Parking is extremely important to renters, so it makes sense to make sure that your garage is up to par before putting your home on the market for rent. Making a few small updates to your garage can go a long way in setting your rental apart from the competition, especially when it comes to attracting renters who might be interested in using garage space as an extension of the home. Here are a few updates to consider:

Repair the Door

One of the most important updates that shouldn't be overlooked is repairing the garage door. Even if the door seems to be functioning well, chances are that if it's more than a year old it has some rusted springs at the very least. Have a service provider inspect the door, replace hardware where needed, and repair things like the door opener sensor to make them work like new again. One company that offers this service is Plano Overhead Garage Door.

Do Some Insulating

To make the garage a more comfortable space to spend time in, you can insulate the garage door and any windows in the garage. This can be easily done by using caulk or spray foam insulation along the frames of the door and windows, making sure to put a double coat anywhere cracks and leaks are found along the way. If a hot water heater, washer, or dryer are kept in the garage, take the time to insulate the areas around the pipes and hoses that lead to the exterior.

Paint the Walls

A fresh coat of paint on the walls will make the garage look bright and new, giving it a finished look that will accommodate potential renters looking to create a home office or playroom in the garage. And using a little color can spark some emotion in potential renters as they tour the home that may help seal the deal. For example, yellow tends to encourage happiness, blue helps to bring blood pressure levels down, and green offers a refreshing quality for the space.

Install Floating Shelves

To help your renters stay organized, install some floating shelves along one or two of the garage walls. This will provide plenty of room for storage without taking up any floor space, and can make the garage look larger overall. If you can't find floating shelves that meet your needs, implement utility shelves and screw their bases against the wall to keep them in place.