What To Consider Before Converting a Garage Into A Living Space

If space is tight or your family is growing, converting your garage into a livable space is a great way to add square footage to your home. Families in Lynchburg and beyond are turning their garages into guest suites, home offices, short-term rentals, and much more. Before diving in, here are some things to consider first.

Check Your Local Permitting Process For Garage Conversions.

Due to the rise of short-term house rentals (like Airbnb), some areas have begun to look even closer at garage conversions. So your first call should be to your local municipality and homeowner association to learn the proper permitting process.

Depending on where you live and your structure’s size, you may need a property survey and zoning permit. If you’re converting it into a short-term rental, there’s likely another zoning permit, too.

The bottom line is that the legality of your project can make or break it, so do your homework first.

Determine The Scope And Budget For The Conversion.

Converting your garage is a less expensive way to add square footage to your property, but it’s not without cost. It can be a classic DIY project, but it depends on your project’s scope and the condition of your existing structure.

Major budget variables are plumbing, electrical, insulation, flooring, drywall, windows, framing, and more. Whether you attempt these on your own or hire a professional will significantly affect the final price.

Evaluate The Return On Investment Before Starting.

Finally, consider the return on investment (ROI) of the conversion. Future buyers may love the additional liveable space, while others may prefer using the garage for traditional vehicle coverage. When calculating your ROI, consider how long you plan to stay at your property, what comparable houses in your neighborhood have, and the conversion cost are things to consider.

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Valley Structures Will Install The Perfect Detached Garage For Your Lynchburg Home.

Here at Valley Structures, our high-quality garages come in various sizes, styles, and configurations for a practical and attractive addition to your Lynchburg property. So if you’d like to convert your detached garage to liveable space or convert your attached garage first, then install a new detached garage for your vehicles, get in touch for a free estimate!

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