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#1 posted 09-17-2015 02:04 PM

A friend of mine is adding a 3rd stall to his 2 stall attached garage. Total cost is going to be around $25,000 (ouch!). He was told outright by the builder that he will get a tiny fraction of that back if they sell the house. I m not sure that resale should be a big consideration. If you get the exact perfect buyer who wants what you have, then you might get lucky – but most likely you re paying for YOUR use of the space & won t recoup it if/when you sell.

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True – and because of space – my shop is a 3rd stall add on. However my point was a ‘garage’ is more sellable than a “big shed with electricity” – - easier for a broader audience to see value in the building. Lots of gear heads and/or have kids getting cars and sometimes there are covenents/HOA requirements to not park in the driveway or on the street.

My add on was far far less than 25K. We spent 4K on concrete for the footing and driveway, ~2400 for materials, and 1400 for the framing crew after the building supply dropped the materials in the driveway, than ~450 for the roof to be shingled and tied in.

We hung the sideing and did the electrical rough in ourselves. so we got the whole thing done for less than 10K, but that was 2004.
Ours is estimated to be break-even, that the realtor said difference between 2 car and 3 car would be 8-10K in selling price. But we were also one of only 3 houses on our block WITHOUT 3 car garage.

I think when our house was built it was SUPPOSED to have the 3-car garage… as the house is not ‘centered’

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