Keeping the home’s value high is an important consideration, whether the homeowner is planning to sell soon or not. After all, the home is probably the most expensive investment a home owner will ever make.

So it’s important for them to maximize their investment and make it work harder for them. If your client is considering a home improvement project in the near future, adding one or all four of these custom storage ideas can boost their home’s value.

Garage Storage Systems

Custom garage storage is on The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Top 10 list of most wanted features in a home for 2015. Twenty-seven percent of people consider it a must-have. By meeting this expectation, the homeowner could raise the asking price of his home. When it comes to choosing garage cabinets, he or she can opt for short or tall, deep or shallow. Whatever the choice, it’s best to have the cabinets professionally mounted to the wall to keep them away from water and pests at ground level.

In addition to garage cabinets, garage wall systems and overhead garage storage complete the full-room makeover. These storage solutions allow the client to take full advantage of the vertical space in the garage to store everything needed.

Custom Closets

Ample closet storage space is always at the top of a home buyer’s list. The NAHB names a master bedroom walk-in closet the Number One most likely feature desired in a single-family home. To compete with fellow home sellers, the client’s home should have one too.

Even if she already has a walk-in closet, a custom closet design could make it stand out.

It is estimated that a custom closet pays for itself two to three times over by justifying an increased asking price. Accessories such as pull-out drawers, hidden hampers, shoe racks and cubbies and extra hanging rods are particularly in-demand features of a custom closet.

Pantry & Laundry Rooms

A walk-in pantry is also on the NAHB’s Top 10 most wanted features list, with 29 percent of buyers considering it essential. Laundry rooms are even more important, with 55 percent of people calling it a must-have feature.

Meet home buyer demand by installing a walk-in pantry if the home doesn’t already have one. Make it highly functional, with drawers, vertical cubbies and wine racks. Also, make the laundry room stand out with laundry room cabinets meant to organize and de-clutter the space.

Multi-Purpose Rooms

This feature is easy to overlook, but multi-purpose rooms make it easier to cater to buyers with different needs. For example, if you don’t have a dedicated guest room, installing a Murphy bed in the office or craft room grabs the attention of buyers looking for this feature.

Matt Prewett is general manager of SpaceMakers of Atlanta, a family owned business with two Georgia locations: Alpharetta and Greensboro.

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