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Is a door from the garage to the yard necessarry and worth the money?

Would adding a man door from the garage to the yard add value? Right now it is out the big overhead. What would that cost?
  • September 30 2013 - Missoula
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I think anything you do to a property increases the value to somebody.  I don't think that this would effect the value as much as some other repairs or upgrades though.  I recommend improving value by working on kitchens and bathrooms.
  • October 07 2013
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I hired a house mover once to replace a large header with a longer one... I was "shocked" at their methodology.. they kicked 2x4's under the roof rafters, then took out their chain saws and started hacking away!

They didn't worry a bit about sections that separated, they just put their weight into it, and refastened it after the header was replaced.

When I saw the chainsaws, I just walked away.  I didn't want to be anywhere near them if they collapsed something onto themselves.

Cutting one or two joists with a skill saw, oscillating saw, or reciprocating saw is no big deal.  If the inside of the garage is not finished, one already has access to the studs; otherwise it will be necessary to remove some drywall first.  installing the door header and additional framing is easy to do from the inside when the studs are exposed.  Wood siding is easy to cut.

As mentioned, brick or concrete cutting is much more work and time consuming, and one may need to rent the tools and buy a diamond blade.

Even if wood framing and wood siding, there still may be a concrete curb at the base of the wall that would need to be cut down and ground off to avoid having to step over it.

In some cases existing window framing can be converted to door framing, but one still may have the concrete curb issue.
  • October 07 2013
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Most of these box hardware stores do a 'replacement' install, that's taking one out and replacing it.
They are not allowed to do any cutting on your structure, that would have to be done before hand.
That can cost you another 350-500 dollars plus materials, if it is a block wall or contains brick it will cost you more than that plus the materials plus the cost of the door.
That 250.00 door charge is for replacement and for very good reasons.
I don't know any contractor that would do all that work for 250.00.

That is why it should have been done as the garage was built just a another corner cut.
Or maybe a low bidder the original homeowner hired.
-Joseph-
  • October 07 2013
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It won't add monetary value but it will add a feature that could make the home more inline without others.
  • October 02 2013
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A prehung filled insulated steel-clad door at Home Depot or Lowes runs about $100.  They will install it for about $250, or you can cut the existing framing and siding yourself and add the additional framing, install the prehung, and add the door trim yourself.  You still then need to paint, and possibly add a walk or slab to the exterior of the door.  You also need to buy the locksets and install those.  Anywhere from $10 to $80, depending on what you like.

Adding convenience is sometimes worth more than adding to appraised value.  Also figure your time walking around, and the extra maintenance on the roll-up, and the cost of the electricity to run the roll up more frequently.  Break even point is probably less than 2 years, unless you are adding it for "appearance" rather than actually planning to use it.

A fire rated door will cost you a bit more, and depends on how many minutes rating you desire or require.
  • October 01 2013
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My opinion is that these small things that most people say wont add value is that they are correct in saying so. They don't...but these small things and their relation to how a house (or garage) functions  is important to the person looking at it.
Even if it is a 900 dollar item some people will not even consider it being useful and not think about the cost of putting a door in...just that it doesn't have one.
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  • October 01 2013
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I agree. It really depends on the layout of the home and more importantly how the garage will be used and what the home is made of (brick, wood exterior, etc).
  • September 30 2013
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It depends on the floor plan and yard.  No, normally, adding a door would not add more value than the cost of the door...but depending on the yard and entry to the home, an exterior door could make a big difference in resale and usability.
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Hello,

Are you building a new home and this is an option or considering adding it to a home you currently live in?

If this is a new build my guess (have worked for two different builders as a salesperson) is it will be between $500-900 dollars. If it was a requirement in your area then this would be a builder include so they can pass city inspections.

If you are looking to add it in a pre-existing home the question is more how much will it cost in your area, how much use/convenience would you get out of it and could you spend the money elsewhere on the home in a more satisfying way.

Hope this helps and good luck with whatever you decide!
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The question is about VALUE.  No, adding that door will not increase the value of in any significant way.  Does an additional door increase egress options in case of a fire? Yes.  Is it convenient?  Yes.  Do new homes in Missoula require exterior egress?  Not sure.   During a sale, would an appraiser require an additional exterior egress?  I've never seen it happen.  In fact I just had a VA sale close where there was no additional external egress and it never became an issue.
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Yes, it is more than convenient, in many locations it is required by fire codes.  Does it add value?  Probably little to none.
  • September 30 2013
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No, it probably would not add much real value but they are convenient.  I have a listing in Farviews right now where there is no access between the house and the attached garage.  Many potential buyers have commented that this is kind of bizarre.  It hasn't been a deal killer in and of itself but when looked at in aggregate, the little things can cause buyers to keep looking.  I would say, if you want a people door for you, do it, it probably won't be that expensive.  But don't expect for it to increase the value of your home. 
  • September 30 2013
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You will wish you had one later, trust me you will. Do it.
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