Looking Out From the Garage: Dear Builder... I've NEVER heard...

Dear Builder... I've NEVER heard...

Typical America 'Two-car Garage' (detached type)
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Dear Builder,

I've NEVER had a buyer client tell me that they thought the garage was too big.  Granted, most of my buyers are "car people", so the deck is a bit stacked, but not all of them are.  In fact, I've had clients with little interest in cars... and they still wanted a garage that was just a little bigger.

You see, lots of people use their garages for a lot of different things.  Many of my clients like to build cars or weld something back together in their garage, but others just want to be able to fit two cars and their riding lawnmower.  Some people might want to move the cars out and build a nice piece of furniture.  Others need a place to store their camping equipment while they are back in civilization.

Of course, square footage is valuable, especially as margins are squeezed, but homes with more generous garages might also sell a bit quicker.  And that helps the margin, too.  Turning over inventory faster lowers carrying costs.  And while we're at it, can we have a couple more outlets in the garage?  I've seen too many garages lately that only had one outlet (aside from the one for the garage door opener).  One.  Even my 40 year old house has four outlets...

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Comment balloon 4 commentsLane Bailey • May 03 2011 09:55PM

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Lane, I have a friend that BUILT a garage for his mobile home. It is not cheap getting things done on Prince Edward Island, Canada, we are still chuckling because the door was 5 inches to short......

Posted by Kathy Denworth, Realtor in the Florida Keys, Islamorada, Key Largo (Century 21 Schwartz Realty) over 7 years ago

Oh so true....I had started building a home with a builder when i got engaged to my ex husband.....as soon as the house foundation was poured we knew we needed a bigger garage....so I put it on the market and sold it so I didn't have to buy it!  LOL  then we built one with a 3 car garage!  Much better! 

Posted by Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady! (Keller Williams Realty Boise) over 7 years ago

Lane~ And I have never heard a buyer say the house has too much storage space. I have to admit, though, that I did sell a house a couple of years ago that had seven garage bays--it might have been bordering on too much garage space...

Posted by Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate (Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO) over 7 years ago

Amen!

 

I have seen many instances where the garage literally will not fit a large suv or pick up. Way back when I was selling cars it was faily common to drive the Excursion to the house to see if it would fit.

Posted by Bob Southard, e-Pro - Cobb, Cherokee, North Fulton (Atlas Realty Service, LLC) over 7 years ago

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