Projects to make your garage shine!

If you are looking to add value to your home and you’ve decided that a full garage refinish isn’t in the cards, consider some of these smaller scope projects that could boost the appearance and functionality of your garage without requiring a full-fledged refinish.

1. Replace your old garage door

Here’s one improvement you can make to your garage that actually has a solid ROI: replace that old, too-heavy-for-an-electric-opener garage door.

Remodeling Magazine found in its 2019 Cost vs. Value study that an upscale garage door replacement can actually net you a return of 97.5%.

A new garage door will run you between $300 to $1,500, depending upon the size and style, while installation typically costs between $500 and $800.

2. Resurface stained concrete with stain-resistant epoxy

Remember those micro-niche buyers who might just pay more for a finished garage? If you aim to sell to that niche, your finished garage needs a floor that can stand up to heavy use, like an epoxy floor.

“A lot of buyers wouldn’t pay a dollar over list price for a finished garage unless the buyer is a car guy or someone who’s very serious about the garage,” explains McKee.

“If you’ve got a finished garage with epoxy flooring, that may not really have any inherent value, but it has a subjective value and the right buyer will pay $10,000 extra to have it.”

While there are a number of garage flooring options out there, epoxy is a top choice because of its sleek look, relatively simple installation process, and it’s low cost.

Epoxy is actually a system of resin and hardener that once mixed creates a rigid, plastic-like surface that resists oil stains, and won’t peel as paint does under road-heated rubber car tires.

On average, it costs between $1,422 to $2,949 to have a professional coat your garage floor with epoxy. You can DIY the project for as low as $100 for a garage-sized kit, however, it’s trickier than slapping down some paint and calling it a day.

The application of epoxy flooring depends on the type of system you get, however, most require a multi-step process. For residential garage use, flake epoxy kits are popular since they allow you to customize the color combination of your final floor finish.

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3. Add storage with shelves or cabinets

A good cleaning and organizing session may be all that most garages need, however that’s not so easily accomplished if there are no places to stash your stuff.

Installing a storage system in your garage doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive.

You can get basic plastic or metal garage shelves for as low as $40 per unit. Plastic garage cabinets that hide your mess behind doors aren’t much more, starting at $70 up to $250 per unit.

Adding storage to your garage doesn’t even need to be that expensive if you’re replacing your kitchen cabinets before selling your house.

Simply clean up a few of the cabinets and a section of countertop, and you’ve got yourself ready-made garage storage and a workstation, too.

4. Install energy-saving insulation, then finish those walls

It’s a given that homes are insulated against the weather, but most unfinished garages aren’t.

Whether frigid winter snow or punishing summer sun, if you live in an extreme weather region, you may want to consider installing insulation—especially if yours has features like a workbench that encourages spending hours in the garage.

Having your garage insulated by a pro isn’t cheap, with the price running between $1,000 to $2,000 (depending on your insulation type).

However, this is a project that you can DIY if you have the right tools and a little insulation installation education thanks to YouTube video tutorials. Buying enough fiberglass insulation for your whole garage will only run you between $400 to $800.

5. Hook your garage up with heat and air conditioning

Insulation can only do so much to keep the garage warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The only way to really control the temperature of your finished garage is by adding heating and air-conditioning to the space.

If the garage you’ve just insulated is attached to your home, adding conditioned air may be as simple as extending the vents of your existing H-VAC out to the garage.

Extending existing ventilation out to your attached garage can cost anywhere from  $400 to $2,000, depending on how close the ventilation shafts are to the garage.

For freestanding garages, you can both heat and cool the space with one window air-conditioning unit, which you can get for under $500.

Whether you’re willing to invest in fixing up your existing unfinished garage or just sprucing up the assets of your existing finished garage, your expense and effort probably won’t increase your home’s value.

However, that finished garage may be just the bonus feature your right buyer needs to make you the best offer for your house.

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