Upgrading Your Garage to Increase Your Home’s Value

Some people take the garage as a place to store their car while others convert it into a living area, workspace, or even more. If you are planning to renovate your garage, you would be thinking if it will increase the value of your home. Yes, it will increase the value of your home depending on the renovation. A well-organized and updated garage can help you to sell your home at an increased value. 

Some garage renovations are not recommended if you are willing to sell your home. Some people don’t use the garage for parking their car. As a result, the garage gets filled up with unnecessary things that they haven’t looked at or used for years. If a buyer is visiting your home, they will look for a garage too. If your garage is messy and old, it might be a reason for a deal-breaker. 

Garage Upgrades to Increase Your Home’s Value

Before you plan to sell your home, you can do the following upgrades in your garage to increase its value. 

Install A Functional Garage Door 

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If your garage is having a heavy wooden door that requires muscle to open it manually, it would be a deal-breaker for home buyers. Instead of using the old and heavy garage door, you can install a new lightweight aluminum garage door or install a garage door that opens automatically. Also, you can paint the garage door in the color scheme of your home. 

The buyer would not be pleased to see a mismatch of garage door color and home color. Make sure that you have painted it right. 

Insulate And Vent the Space 

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If you are having an attached garage and you live in a place where there is extreme heat or cold, make sure that you have insulated the ceiling and walls. There is a home climate control gadget that you can install in your garage to protect your car from extreme weather. Make sure that there is no gap in your garage door otherwise you will be welcoming various hazards from outside like wind, rain, snow, wildlife, rodents, etc. 

To keep the ventilation, make sure that carbon monoxide is not sleeping in your house. There are carbon monoxide detectors that alert you when it is unsafe to breathe in your house. The ventilation will also keep fresh air inside your garage and it will prevent bad smells caused due to humidity.

Use A Smart Storage Strategy 

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You can use your garage to store out-of-season things. If you are cluttering your garage with plastic swimming pools, baseball equipment, basketball equipment, etc. it would be a deal-breaker for you. Also, the buyer would think that your home is not having enough space to store different things. You can use heavy-duty bins or containers for organized storage. Movable heavy-duty shelves can be used to put these containers on them neatly with labels.

You can buy heavy-duty wire shelves that are designed for better storage of containers on bins on them. Make sure that these freestanding shelves are fixed to their place and they don’t tip over to make a mess. 

Install Adequate Lighting 

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If you are not having motion-sensitive lights installed in your garage, then get an electrician and get it done. You can install more lights in your garage to make it bright. A dark garage seems unappealing to a buyer and makes it look unsafe. You can install two 48-inch shop lights along with LED bulbs of 4,000 lumens apiece. It will brighten up your garage. 

Types Of Lights


Advantage/Usage

Shop Lights

For Small and Compact Spaces

Flush Mount Lights

Adjustable Light Heads

High Bay Lighting

For Large Spaces

CFL


Energy Saving and Long Lasting

Use An Easy-To-Clean Finish Floor 

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Instead of keeping an old concrete garage floor, you can look for different garage flooring options. These options can be used for an attractive garage floor. you can use a concrete seal or epoxy finish to make it shine in the buyer’s eyes. Also, you can use other options that are easy to clean. Sometimes there are stains of oil or coolant on the floor, use a flooring option that resists the stains and can be easily washed or cleaned. 

Add More Electrical Outlets 

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According to the rule of thumb, a one-car garage should be having at least 6 electrical outlets. You can install two GFCI (waterproof) electrical outlets per garage wall. Also, you can choose an option of smart electrical outlets to control them from your smartphone. It might be a small additional cost for you but it will increase your home’s value. Also, you can install a fire extinguisher that attracts the buyer to safety standards.

Type Of Outlet

Usage

Two-Pronged Outlet

Two Long Connection Slots

Three-Pronged Outlet

Ground Pin and An Extra Vertical Slot

20A Outlet

Large Kitchen Gadgets,

Air Compressor

Tamper-Resistant Receptacles

Safe Use at Home

GFCI Outlets

Prevents Electrical Hazards in Garage and Other Places in Home

AFCI Outlet

For Sleeping Areas 

Smart Outlets 

Energy-Efficient and Home Automation
 

Add A Walk-Through Door 

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Instead of opening and closing the main garage door, you can install a walk-through door on the side or back of the garage. It depends where you are having an extra passage beside your home. A separate entrance makes a huge improvement in your home’s value. You can use smart locks to lock the walk-through door and keep your garage belongings safe. 

Let Your Car Own the Space 

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Try to keep the use of a garage for your car. If you are having a two-car garage, then you are having a lot of space for other activities such as workouts, painting areas, kid’s playroom, etc. The buyer might not appreciate it because they might be car enthusiasts who want to keep their garage as a workshop for their cars. Using your garage space wisely can be a way to increase the value of your home. 

If you want to use the garage space wisely, try to build a living space above the garage with a kitchen or full bath. It will increase the value of your home. 

Keep The Outside Tidy 

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If the outside of your garage is not clean and tidy, it will give a negative image of your home. A buyer will have an impression of your house before they walk in the door. Some buyers tend to see the garage first. If your garage is smart, clean, tidy, managed, and organized, you can consider it a deal done for your home. 

Hence, you should be keeping it clean to make sure that you can sell your home at a higher price or value.

