Looking Out From the Garage: Garage Upgrades YOU can do!

Garage Upgrades YOU can do!

Keeping the theme from yesterday regarding improvements and their return on investment, I thought I might mention a few upgrades/improvements that can be done on a budget AND that will add value to your home.  The following links ARE affiliate links to Amazon.  Most of these products can also be found at your local Home Depot or Lowes store. 

Floor CoatingLet's start with the floor.  When there aren't any cars in the (hopefully) clean garage, that floor is awfully big.  To make it look nice, an epoxy coat is a great addition.  Regular floor paints do NOT stand up to hot tires.  Epoxy, IF APPLIED CORRECTLY, will stand up to hot tires and a lot of other things...  There are several products from Valspar and Rustoleum that fit the bill.  And while the products may say they cover up to 400 square feet, expect half of that, so a two car garage would likely require two kits.  The kits run $70-$90 each.  If your garage has oil staining, expect to spend some time and money cleaning that up... possibly even bead-blasting or grinding depending on the severity.  But it will be worth it.  If you are willing to put the time into the prep work that might be needed... 

Keypad RemoteAnother easy upgrade for the garage is a Garage Keypad Remote.  A few years ago, they were only on higher end homes, but the cost has dropped significantly.  Depending on brand, the units usually run between $20-$40.

Shop Strip LightThe final easy upgrade for the garage is lighting.  Most builders tend to under-light the garage.  Many two car garage only have one or two small fixtures.  A 400 square foot room needs more than a pair of 75 watt bulbs...  A low cost option is a pair of fluorescent strips.  The power consumption is similar to the incandescant bulbs, but they provide considerably more light.  This is a nice light for the garage.  They are pretty easy to wire into the existing fixture if you are electrically inclined.

There are lots of other upgrades for the garage, but these are projects that can be finished in an evening or a weekend (floor coating...).  They are reasonably priced and should provide a good return on investment. 

The next level would be cabinetry and tool storage/organization.  Those projects are also fairly easy, but can be much more costly, depending on the storage options. 

Good luck... and give your car a cool home, too.

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Comment balloon 7 commentsLane Bailey • December 26 2009 11:14PM


My Dad builds Garages in Southern Maryland. Thanks for the tips!

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) about 9 years ago

Great tips Lane.  You mean a car goes in a garage?  We have a full woodworking shop in ours.  And it is rarely clean.  One way to know you will start a project. clean the garage.

Posted by Kim Peasley-Parker (AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.) about 9 years ago


Kim - that is the plan...

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) about 9 years ago

Lane - I am a fan of the "U Coat It" epoxy floor system.

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) about 9 years ago

Sam - U Coat It is nice stuff...  no doubt.  I was looking for budget, though... 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) about 9 years ago


The epoxy products, including U-CoatIt, work well if the preparation is done properly.  There are other products such as RaceDeck, SwissTrax, and G-Floor that work great for covering floors quickly.  I have a business in Marietta, The Legendary Garage Company, that specializes in garage upgrades for car enthusiasts.  Check me out at www.LegendaryGarage.com see a few examples of these products.


Posted by Chuck almost 9 years ago

Chuck - I'll have to check you guys out.

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) almost 9 years ago