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
Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

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.   

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

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.

November 02, 2012 10:26 AM
Rainer
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Jon Karlen
Louisville & Shelbyville Kentucky real estate
Finish Line Realty - Shelbyville & Louisville Ky 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.

November 02, 2012 10:29 AM
Rainer
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John J. Woods
Aardvark Appraisals

 

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

 

November 02, 2012 10:29 AM
Rainmaker
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David Grbich
Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484
Ventana Coastal Properties - www.FindCARealEstate.com

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

November 02, 2012 10:38 AM
Rainmaker
321,794
Tom Burris
Texas Mortgage Dallas Mortgage FHA
NMLS# 335055

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.

November 02, 2012 10:47 AM
Rainmaker
152,700
Patsy Barten
REALTOR Post Falls ID
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene

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

November 02, 2012 10:51 AM
Rainmaker
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Rich Arnold
Realtor - Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Phoenix
Keller Williams Realty East Valley

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

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

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.

November 02, 2012 11:39 AM
Rainer
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Shane Barker
Amerifirst Financial, INC.

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.

November 02, 2012 11:51 AM
Rainer
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Spectrum Inspection Group
Spectrum Inspection Group

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!

November 02, 2012 12:02 PM
Rainmaker
251,964
Mike & Eve Alexander
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers
Buyers Broker of Florida

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

 

November 02, 2012 12:08 PM
Rainmaker
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Ginger Harper
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

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.

November 02, 2012 12:11 PM
Rainmaker
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Jill Sackler
Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!"

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

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

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!

November 03, 2012 12:55 PM
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Kathleen Daniels
San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822

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. 

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

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. 

November 03, 2012 05:30 PM
Rainmaker
624,561
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
Hallmark Realtors

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!

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

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!

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