Want More Room In Your Garage? Tandem Garages Mean More Room For You!

Tandem garages are like getting the fun prize in the Cracker Jacks box-via Roseville CA real estate agent Kaye SwainGarages! Most of the houses I see with real estate clients seem to have a two-car garage.  I bet you’ve seen, and maybe drooled, over those delightful five car garage options – usually with a two car garage on one side and a three car garage on the other side. But, like many of us, your budget won’t go anywhere that high. Even the three car garages and four car garages can take so much space they push the price of the house beyond your reach.

But guess what! There is another possibility. A tandem garage! “What is a tandem garage,” you ask? Per Wikipedia, Tandem is defined as “Tandem (or in tandem) is an arrangement in which a team of machines, animals or people are lined up one behind another, all facing in the same direction..A tandem arrangement may also be used for cars parked in a garage.”

In other words, a tandem garage may look like a normal two car garage but when you open it,

Could a third car space be hiding behind this two car garage door-via Kaye Swain Roseville CA REALTOR


there may be an extra space in front of one (or both) of the regular garage spots. My grandfather, who lived in the country in Southern California, had a 6-car garage with his 1940s home – it was the width of a two car garage but uber long so he could have parked 6 cars in it.

Of course, not all people park cars in the garage. My grandfather never did. He had too many hobbies from rock polishing to gardening. Another friend has a complete wood-working shop that takes up two car spaces of the garage and they store household extras in the third space. And check out this cool idea for storing golf clubs by hanging them from the garage ceiling so they DON’T take up as much space. :)

Golf club storage tip for your garage via Kaye Swain REALTOR in Roseville CA

Whether you want to park your cars, store your home goods, work on hobbies, create a man (or woman) cave, or a combination of any or all of these, a tandem garage can definitely be a help. But it can also be a challenge to find the homes that offer these.

You can search Metrolist MLS for tandem garages but not all agents may remember to check that box. I generally search for all garages, then weed through each listing. If necessary, I can also call and check with the agent.

I will warn you, not all tandems are created equally. While out with real estate clients, I have seen a couple of tandem garages where the extra space is only 1/2 the length of a car – or even smaller. Even if they are “full size,” one person’s full size might be smaller or larger to another. Plus many owners have installed cupboards, workbenches, etc. which will stay with the house and which decrease the amount of useable space in the garage. It can definitely pay to take a tape measure and measure away if you need the space for something specific of a large size.

All in all, though, tandem garages can definitely be a sweet bonus for a home buyer who needs the extra space – whatever the reason.

P.S. Want to search the MLS for homes for sale in Roseville CA with garages? Just click here. Even easier, Call Kaye and let me help you find the right home with the size of garage you need. 657-229-KAYE  :)


Appliance Tips To Help Keep Them Running Smoothly

Taking Care of Your Appliances Can Help You When Ready to Sell Your Home

Appliances are a vital part of our home, aren’t they? And keeping them running smoothly makes for a happier family and a happier budget. Not to mention the fact that when it comes time to sell your home, it can be a great selling point to have appliances that look good and work well.

Thanks to Ghergich & Co. and eReplacementParts, I have a great infographic to share with us all to help us keep those appliances running smoothly and well.

Source: eReplacementParts.com

Home Resources

Wasn’t that a great infographic? Keeping our appliances well maintained and running smoothly can definitely make for a more peaceful atmosphere in our homes, help our budgets big time, and give us a good selling point when it’s time to sell our home. This is a great resource to print and save or post at Pinterest or both, don’t you think? :)


Real Estate Sales Are Blooming in Winter In Roseville CA

Balmy weather and roses in January are two reasons I love Roseville CA-Kaye Swain REALTORIt’s the middle of winter and most of the country is turning into a ginormous ice cube. No snow for half my grandkids, which has them quite bummed, but they are freezing away nonetheless.  Not so here in Roseville, California – and throughout most of our lovely state. Oh, it is a bit chilly. But as you can see in the rose pix, today’s temperature as I write this at 2:47 p.m. on January 11, is a balmy 60 degrees. And that rose picture itself? I shot that at a home I was showing to a real estate client – two days ago. I do love Roseville and its roses!

All of this to say, we are not as limited as much of the country is for buying and selling real estate during the winter. I was out showing homes for the last three days to a sweet client and we were bumping into others out looking as well. Which means, if you want to SELL your home, this could be a great time to get started. Even if you don’t put it on the market til March, you can spend the next few weeks preparing to sell your house by:

  • Weeding and decluttering
  • Cleaning
  • Painting – whether touch-ups or full-on
  • Recarpeting, reflooring, and/or cleaning the floors
  • Making sure your front yard is gorgeous for that all-important curb appeal
  • Making sure your back yard is also looking great! (Any seeding needed? Or a few plants added strategically?)
  • Check the little things like bird droppings, spider webs, doggie and kitty surprises…
  • De-Personalize! I can’t stress this enough. A client and I looked at two homes a few weeks ago that really impressed that particular client as they were selling as well as buying and in between house-hunting, she was doing all of the above. One house had so many personal items all around and it looked lovely – if we had just been friends visiting. But for a buyer, it was a bit overwhelming because there was so much cute stuff. And it was hard for her to picture her family in the home since the owner’s family photos were everywhere. The second home had obviously been listening to their smart REALTOR as it was gorgeous. It looked very much like a model home in a new construction area. No personal photos anywhere. Lovely decor but not a lot – just enough to look attractive without being too much. It was great! My client commented, “Now I really see what you mean. I can really see myself in this home, compared to the other house.”
  • Storage unit – if necessary. We rented a storage unit with a couple of our moves and never regretted it. Otherwise, you often wind up with a garage that is overloaded and all the great impressions you made with your lovely home can dissipate when they want to check out the garage and can’t get into it.
  • Refrigerator – Yup, there are people who look in closets, cubbies, and even the refrigerator. Since it’s in your best interests, make sure, as much as possible to have everything tidy or tossed – and smelling good!

You can find more great tips by clicking HERE and HERE. Also, enjoy more great resources at my Pinterest and Facebook pages. :)

Whether you are ready to sell right now or want to wait til spring has sprung, this is a great time to be getting ready. The more you do today, the less you have to do in the coming days and the better your chances of selling your home quickly for a great price.

Kaye Swain REALTOR provides a free real estate mobile app to help you search homes for sale

P.S. With all the ups and downs in the real estate market over the past few years, are you wondering how much your Roseville, CA home is worth? I can help you with that. Just CALL KAYE at 657-229-KAYE, email me at Kaye@KayeSwain.com or click here to head to my MLS website, loaded with resources to help you sell your home – and buy your next one as well.