If you have a garage on your property, chances are you are either using it as a space to store your vehicle or as a general dumping ground for all of the items you’ve cleared out of your home over the years.
Of course, there are plenty of other uses for your garage, and even if you’re making better use of your garage than the above example, there are a few really cool things you could do with it to make the most of this prime piece of real estate.
A spare bedroom
Having an extra bedroom in your home can do wonders for the resale value, and of course, it can also be extremely useful if you have family or guests visiting you often and need a proper room to host them in.
If you’re not the hosting type, there are still plenty of benefits to converting your garage into a room. You could use it as a home office, music room, craft room, or anything else you’ve been dreaming of!
You’ll need to obtain planning permission before you undertake any conversion work, as well as making sure you follow any regulations, insulate it properly, and have any electrical work done by a trained professional, but this article gives you a great rundown of the conversion process and is a great place to start if you’re considering going down this route yourself.
A home gym
Working out regularly is so important for our physical and mental health, but so many of us struggle to find the time and motivation to actually get around to doing it. Gym memberships are expensive and having to traipse to the gym after you’ve already endured a long day at work (or worse, get up extra early to do so) is often the last thing you want to do.
Turning your garage into a home gym is a pretty popular way of utilising garage space, and one that is well worth doing if you are the kind of person who manages to make lots of excuses to yourself to avoid heading to your local gym. Having one right on your property will remove one of the biggest obstacles that stand in the way of you and your workout plan!
Of course, there are a few upfront costs to converting the space into a gym such as insulating and buying equipment, but the good news is you’ll probably save a lot of money in the long run.
You don’t have to fully kit out your home gym from day one either, you can just invest in the basic essential equipment first, and then gradually upgrade the space over time once you are feeling the financial benefit of not paying a monthly fee for a gym away from home.
This post from the Telegraph is a great read if a home gym is something you’re considering, as not only will it help you decide whether that’s something that’s right for you, but it will give you plenty of pointers as to the equipment you REALLY need, while avoiding the fads that are often a waste of money.
Rent it out
If you’re not really making the best use of your own gym but neither of the options above sound appealing or necessary, there is another option that could still see you gaining something from your unused space.
Plenty of people who don’t have garages of their own are keen to rent other people’s, whether it’s so that they have somewhere secure to store their car, or because they haven’t got enough storage space on their own property.
There are companies such as Lock Up Garages who act as managing agent and rent out people’s garages on their behalf, and plenty of people also advertise garages and parking spaces on sites such as Rightmove or similar property rental sites.