Little things matter in a house: Will the "2 car" garage hold 2 cars?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Realty Arts

I'm calling out for staging.  That may amaze some people, that I would want to see houses staged for my buyers.  But, I'm starting to think that I really want to see garages staged.  With vehicles.  One per space, as marketed.

The fact is:  A 19'x19' garage is only a "2 car" garage if you are talking 2 Smart Cars.

2 average crossovers?  Won't happen.

We see a lot of these in Cary, where the garage has a 16 foot door that leads you to believe it has parking for 2 cars.  Too often it is "All Hat.  No Cattle."  That 19'x19' space will hold a Ford Focus, a two door, at that.  You can add the optional fair amount of junque, if you like.  But you won't get another average-sized car in there.

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It is a real shame for folks to assume they can park under roof, and then find out that they can't get two vehicles in without banging doors into the other car, or the walls.  The  shopping routine might need to include pulling a car or two into the garage.  If the Seller doesn't have it full of decluttered stuff from the house.

Yep.  Staging is the real deal.  Show me a garage with two Hummers, or two F150's in it, and I would get stoked!

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Rainmaker
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Melina Tomson
Tomson Burnham, llc Licensed in the State of Oregon - Salem, OR
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There is a development here where there is no way to get two normal cars in the "2 car garages." I point it out all of the time.

September 22, 2009 07:18 PM #1
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Richard Weisser
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Mike...

"Two Smart Cars!" That's pretty funny, but you're right, it's hard to get two "regular"cars in there!

September 22, 2009 07:21 PM #2
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Melina,

I drool over the occassional 24x22 garage with the 8x10 workshop bumpout!

Richard.

Sometimes I press the point and tell buyers they may be able to get 4 Smart Cars in a garage...

September 22, 2009 07:25 PM #3
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Pat Fenn
Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker - Springfield, VA

Not if they are two Hummers :-)

September 22, 2009 07:25 PM #4
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Pat,

Not even 2 H-2's?

Nope!

September 22, 2009 07:26 PM #5
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Kim Curran
RE/MAX Unlimited of Northern Virginia - Bristow, VA

Great point. I love seeing 2 car garage...maybe the kiddie cars that are run on batteries. Usually the garages can fit a small car and lots of junk

September 22, 2009 07:32 PM #6
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Kim,

Yep.  And sadly, I am living with one of those garages...

September 22, 2009 07:34 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS

It's a guy thing...the more basement and garage "toys"...drain, shelving....2.5 - 4...attached...and the basement with the wet bar, storage, workshop...oh yeah...and then there's that kitchen and bath thing..gotta know who's the boss .....

September 22, 2009 07:40 PM #8
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Sally & David,

Sweetie has dibs on the garage space for her car.   No schlepping groceries in the rain around here!  See,  "Smart moves" are a Guy Thing, too!

September 22, 2009 07:44 PM #9
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David Williams
CaryRealEstate.com - Cary, NC

Mike -

 

I agree!  I've often had buyer clients pull into the garage if the home is vacant just to see how the cars fit - kinda borders on the whole truth in advertising - is a 2 car really a 2 car - I really appreciate the extra deep garages that will not only accommodate 2 cars but maybe even a mower and rake!

September 24, 2009 09:21 PM #10
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

David,

We have considered adding to our garage, and the cost/benefit just doesn't add up.

September 24, 2009 09:23 PM #11
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