Is A Garage A Good Investment? | Beatty's Builders

Is A Garage A Good Investment?

We can all relate to the benefits a garage provides. It keeps our car out of the elements. Just jump in the car and drive away. No need to clear ice or snow from the windshield. Plus in the summer, it keeps the car cooler and prevents UV rays from damaging the finish. A garage reduces the potential for dings, scratches and even vandalism. And because it’s in a more secure location, it even reduces insurance rates! But is a garage a good investment?

Let’s start with what does a good investment actually mean?

Influenced by HGTV shows such as Flip or Flop and House Hunters, many homeowners and homebuyers have unrealistic expectations. Unlike improvements featured on these shows, you won’t get an immediate 100%+ return spending $20,000 - $40,000 on a new garage.

But Is A Garage A Good Investment?

Many real estate professionals believe that it is.

Real estate investor and author Grant Cardone said “The average two-car garage will return the investment. It doesn’t mean you have to have one with polished or painted floors and other fancy amenities, but it does have to be clean and roomy. Adding some extra square footage doesn’t cost that much more with this type of construction,” he says.

Peggy Patenaude, a realtor with Prudential, thinks a garage definitely increases the value of a property especially if it’s in a mid-level price range and in a cold climate. Patenaude also recommends always including an electric door opener and, if possible, designing the garage so it’s located on the side of a house with enough turnaround room rather than having it face the street.

How Big A Garage?

To make a garage a good investment, architect Allan J. Grant thinks that a typical two-car garage should be at least 20 feet wide — 24 feet is optimal — and at least 22 to 25 feet deep. A single-car garage should be a minimum of 10 feet wide. He adds that making it slightly roomier allows for storage space for bicycles, garden equipment, outdoor furniture, and other “stuff” without much extra expense. Plumbing, electrical outlets and circuits, and a roof structure being expanded and enhanced to run air ducts for future heating and cooling all would increase the construction cost, but would permit converting the garage to a habitable room, if desired.

A Post Frame Garage Is A Good Investment And Value

A post frame garage can be built on the land around your home without great expense or long-term commitments, and it can have a definite impact on your next property appraisal. Additional square footage of any kind leads to an automatic rise in appraisal value. Building either an attached or detached garage puts the square footage of the addition within the overall property floor plan of your home. Since most appraisals value property by the square foot, a garage is a positive addition.

Rarely do homeowners build a garage for investment purposes alone, Instead, it’s other factors such as keeping your car out of the elements, adding storage for tools or lawn equipment and the overall convenience. But you won’t have to rely on the insurance savings alone to answer the question, is building a garage a good investment!

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