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Old 04-29-2011, 10:07 PM
 
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I bought a house 3 years ago, the seller agent said the house is a two car garage. at the time, I didn't think too much because the seller had too much stuff in the garage so I can't really check it. After i bought a few month, i realize its actually a 1.5 car garage. On the seller's ad and mls posting they all stated its a 2 car garage. I still have the ad and mls positing information right now. Is this considered a misrepresentation? How can I go through legal method so that the agent gets some penalty.

Can someone give me some suggestions?

Thank you very much.
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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What are the inside dimensions of the garage and the width of the garage door?

What kind of cars do you have?
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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There is the building definition of 2 car garage and then there is homeowner reality two car garage. Some of the new 2 car garages can't fit two SUV/Truck/Minivans in them but are legal two car garages.

So, I ditto Mike. What are the measurements and what kind of cars do you have?
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Old 04-30-2011, 04:51 AM
 
Location: OK
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Buyer should always verify all data.
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Old 04-30-2011, 06:09 AM
 
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Default Standards are easy to check...

The standard width of a two car garage DOOR (for side by side parking) in pretty much every part of the country is 16', if the opening of your garage is significantly less than that it is just about impossible to get two vehicles in.

I have seen many higher end homes with garage opening that range from 16' to 20', once you get bigger than that it is common to call it 2.5 car. Garages wider than 24' can be called 3 car garages.


A tandem garage (for parking two deep) will need to be at least 30' from wall to door, and if it is just at minimum, many larger vehicles will be virtually impossible to get more than one inside...

If a garage is important to you AT THE TIME WHEN YOU ARE SHOPPING FOR THE HOUSE you gotta check the dimensions.

I know MANY people that have tight garages, especially on older home, when they shop for a car they bring their tape measures with 'em and/or stick sub-compacts to make sure they can get all the car doors open while inside the garage -- the "two car garage" designation is about "parking" NOT about "ease of passenger egress"...

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Buyer should always verify all data.

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Old 04-30-2011, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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So the garage is 19x18....
I always tell my clients that it is a 4 car garage.

Now they just need to buy 4 Smart cars.
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Old 04-30-2011, 06:32 AM
 
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Default Or you could go my route...

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So the garage is 19x18....
I always tell my clients that it is a 4 car garage.

Now they just need to buy 4 Smart cars.

I sometimes will joke that a cluttered two car garage is " a 1 and 13/25s space, it'd be two car if they got rid of the DOZEN or so items of crap..."
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Old 04-30-2011, 07:34 AM
 
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Thank you for the reply. I drive a camary..there is no way two camery can fit in. Maybe two smart car..even two smart car will be tight because the garage door isn't that big. So what is the standard two car garage should have in dimension? I can measure it.
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Old 04-30-2011, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mntns., NC
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I bought a house 3 years ago, the seller agent said the house is a two car garage. at the time, I didn't think too much because the seller had too much stuff in the garage so I can't really check it. After i bought a few month, i realize its actually a 1.5 car garage. On the seller's ad and mls posting they all stated its a 2 car garage. I still have the ad and mls positing information right now. Is this considered a misrepresentation? How can I go through legal method so that the agent gets some penalty.

Can someone give me some suggestions?

Thank you very much.

You've been using that garage for three years. If it were 3 days and you noticed or thought it was a misrepresentation you may have "damages". But after this length of time, you need to ask an attorney about this, because you may have NO damages. Too much time has gone by for you to decide you don't like the garage after all.
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Old 04-30-2011, 07:46 AM
 
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i measured the garage door width, its 12.2 feet...definitely not 16 feet. Is this considered a misrepresentation? Should I bring it to the court?
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