The cluttered garage or laundry room might not just be unsightly, it likely will affect the home’s value, according to a recent survey from Gladiator Brand GarageWorks. A January 2014 survey of 500 real estate brokers or agents found that four out of five believe that an unorganized garage negatively impacts a potential home buyer’s first impression. Nearly all real estate brokers or agents surveyed said that first impression impacts whether a potential buyer ultimately purchases a home.
“The garage is a window to your life,” said Karl Champley, DIY expert and master builder, “We put in a lot of time and money to build value into our homes and the garage maybe the single most visible preview of what a home has to offer and space that showcases your property – not simply hides it.”
Nine out of ten real estate brokers or agents say that home shoppers view garages as more than just a place to park a car, acknowledging that household storage and entertaining space are two other functions for the garage. In fact, garages rank higher as a storage option above the attic and the basement, according to the survey.
“Today’s garage storage systems can make the garage more of an extension of the home, with customizable storage options that demonstrate everything organized in stylish ways,” said Rebecca Ross, Brand Manager at Gladiator Brand. “From elevated ceiling storage, to sports and tool-themed storage cabinets, more and more homeowners are interested in upgrading their garage space to serve as a more functional area.”
More than three quarters of those surveyed said that a garage should be as well organized as any other room in the house. Laundry areas are another segment of the home that is a frequent victim of disarray.
“Many homeowners don’t realize that there are affordable, customizable storage solutions for the laundry area,” said Ross. “For example, the Everest White collection provides the strength and versatility for garage storage, but provides a softer design aesthetic for inside the home.”
Nearly a third of surveyed real estate brokers or agents believe that a well-designed storage system in the laundry room can increase a home’s value.
SOURCE Gladiator GarageWorks