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Old 10-23-2012, 05:52 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Some people don't care about garages and don't care (or think about) the impact on resale. Everyone is different.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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We bought a house without a garage. When we had the garage (in our rental house), we did not use it. The car port is easier and does the job (keeps the snow off the cars).

Where I grew up, it was very common to convert the garage into a rental apartment or in-law suite (we did not have basements).
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:20 PM
 
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Bought our house last year it had a finished garage that was used as a room by the prior owner the house was a flip totally remodeled and they turned it back into a functional garage. I turned it back into a room using it as a home gym put down carpet put a wall and door inbetween the garage door and the rest of the garage with a storage space about 4 feet deep. I really have very little stuff to store and even at our last house that had a fully functional garage we never parked out cars in there so the garage was kind of a waste.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:35 PM
 
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Maybe he wanted the space and plans on staying long enough not to care how it effect resale. For me personally, a garage is a nice to have and not a have to have. Growing up in small town New England, garages weren't really a thing unless you lived in a new development. A early 1900s farm house doesn't have a garage.
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:20 AM
 
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Maybe he wanted the space and plans on staying long enough not to care how it effect resale. For me personally, a garage is a nice to have and not a have to have. Growing up in small town New England, garages weren't really a thing unless you lived in a new development. A early 1900s farm house doesn't have a garage.
Farm houses had barns though - which are even better than garages! Back in the good ole days nobody left their horse parked out front...they had barns/stables.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Generally out here people don't like converted garages. This is Oregon so we have ski/snowboarding stuff, kayaks, hunting gear, fishing gear, etc. People need a place to store their stuff. It is really common for people to fill their garages here with that stuff and park their cars in the driveway. We don't snow very much so that isn't really an issue.
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:24 PM
 
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There is no room to add a garage, and there is no car port. You pull up to the front of the old garage. There is no door there, just windows.
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Needham, MA
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In the Northeast, a garage is critical for resale. Not only do homes without garages sell for less money than the same size house with a garage, but they also take a lot longer to sell. We get a lot of snow in the Northeast and a garage is viewed as a necessity by most and not a luxury.
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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It happens a lot here, and most of them are poorly done.
We have a lot of homes without garages anyway.

The tract builders will sell on-site sales model homes, and many buyers don't ask to have the sales office converted back to garage space prior to closing.
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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What was he thinking??
Most likely: "I want more living space."

It doesn't matter what you think or what you prefer. It's not your house.
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