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Old 07-09-2020, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Fremont, CA
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Pardon my ignorance, but I have a curious question. My girlfriend and I are looking at a move to Spokane. (Escaping Silicon Valley, wanting someplace affordable with a good economy & cooler weather.) I'm looking at real estate in the area, and I keep seeing houses with large shops.

Maybe I'm missing something about the area, but why so many? Seems like every third property I see has a big shop. Sometimes two. Is this everybody's weekend pastime? Winter storage?

Guess I could use some insight into the area. Appreciate any input.
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Old 07-09-2020, 12:49 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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You need a place to store the lawn mower, the snow mobile, the patio furniture, and the boat. You also need a place out of the weather to change the oil in the car.

Besides my lawn mower and snow blower, I've got my travel trailer inside the shop. It's hard on equipment to have it standing outside in the weather
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Old 07-09-2020, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Nine Mile Falls/Spokane, WA
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People love their shops around here -- store the extra cars, RVs, boat, ATVs, etc. It is nice to have extra covered storage space. Or a man cave. Or she shed.
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Old 07-10-2020, 04:57 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Or a spare place to live (when you're in the doghouse)
Place for kids to play in winter.
Guesthouse,
Covered area with lower property taxes than a house.
...

I could never have enough shops. My neighbor has one 120'x240'. Another neighbor has (3). All are much bigger than my house. In the 1970's. They made nice illegal grow houses, until the cops started using Infrared aerial imaging.
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Old 07-10-2020, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Embarrassing, WA
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The weather has its way with cars, RV's, boats, etc if they aren't stored inside....or they get broken into and tidbits stolen or outright stolen. Mice, rats, bugs, spiders, and snakes can also set up shop in seldom used items left outside and cause all kinds of problems. A friend of mine had a 66' Caddy that was in really good shape which he "mothballed" and parked under a covered area for a couple years. Rats found a way in and peed and crapped all over, shredded up the seats and carpeting, chewed the wires, stuffed the heat/vent system full of seeds and other food they were packing away, basically ruined the whole car.
Spokane can see minus temps in the winter time and heavy snow as well, so if you want or need to work on anything in the winter, it's really got to be inside.
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Old 07-11-2020, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Fremont, CA
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Now I know! Plenty of good reasons to put a shop on the property. Thanks everyone.
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