We are finding more and more that the garage matters. Buyers are very specific on the size of garage they are looking for when house hunting. Its obvious that the garage will add value to your home, but it may be even more valuable than in times past.
Many buyers these days are including garages on their list of must-haves when shopping for a new home. In fact, 1 in 3 buyers say they prefer a 3-car garage. This isn’t because they necessarily have 3 cars, but that extra room is handy for work space, storage, or even for turning into a small apartment. About 51% of buyers would be happy with a 2-car garage, and as for a 1-car garage, only about 10% of buyers would be interested.
“More buyers are house-hunting with garages in mind. Twenty-four percent of homes built in 2015 came with space for three or more cars in the garage – the highest share since the Census Bureau started tracking large garages in 1992. In fact, home builders are now constructing more three-car garages than one-bedroom apartments, Bloomberg reports.” (RealtorMag.Realtor.com)
Garages are not only practical for the storage and work space, but they are both handy and convenient – especially in those winter months. No one enjoys getting into a cold vehicle in the mornings. A garage keeps your car nice and warm, so you don’t have to worry with the icy windshield or freezing temperatures.
However, guideautoweb.com warns against keeping your garage too toasty in the winter months. Extreme changes in temperatures coming from outside to inside the garage could cause some issues such as rust and deterioration of rubber seals. They recommend a garage temperature of about 40 degrees fahrenheit to keep your car comfortable while not risking any major damage.
Source: realtormag.realtor.com, guideautoweb.com