If you’re still finishing your home, you would probably leave the garage out of the list of your priorities. There’s a kitchen, a bathroom, or a living room still undone so why would you prioritize a space that hardly anyone looks at and just passes through it when they need to?While this is probably the mindset of many other American residents, the garage must still not be overlooked and still deserves to be finished. When something’s undone, that living space would half be wasted. Even though you think the garage is not that important, a Chamberlain Group study actually found out that 55% of homeowners use the garage as an entryway to their home. Another study also discovered that 20% of homeowners are unable to park in their garage because it’s full of clutter. An Impulse Research survey adds another reason with 24% of homeowners being embarrassed to show what their garage looks like on the inside that they close it immediately after needing to open the garage door.If you’ve been putting it off for quite some time, here are reasons why you have to finish that garage and maximize the benefits it could offer for your household life.
1. Most garages can’t offer their service as a storage space.
Because the garage is still unfinished and full of clutter, it’s impossible to use. It becomes a waste of space in your home if you won’t give the time and energy to finish it, fix it, or clean it. Our unused home storage spaces lead us to accumulate a lot of waste and even avail of products and services that we could have saved up the money for if we make use of our already available storage space such as the garage.One way to clean the garage and make use of its space better is by focusing on wall and ceiling storage solutions. FlexiMounts has a number of overhead racks and wall shelves that are heavy-duty and could store your garage equipment and tools. Take for instance the brand’s Classic 2-Pack Wall Shelving WR Series. It can carry 200 pounds of weight up to 400 pounds in total. It’s made of powder-coated steel and can be mounted on the wall even by just one person. Its buckle design has velcros that prevent it from falling down the wall. It can also be mounted on wood studs or a concrete wall. There are also lots of customizable options for this product that one can optimize to meet personal needs.FlexiMounts also has ceiling storage solutions such as the Classic Overhead Garage Storage Rack GR Series. Its height can be adjusted from 22 to 40 inches. Its weight capacity is 400 to 600 pounds and it’s made of cold-roll steel. It’s easy to install by just following the step-by-step instructions that come with the product. It is also waterproof so that the user can prevent water damage for the items to be stored. It has an integrated grid design that garage owners love.
2. When you finish your garage, it can also become a space for your hobbies and also a more comfortable entryway.
Since statistics show that more than half of the population uses the garage as an entryway, the residents and guests won’t have to go through the clutter when entering the house if a garage is finished and well-maintained. Remodeling the garage can also suit different lifestyles—of course, customized for the homeowner. A finished garage can serve as a fitness gym, a workshop for nifty projects, a car showroom for luxury vehicles, a crafting space, and even a room to relax and watch entertainment from your phone or laptop. Once the garage is finished, you would feel like you just added an extra room to your house.
3. Your car deserves a proper storage room.
You most probably spent thousands of dollars for your vehicle to just be stored in a dirty place or parked in the driveway because the garage is still unfinished. Most homeowners are even unable to store their car or vehicle in the garage because it’s still undone and full of clutter. Why even have a garage in the first place? Protect your investment for your car by being able to make use of the garage as its safe storage space. When they sit outside or are parked in your driveway, it can damage your car more easily than if it’s safely locked in a garage. Fewer car washes would be needed and seasonal changes especially during winter won’t matter because it’s locked indoors.
4. A finished garage will add value to your home.
Think long-term. Your house is not only your place of residence but is also a long-term investment. There will come a time when you probably need to move to another house because you have been relocated for work or you want a change of scenery and want to live elsewhere. Your kids may have left home already and you want a cozier and smaller space. You may be going through a divorce and selling the house is the best option for you and your ex-partner. Simply put, wherever you are living now is not 100% a permanent address which means you would want to be able to sell your house if you’re going to make a move.If you have a finished garage, the value of your home goes up to potential homebuyers looking at many houses in a row. An organized garage with ample space for storage and vehicle use is something homebuyers look at as well. If you finish your garage now, you’ll for sure be able to reap the benefits in the future should you decide to sell it?
Add function and “oomph” to your house by finally completing or remodeling your home garage. Any space unfinished in a home automatically diminishes its value. Having a finished garage won’t even do you any harm; you will most probably find the process of designing, organizing, and remodeling fun. So what are you waiting for?