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Should You Convert Your Garage?

Should You Convert Your Garage?

If your garage is filled up with tools, boxes and junk, you could be wasting a precious space in your home. Even if you are using it to store your car when you have a perfectly suitable driveway, you could find that there is a much better use for it.

Could you use your garage for another purpose? Perhaps even an extra room? There are many issues to consider before you convert your garage, so what should you be asking yourself before you go ahead and make the decision?

Do You Need More Space?

Do You Need More Space?

Firstly, think about why you actually want to convert your garage in the first place. What will you use the extra space for? There are many possibilities, including an extra bedroom, a home office, a playroom, a gym, a utility room and more. More space is always useful, but you have to ask yourself whether you really need it. Perhaps your garage really is more useful as a storage room.

Will It Increase the Value of Your Property?

Will It Increase the Value of Your Property?

Many people assume that by converting their garage they will automatically increase the value of their home. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes a garage that can store a car is prized over an extra room, particularly if other off-street parking is unavailable, and you could find that converting your garage does not increase the value of your home.

If you are unconcerned by this and you are not considering moving home any time in the future, it may not be an issue. However, you should talk to a local estate agent to find out what the likely effect on your property's value will be before making any decisions.

Will You Have Enough Parking Space?

Will You Have Enough Parking Space?

If you use your garage to park your car, ask yourself whether you really want to convert the space. It may have consequences for your car insurance, or you may simply find that you do not have enough space to keep your car on your drive or to park other cars when people come to visit. If you are planning to park in the street, find out whether there are any restrictions on long-term parking.

Where Will Those Items Go?

Where Will Those Items Go?

You may think that using your garage for storage is a waste of space, but where else will you put all of those items? A garage can be a very useful space to put all of the things that you cannot find another home for, so make sure you have a plan for where to put everything when you convert the garage.

Can You Afford It?

Can You Afford It?

Compared to adding an extension, a garage conversion can be a very cost effective way to increase space in your property, and it can often be a quite affordable job. However, make sure you do your sums first. Costs can quickly add up, and you want to make sure this is something that you really can afford before you start work on anything.

Consider Converting Your Garage

These are some of the factors that you may want to consider before you go ahead and convert your garage. A garage conversion can be a cost effective way to increase your living space and possibly even your property's value, but it may not always be the right decision. Make sure you consider all the factors involved before deciding whether to convert your garage or not, then make the decision that is right for you.

If you are thinking about converting your garage, here at building materials we can offer advice as well as great prices on everything you might need, from insulation and plasterboard to lintels and ceilings. Give our friendly team a call on 01628 674910.

by Phillip Lidgerton

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