Organize Garage

Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Garage Organization project

March 2015

Homeowners have many important questions about their Garage Organization Project. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What problem areas do I need to watch out for? Can I recover my Garage Organization investment when I sell? Can I do some of the work myself? What can I do to make sure that the work is done right?

Costs, materials and best practices for the example Garage Organization project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.

Garage Organization - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Garage Organization project are summarized below. Use higher estimates for larger metropolitan areas and the lower estimates where home prices are below the national average. Adjust costs for substitutions or refinements in the last section. For size differences of up to 25%, scale total costs in direct proportion to the size of your project. Use the adjusted costs as a basis for setting a material budget and for comparing contractor bids (if you choose to have a professional perform the work).

Project descriptionOrganize garage space for improved storage, work access and convenience. Add storage elements, electric circuits and lighting. Install peg wallboard for tool storage. Use basic grade of materials and installation quality.
Project size380 square feet
Material and labor cost$2,025 - $2,363
Material cost$1,260 - $1,470
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Garage Organization project can be completed by a moderately skilled do-it-yourselfer; as with any project, high quality Garage Organization requires attention to detail and careful planning.
First year Return on Investment - ROIReturns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Garage Organization project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
First year Return on Investment - ROIReturns will be impacted by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Garage Organization project can return as much as 67% - 78% of its initial cost
Green ratingGarage Organization projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Garage Organization - Project Plan and Details

The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Garage Organization. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Garage Organization project. Click any Task name for a complete written specifications, FAQs and quality checklist for the task - this essential information will help you control Garage Organization project cost and quality.

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Garage Organization project? If so, it is important create and manage a detailed plan for all project activities.

TaskService ProviderTimeDifficultyBasic Cost Range
Remove Construction DebrisGarbage and Rubbish Hauler1 d$10.36 - $17.30 per cubic yard
Install Appliance CircuitElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$308 - $525
Install Ceiling LightingElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$67 - $120
Install ShelvingFinish Carpenter1 d$8.55 - $14.33 per linear foot
Build CabinetsFinish Carpenter1 d$502 - $867
Mount CabinetFinish Carpenter1 to 2 d$71 - $120
Install Wall PanelingFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$3.51 - $6.16 per square foot
Install Cabinet HandlesFinish Carpenter1 d$11.77 - $19.69
Seal WindowsFinish Carpenter1 d$32 - $57
Seal DoorFinish Carpenter1 d$42 - $74


Garage Organization - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Garage Organization project plan.

  • To maximize return on the Garage Organization project, limit cost to no more than 1% of home's total, post project value
  • For best home resale value, follow a consistent design and decorating theme throughout the home
  • To keep Garage Organization costs low, do not move walls or relocate plumbing fixtures or electrical boxes
  • Perform major Garage Organization work with permits to help protect value at resale time
  • For best resale value, select components, appliances, finishes and fixtures of comparable quality
  • Understand how your project will change property taxes (assessed value) and home insurance - before the project begins

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