Why Should You Estimate the Cost Of Your Garage Remodeling Project?
Your garage serves multiple purposes apart from being a place to park your car. Your garage is a storage area and a workshop. It’s also a separate entranceway to your home. It may even serve as a potential living space, hobby space, rec room for the kids, or game room. This is not a space that you want to neglect!
Most homeowners plan a garage renovation as their existing structure gets old and outdated. Some may even choose to convert their garage into another living area.
Whatever the purpose, a garage renovation can increase the value of your house on the real estate market. The return on your investment (ROI) in your garage can be up to 70% of your total renovation costs as long as:
- You do the right groundwork before you start planning your renovations.
- You use the right tools to make your garage as useful as possible.
- You make the right choices when selecting the materials for your project.
Naturally, you have to know the cost of these things in order to calculate what you can afford to spend. That’s also the best way to ensure that you don’t stumble across any unwelcome surprises during the execution of your project. Using our free estimate for your garage remodel will help you create a realistic budget that actually meets your needs!
How Can Kukun’s Garage Remodel Cost Estimator Help You?
Getting an estimate through Kukun’s garage remodel cost estimator is easy. Just follow the steps below to get your custom, personalized total cost in minutes!s
1.Enter the type of remodel you intend to have and the size of the property.
Select the type of remodeling you want from the two options:
Remodeling the room without any change to the walls.
Expanding the existing area by moving walls within or without the perimeter of the garage
You can also enter the size of your kitchen on this page:
2.Enter the relevant property details.
Enter your zip code and the year the property was built. (We do not share this information. It merely helps us give you a better estimate because labor and material costs vary widely by geography.)
Check the (optional) box:
“Include the equity I could be building in my house calculations”
Simply enter your complete address to calculate the return on your investment (ROI) from the remodel.
The ROI is based on the real estate scenario and activity in your vicinity. Permit data and home sales history are used to calculate the built equity. (Please note that this is only applicable for an entire room with a “Down to the Studs” project finish level. You’ll see what this all means in the following step.)
3.Enter the scope of your renovations.
Choose the scope of your home improvement from the three options below:
Ready To Sell
A 'Ready to Sell' garage remodel will give you the best ROI possible without the need for a permit. It may include finishing interior texture (already sheetrocked), painting, and changing a few light fixtures. This level is perfect for those who are preparing their home for sale and tends to be cosmetic in nature in order to present the home well to potential buyers.
A 'Typical Renovation’ garage remodel will probably include adding some electrical outlets, lighting, insulation, sheetrock, tape, texture, and paint. For this level of renovation, you may require a permit, especially if there is electrical or plumbing work or you are moving a wall.
Down To The Studs
A 'Down to the Studs' garage remodel includes all the bells and whistles of the Typical Renovation, plus additional outlets and circuits, room for an electric car charger, custom cabinets, and workbenches. This type of work will always require a permit. This is the level you need to strip everything to walls and start over.
And there you go! Your garage remodeling project estimate is ready! With this estimate, you can analyze your finance options or hire a professional to get started on the work right away.
We are happy to offer you options for professional remodeling contractors who have worked in your neighborhood and who have been vetted by your neighbors and your city. You can explore the contractor's profile, check out their online reviews, and view all their previous permits. You can even ask around your vicinity to see what other customers have to say about their work!
What’s the Best Way To Remodel A Garage? Always Plan Ahead!
Renovation projects can be difficult to pull off without a hitch. You can make it easier on yourself, however, if you keep the following things in mind:
- Get a written contract from your contractor. The document should detail the complete schedule, along with deadlines for milestones. This will help you to keep track and calculate the actual timeline of the project.
- Discuss and mutually agree on the payment schedule with your contractor. This needs to be documented in the contract as well.
- Remember that experts recommend allocating an additional 20% of your budget for unforeseen circumstances. You may not need it -- but it’s good to know it is there.
Hiring a remodeling expert really is necessary. A professional will ensure that all building permits and inspections are up to date. They can also redo your garage space to make it more appealing -- both visually and functionally. Garages are an important consideration for homebuyers when deciding whether to buy a property. Displaying a professional finish can go a long way in helping you get the best price possible for your home.
Keep in mind that your contractor should have expertise in all the areas of a garage remodel: construction, plumbing, electrical, and lighting. Clearly convey all your expectations. A final word of contract advice? Be sure to get a warranty or guarantee from your contractor.
Cost vs Value
Find the Recoup/ROI of the remodeling project in your zipcode