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1 or 2 car built in garage value to home: detached

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1 or 2 car built in garage value to home: detached

I saw there was a previous thread dedicated to this however it was from awhile back.
In terms of demand for 1 vs 2 door BUILT IN garage for a detached home - which would be better resale value?
my observations are the following;

1 door:
more livable space inside the house i.e front rooms, dining room layouts.

2 door:
less livable space, but 2nd garage gives room for 2x during the winter (in canada likely needed)

what is the verdict? 2 car garages are also bigger lots which translate to higher price as well.
Last edited by MasterBD on Oct 24th, 2019 11:51 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Depending on location. Houses in nice area in city of Toronto without garage worth more than the double garages one in Aurora.
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In non-downtown Toronto areas, 2 car garages homes are almost always larger than 1 car garages ones living space-wide speaking. That’s because when you build 2 car garage houses, you’re assuming more occupants in the house (usually due to the larger sq ft).

I would put 1 car garage to anything less than 2000 sq ft and 2 car on 2000-3000 sq ft.
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MasterBD wrote: I saw there was a previous thread dedicated to this however it was from awhile back.
In terms of demand for 1 vs 2 door garage for a detached home - which would be better resale value?
my observations are the following;

1 door:
more livable space inside the house i.e front rooms, dining room layouts.

2 door:
less livable space, but 2nd garage gives room for 2x during the winter (in canada likely needed)

what is the verdict? 2 car garages are also bigger lots which translate to higher price as well.
Your assumptions aren't correct. These assumptions only apply if the garage is "built-in". If it's a detached or attached garage, it will doesn't really effect interior space.
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CdnRealEstateGuy wrote: Your assumptions aren't correct. These assumptions only apply if the garage is "built-in". If it's a detached or attached garage, it will doesn't really effect interior space.
sorry i should have included this in the initial post to be more clear. this is regarding built-in garages and this would be GTA & brampton real estate. based on the garages being built in, what would your input be?
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Assuming everything else is equal with the property. Double car garage will be worth more..hard to put a dollar value on it but makes a big difference in price imo.
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Rarely the bigger two car garage will reduce the living area of the house, in most cases the 2 car garage houses will be bigger, lots slightly larger, and will demand premium (apple to apple comparison, let's not compare houses built 50 years apart).
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2 car garage all the way.
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I need my 2 car garage as I have too many cars. Plus, a 2 car garage commands a big premium over 1 car garage. Depending on the area, could be a difference of $100-200k+.
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Really depends on layout. Compare my house to my neighbours for example. I have a double car garage but only 960 sq ft on the main floor. Next door has a single car but 1,100 sq ft on main. I need the space for parking multiple automobiles but I could see how a household with only one vehicle might prefer the other layout.
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dimsumboi wrote: Really depends on layout. Compare my house to my neighbours for example. I have a double car garage but only 960 sq ft on the main floor. Next door has a single car but 1,100 sq ft on main. I need the space for parking multiple automobiles but I could see how a household with only one vehicle might prefer the other layout.
this is what i was getting at. i see some new layouts that are for sale that are exactly this. whereas would that extra living space be more beneficial for people or the 2nd garage.
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No one in Canada uses their garage to store cars unless they run out of space on their driveway.

....but seriously, 2 car garage is generally better for curb appeal/resale value.....let's be realistic though, you will probably leave your car on the driveway cause you're lazy.
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DarekP84312 wrote: No one in Canada uses their garage to store cars unless they run out of space on their driveway.

....but seriously, 2 car garage is generally better for curb appeal/resale value.....let's be realistic though, you will probably leave your car on the driveway cause you're lazy.
I park my car in the garage all the time especially in Winter. I'm even more lazy to brush and clear snow off my car in the morning, plus I don't want to sit in an icebox at 7am... although it might work as a tactic to jolt me awake faster Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes
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dimsumboi wrote: I park my car in the garage all the time especially in Winter. I'm even more lazy to brush and clear snow off my car in the morning, plus I don't want to sit in an icebox at 7am... although it might work as a tactic to jolt me awake faster Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes
Me too but the third car, my daily driver, has to be on the driveway, as the theft deterrent.
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Really isn't concrete on this one. I sold my townhome recently which originally had a two car garage but converted to single. About 50% of the people liked the extra living space, and 50% wanted the garage back. This was despite the fact there was street parking available at the front.

We ended up getting close to asking price, though I do feel an extra garage space would have maybe got us a little bit more money, we're only talking like $5000 at most.

I think you just have to go with what you want.

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