Garage Cost - Low Price or Value?

How much does a garage cost? $20K? $40K? More?

It depends, upon your needs, features, the square footage you require and your budget. Last year the average cost spent on constructing a garage was more than $25,000. But if you are considering a new building, keep this in mind.

It’s easy to evaluate price. Just line up the builders, get the costs and compare. But focusing only on price puts you at risk. The risk of selecting an inferior option, one that doesn’t provide the value or meet your needs.

It Starts With Your Budget

If you have ever watched House Hunters or similar shows on HGTV, you’ve seen families with a small budget that want the best of everything. The real estate agent expresses concern over the inevitable compromise they’ll have to make. Either the family needs to up their budget or settle for less. So just like you were selected to appear on an HGTV show, before you start evaluating builders, define your budget.

Your budget may be driven by the money you have set aside or an amount you are comfortable borrowing. But if your first question is what does a garage cost, the answer will be, it depends. Just like the agent on HGTV, a builder will quickly assess if the budget you have available can build the garage you desire.

Without knowing the dollar range that you are comfortable spending, it’s impossible for a builder to recommend a building that fits your needs. A good builder provides cost options that meet various budget constraints.

Garage Cost And Why Value Matters

But what happens when the garage cost turns out to be more than we expect? Our first reaction is to find the cheapest option. We would all rather spend less for the same building. However, if you find an alternative that is substantially lower in price or encounter a builder that is trying to win your business by giving you the “lowest price, you’ll find anywhere” you may want to walk away…or at least think twice. What you want is not the lowest price, but the best value.

Value, cost, and price are not the same thing. And less expensive doesn’t always mean you are getting a better value or a bargain. Instead, work with a builder who is concerned about value. When you do here’s what you’ll get in return.

1 - An Accurate Estimate

Good builders provide good value and that starts with an accurate estimate. When they work to understand your needs, you’ll get a building estimate that meets them. Plus they’ll adhere to the cost they estimated - no hidden fees or surprise costs that surface after you’ve started construction. No inferior materials or substitution of lesser quality items. For example, before any additional cost is incurred on a job they’ve estimated, Beatty’s Builders issues a change order and gets customer approval on any cost increase before proceeding.

Plus, an accurate estimate means you aren’t paying for lumber or other supplies you don’t need.

2 - A Thoughtful Building Design

Part of the time a good builder devotes to a project is developing a design that meets your budget constraints. A building that meets your needs now and in the future. One that complements your property.

3 - Professional, Experienced Builders Who Care About Long Term Relationships

A good builder doesn’t look at your project as a one time deal. Even though they may only build for you once, they care about your satisfaction. Plus, they bring value through their experience. They may pay their carpenters more but it shows in quality of their work.

4 - A Building That Enhances Your Property Value

Garages and other buildings usually add to the value of your property. But not all buildings. For example:

  • A poorly constructed or deteriorating building
  • A garage with less space or fewer features than needed
  • A building that doesn’t complement the property

May actually reduce the value of your property when it comes to to sell.

It’s not that hard to find a cheap price. But in the long run, you get better value by doing your homework and finding a builder that provides the best value not just lowest garage cost.

If you want to determine how far your budget will go, get a free building assessment to find out!

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