Is your garage ready for a Rolls?
Changing lifestyles that make it necessary for more families to have two cars - and the high cost of vehicles – has substantially raised the value of a garage from the homebuyer’s point of view.

So says Berry Everitt, MD of the Chas Everitt International property group, who notes that a double lock-up garage is now a key sales feature for homes in many new complexes and estates, and a must-have rather than a nice-to-have feature for buyers of pre-owned homes.

“Consequently, home sellers need to pay more attention to that often-neglected structure at the bottom of the garden.”

Writing in the Property Signposts newsletter, he says garages must first and foremost be really secure and should also, of course, be clean and free of any rubbish or old furniture and appliances.

“Homeowners should also ensure that the doors open smoothly, remove any oil stains from the floor and give the walls a fresh coat of paint.

“Who knows, if the garage also happens to have windows, lighting, a power point and room for a workbench, it could even become the factor that clinches the deal.”

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