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Attach a garage to a ranch?

How much should I budget to attach a simple one story garage with an automatic door opener to a ranch? Let's pretend there will be no complications and everything will go smoothly.
  • January 16 2012 - Burlington
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I would be concerned with your town's side setback allowance. You may have to get a variance since you are possibly expanding into the area between you and your neighbors home.
  • February 20 2012
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Here are some fact to consider before adding a garage:

1)  according to the National Association of Realtors report titled "The Value of Housing Characteristics" a garage adds 13% to selling price
2)  Remodeling magazine's "Cost vs Value" 2011-2012 report shows that a garage recoups between 52% and 57% of the cost when the house is sold

  • February 17 2012
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$15,000 or so.
  • January 17 2012
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I'd say budget 10k to 12k for a very simple structure.  Though, the value you would recoup when selling will be less.

And although I respect others' opinions, in NC, you definitely want the garage attached to the house.  That is what most Buyers want.
  • January 16 2012
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Hi Buyer 2012,

The topography of the lot and town permitting conditions may vary, but you should budget for approximately $10,000-$15,000 and up... per bay.  Hope this helps!
  • January 16 2012
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The best way to obtain an estimate would be to ask your buyer agent to refer a few contractors and let them provide you with estimates, it depends on many things, the pitch of the roof, the size of the garage, whether you want the driveway paved or gravelled,will it be finnished inside, heated,  etc....  Good luck!
  • January 16 2012
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If possible do not attach the garage to the house. Set it away from the house a little. That way if you work in the garage no smells made there will go into the house. One fellow I know was told by his wife no more bodywork in the garage because it stinks the house up.

I would look for contractors and ask them what it would cost. If you have a slope it can add a little or a lot to the cost of the slab depending on how steep it is..
  • January 16 2012
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Pillar to post, the home inspection company, estimates:

Removal of existing garage: $1,500+

Detached block-single: $20,000

Detached wood frame-single: $10,000

Of course, I'm sure it can vary a lot based on regional price differences.
  • January 16 2012
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