we are remodeling to sell a small home in nw phoenix. the 1 car garage had been converted to a room. We are thinking of converting it back

Asked by Kathy, Phoenix, AZ Sat Jan 26, 2013

Which is most important to buyers, a garage for their vehicle or an extra room that mostly just good for storage ( no central air vents)

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Lucinda Tkach, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Mon Jan 28, 2013

Initialy I would believe to convert the room back to a garage. However, I think it is important for you to have a qualified Rrealtor to look at your property to provide an educated market analysis..

Feel free contact myself anytime for an analysis.

I have 8 years of experience in this market.

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Jennie Miller…, Agent, Phoenix, AZ
Sat Jan 26, 2013
Does it have a window where a window AC could be put in that would make the room more useful as a bedroom?
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Jose Dias, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Sat Jan 26, 2013

As a general rule I don't think it is worth to make the investment to convert it back to garage. In most cases you will never recover the money you spent doing it.

In my experience working with home buyers a 1-car garage vs an extra room is not a deal breaker. Some buyers do want a 2-car garage and you will not be able to cater to them anyway.

Without knowing more about the house, it is hard to give you a more specific advice. For example, you may get more "bang for your buck" if you invest it on front yard landscaping, or painting, or something else.

I do work on the NW Valley. If you would like a complimentary Home Valuation Report, just go to http://www.MyFirstHouseAz.com/valuation and I will be glad to prepare one for you. No strings attached.

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Dave Jackson, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Phoenix, AZ
Sat Jan 26, 2013
Likely this home will have appeal to a first time home buyer. That usually means a FHA appraisal. From an appraisal aspect the converted area will have less value per square footage than living area if it is not vented for heating and cooling. Also of appeal is if the garage door has been removed and a permanent wall is installed of the same construction materials as the other walls. The flow to that room may be non-appealing ..... all of which would drop the value not add to it. Oh and permits would be a concern as well if the room addition was not permited for the work done.

Finding a comparable in the neighborhood that has had the same work done may be an issue. Being the different home that is for sale (either bigger or smaller in some cases) is not what you are looking for in listing a home. Being desireable to the largest audience is the goal.

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Grace Adewumi, Agent, SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Sat Jan 26, 2013
Hi Kathy,
Having a garage is always a plus to a home. People can always use it as a parking space or a storage room. In my opinion there is no advantage in converting a garage into a room if the room does not function as a living area.
Grace Adewumi
Realty One Group
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Sonny Shriva…, Agent, Goodyear, AZ
Sat Jan 26, 2013
I think I can make this a very easy decision for you. Your converted 1-car garage, if it does not receive heat or cooling, cannot be counted as livable square footage when you market your home. When you sell your home, you will get no value for the conversion and only negative points for lacking a garage. If other homes in your neighborhood have a garage, you will stand out in a negative way without one. A house without a garage is not really marketable compared to other listings in your area.

If you would like to know what your home is worth, give me a call. I am a top 3% agent according to The Phoenix Business Journal and am a top 1% producer at West USA Realty - the #1 brokerage in the valley. We will list your property for a total 4.5% commission compared to 5% or 6% with other agents. We will have your property professionally photographed and will get you top dollar for your listing. We can also make suggestions on modifications that will return more than the money you spend on those modifications.

Give me a call at 623-824-4275 if you'd like to chat about your home. Have a good weekend! :)
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CAgent007, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Sat Jan 26, 2013
Hi Kathy

Convert the garage back, every buyer prefers parking over non parking.

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Edie Womack, Agent, Phoenix, AZ
Sat Jan 26, 2013
Since the room does not have central air vents it would be best to convert back to a garage and someone can build a storage shed in the back yard if they need storage space. Having a garage would be more valuable than a room without A/C.

If you have any other question please feel free to contact me:

Edie Womack
HomeSmart Real Estate
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Rachel Shana…, , Peoria, AZ
Sat Jan 26, 2013
You would be better to convert it back to a garage. I have a large pool of investors that I work with on daily basis. Please let me know if you would like me to come out to the house and look at it and let you know what I think it would sell for or make any recommendations on the home. Thank you and good luck!
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Craig Frooni…, Agent, Glendale, AZ
Sat Jan 26, 2013
Hi Kathy, if the room is not livable, I'd convert it back. I practice in the NW and would be happy to come up and bring members of my investing team to talk solutions with you.
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