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FAQs: Costs to build a garage

"What is the average cost nationwide to have a garage built?"
According to Home Advisor, the nationwide average for paying a contractor to build a garage for you is just under $25,000, although a lot depends on the garage itself. For more details, scroll down and keep reading. To see a chart of the nationwide price data for garage construction, click HERE.

On the high end, detached 3-car garages with or second-levels or lofts can cost at least as much as it would to build a guest suite addition or casita. That could be an expensive barn-style loft, like this garage addition or a more economical option, like this detached garage with a loft.) Next, to see a chart of several renovations along with the average cost (and average increase of future resale value), including garage additions with building expenses ranging up to $50,000 or even $80,000, click this link: garage additions.

"Why is there such a big range in the costs of garage construction?"
After considering the size of the garage (like 1-car, 2-car, RV, etc), the two basic factors in the construction cost will be cost of the materials and the cost of the labor. Of course, the labor costs can be different with different construction companies, unlike the cost of materials.

You may be interested in skimming an article on the minimum costs of materials for construction of a garage. For a detached one-car garage, just the expenses for materials will generally start at about $8500 (at least). For a larger detached garage addition, the cost of the materials will be at least a few thousand dollars more than that. (Add on the costs of blueprints, permits, and expert labor, and then your estimator can give you a bid down to the dollar).

Also, conversions of an existing attached carport in to a newly enclosed garage can cost less than half of what it takes to build a new detached garage. To request a quote or even just a "ballpark estimate," click HERE.

If price is a major concern for you, let your estimator know that! For some people, the biggest priority is matching the garage to the exact appearance of their home (from the roofing materials down to the lighting accessories). Other people tell us, "I just need it to be legal and functional."


FAQs: Financing, Permits, etc

"Do I need to have FINANCING already or can you help with that?"

Many people who contact our garage construction contractors will still be in process of identifying the best way for them to pay for their new garage. If relevant, we can help inform you about the best options for the financing of your garage construction project.

Some people prefer to get pre-approval from a lender (especially for home equity loans) first and then get an estimate from our garage builder pros. If you do not need a precise bid yet, our supervisors can usually give you a broad estimate of the minimum price range after just a short phone conversation with you. To request more information, click here: contact.

"Do I need to have a PERMIT already or can you help with that?"

In most cases, the construction of your new garage will legally require obtaining a building permit. We can help you determine what will be needed for you, including a review of any HOA restrictions, plus help you with getting the actual building permit.

"Do I need to have a BLUEPRINT already or can you help with that?"

We have a library of blueprints available for many popular designs of garage. Or, if you need a custom design drafted, we can also help with getting you all the architectural plans ready.


FAQs: How long will it take?

"How fast can my garage be built?"
Briefly, it can range from a few days to several weeks. Garage construction projects that are performed according to common floor plan designs can be approved quickly for permits, then built quickly, and will typically pass inspection by city officials with absolutely no complications or surprises.

It is possible for our garage builders to construct an entire small garage addition from the ground up in one weekend, although larger jobs will take a few weeks at a minimum. For large custom garage construction projects involving unusual building plans, just getting the paperwork ready to get the building permit approved would usually take at least a few weeks.

Also, as another simple issue that can affect how long the construction of the garage takes, if you select a popular model for your new garage doors and opener, then the garage builders can quickly obtain them and install them for you. In contrast, if you are selecting one of the least common models of garage door to be installed, then that may need to be special-ordered.

Many people value the assistance of an experienced garage builder to help them sort out the major options that are best for them, then quickly fill in the secondary details. If you have never considered details like whether you should get a garage door opener with a belt-drive or with a chain-drive, that is totally normal. We can help you prioritize the issues to quickly and easily select the options that you will continue to appreciate year after year. To request a consultation with a garage construction supervisor, click HERE now.



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Garage remodeling & renovations (from storage & windows to floor resurfacing)

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Converting FROM a garage (to a bedroom, sunroom, living room, office space etc)

Conversions TO a garage (like enclosing a carport, patio, porch, or sun room)

garage built by converting a carport to a garage

HomeAdvisor reports that most garages built in the US cost between
$17,000 and $37,000 to build, with an average of just over $26,000.


NATIONWIDE averages (from over 900 garage builds)



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