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Garage Tile question

Would installing something like the picture below, make the house value go up? This may seem like a stupid question, but I know I would pay more for a house that had these... but I am a car person!



I ask, only because it will cost nearly $1,500.00 to cover my garage (20' x 25').

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Cleaning/repairing cracks/painting your garage floor would help the sale, but I am doubtful you would see the return you want from an expensive covering like that.
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Cleaning/repairing cracks/painting your garage floor would help the sale, but I am doubtful you would see the return you want from an expensive covering like that.
I should have said this before... but I am about to move into this house, and would like to install them after a couple months. However, WAY down the road, when we move out, instead of "up-rooting" them... just leave them. I mean, if I spend $1500, would I get that back when I move out I wonder. I don't know... asking th question sounded so much easier and different i my head! : )

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I don't think it will have any bearing on the value of the house. Remodling a kitchen or a bathroom yes but not garage tile.

Now two questions
1. What is it where do you buy it?
2. Where did you find the animated snowman avatar? I have a still jpg of that but the animation rocks

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I've always heard the only improvement you ever get your money back on is remodeling the kitchen. Those the kind of tiles that could be packed up and relocated to your next garage? Take them with you or negotiate with a buyer to leave them for a little extra. A house's value is what the buyer is willing to pay and sometimes you can get a little extra if you "nickel and dime" the furnishings.
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I don't think it will have any bearing on the value of the house. Remodling a kitchen or a bathroom yes but not garage tile.

Now two questions
1. What is it where do you buy it?
2. Where did you find the animated snowman avatar? I have a still jpg of that but the animation rocks
You can buy the garage tiles from overstock.com. It runs 129.99 for 48 - 12 x 12 tiles.

I just did a search for "silly avatars" and wound up finding it on some site.

The larger avatar is a little easier to understand and funnier. The title says "Where ice cream comes from"... and it is a snowman *****ting onto the cone. Pretty funny! hehehehe

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I doubt (as you've stated) that anyone but a car guy or gal would want to pay extra for a house that has those in the garage. Think about it, when was the last time you saw a 2 or 3 car garage in the middle of suburbia, that has 2-3 kids living there that at least 75% of the garage space wasn't filled w/ crap? Most people use a garage for storage of junk anymore it seems, not for working on their cars like us. I know I personally may pay a bit more for it, but my wife would be like "WTF do I need THAT stuff for just to park my car on it?"

Stick w/ the kitchen and bath remodels. Seems to be a safer bet. And if it comes down to it, whomever is looking to buy it in the future from you doesn't want/need/like the tiles, then I'd take 'em with me.

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That's why I have a 20x30 barn for my stuff in addition to the deep 3 car garage.

It depends on where you live and the type of house. If it's in the middle of a crowded neighborhood, where working on a loud car is discouraged by neighbors, I wouldn't waste the money. Just paint or seal it well.

To add value, yes kitchen remodel, but landscaping/patio/trees etc all add value quite well if done professionally.

My recommendation it so find black and white, or just white/black/other peel and stick vinyl tiles.
something like these http://www.efloorz.com/aristocrat.html
(wood garage floor!) At $0.79/ft you're garage would be $395. Get a few extra in case you damage some and make sure you don't peel out in your garage. Make sure to clean the concrete well before install though.


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Ah...I thought you meant you were moving out soon from the house you wanted to put this in.

I say go for it then (or some other covering), you will get many good years out of it.
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It would add value to someone if the floor underneath was a stained disaster. I don't care for the pads but I would just coat the floor. Easier to keep clean and crap doesn't work its way under the pads.

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Scott,
I used epoxy shield garage floor paint in mine. It really looks nice, and is oil resistant. I spent about $150 at home depot for the paint, rolled it on and let it set up for a week before parking on it.
The paint comes in different colors, I have grey, I have seen tan also.
Less money, think about it.
For resale value, most people don't care about the garage. Finished basements, kitchens and bathrooms will give you the most return.

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Maybe some one can confirm this but it was always my understanding that the cost of any home improvements can be claimed on your income taxes when you sell the house.
So maybe you can get some type of return on your investment that way. It is unlikely you will get any return on it from a higher sales price.

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