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3 Questions Agents Should Be Ready to Answer About the Garage

March 31, 2021

The garage has been gaining prominence since the start of the pandemic, not only as a place to park cars but also as a place to explore hobbies or even host semi-open-air gatherings.

Indeed, the garage has become one of the five features that matter the most when buying a home, according to a recent survey from realtor.com®. So, home buyers may be scrutinizing the garage space more carefully during in-person or video tours.

Real estate pros should be ready to address potential questions from house hunters who are looking for a garage.

How big is the garage?

Buyers will want to make sure the garage is big enough to fit their cars and recreational equipment. Ceiling height could be an important consideration, too, in addition to the number of stalls. “During a virtual tour, I’m usually asked about the garage dimensions,” Becca Franklin, a real estate professional for Jeff Glover Associates in the Detroit area, told realtor.com®. Also, real estate professionals may want to spotlight any storage for sporting goods or other equipment that currently exists or could be added to the garage.

Sellers would be wise to get all their cars out prior to showings so buyers can size up the interior of the garage from top to bottom. Some buyers may not desire the garage as space for their cars but space that can be transformed to use for hobbies or even extra living space as an in-law suite or above-garage apartment. If that’s the case, be sure to check out the features inside the garage, like electricity, plumbing, or if there’s a private access door.

What does the garage floor look like?

During video tours, real estate professionals should not only zoom in on the interior walls and ceiling of the garage but also the floor. Examine the floor for any substantial cracks or crumbling concrete, realtor.com® recommends. If the floor has been finished with epoxy, check to see if there are any problems peeking through. Epoxy flooring is considered a garage upgrade, but it can mask previous spills or stains, so you may need to scrutinize it carefully.

What stays in the garage and what do the sellers plan to take?

Home buyers need to learn what features will be staying in the garage and what the seller will be taking with them. For example, will that built-in workbench stay? How about the shelving on the sides or above the garage door? “A buyer should ask the agent if the workbench or dedicated workstation is permanent, attached to the wall, or if it is movable,” Paul Hatvany Kitchen, a real estate pro with the Hatvany Team at Compass in San Francisco, told realtor.com®.