your home. It goes back to that point about your car too, people realize how valuable a garage is, and this is what boosts house prices when they have one. Plus, look at the point above as well, you give your house more space, also increasing its value.
When the time comes for you to sell your home – and it may come eventually – you want to make as much money as possible from it. You didn’t spend all that effort paying off your mortgage just to make a loss on your home! By building a garage, you give your property something that will categorically increase its value on the housing market.
Increases The Visual Appeal Of Your Home
You also have to think about the aesthetic appeal a garage brings to your home too. Again, this is another key element of good home improvements. If something makes your house significantly uglier, is it really an ‘improvement’? When you spend money on something, you want to feel confident that it makes your home look better. I feel like many people don’t give the exterior of their home much attention, and it shows in the appearance. Their house can look ugly and dead from the outside, causing passers-by to turn their nose up.
However, with a garage, you can work wonders on your kerb appeal. A brand new garage will gleam bright and beautiful next to your house. It attracts a lot of attention, with people maybe being drawn to it instead of noticing any flaws your house has. Not only that, but it also makes your property look bigger too.
Of course, increasing the visual appeal of your home is a benefit from an egocentric position. But, I still think it’s a good reason to build a garage. Like I said, it makes sense to do something that improves and benefits your home in some way, rather than bringing it down a few notches.
Extra Storage Space
Finally, one of my top reasons to build a garage is that it provides you with lots of extra storage space. This is a similar point to the one about using it as an extra room, but there is a key difference. Here, your garage is serving one purpose while also providing extra storage. It could still have your car in, but you could also store boxes in there, or gardening tools, etc.
It’s the perfect place to keep things in when you don’t need them all the time. You can also build cabinets on the walls to create more storage space, or even build storage into the roof. The bottom line is that you can remove a lot of clutter from your home, and put it in your garage – if you want to.
By all means, if you wanted to, you could turn your garage into a room dedicated to storage. But, I think you’re restricting yourself by doing this. You can easily use your garage for any of the other things mentioned on this list, and still, find space to store things in.
Right, time to tie everything up and come up with a little conclusion for this. What else is there to say other than that a garage is a great home improvement to make? You can see my reasoning behind this, and it’s up to you if you want to go through with building one or not. Or, like I mentioned all the way at the start of this piece, if you already have one, this might give you an incentive to renovate and improve it. My parting shot is this; if you only have enough money to make one home improvement, why not make it a garage? It benefits you in multiple ways and can tackle almost any issue you might have with your home.