Myrtle Wallace December 1, 2019 Garage Cabinet
What type of garage cabinets will add the most value? The answer to that question is two-fold. The first has to do with the inherent attractiveness, quality and style of the cabinets themselves. And the second has to do with flexibility and how well the storage solutions match with what a new buyer will likely want.
A more common garage cabinet material is of course wood. Wooden cabinets are available in many styles and can be a great place to start for an inexpensive solution to garage storage. Wood cabinets can be constructed out of a variety of materials such as hardwood, plywood, particle board and MDF. They can come finished, unfinished or laminated with a variety of materials such as Formica or PVC. The shelving and frame construction and connection methods vary from simple nailed or screwed designs, to cam lock systems or dovetail joinery. It is important to choose a construction method appropriate to the cabinets intended use.
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.
On the flip side, there are several disadvantages to owning plastic garage containers that may make you want to consider some other alternatives: 1. Weight Load - plastic cabinets are not going to be able to carry as much weight as steel cabinets do. Overtime, if you load down the cabinets with heavy items, the plastic shelves will become warped. 2. Doors - as time goes on, plastic cabinets with locks or latches become harder to close and eventually will warp. One of the benefits of going with garage cabinets over garage shelves is the ability to lock up things out of reach from the children. If a latch or lock is going to stop working over time, you lose out on one of the key benefits of the storage. 3. Durability - over time, plastic can become broken or damaged. There is a chance after several years you may be looking to replace them if you do not treat them properly when taking items out or putting things away. 4. Stains - while plastic shelves are easy to clean, if there is a chemical spill, depending on the type of liquid, it can stain the cabinets, thus ruining the color and the appearance.
"Flexibility and how well the storage solutions work" means simply "can the garage cabinets be configured so most people will find them useful?" If your cabinets are perfect for your woodworking hobby -- a workbench, places for lumber, pegboards for tools and the like -- how will someone with lots of gardening tools or painting materials value your garage? Make sure your investment in garage cabinets can be used by a broad range of other people. Otherwise the garage you view as an asset might be worthless, or even a liability, when it comes time to sell your property.
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."
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