Since moving to the south in 2012 there has been one clear difference from the midwest, garages are not commonly used for cars. The garage is probably your home’s biggest source of clutter: that dumping ground for sports equipment, beach chairs, pantry items purchased in bulk, and, oh yeah, your car.
The New York Times is calling the garage “the next frontier in remodeling“—a problem area to tackle after the kitchen, bathrooms, basement, and landscaping have all been redone.
A garage makeover can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $50,000 and up. Glass recently installed a $40,000 hydraulic lift in the garage of a financial advisor, who wanted it to store his Porsche.
What else are homeowners looking for in their dream garages? Other contractors report requests ranging from the straightforward—drywall installation, flooring finishes, and custom storage solutions—to the extravagant: heated floor tiles, expansions to hold more vehicles, and central vacuuming systems and floor sinks to make professional-level car detailing possible at home.
“The people who spend serious money on their garages are the ones who have already done everything else to the house, and they’ve got nice cars,” Paul Greskovich, the owner of Garage Craft Interiors in New Jersey, told the Times. “They suddenly realize that possibly the biggest room in the house is a debris field.”
The investment can add value to your home, said real-estate agent Libbe Pavony, adding that you don’t have to go to extremes to reap the benefits. A little organization goes a long way toward making a positive impression on buyers. “The garage is a reflection on how you maintain your home in general. Some people take their old kitchen cabinets and attach them to the walls,” said Pavony.
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