Are you in the market for a new home? Inspecting the garage closely when shopping around goes a long way. Your garage might not seem like a big selling point initially, but garages are integral to your home experience.

Because many prospective home buyers are not as intrigued with the garage, American Door Works is here to help you understand what to look for when buying a house.

Structural Integrity

When buying a house with a garage, consider the condition of the garage and carefully inspect the structural integrity. Look for cracks or damage in the walls and ceiling. Pay attention to water damage and foundation issues such as sinking or cracking, and inspect the roof over the garage for sagging.

Don't be afraid to ask your agent questions about the garage's condition, and have an inspector perform a professional garage inspection.

Proper Insulation

Proper garage insulation is integral to maintaining the safety and longevity of your vehicle and personal belongings, especially when exposed to extreme temperatures – a common occurrence in Minnesota. As temperatures fluctuate throughout the year, sub-par insulation can lead to accelerated deterioration or potential damage to your assets.

Functioning Doors

If you want a safe and secure garage (and often entrance to your home), it is important to ensure that all doors function correctly and can be securely locked. A garage door that has been professionally installed and maintained will provide protection, privacy, and peace of mind, as well as a barrier against the elements and unwanted visitors. Inspect the doors carefully to check their stability and effectiveness.

Adequate Garage Lighting

Lighting in a garage is essential, not only for safety but also to effectively use your space. Often, a garage serves many purposes, from housing your vehicles to functioning as a workspace or storage area.

Enough Space

It’s important to check that the garage's size meets your vehicle and storage requirements. Take thorough measurements of your vehicles and other items you plan to keep within the garage. This will reduce the risk of encountering issues like insufficient space, which could lead to costly and unwanted modifications.

Additionally, consider any other spatial requirements, such as extra room for easy vehicle access or storage for seasonal equipment.

Updated Electrical

Ensure that the property's electrical components are up-to-date with the latest safety standards. Outdated systems increase the risk of potential hazards for occupants of the garage as well as the home. Certified professionals are crucial when detecting and addressing any electrical issues. This will ultimately help preserve the safety of the entire property, not just the garage.

Get a Professional Garage Inspection from American Door Works

Buying a home is a significant investment, which is why you need to know what to look for in a garage. When investing in your dream home, make an informed decision about the garage by inspecting its structural integrity, insulation, lighting, size, electrical wiring, and functionality of the doors.

If you'd prefer to hire a professional inspection, contact us today for more information about our residential services and how we can help you select the perfect garage.