How to Plan the Ultimate Garage Makeover

By
Real Estate Agent with Thompson Real Estate

You don't want your two-car garage to look like the other 67% of garages that were built in 2020. You want your garage to be a clean, organized space that you can use for work or play.

But before you can get started on cleaning up the mess, you need to plan out how much money and time you want to spend on your garage makeover. Having a plan will help you stay on track and get the results you want.

For an exciting new look to your garage, keep reading.

Prepare the Space

You can't install cabinets or flooring if you don't have a clean surface to work with. Start by clearing out all of your items from the garage. You can store them in a warehouse until your remodeling project is done.

Next, clean the floor thoroughly using soap and water or a degreaser. Inspect for cracks in the floor and seal them up with a concrete patching compound.

If there are any stains on the floor, use a mild bleach solution to remove them. This will also help to kill any bacteria that may be lurking in your garage.

Consult a Pro

When you're planning a garage remodel, it's best to get advice from an expert. A pro will tell you where to start in order to get the most out of your remodeling project.

If they advise against starting with the walls, it's likely because they know that doing so would be costly and time-consuming. By consulting them first, you'll avoid making that mistake yourself.

Hire Out

If you have the time and patience to do your garage renovation, then that's the best option. You can save money and get a sense of accomplishment by completing the job yourself. If you're short on time or don't have the right tools, consider hiring out your garage makeover so that it gets done in a timely manner.

Find the Right Contractor

Finding the right contractor is the most crucial part of your makeover. You want to find someone who fits your needs and budget, so take some time to do your research.

Ask friends and family for recommendations. If they've had their garage revamped recently, they may know of a good contractor in the area.

Look on Google and Yelp for reviews on different companies. Consider what people are saying about the business, not just one employee.

Look at their website before contacting them for an appointment or quote. If it looks poorly designed, move on to another company with more visually appealing pages that give you confidence in their abilities.

Consider the Different Floor Coatings

Polyurea coatings are durable, moisture-resistant, and easy to maintain. They're also easy to install and available in a range of colors. You can even customize the finish to get a unique look.

If you want something more traditional, consider epoxy or vinyl flooring. Both options are easy to clean and maintain over time, but they may not be as durable as polyurea.

Assess the Traffic

When you're planning to make over your garage, it's important to assess how much traffic will go through the space on a daily basis. This includes things like how many people will be using the garage for storage and what materials they'll be storing in it.

If you have a lot of heavy machinery that needs to be moved in and out of the space each day, you'll want to make sure that your new floor can handle the weight and strain of these items. If possible, try placing some weights on top of your prospective flooring options before making final decisions.

Environment

You need a space that is functional, but also looks good and feels welcoming. Be sure to include safety measures, such as a fire extinguisher and first aid kit, for emergency situations.

Also, think about how you want your garage to be used, as well as how often it will be used. If you're planning on turning your garage into an office space, for example, you'll need to make sure that there is adequate lighting and ventilation.

Purpose

Before you start your garage makeover, it's important to decide what kind of space you want to create in your garage. Will it be a workshop, a recreational space, or just more storage?

Think about the purpose of your garage. If this is where you do most of your work on cars and bikes, then it makes sense to have a space to hang tools.

If you just use it as storage, you may not need much more than a few shelves and some pegboards.

Lighting

Another important consideration is lighting. If you have a garage that gets very little natural light, then you'll want to add more lights. This will help you see better when working on projects and keep your workspace safe.

You might also want to consider adding an extra window in your garage if you don't already have one. This will help bring in more natural light and make it feel less like a cave, which can be very nice.

Have the Best Garage Makeover

Now you have a plan for a successful garage makeover! The next step is to take all the information we've given you here and start working on your own project. Remember to contact a contractor first to make sure you have the right tools for the job and that you understand all the safety precautions involved.

Renovating your garage may be one way to improve the look of your home's exterior, but it's far from the only option. Read our real estate posts for even more ideas.

Comments (2)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Melissa - I have seen some garages that are dealmakers in real estate because they are so impressive.  Unfortunately, I have also seen some that buyers move onto the next property because they are too small, too cluttered or too this or too that.  Whether it's selling a property or simply trying to maximize its potential, proper planning can help make any space a bit more appealing.  

Dec 02, 2022 06:03 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Dec 26, 2022 04:55 AM