 

Product
Visual
Where to Buy
Smartphone-Controlled Garage Door Opener
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector
Air Purifier Deodorizer Ionizer Sterilizer
Lithonia Lighting White LED Ceiling Light
Slim GFCI Non-Tamper-Resistant Receptacle with LED Indicator

Upgradations For Your Garage

Smartphone-Controlled Garage Door Opener

This smart garage door opener comes with a steel-reinforced belt drive that makes it a preferred door opener for the garage. It is strong and functions quietly. For easy access, it comes with built-in Aladdin connect technology that allows you to open, close, and monitor the garage door with your smartphone from anywhere. For voice control, it comes with the Aladdin Connect skill is compatible with Google Home or Alexa. 

When the primary power is out, you can still operate it with the battery backup that comes with the package. You can do 50 cycles in one battery charge since the power failure. It comes with a 5-piece rail system that is easy to install. You don’t need additional tools or hardware to install it in your garage. The system is ready to use out of the box. 

Key Features

  • Ultra-Quiet
  • Automatic Battery Backup
  • Voice Control 
  • Durable 
  • Smart 

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector

To keep your family safe, install this smoke and carbon monoxide detector in your garage and home. This battery-powered monitor CO levels even if there’s a power failure. It can detect larger particles of smoldering fire with a photoelectric sensor and electrochemical carbon monoxide sensing technology. There are indicator lights on the face of the unit that displays the presence of carbon monoxide or smoke. 

The 85-decibel siren provides you a loud and clear warning on the detection of carbon monoxide. It comes with easy installation. You don’t need additional tools or an electrician to install it in your garage. the EZ access battery drawer allows you to change the batteries without removing them from the ceiling. 

Key Features

  • EZ Battery Drawer
  • Easy Installation 
  • Battery Powered 
  • Indicator Lights 
  • Loud and Clear Alarm 

Air Purifier Deodorizer Ionizer Sterilizer

To make your garage odor-free, you can use this air purifier. It destroys the lingering musty or embedded odors from your garage. Also, it destroys the odors that you cannot reach, for example, smoking cigarettes. The ozone reacts directly with the contaminants in the fabrics, walls, air, water to destroy the bad odors. There are 4 easy steps to remove the odors from your garage. 

Firstly, clean and remove the odor source. Now set the timer for 3 hours. If you are having a 2-car garage then the average time required to purify the air is 45 minutes. When the timer is set, leave the garage. Make sure that there are no pets or people in the treating area. Now let the air out of the room for 30 minutes before people can enter the garage. The lingering odors will be removed from your garage.

Key Features

  • Washable Stainless Filter Pre-Installed 
  • Ceramic Ozone Plate Pre-Installed 
  • Easy Operation
  • 4-Step Odor Treatment

Lithonia Lighting White LED Ceiling Light

This super bright LED provides 60 lumens per watt. The total lumens of this LED light are 1,200 lumens. The LEDs in this ceiling light maintain 70 percent of output for 50,000 hours that makes approximately 17 years with 8 hours a day. Although it will brighten up your garage, it will also reduce electricity bills. It is an Energy Star-rated LED that saves your money. 

Easy installation makes it easier for you to install it in your garage, stairwells, hallways, etc. The LED wrap is made of metal with decorative plastic end caps. This plastic softens the illumination and gives you an improved aesthetic light for your garage. When you are cleaning or working in the garage, you can have a bright vision through this high-angle brightness LED.

Key Features

  • Long-Life LEDs
  • Super Bright LEDs
  • Energy Star Rated 
  • Easy Installation 
  • Safety Standards
  • Metal Housing 
  • Decorative Plastic Ends

Slim GFCI Non-Tamper-Resistant Receptacle with LED Indicator

The added layer of protection in this GFCI switchboard conducts an automatic internal test that responds to the ground fault. For continuous protection, it trips on actual ground fault making your gadget and electronics safe from tripping. The indicator light shows protection and power status. The Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters do not act on too much current draw. It only detects the grounding issue and trips to break the circuit and secure your device.

If the GFCI is damaged and it cannot respond to a ground fault, the patented lockout action prevents the reset. The design of the socket meets the latest UL standards for auto-monitoring and self-test that occur periodically. The slim, and shallow design with reduced depth makes it easier for you to install. You don’t need additional tools or an electrician to install it in your garage. 

Key Features

  • LED Indicator 
  • Slim and Shallow Design 
  • Easy Installation 
  • Self-Test GFCI Outlet 
  • Auto-Monitoring
  Smartphone-Controlled Garage Door OpenerSmoke and Carbon Monoxide DetectorAir Purifier Deodorizer Ionizer SterilizerLithonia Lighting White LED Ceiling LightSlim GFCI with LED Indicator
MaterialPlasticPlasticAluminum Alloy CaseMetal Housing, Plastic End CapsPolycarbonate
Style StealthDrive WIFI-BatteryBattery-Powered AlarmOzone Generator, Ionizer, SterilizerContemporary Socket
PatternGarage Door OpenerBattery-Powered AlarmCeiling LED LightGFCI Plug
Power SourceCorded-Electric, Battery Backup for Battery PowerBattery-Powered Corded ElectricACAC
 

Upgrade Your Garage – Increase the Home’s Value

If you are willing to sell your home, you should upgrade your garage to increase your home’s value. The first thing that will attract the buyer is your garage because it shows that how you have organized your garage and home even with a small space. A functional garage door with bright LEDs in the garage will make it attractive for the buyer. For a purified air, you can use an air purifier.

Instead of throwing things on the garage floor and shelves, use wire shelves for organizing garage belongings. Also, you can choose garage flooring options to increase the value of your home.