If you’re a homeowner without an existing garage, or perhaps a detached garage in need of a rebuild, it’s important to understand that any kind of garage construction is a big undertaking—and bigger investment. An important first step to take is doing some homework on garage builders before you hire one. We’ll provide tips on how to find the right contractor for your needs.
We’ll also provide insight on the cost to build a garage, and the pros and cons of building a detached garage versus adding the structure onto your home. Considerations around building either an attached or detached garage will not only give scope to your project, but they can also help you understand potential costs.
You’ll also want to consider your reasons for taking on this project. If you don’t have a garage, do you want to protect your vehicle from the elements? Or do you just need more storage space? You may simply want a place where you can indulge your favorite hobbies, such as gaming or painting? Some homeowners build a garage because they want extra space for an office or gym. No matter the reason, we have tips that can help you make the most of your investment.
Finding a Trusted Garage Builder
About now you’re likely asking, “so how do I find garage builders near me?” These tips can help you choose the right contractor for your project from among the local garage builders in your area:
Reach Out to Your Network
Talk to fellow homeowners in your circle. They can be great resources for helpful information and referrals. When someone you know has had a good experience with a local garage builder, that can go a long way to assuring you that you can rely on that builder.
Ask the Right Questions
Take some time to do research (you’re already here, so that’s a good step too) and have a clear idea in mind as to the questions you need to ask a garage builder. The right questions can save money and increase your garage’s value while also ensuring transparency in the process.
Helpful Questions to Ask Garage Builders:
- Do you have endorsements from other customers? Can I talk to them?
- What can you tell me about zoning requirements and other regulations?
- How long will the project take to complete?
It’s also smart to ask other local professionals you know, such as your plumber or electrician, for professionals they would refer. You can also check online reviews and the Better Business Bureau.
And, when the time comes to meet with garage builders in your area and you’re discussing how much to build a garage, you dive into specifics around zoning requirements, such as special town or permit fees, and if any inspections will be necessary for this type of construction. A garage builder should be familiar with these issues and include those details in their estimates.
How Much Does It Cost To Build A Garage?
For obvious reasons, the cost to build a garage will be lower for simple, one-car garage construction, but even two-car and three-car garage costs can vary greatly depending on where you live as well as other factors such as permit, lumber, and contractor costs.
Your cost can also increase depending on the complexity of your project. Even the cost to build a garage yourself will vary, for many of the aforementioned factors.
It can be helpful to do some research online on the cost to build a garage. For example, if you type the question, how much does it cost to build a 24x24 garage into a browser, a number of home project calculators will pop up. These types of tools can provide general information on potential costs based on the square footage of your project. Having some basic guidelines before you start getting actual estimates can be helpful as most garage builders will calculate the cost to build a garage based on the square footage.
Differences Between an Attached and a Detached Garage
An attached garage is directly connected to your house and can be entered by a door within your home. A detached garage is typically built at a close distance to your house but is not connected. Both have their pros and cons.
An attached garage is ideal if you want to get to your car quickly in cold weather. They also allow for easy access to garage storage. Because they are an addition to your home, they are often less expensive to build. You and your garage builder can directly connect an attached garage to your home’s existing electrical and plumbing systems. Conversely, permits for attached garage construction are usually more expensive. Also, you run a small risk of carbon monoxide fumes entering your home if a vehicle is kept running.
A detached garage is great if you’re interested in customization options for your garage, if you need more room, or if the noise generated from work you perform in your garage is bothersome. (Perhaps you use your garage for construction projects or band practice.) Detached garages usually have less expensive permits. However, they are usually more costly to construct, are inconvenient when inclement weather occurs, and are generally harder to access.
Since building a detached garage is easier than building an attached one, many garage builders prefer to work only on detached garages. Keep this in mind as you discuss your project with local builders.
Make the Most of Your Garage Investment
If you’ve decided to move forward with building a new garage, here are a few more points to keep in mind.
Add More Storage Space
If possible, build bigger than you think you currently need. As time passes, you’ll grow into and use the space. You can also consider adding an attic or loft space to maximize your square footage.
Increase Your Home Value
The good news is that adding a garage adds to a home’s value. Estimates show that a garage can provide an 81% return on investment and adds an average of $21,000 to the value of a home, so your investment is usually worth it.
How Can Home Warranties Help You?
When you’re investing in the construction of a new garage, it may be a good time to purchase a home warranty. The cost to build a garage is a big investment in time and money, so you may be looking for other ways to protect your budget. First American Home Warranty has been working with homeowners for more than 35 years, protecting home systems and appliances (including a garage door opener) from unexpected and often costly breakdowns. Contact us to learn more, or to get a quote.
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