Adding Value to your Home with a Concrete Garage

By | January 2, 2014 | DIY, How To's and Guides, Featured Stories, In The Home

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Our home is essentially a reflection of us, from a young age we are taught to tidy our bedroom for personal hygiene and appearance reasons and it is no different when we own our first or any other home. The appearance from the outside is as important as that on the inside and because of this we should look at decorating and renovating our homes exterior to improve its curb appeal, overall value and also our user friendliness. What better way to do so then adding a concrete garage?

According to marketing reports and real estate experts, most home buyers consider a good garage to be an important addition to a home. For that reason, concrete garages tend to improve the value of homes as long as they are well made. When adding such a garage to your house, you need to consider several elements, including logistics, the amount you are willing to invest to improve your home, and whether or not you want to use a prefabricated structure.

Consider your Location

The location and general landscape of your home is a major item to keep in mind when you are deciding whether or not to add a concrete garage. Ideally, you want an area that has relatively flat ground where you intend to put in the foundation. You should also make sure that you have good drainage in the area, especially if you only intend to put down a shallow slab for the base of the garage. If you don’t have the space or land type needed to build a garage, you can still make things work by consulting a landscaper or similar professional. Almost any land type can be made to fit your plans, although you should keep in mind that doing an extensive redesign on your property will cost extra.

Investment versus Benefit

Concrete garages do tend to be expensive, largely because they are so solid and long-lasting. Essentially, you pay for the quality you get. Because of the cost involved, you need to determine how much you are willing to invest in the project and decide how much of a benefit this will net you. If you plan to sell your home relatively soon, a new concrete garage will almost certainly add more value than it costs. If you have more long-term plans, you might want to do some extra research first. The cost of materials and labor tends to fluctuate with the economy. If you aren’t selling your home right away, you can probably afford to wait until material prices drop, and then reap the full benefits when the market benefits you most.

What about a Prefabricated Garage?

A prefabricated garage is a garage which has pre-built panels. All you need is to have a base laid and then you will have your garage delivered and erected the same day. This is a great way to save some money, since a prefabricated structure keeps labor costs to a minimum. The downside to these structures is that they are rarely customized to fit a specific type of home. That shouldn’t be a problem for most houses, but if you have a particularly old house with a lot of character to it, you may want to spend the extra money for something that looks consistent with your home. Overall, though, a prefabricated garage is a great way to save money.

Adding a concrete garage to your home is a wonderful way to improve its value and enhance your day-to-day life. There are many uses for a garage, and a concrete one will give you something that is sturdy, attractive, and long-lasting.

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Ryan Hirst

Hi I'm Ryan and I am the online marketing assistant at Eurofit Direct. My role includes contributing to the company blog and managing the Eurofit Direct Facebook and Twitter pages. You can find me on twitter at @RyanWHirst and on Google+ here

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