Garage conversion

Pros and Cons to Converting Your Garage Into Living Space

If you’re looking for more space for your growing family, to entertain, or simply because you want more living space, here are a few PROS and CONS you may want to consider:

PROS

1. Increase in living spacegarage conversion 2

2. More room for your family, children, and guests

3. Greater interior appeal

4. Personal satisfaction

CONS

1. Lower re-sale value (most important)

2. Depending on the county you live in, you will have an additional expense to pull permits and make a 2 car carport

3. Carports generally lower a home’s curb appeal

4. Less room for to store your tools and toys

5. Additional expense for storage (if you have big toys; RV, boat, motorcycles, bikes, etc)

5. Additional expense to drywall, insulate,  install a heating & AC system, and electrical outlets

6. If your washer and dryer were originally in your garage, you will be experiencing a lot more noise in your new living space

SUMMARY

Before you consider converting your garage into living space, really consider these PROS and CONS with your family and ask yourself a couple of questions: how long do you plan to live in your home? Are you planning to make your home a rental? If not, are you okay with your home losing value if you choose to sell in the near future? These are just a few questions that I strongly advise my clients and friends to consider because all too often circumstances change and what makes sense now, doesn’t always make sense in the long-run (financially, most importantly).

I hope you find this information  helpful and insightful. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Happy New Year!

 

Valerie Valenzuela

Broker / Owner

Golden Stars Realty