Garages have been important for quite some time in order to store things and keep our cars safe, but during the pandemic the relative importance has increased.
These structures have evolved. People now store recyclables in there, trash, compost buckets, toys, strollers, garden tools, sports vehicles, and sometimes boats. Homeowners store all kinds of things in these buildings. It's not uncommon to have so much stuff in there that you can't fit your car.
In addition to that, these types of buildings have also been updated or upgraded. Some folks build man caves, game rooms or use it to start a business. People use it to throw parties, and the pandemic expanded the garage's usefulness. The rise in upgraded garages has been called the "garage lift," and it's taking off.
There are a lot of ways to update this building depending on what you want to do. If you're the kind of person who likes to fix your own car, then one thing that might be helpful is installing a vehicle lift. This will help raise your car like you would in a car shop. It's much safer to work with a lifted car and more comfortable.
It should be pointed out that a lift makes it pretty easy to park another car in your structure; it'll just go under the car that's on a lift.
Another change that's happening with these structures is that homeowners are starting to remodel the interior. For some time, the garage was just an extension of the main house, but that's no longer the case. Homeowners want the interior to look like their homes. This is the reason they're changing the floor, walls, and ceiling of these structures.
Remodeling the interior of this structure is important, especially if you're thinking of converting the building into a man cave or a room for guests or extended family that might have moved in. People may not talk about this that much, but the pandemic changed the setup of families. A lot of folks who fell into financial trouble ended up going back home, sometimes with their whole family. This creates a space problem that could be solved with a converted structure.
What's even more interesting is that all of these changes continue to stay in high demand even though the price for upgrades and updates to this type of building has risen quite considerably. People don't mind paying a little extra for those floors or some of the updates mentioned earlier.
Keep in mind that this is just the surface. Each change comes with its own set of expenses. For example, if you purchased an electric car, you need a dedicated charger. That's going to cost some extra cash. If you want to set up a business, you'll need access to Wi Fi and maybe much more. You'll have to plan all that out.
What's clear is that people are changing the way these buildings can be used, and that's exciting for the industry.