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Will a garage conversion make it hard to sell my Plano home?

We have a 3000 sq ft 4bd/ 2.5ba home in Plano, TX.

We are considering converting our 2 car garage into a game room/ media room.  We will add a carport, additional storage space and an electric gate across the driveway for security. 

Will this conversion make it hard to sell our home in the future?
  • June 10 2011 - Plano
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I would say it will make it harder to sell. Garage conversions even done well will turn some buyers off especially in a 3000sf house. I would not do it. The conversion is more likely to subtract from the value of your home than add to it.

If you are planning to stay for a long period of time, then you should consider whether it is worth the cost to you personally. From a resale standpoint, I think it is mistake even if you add a carport.
  • June 16 2011
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Not at all.  For as many people who want the garage, there will people who want a game/media room.  You paid good money for your home, so enjoy it any way you want.  When you get ready so sell, you can usually bet that there will be a buyer who will appreciate your specific improvements.  Best wishes, and enjoy your new room.

PS - Just one piece of advice.  Try to make the closing in of the garage doors as natural as possible; not a distraction from the beauty of your home.
  • June 16 2011
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I do think it will make it more difficult to sell as well. I have rarely seen a conversion that looked professional. I think it definately  hurts the value. If you have to do it, leave the garage doors on the outside and build an inside wall so it still looks good from the outside. If someone wants to change it back in the future, the garage doors will still be there.Good luck
  • June 11 2011
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Denspark,

If there are a bunch of others that have done it in your area then you should be ok. But from the description of your home I bet there are not that many that have done convertions especially in Plano.

Naima's suggestion to buy a bigger home and with all the available inventory at very good prices is one you should take a hard look at. It may be possible to purchase something with every thing you want in it for less than the value of you current home.

Best of luck ... Bruce
  • June 11 2011
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Yes it would definitely make it more difficult to sell.  However, instead of building a carport, can you just build another garage there?  Can you build on to the house towards the backyard?

Last option, are you in a position to sell your current house and buy one that has the gameroom/media room?

Naima
  • June 11 2011
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Do you have a homeowners' association?  If so, ask if a garage conversion is permitted.
  • June 10 2011
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Before you convert the garage, check with the City of Plano. I'm almost certain you need a permit.

Converting the garage will give you more usable space but in my opinion makes it harder to sell the property later. The carport and gate are clearly a plus and may be enough to overcome the "lack of a garage" objection.

Tom

  • June 10 2011
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Is the standard in your neighborhood with an enclosed garage or carport?   If the standard is an enclosed garage, yes, indeed, it can make your house harder to sell.   

  • June 10 2011
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