Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Is a garage a necessity for a home?
And, how much *market value* does it add?
My answers are "no" and "not as much as most think".
Just look down your street and count how many people actually use their garages for cars.
Our last move was from a garaged house to our current driveway-only abode. My wife whines incessantly how in New England, we NEED a garage because of the weather.
What do you know, almost two years here and we've managed to survive.
It only snows, at most, 10 days per year. And, in those rare occurrences, either the wipers can sweep away the snow or there's a husband out there anyway clearing a whole lot more of the white stuff with a shovel.
Mrs. C-Nut counters, "But it rains ALL OF THE TIME."
Whatever. Shrinkage isn't fatal.
Again, realize that if no one parks cars in their garages, empiricism has declared them far from necessary.
People would rather use them for *storage* than anything else. So, if garages add value to a home it's not in the manner for which they were intended.
Now, down south I think a garage may be more necessary, and more valuable on account of the heat. That's why they have those *carport* things I guess.