Are you planning to sell your home and wondering what to do to increase the value of your property? Adding a freestanding garage or one that’s attached to your home should definitely be on your list. A home without a garage is a deal breaker for many buyers today, as they’re looking for a safe place to park their vehicles as well as extra storage space. Whether you’re staying in your home for a few years before selling, or want to up the value of your property before putting it on the market, follow these 3 steps to add a garage to your home.
1. Determine Necessity and Budget
If you’re thinking about adding a garage to your property, the first thing you need to figure out is your budget for the project and what you’ll use the garage for. Keep in mind, the average return on investment for a freestanding garage is about 63% - make sure to check with a professionalRealtor® for a more accurate and thorough assessment for your return on investment!
Along with your budget, you need to determine what you’ll be using the garage for. First, decide whether you want a freestanding or attached garage. Will it be solely a parking space for your vehicles, or will you use it as a storage or workspace? Will it need windows, specialty storage units or a heating system? These are all things you need to consider.
2. Come Up With Your Size and Layout
The size of your garage will depend on the size of your property, how much space you have and the size of the vehicles you’ll be using the garage for. If your garage is too small, it won’t be very functional, but you don’t want it taking up unnecessary space, either. Check with your local building codes and bylaws to ensure your dimensions are okay and that you’re legally allowed to add a garage.
You can start by taking a look around your neighbourhood to see if there are similar homes that have garages, that were either built in by the original builder or were added on after. Notice what you like about them and what you think they’ve done right, as well as any mistakes you think they’ve made in terms of space, design, etc. This can help lead your garage design.
When it comes to the layout and design of your garage, you may want to enlist the help of a general contractor. If you have an eye for design and would rather work on it yourself, that’s fine too. You want to make sure your garage complements the rest of your home exterior and landscaping. It shouldn’t stick out like a sore thumb- it should be an eye-catching addition to your home. You can implement similar features and characteristics your home has such as windows, colours or exterior materials.
3. The Pros and Cons of Hiring a Professional
It may be tempting to take on this project on your own to try to save some money, but keep in mind it requires the same steps for building a house- just with a smaller square footage. If you have experience with home building projects, a garage DIY is up your alley, however if you don’t, a professional contractor can handle the structural work. You can still play a part by working on the design and finishing details, but in most cases it’s smart to hire a professional.
Adding a garage will increase your storage space, add space for your cars and boost the value of your home. Although it’s not a deal breaker for everyone, you should consider building one if you have the space and budget! Ready to get started? Follow these steps!