Garages: What to Keep in Mind

When purchasing a new home, often what comes to mind is the kitchen, bathroom and living spaces – these are often considered as the key priorities to purchasers. However, the garage has a fundamental role in Kiwi living. For this reason, garages should have a larger influence on people’s decisions regarding home buying, as it often ends up being a largely used space down the track. Typically, homeowners do not truly appreciate the value of a garage until settling into their homes. 

Garages have a variety of roles in homes – they are used differently by people from all walks of life. Generally, garages are seen as a space to store vehicles. In addition to providing a safe space to store vehicles, garages can also be used for additional storage space. Many people use their garages to store tools, outdoor equipment, family heirlooms and other household items that would otherwise take up space inside the home. This can help to keep a home organised and free of clutter, which can be a major benefit for many homeowners. 

Garages can also be used for other purposes, such as workshops, home offices, a gaming space, or an exercise space. Some people convert their garages into workspace areas, which is an ideal option for those who need a dedicated space to work on projects or conduct business. This can be especially useful for those who work from home and need a quiet, distraction-free space to focus on their work. 

For those in the process of building a new home, it is important to think about the garage because it can add a lot of value to the home. Many potential buyers are willing to pay more for a home that has a garage because it provides them with a convenient place to store their vehicles and have quick access to additional storage space. This can be a major selling point for a home, and can help to increase its value in the eyes of potential buyers. 

Whilst garages have these tangible benefits that add value in day-to-day life, they often have a deeper intrinsic value. These spaces usually reflect the personality of the people living in the home. For example, frequent gym-goers often create exercise spaces in their garage whilst creative people will have an abundance of artwork. Having such additional space during the times of the COVID-19 pandemic was significant to many people too, as it allowed families to explore new hobbies and interests, in a separate space from the rest of the home. 

As outlined, the garage is a fundamental space in the home and is a benefit for many homeowners. Often more time is spent in this space than initially envisioned, and there is more value in this space than is often considered. Contact Korben Homes today if you’re looking to build and/or renovate, and want to emphasise your garage space. 

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