Some people look at the garage and see a place to store a car. Others envision something bigger – a workspace, maybe, or even a brand new living space. But will renovations improve the value of your home?

The answer is, maybe. “A well-organized, up-to-date garage can absolutely help sell your home,” says Brit Lopez, a realtor at Dallas City Center Realtors. But renovations that seem ideal to your family, such as turning your garage into a teen playground, can actually keep a potential buyer away.

So before occupying this often overlooked area, it’s a good idea to get some positive feedback. Here’s what they recommend.

1. Install a functional garage door

A heavy wooden door that requires muscles to open by hand cannot fly with home buyers. Instead, install a garage door that opens automatically, or replace the old door with a light aluminum one. “When it comes to reselling, the door is priceless,” said Joseph Santarelli, owner-builder of JDS Innovative Home Concepts in Dallas. He also offers to get a new door in a color that fills the house.

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2. Isolate և ventilate the space

If you have an attached garage and you live in an area that is extremely hot or cold, it makes sense to insulate the walls and ceiling. You will be filming part of your home climate control to help protect your car from the weather, says Santarelli. Insulate the door by adding weather layers on the bottom and sides to reduce leaks. Also, make sure that the enclosed garage is properly ventilated so that carbon dioxide does not enter the house. Install a carbon dioxide detector to warn you of dangerous conditions.

garage storage3. Use a smart storage strategy

It is a good idea to store non-seasonal items in your garage, but filling the area with baseball equipment, plastic pools, etc. can send the wrong message. “It makes buyers think there is not enough space in the house,” Lopez warns. He suggests investing in heavy plastic bins of the same size, labeling them and putting them neatly on the shelves. “A small rack goes a long way,” Santarelli agrees. “The most economical solution is to install heavy wire racks or buy uniform independent racks designed to work with large bins.” Just make sure the independent shelves are attached to the walls so that they do not fall on anyone.

4. Install appropriate lighting

Instruct an electrician to install motion-sensitive lights if you do not already have them. And if they’re not bright enough, says Santarelli, add more. A dark garage can be not only attractive to prospective buyers but also safe. He recommends installing two 48-inch store lights with LED bulbs (4,000 lumens, approximately 40 watts) for each car area.

5. Put an easy-to-clean finish on the floor

Paint the floor epoxy to make it easy to clean. “It makes a huge difference,” says Santarelli. “Concrete is porous, but if you paint or seal the concrete, the car oil will not paint the floor.” Lopez agrees, adding that this DIY move could literally make a dull concrete floor shine in the buyer’s eyes.

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If you do not already have sockets, let the electrician install two GFCI (waterproof) sockets in the wall of each garage, generally six in one car garage, just like at home, Santarelli recommends. “It’s small. additional costs, but there is a great benefit. ” Also, installing a fire extinguisher is always a good idea.

7. Add a Walk-Through Door.

If you have a separate garage, hiring a contractor to install a door for people means you do not have to open and close the main garage door every time. “Separate entry is a huge improvement,” says Santarelli.

8. Let your car take over the area

Save the area as a place to store your car, says Lopez. A garage (or even half a garage for two cars) that has been redefined as something other than a painting studio, furniture store or workshop will not increase the value of your home. In fact, he says it could be a big deal on your list, especially if the prospect does not share your vision for the area. Lopez mentions an exception. The living space above the garage will add value to your home, even more so if it has a kitchen and a full bathroom.

9. Keep your appearance neat

If the appearance of the garage looks dilapidated, it can discourage potential buyers, as can the fragile or cracked road. “Buyers make an impression on the house before entering the door,” says Lopez. “And sometimes the garage is the first thing they see.”

Remember. When you renovate your garage or any room in your home, you need to update your garage. Homeowners Policy.

Read more: Here’s how to clean up your mess in your garage.

By Elise Pierce