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Is it for safekeeping your automobile or for storing household items? How about both! Nifty garage storage and hoist systems can make room for both your car and household items.

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Use this 6-Step Home Remodeling "Quick Guide" to review the in-the-garage conversion process. It assembles information you need and outlines it a step-by-step view.

Step 1: Analyze the Numbers

Before you start anything in the garage, run some financial numbers to determine whether your project is a smart investment.

The numbers include the estimated costs, home value assessment, financing costs, and other related calculations.

Review cost-related issues to garage conversion vs. buying a new home.

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link to notes: analyze the numbers
estimate the cost of your project
get your home value


Step 2: Collect Ideas

Your 2nd step for in-the-garage is deciding what you would like to do and collecting ideas.

This includes reviewing -

  • in-the-garage pics,
  • in-the-garage ideas,
  • architectural plans,
  • floor layouts,
  • home gallery,
  • garage company information,
  • garage conversion shopping and more.

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Step 3: Plan the Needed Specs

Step 3 is sketching your ideas on paper (or digitally) and developing the spec plan.

The spec plan determines what type of materials and design considerations that will be needed. It will also contain the product specifications for each remodeling element such as garage conversion, flooring, cabinetry, other.

You will use the spec plan and architectural design to bid the project out to a contractor.

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Step 4: Find a Contractor

Step 4 is finding and negotiating the contract with a garage contractor.

Give your remodeling ideas and specs to a contractor for review and bid analysis.

Use the local network (aligned with HomeAdvisor) to find the right contractor for your project.

Review guides for contractor selection and negotiation.

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Step 5: Financing Your Project

Step 5 is arranging financing once you select the contractor and finalize the contract for your project.

Using the equity value in your home is one of the best financing option for garage needs. Start with a home equity line of credit or a bank equity program.

Other options may include cash-out refinancing, personal savings, and/or financing from home improvement contractors.

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Step 6: Manage the Project

Step 6 is where the project begins.

It starts with setting up the work area, removing everything that needs to be replaced, installing plumbing and electrical if needed, putting in the final touches, etc.

It also means working with the contractor, managing the project, and getting the remodeling project inspected before releasing any funds.

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working with the contractor
managing the home remodeling project
about a home project inspections
find home inspector

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View In-the-Garage Ideas

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The 2nd step for in-the-garage is deciding what you would like to do. This includes reviewing garage ideas, architectural styles, home pics and more.

View A: Garage Photo Remodeling

Our collection of photo remodeling ideas for the garage.

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other exterior home ideas


View B: House Plans

An excellent resource for remodeling trends is to view house plans from leading architects.

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house plans
more house plans
architectural styles


View C: Gallery

View our selected gallery for garage access.

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gallery: driveways
gallery: pathways and walkways


View E: Home Improvement Directory

Finally, view this indexed directory to product information from manufacturers and retail operations.

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A Selection of Garage Topics For Your In-the-Garage Needs

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Managing Your Garage Space

So what can be done with your garage space? You could park your automobiles, store household goods, turn it into a workbench area, or convert your garage into a bonus room.

No matter how you use the space, start with this step-by-step guide after you review the garage management ideas and topics above to help plan and manage your garage needs.