Do Garage Floors Help Sell Homes? Sometimes!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Ventana Coastal Properties - www.FindCARealEstate.com BRE# 01708749

There is no doubt in my mind that the right garage floors help sell homes. True to stereotype, many home buyers go straight to the garage to see if the garage says “wow” – this is especially true of a certain gender of buyer – you know who you are! As an Orange County Real Estate Broker, I see it all – cracked oil stained garage floors, painted garage floors, and EPOXY GARAGE FLOORS that are made to look like granite. Which one do you think says wow? If you guessed the garage with the epoxy floor coating you guessed right!! Of course great looking garage storage cabinets are an added plus to complete the look.

 

 Epoxy Garage Floor

 

Inspired by what I have seen in the market and in my neighborhood, I am taking on this home improvement project in my own home. My experiment will start with a single car garage and if all goes well, I will complete an additional 3-car garage. Total cost will be approximately $800/per single garage - $3200 total. Will it add value to my home? Do buyers expect a high level of finish on higher end homes? I think the answer is yes.

David Grbich is the Broker Owner of Ventana Coastal Properties. Ventana  Coastal Properties serves the needs of clients looking to buy or sell Orange County Real Estate. Call David anytime at 949-500-0484 for all your real estate needs.

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Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
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Good morning, Dave -- a well-organized and eat-off-the-floor type of garage always makes a big impression for homebuyers.  It reflects the care and attention a homeowner has for the home.   Add a nice flooring surface such as an epoxy finish and you certainly create that Wow impression which is so important.   

Nov 02, 2012 05:56 AM #8
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Paula McDonald
Chevaux Group, PLLC - The Woodlands, TX
CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279

We have been seeing this trend around here for many years and it is almost expected on our higher end homes.  It really does make a difference.

Nov 02, 2012 10:26 AM #9
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Jon Karlen
Finish Line Realty - Shelbyville & Louisville Ky Real Estate - Shelbyville, KY
Louisville & Shelbyville Kentucky real estate

I definitely agree that an organized/pretty garage can help sell a home.  People want organization, and their current garage is probably a trainwreck.  If you can spruce up a garage for a listing you are trying to sell, it will definitely get people excited about possibly living there.

Nov 02, 2012 10:29 AM #10
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John J. Woods
Aardvark Appraisals - Palm Desert, CA

 

   I love epoxy flooring in garages.  But for me, the height of decadence is a carpeted, air-conditioned garage!

 

Nov 02, 2012 10:29 AM #11
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David Grbich
Ventana Coastal Properties - www.FindCARealEstate.com - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484

Hi Liz - great point - if the garage looks great the home will more than likely look great as well. Thanks, Dave

 

Hi Michael - agree - well organized with killer cabinets adds to the appeal. Regards Dave

 

Hi Paula - it really is expected on higher end custom homes and I have simply delayed doing it myself but here goes. Regards Dave

 

Hi Jon - garages are often overlooked by sellers and simply cleaning a garage out can make a huge difference. Regards Dave

 

Hi John - you are taking this to a whole new level - I am sure you would also have a TV out there!! Regards Dave

Nov 02, 2012 10:38 AM #12
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Tom Burris
NMLS# 335055 - Dallas, TX
Texas Mortgage Dallas Mortgage FHA

I do a lot in my garage.... We are always out on the driveway playing with the kids and I am airing up bike tires and adjusting handle bars.
The garage was important to me.

Nov 02, 2012 10:47 AM #13
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Patsy Barten
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Post Falls, ID
REALTOR Post Falls ID

Dave

well done -  I have many clients that love a clean good looking garage.  thank you for takinf the time to put into words so we can share with our sellers

Nov 02, 2012 10:51 AM #14
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Rich Arnold
Keller Williams Realty East Valley - Tempe, AZ
Realtor - Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Phoenix

I love a clean garage!  Would like to do it at home but - excuse, excuse, excuse...sigh....

Nov 02, 2012 11:29 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Debbie Gartner
Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring

I do these in many higher end homes here in my area.  It does make a big difference and a good impression when you selling.  That is not a very costly home improvement, so I would think it's worth it, esp since you can enjoy while it's there. There is also another benefit...often, the colors bright up the room (w/ the gray/white/black on average it's a bit brighter + it reflects the light better).  So it's brighter/cheerier looking and makes the space look a bit larger.

Nov 02, 2012 11:39 AM #16
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Shane Barker
Amerifirst Financial, INC. - Salt Lake City, UT

I think it all depends on the type of buyers looking at it, but you betcha that it can help sell it if you've got someone who's very particular.

Nov 02, 2012 11:51 AM #17
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Spectrum Inspection Group
Spectrum Inspection Group - Las Vegas, NV

I was just having this discussion the other day!  We were talking about whether or not a photo of a garage in the MLS could help get showings.  I guess when your garage looks that good, it can't hurt!

Nov 02, 2012 12:02 PM #18
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Mike & Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Windermere, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

...and it is also easy to do yourself.  Lowe's and Home Depot sell the stuff.

 

Nov 02, 2012 12:08 PM #19
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Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!

I had never thought that much about garage floors.  I will take note now.  As a home settles...it cracks and becomes chipped..and then the oil stain..     Yea...you need to do something to make it appealing.

Nov 02, 2012 12:11 PM #20
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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!" - Merrick, NY
Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent

So true and the floor looks amazing. I've already started trying to talk my husband into doing it himself.

Nov 02, 2012 01:46 PM #21
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Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
I know that when you see an exceptional garage floor that it generally translates into a feeling that the entire home is well maintained.
Nov 02, 2012 05:41 PM #22
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Rich Cederberg
eXp Realty - Albuquerque, NM
eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque

There is nothing better than a beautiful garage floor. You're showing a house, the buyers are liking it, then you open the garage door and *BAM,* beautiful garage? SOLD!

Nov 03, 2012 12:55 PM #23
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent

David, An epoxy floor in my garage is on my wish list.  I love a neat and clean garage.  If the rest of the house has a WOW factor the garage could seal the deal and likely at a higher price. 

Nov 03, 2012 04:58 PM #24
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dave- sorry to get here so late, but congrats on the Feature and an excellent post. Before we sold our home in Leesburg, my husband put baseboards in the garage and painted the trim as well as the floor.  Garages do sell homes. 

Nov 03, 2012 05:30 PM #25
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Hallmark Realtors - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Good morning Dave - I love epoxy floors and I love nice clean garages. While a less than perfect garage floor might not break the sale, a great floor could make it!

Nov 04, 2012 04:34 AM #26
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dave, this was an excellent post, and no wonder your were featured.    To the man buying a home, this is the only part of the home that matters at times, and will SELL the home!

Jun 11, 2013 08:07 AM #27
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