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Old 12-28-2007, 10:42 AM   #1
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Resale implications of moving appliances into the garage


I live in a small brick ranch house, approximately 1100 sq ft, which I purchased a year ago. The kitchen is somewhat long, but cramped, and it is a tight squeeze to fit even a small kitchen table. My washer and dryer are in a nook on the far end of the kitchen, with the entrance to my single car garage on the other side. I'm considering a remodeling plan to open up the kitchen and it would involve the following:

1. Knock out the existing pantry to free up more usable space.
2. Move my washer/dryer into the garage.
3. Add a new pantry where the washer/dryer previously sat.

In the end, I would gain a little over 10 sq ft of usable space and open the kitchen up to more easily fit a table and not feel quite as cramped, with the tradeoff of moving my washer/dryer into the garage. My question is what this would do for my home value. Would it hurt my resale potential to not have a space for utilities inside the house?

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Old 12-28-2007, 10:59 AM   #2
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A nice kitchen will more than offset any loss by moving washer/ dryer

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Ayuh,......
And you don't mention Where you live.........
A Washer in an Unheated garage is a No No in a colder climate.....
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YEa it's fine in Florida and kinda normal but up north it isn't. If your in the cold consider a heated laundry room in the garage.
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Bondo, your obviously not a baseball fan! "Cubs-Win" doesn't that say it all! I have a buddy who moved his washer and dryer out into their heated garage. It really freed up some space for a nice coat/mud room. It probably wouldn't cost to much to insulate the garage and get some heat out there. That would also probably take care of the value issue
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The best person(s) that you need to ask this question will be your
local real-estate agent(s).

In fact, call your old agent... If he/she had sold a lot of houses in your area, he/ she should be able to give you the more accurate answer.

Good luck, and hope you find the right contractor(s) for the job.
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By far, the best pay-back on any improvements are for the kitchen (and bathrooms), so go for it.
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IMHO if your plan better suits your needs, and is sensible, do it. I would never dwell on how my improvements would impact my home's future resale value, unless I knew that most people thought my line of thinking was always out in left field.

You're obviously aware that mony people have their laundry in the basement, or the garage, right? I just wouldn't locate it into the garage IF it's a tight garage and the laundry rendered it useless to park a car.

Have you considered machines that are front-loading and don't take up counter space? Stacked units that fit into a standard coat closet?
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Bondo, your obviously not a baseball fan! "Cubs-Win" doesn't that say it all!
Ayuh,........ You're absolutely Right...... the Cubs,..??..??
Is that a Hockey team, or Football team,..???

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Actually Bondo I'm jealous, if I had a boat that's all I'd be doin with my spare time!
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If your house was in Tenn, I do it in a heart beat. Getting those noisy appliances out of the living areas is the name of the game!
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a "small brick ranch, approximately 1100sf" falls in my definition of a starter home. I believe any future buyers will be more positive about a decent kitchen, than they will be negative about the washer/dryer a few steps out in the garage. Most houses of this size and vintage, I'm guessing very late fourties to early fifeties had the laundry in the garage.
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Moved my washer and dryer to the garage in my first house. Worked great until January when the water supply line froze. Wound up having to build a closet for the appliances and run a heat line into it.

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