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Robberroo, Home Buyer in 06517

Found house we love, great price --but 2 car detached garage takes up most of the backyard, We have 2 small kids, live in CT. Crazy to tear it down?

Asked by Robberroo, 06517 Thu Sep 2, 2010

The garage was built 10 years ago (house is fifty years old), and it is HUGE. It takes up most of the level part of the yard, where we would want to put a swingset, let kids play, etc. It does get cold in CT, but I personally don't care THAT much about having a garage. Maybe just add a carport to the side of the house? Wondering if it's completely crazy to get rid of a useful, not the old structure in favor of a bigger yard.

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Think about your home as an investment. As an agent in CT I can tell you that a 2-car garage will add a tremendous resale value to a home. Not only will it add value to your home, but a home with a 2-car garage will be easier to sell and appeal to a larger number of home buyers than one with no garage.

Why is a garage so important in CT? Coverage from snow is just one consideration for a garage (all parts of CT get snow). Many people use garages for general storage, as a workshop or to manage sports equipment. Others use garages to safely protect boats, motorcycles and extra cars.

Also keep in mind that if you live on a small lot, it is likely that when you remove this garage from your property and replace it with lawn, you (or any future owner of this property) may not have an option to put a garage back up. Setbacks and zoning laws may have changed since the garage was built, and you (or any future buyer) may be prevented from building another 2-car garage.

If you tear down your 10-year old garage, you will reduce the overall value of your home. Your personal enjoyment may be higher today if there is a lawn, vs a garage. But you have young children and your needs may change as they grow, and your desire for a lawn may soon be outweighed by your needs for more storage and parking. Think about your options, make an informed decision and do what you think is best. At the end of the day, it is your home and it comes down to what you want to do.

If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call.

Regards,

Scott Silverstone
Page Taft Real Estate
203-815-9118 (Direct)
Scott@CTProperty.com
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I'd agree that the current garage can go. Howeve,r given the amount of snow, cold, etc., you're going to face each winter, I would look into building a smaller garage (especially if it could be attached to the house) or a good carport. Even if you can live without it, the next buyer might find not having a covered parking area a deal breaker. Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 2, 2010
Live in your home to suit your family. A backyard is essential for kids to play. If and when the time comes you can always built another structure for a garage.
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Hi Robberroo, sounds like a structure that you can rebuild down the road when it is time to sell. You love it, and it suits you. I say do what you need to do for it to work for your family, with the knowledge that when you go to sell, adding that garage back again may make sense to sell it.

Good luck,
Jeanne Feenick
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