Whether it’s a timber carport, metal carport or steel garage, an attachment to your house or detached on your land, a carport can be a great asset. Unlike your car itself, a carport can add value over time, and can be the difference between you selling your home and it staying on the market.

It’s tough to sell your home right now, and even a complete revamp won’t guarantee a sale. Here are five reasons why a carport can be an investment for your home and help you sell it.

1. Less hassle for the buyer – They don’t have to build their own garage, carport or vehicle storage because you’ve done the work for them. This saves them time, hassle, research, planning and money – all things you want to minimise when you’re buying or have just bought a property.

2. Your home is better value for money – Because you’re selling your home with existing vehicle storage, you’re selling more physical real estate than just your house. This is especially true for those with detached carports and garages, who are ultimately selling more than one building.

3. You have the edge over comparable real estate – If a buyer is deciding between two very similar properties, then a carport or garage can swing the decision in your favor.

4. Carports and garages are multi-purpose – Even if the prospective buyer doesn’t want to store a vehicle in your carport or garage, you can point out the advantages for storage, as a workshop, home office, utility room and so on. Depending on the structure, a carport or garage could even act as the beginnings of an extension for your home.

5. Sell as an ideal – If your home is in a rural area, an additional building can add to that concept of having more space (for hobbies, gardening, vehicles or farming), or a buyer’s wish to buy another vehicle, etc. etc. For this one you’ll need to think outside the box a little, talk to the buyer and find out what they’re interested in.