Easier Sell in Summer?

The problem with tuckunder garages is what’s “over” the “under”: usually, a bedroom.

If that bedroom happens to have hardwood floors, and it’s Minnesota in the winter . . . it can be unpleasantly cold.

The two other problems with tuck under garages: 1) they tend to be single stall; and 2) the owner has to walk up a flight of stairs to get to the main level Kitchen (not so easy with groceries — plus maybe a kid or two in tow).

Functional Obsolescence

Of course, single stall, tuck under garages typically go with a couple other things as well: older (but solid!) construction; one hall bath (i.e., no private master bath); and smaller, dated Kitchens.

The Realtor term for those features is “functionally obsolete” (it still works, but it’s dated).

On the plus side?

The neighborhoods where these kinds of homes predominate are typically closer in, and can be a very good value.

P.S.: At least in Winter, maybe Sellers of homes with tuckunder garages should reconsider asking prospective Buyers to take their shoes off: the cold floors would be less noticeable if prospective Buyers (and their agents) aren’t in their stocking feet!

Plan B: a thick area rug.

See also, “Discounting For a One-Car Garage.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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