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Old 06-07-2010, 05:57 PM
 
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Hi all,

We have a home in the Tampa area. It is a nice home with 3,000 sq feet (includes garage) on a 1/2 acre in a nice neighborhood.

We wanted to move to another state, get a little larger home to expand our business but then the economy took a dive so we had to work out of the house a lot. Internet business so just a few computers and some products that we sell. No employees or anything come to our house

We are planning on putting the house up for sale in the next year or two so anything we do should be something that a prospective buyer will like.

Here are the two sides:


Person A: Wants to convert the 2 car garage to an office. Nice carpet (not tacked down but cut nicely), a dividing wall so there is a little bit of storage left in the garage, about 1/2. A new seperate AC unit which will have to be placed at the side or back of the garage on the exterior.

It would look nice, probably spend about 2k on it plus the AC.

They say that it will help the resale value because many people buying a home will want an office.

The spare bedroom would be a guest bedroom.


Person B: Wants to convert the bedroom and put in nice computer tables and shelves so it looks nice. Although we do not use the garage for the car, it is a good storage area. People buying a home will want a garage, not that many buyers own their own business and a room that is converted to an office can still look good when showing the house to a buyer.


So.... since this is a big decision I was hoping some of you could chime in with opinions on which option should we go with. Hopefully some realtors with experience on what home buyers want will help.

Thanks!
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:38 PM
 
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Converting a garage IMO devalues the house. Most ppl want a garage for their cars due to the heat and rain in FL. Are you going to leave the door on the garage or build a new outside wall?

Maybe one of our realtors can give you some insight..
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:11 PM
 
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Thanks for your input.

The garage door will stay, and we would make things temporary so that if someone wanted to covert back to a garage they can. Of course adding an AC unit will be the only thing that is permanent.
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:14 PM
 
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Converting a garage IMO devalues the house. Most ppl want a garage for their cars due to the heat and rain in FL. Are you going to leave the door on the garage or build a new outside wall?

Maybe one of our realtors can give you some insight..
I agree with Keeper. When I was looking for houses I remember actually deciding against houses specifically because they had converted garages. Converting a spare bedroom into an office retains much more flexibility for the next occupants.
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:14 PM
 
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I agree with Keeper - most people want a full garage. I know I do.
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:00 PM
 
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I agree with everyone. I would want my garage as a garage. Even though I don't use it, I do use it to store things. I agree it would devalue the house. Why spend that money on something that would only be temporary. Do you have so many guests coming to visit that you would need a whole room for guests? Why not just use a sofa bed? Better yet, spend that 2k on a murphy bed and have the rest of the room an office.
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Old 06-08-2010, 05:10 AM
 
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I also would not be interested in a house that had a converted garage. I do not park my car inside the garage, but we sure have a lot of things to store inside of it such as lawn care items, bikes, camping equipment, holiday items, tools, etc. If I wanted a house with the extra living/office space, I would pass on a converted garage and look for a bigger house, but one that still had a garage.
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Old 06-08-2010, 05:51 AM
 
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Converting a garage IMO devalues the house. I totally agree with this, as posted by Keeper.
This is not going to add any value to the property; on the contrary.
We recently went through the same controversy and we ended converting out lanai (back of the house) to an enclosed sunroom, added an AC and it works !
The sunroom conversion was not very costly , after obtaining various quotes.
We are very happy with it.
And now I have 2 guest rooms..!
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Old 06-08-2010, 09:06 AM
 
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yep i agree with the posters who said the bedroom conversion is better than the garage . I want a garage to store some things and most folks here where I live also use the garage during the winter to store the car from snow . But you dont have to worrry about that , but I would go with the bedroom conversion . I would be more inclinded to buy a house that actually had a garage .
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Old 06-08-2010, 09:34 AM
 
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Thanks for the opinions, this really helps. I try not to be stubborn in my opinions, I mean I could be wrong so that's why I did this post. I was willing to do the garage if people had even mixed opinions but it seems so far the vote is overwhelmingly not to do it.

@Annie of Oldsmar: I did mention the sunroom a few months back, I think it would add a lot of value to the home, we have the perfect setting for it, but again my opinion was shot down. With this economy it is hard to know if a sunroom would pay for itself but I thought it was a great option.

Hard in a family when people disagree on how to spend the money!
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