What Home Sellers Should Know . . . Interior Garage Door Damage

Industry Observer with RETIRED / State License is Inactive Inactive License Oregon

As many of you know, I practice exclusive buyer agency.  I've not taken a listing in over 10 years. 

That said, I know what I would be telling my clients, the sellers, if I did take listing.  Some discussion would be about the home inspections . . . which we know are coming!

I'd try to point out what I feel would be items of concern and have them try to taken care of the PRIOR TO a home inspection.

Today my "What Home Sellers Should Know" topic is: 

Interior Garage Door Damage

An interior garage door is a door that leads from the garage into the dwelling unit.  For many of us with pets, we actually damage the interior garage door when we insert our "doggie doors."

In some areas, at least I know in Oregon, there are codes that state the interior garage door must be fire resistive and have standards for fire blocking . . . an interior garage door must have at least one-hour of burn time.  Not a pleasant thing to think about, but it's a safety/fire issue which many overlook when the doggie door is inserted and the owners/sellers are trying to sell their property.

The pet inserts actually mess up the integrity of the fire resistive interior garage doors.  When the buyers have a home inspection done and there is an interior garage door with a doggie door insert, it WILL come up on the insepction report, and it WILL be requested it be replaced.  Sorry, just doing my job.

This is a good video on the subject of interior garage doors.  I found it on YouTube and thought to share.


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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

They weren't going to issue my parents a Certificate of Occupancy on her house because of a window between kitchen and garage....   HA HAHAHA  fireproof glass. 

But cutting a hole in a fireproof door isn't something you want to have when your house in on the market.  Might be something you don't mind living with, but not to market.

Apr 30, 2012 05:59 AM #1
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

That is actually very valuable information - a inspector would note that during the home inspection of course.  But for others who aren't selling and don't know this, that cute little doggie door could cost them a lot.

Apr 30, 2012 07:00 AM #2
Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA
I always see inspectors making note about the fireproof door.
Apr 30, 2012 09:55 AM #3
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Terrific advice for any buyer or seller Carla.  Rarely does anyone think about the interior garage door, but if you are looking at older homes, many times this door will need to be replaced by a fire resistant door.  It did not even occur to me that people actually put pet doors in those things...but you are right, that would jeopardize the integrity of it.  

Apr 30, 2012 11:17 AM #4
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Carla, what an excellent post! This is something that is very valuable and shows what a buyer can expect when working with you! Knowledge. This is something that indeed will need to be addressed in an inspection report, so sellers need to be aware of it.

Apr 30, 2012 11:19 AM #5
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

On the last home I bought the sellers cut through the garage sheetrock to make attic storage.  Same problem.  Not fire proof.

Apr 30, 2012 02:46 PM #6
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

I hate those things.  And, more than just a pet can come in not to mention the danger of fire. 

Congratulations on winning in the Pet Project Content, Carla.

Apr 30, 2012 09:36 PM #7
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Hi Tammy . . . I don't think I've heard of fireproof glass before.  Well said, might be something you want, but not when the home is on the market.

Hey Margaret -- and with people who don't have pets, it just doesn't make sense either.

Hi Christine . . . me too.

Hey Brenda -- I see it quite often but it's always a no brainer with the home inspector.

Hi Cindy . . . thanks for the nice comment!!

Hey Gene -- good point.

Hi Ron . . . thanks for the congrats!

May 01, 2012 02:04 AM #8
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Carla  Here in Virginia your insurance is in jeioardy if you cut that door

May 01, 2012 03:15 AM #9
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