Everybody has different expectations about their home and what it should include. If you have a lovely car, need to store lots of equipment or simply want some more space, it might be that a garage is something that is important to you. Equally, you might not even have thought about it. Here are some things to think about if you’re wandering whether a garage should be on your ‘essential’ list:
- Do you have somewhere else to park your car? If your home comes with a drive or designated parking space, a garage may be less of a necessity. A garage can still help to keep your car safe though, and may even cut the price of your insurance.
- Do you have the money to spend on it? A garage will inevitably need some looking after. Doors will need replacing over time, which can be costly. However, if you don’t replace the doors, you could be in danger of people breaking into your property, so it’s essential that parts like this are in good working order. You may also need to carry out maintenance on the brickwork, the insulation or electrics. Consider whether this will be practical for you.
- Do you need a lot of storage? Many people will have items like bikes, furniture and boxes that they need to store, so a garage can be a good option if this is the case. You don’t want it to be cluttering up your home. The only danger is that you might begin to accumulate more and more objects, so be careful not to hoarde!
- Would you consider a garage conversion? If you are planning to start a family, or just if you want more space in the future, a garage conversion can significantly increase the footprint of your home. Get a garage now, and what you do with it in future is up to you.