Is your garage damp, leaky and full of junk items that you have not bothered to throw away? Why waste all that garage space? If your garage was watertight you could convert it into a useful space for you and your family.
For some people a garage is just somewhere to store your car, garden equipment and stuff that doesn’t fit in your house. This is a real shame because with a bit of love and attention a garage can be so much more. If your garage is in good condition with a secure, watertight garage roof then it can easily be made to work a bit harder for you this summer.
There are lots of reasons why it is good to own a garage, and if you do have one, why you should keep it in tip-top condition.
1. If you are thinking about selling your house moneywise.co.uk states that a house with poor kerb appeal can reduce the value of the property by 5%. This means keep your garden tidy and maintain your house by:-
· cleaning the gutters regularly
· ensuring you have no peeling paintwork
· checking there are no missing roof tiles or slates
· cleaning the windows regularly
And don’t forget to make sure your garage looks good and is maintained properly too.
2. A Nationwide report states that a house with a single garage can increase the value of the house by 11% and even more if it is a large or double garage. Of course, this must be a useable, well cared for garage.
3. If your garage is big enough to allow you to park your car in it, then you will save money on your car insurance.
4. If you are trying to sell your house, having a garage is likely to make it more desirable if a similar house along the road does not have one. If you own a family-sized home, then it is likely that any family looking for a new home will need a garage for children’s bikes and scooters etc.
5. Forgetting all the financial benefits, if you don’t use your garage for your car, then it provides secure storage for:-
· sports equipment
· garden tools eg lawn mower
· DIY tools such as ladders
· garden furniture
If you decided to convert your garage or knock it down where would you safely and securely store all your belongings?
Please give me a call or send me an email if you would like advice and a no obligation quote about repairing your current garage or if you are considering building a new one.
By Paul Mclean
Once again we have had a summer of sport filling our TV screens. It all started with Wimbledon, then the World Cup and now we are all engrossed in the Commonwealth Games being held in Glasgow. This has inspired many people to go out and try something new for themselves or to get back into shape. Who couldn’t be inspired by Steven Way, the 40 year old English Marathon runner who achieved a personal best and finished in a respectable 10th place. Only 7 years ago he was an overweight couch potato who ate, drank and smoked too much. Even if we do want to be like him, it is still too easy to make excuses and put it off a bit longer. We have all heard someone say things like, “I would, but I get home from work too late” or “It’s raining outside, I will run tomorrow night”, or “I don’t want anyone to see me running”.
Some people have overcome the bad weather, or their hate of busy gyms by creating their own specialised gym in their garage. For some, it’s as simple as clearing a space and installing a quick release bike trainer, connecting your bike and training can begin. For others, fitness is a way of life and they fully convert their garage. Here is an example of what you can do with a little imagination and a bit more money.
Climber Angie Payne shows a photo on her blog of how she trained in their family converted garage.
Don’t let these pictures put you off if they seem out of your league as the internet is full of information and inspiring pictures that will:
· suit the size of your garage
· your budget
· your sport
· your training needs/likes
· your level of DIY capability
There is a great board on Pinterest called Garage Gym Inspirations that will help give you that final push to get motivated. I will be looking out for you at the next Commonwealth Games!
Finally, don’t waste your money on any of this unless your garage is in good condition and has a good, solid, weatherproof roof. This is where I can help. Please get in touch with me, Paul Mclean for garage advice and a no obligation quote, either by phone or email.
By Paul Mclean
Photos courtesy of www.roguefitness.com; http://www.angiepayne.com
Paul Mclean has 25 years as an agent for Lidget Compton selling and building garages. Now offering a garage roof replacement service, old garage removal and garage installation.