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Old 07-02-2015, 08:29 AM
 
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If you lived in New England would you consider an attached 2 car garage a feature or an equity builder?
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Old 07-02-2015, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Barrington
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It depends.

Some prefer vintage homes built well before garages were attached to the home.

What's the norm for your area?
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Old 07-02-2015, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I consider them requirements.
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Old 07-02-2015, 09:34 AM
 
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We consider them requirement, also.

The norm seems to be indifference. Houses without them are priced the same as those with. Our oversized, 2 car with steal beam in lieu of lolly columns did nothing for the salability of our home.
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Old 07-02-2015, 09:44 AM
 
Location: NC
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Bought a house where the garage wasn't even priced into the home. Steel I beam 24X30 and well built! Well the house had 4 other bidders with a week on the market, so I figured I could go above ask factoring in the garage value to me.

Worked out well.
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Old 07-02-2015, 01:14 PM
 
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I consider it a common sense requirement.

Who the heck wants to dig cars out of snowbanks in your driveway in winter if you don't have a garage. Or who wants to shovel or snow blow paths to detached garages all winter. Or who wants to carry packages & groceries into the home on rainy days from the driveway or detached garage.

An attached garage is a buyer preference in New England.

That said, the cost to build or replace a garage may not equal its value in the market. A garage which has a steel I beam may be an over improvement for the area and no one will care what it cost. That's where you've got to sit down and take a close look at what has sold recently in your area and try to make a determination as to what it is worth as part of the total home value ( not the garage's replacement cost )
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Old 07-02-2015, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Our oversized, 2 car with steal beam in lieu of lolly columns did nothing for the salability of our home.
Is it possible it was too big and prominent? Once you get into more expensive areas, the garage is usually supposed to be hidden or minimized.
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Old 07-02-2015, 01:45 PM
 
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New England???????? Attached garage.........it's a requirement as far as I am concerned. I have a detached and hate it with a passion. But at least I have one. Most people on my block do not have a garage at all.
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Old 07-02-2015, 02:39 PM
 
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Try selling a comparable home with only a one car garage in that climate. You will find out REAL quickly how much value....if only the difference between salability and NO CHANCE...that the two car garage brings to the property.

Attached, or stand alone? Buyers preference.
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Old 07-02-2015, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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In my area on the coast in California, many of the newer homes here have a two car attached garage and a one car garage that may be attached or not. The two car garage more than likely faces the street and the one car garage is off to the side with the garage door positioned in such away that when you enter the drive way you would have to turn to the right or left, depending where it is located on your lot. If the single car garage is not attached then the area between the home and the smaller garage is usually a little courtyard.

In the past most homes came with 3 car garages, with a two car garage door and next to it a single car garage door. Our home was built in 1962 and back then most homes only had a 2 car garage. A mile away from where are home sits are homes that were built in the 1940's and many of those did not come with a garage. I am not sure if they were an option at the time. Many people built them in the back yard where they have an alley entrance. Homes from the 1950's on in our area did not have alley ways. Parking was in the front.

Saying all that, and realizing that in my area a garage is a prominent feature to a home, when you talk about a garage are you talking 2 car, 3 car, or more car? I know of larger estate type homes that do have larger garages. The biggest I saw was an 8 car garage with 4, two car garage doors in a row. That garage was built off to the side of the lot, not attached to the home.
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