Dear Builder... I've NEVER heard...

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Dear Builder,

I've NEVER had a buyer client tell me that they thought the garage was too big.  Granted, most of my buyers are "car people", so the deck is a bit stacked, but not all of them are.  In fact, I've had clients with little interest in cars... and they still wanted a garage that was just a little bigger.

You see, lots of people use their garages for a lot of different things.  Many of my clients like to build cars or weld something back together in their garage, but others just want to be able to fit two cars and their riding lawnmower.  Some people might want to move the cars out and build a nice piece of furniture.  Others need a place to store their camping equipment while they are back in civilization.

Of course, square footage is valuable, especially as margins are squeezed, but homes with more generous garages might also sell a bit quicker.  And that helps the margin, too.  Turning over inventory faster lowers carrying costs.  And while we're at it, can we have a couple more outlets in the garage?  I've seen too many garages lately that only had one outlet (aside from the one for the garage door opener).  One.  Even my 40 year old house has four outlets...

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Kathy Denworth
Century 21 Schwartz Realty - Islamorada, FL
Realtor in the Florida Keys, Islamorada, Key Largo

Lane, I have a friend that BUILT a garage for his mobile home. It is not cheap getting things done on Prince Edward Island, Canada, we are still chuckling because the door was 5 inches to short......

May 03, 2011 02:59 PM #1
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

Oh so true....I had started building a home with a builder when i got engaged to my ex soon as the house foundation was poured we knew we needed a bigger I put it on the market and sold it so I didn't have to buy it!  LOL  then we built one with a 3 car garage!  Much better! 

May 03, 2011 03:03 PM #2
Liz Lockhart
Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO - Cape Girardeau, MO
GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate

Lane~ And I have never heard a buyer say the house has too much storage space. I have to admit, though, that I did sell a house a couple of years ago that had seven garage bays--it might have been bordering on too much garage space...

May 03, 2011 04:21 PM #3
Bob Southard
Atlas Realty Service, LLC - Kennesaw, GA
e-Pro - Cobb, Cherokee, North Fulton



I have seen many instances where the garage literally will not fit a large suv or pick up. Way back when I was selling cars it was faily common to drive the Excursion to the house to see if it would fit.

May 04, 2011 03:34 AM #4
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