Dorothy Hendrick December 3, 2019 Garage Cabinet
Remember the last time you walked though a house as a potential buyer? Imagine opening the door from the house to the garage and finding clean and generous garage cabinets. In different sizes. Some with doors, some open shelving. And everything stored away, neatly. Nice, eh? Now imagine opening the same door into the garage and seeing storage solutions composed of boxes stacked on top of other boxes, tools leaning against the wall and piles of sports equipment, off-season clothing and other "stuff" just strewn around. Clearly the first picture is more attractive. But, as you think about buying the house, how much more would you pay for the first house, the one with the well-organized garage space?
So do not think of your installation of garage cabinets as an expense. Think of it as an investment. The estimates that a good garage space can add $5,000 to $10,000 onto the resale value of the house. Not only will you be able to enjoy using your garage more, but you will be able to recoup most or all of the money spent on the garage storage solutions. And do not forget to USE the cabinets to "de-clutter" the garage and the house when it comes time to sell your home. As your listing agent will point out, "If a buyer sees your stuff scattered around, they will assume the house is not large enough to hold the buyer`s stuff either."
If the garage owner is accustomed to using the garage as workshop, and needs to store relevant equipment, then garage cabinets made from metal are the right choice, even if they cost a few dollars more. If, however, the cupboard is to be used to store lighter things like some equipment for car, or other outdoor gear, then plywood cupboards make more sense. In so far as choice between wooden and plywood is concerned, it is always better to opt for plywood. These serve the storage purpose, and can withstand rougher handling than some of the wood varieties.
However, this durability of cabinets made from regular wood pales in front of the durability offered by metal cabinets. When compared to metal cabinets, wooden cabinets are usually cheaper. But this is because wood needs to be maintained. Water, termites, and even chipping due to regular usage can easily damage these cabinets. The next option is the garage cabinet made of plywood. Plywood cabinets offer two advantages; they are cheaper than both metal and wooden cabinets made from regular wood, and they look elegant just like the wooden cabinet. But this affordability and aesthetic appeal comes at a price.
However cabinets do not have to cost a fortune and can easily be installed yourself with a few simple tools. Garage cabinets are modular, meaning you can pick and choose from a number of sizes (modules) to suit your needs or to fit around existing obstructions such as hot water heaters, switches or doors. We will look at a few different cabinet styles and discuss the advantages of each type.
When it comes to looking at the price for garage cabinets, it will vary by brand and size, but also by features. Here are some of the more common things to look for or keep in mind when you are looking at pricing for garage cabinets. Just like when buying a house, the quickest way to determine what you are getting for your money is by determining the price per cubic foot. This will give you a quick and easy measurement to start the comparison with. In addition, check the standard dimensions for height, width and depth so you can get a gauge of what you are going to be able to store inside. Pricing can range anywhere from as low as $11 per cubic foot to as high as $40 per cubic foot so it pays to examine the cabinets closely to see what features you are getting for your money.
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