GARAGES – The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

When it comes to resale value – a great garage can be just as important of a selling point as is a great kitchen!

Recently, I was a featured speaker in Philadelphia at the annual meeting for AACA, the Antique Automobile Club of America. My topic was “Garages – The Good, the Bad & the Ugly. I’ve attached the worksheet I handed out to the audience at the event so my readers can also benefit from a basic planning tool.

Garages are often an afterthought. Instead, I’d like you to think about the garage as an integral extension of your home. It should be treated with the same respect as the living room, bedrooms, and other key areas of your home. A garage that becomes a dumping ground for everything BUT cars simply sends the message that the size of your home isn’t adequate.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Try Googling the topic for some ideas. Also, check out the cool garage ideas at Closets by Design, The Container Store, Lowes or Home Depot. If you need a professional help, contact a garage design specialist in your area.

Whatever you do…respect the garage.

MY GARAGE                                


  1. Room for ____ # of cars ____# motorcycles
  2. Workbench and tools
  3. Security system
  4. Finished floor
  5. Overhead lighting
  6. Organizational systems
  7. Cabinetry
  8. Heat and/or air conditioning
  9. Lift/jacks
  10. Drywall and paint
  11. Car art
  12. Refrigerator
  13. Slop Sink
  14. Seating
  15. Shelving
  16. Parts washer
  17. Air compressor need
  18. Small power tools

In addition to the list above, what else will be kept in your garage?

______      a.  Sports and hobby equipment

______      b.  Cleaning supplies

______      c.  Gardening tools and equipment

______      d.  Pesticides, oils, paint, etc.

______      e.  Lawn mower, snow blower or tractor

______      f.  Shopvac, power washer

______      g.  Boots, shoes, clothing

______      h.  Food storage

______      i.  Trash and recycling cans

______      j.  Holiday decorations

______      k.  Other _______________  _______________

Do you need a professional to help plan and execute the project for you?

______  No. I can do it myself.              ______ Yes. I’ll need help.


  1. Prioritize needs and functions
  2. Do a rough layout
  3. Plan the process
  4. Clean everything out of the garage and either put it in temporary storage or throw away the things you no longer need or want
  5. Get rid of old broken-down stuff, electronics, and tools that are past their usefulness
  6. Clean the garage, walls, floors, shelves, etc.
  7. Update electrical and plumbing as needed
  8. Insulate, drywall and paint
  9. Install cabinetry, organizational systems, shelving, etc.
  10. Clean all your tools and other machinery before putting them away

 Please, give your garage the attention it deserves.