Your garage can be one of two things: an empty space for cars to park and clutter to build-up over time, or it can be a useable space that provides value to new homeowners. When you’re competing in a competitive market, you want your garage to be the latter.

Use these ideas to make your garage a selling point, especially if it’s not already updated or renovated.

Create a Home Storage Centre

A garage can be a great place to toss everything you don’t use on a regular basis. Depending on the size of your garage, there are a few options:

  • Overhead storage: This is perfect for a small garage and you can DIY the whole thing. Check out this tutorial from Craftsman.
  • Pegboards: Pegboards, which hang on the wall, are the perfect space savers and organizers. “With the help of hooks, you have the freedom of hanging your things anywhere and any way you want: in the centre, horizontally, vertically, at the bottom, or top. Ensure that it’s properly and securely attached to your wall so it doesn’t fall over and cause any mishaps. Simply buy a pegboard and mount it to the wall.
  • Shelving: Install basic shelving on whichever wall has the most space. This is a simple project and your budget can dictate the cost and quality of the wood and hardware you buy. Check out these five garage shelving ideas from Bob Vila to find some inspiration.

Install Epoxy Flooring

You’ve likely seen epoxy flooring in commercial garages or car showrooms, but it isn’t just for professional use. Epoxy flooring is a smart upgrade for your garage for many reasons. Not only does it look good, with a sleek and modern finish, but it’s durable and reduces slips and falls.

More than many other installations within your home, your garage flooring is subjected to serious wear and tear. After all, with all the work you’ll do in there and the heavy machinery you’ll keep in it (such as your car), it doesn’t take long for your garage flooring to wear down and crack.  To avoid cracks and the foundational issues they can lead to, just get a coat of epoxy. Epoxy will add extra durability to your garage flooring, helping it to last as long as you need it to.

The best part: you can install epoxy flooring yourself or have it done by a professional. If you’re on a budget, go the DIY route if you have no time, hire someone to come do it for you. In either case, it will be a major selling point for your home, attracting car enthusiasts and those who want to make their garage a functionable storage space.

Turn it Into a Kid’s Space

If you live in a family-friendly area, turning your garage into a kid’s space will appeal to interested families. If you’ve already installed epoxy, you can tout the safety benefits of the flooring for kids thanks to the non-slip surface. Take it a step further by installing items that kids can use to store toys and play. Here are a few ideas to consider:

  • Pull-out workbench that kids can use to colour on. Get ideas from this Pinterest search.
  • Low-rise gates to keep the kids space separate from the rest of the garage.
  • Chalkboard walls.

Stage this space like you would the rest of our home with kid’s chairs, a small couch, toys and storage bins, allowing potential buyers to imagine their kids using the space.

How about being a bit more creative ?

Jessica Thiefels . Follow her on Twitter @Jlsander07 and connect on LinkedIn.