The standard home comes with a garage as well. This is meant for keeping your vehicles but it is not the only thing the garage can be used for. These are spaces meant to serve various purposes in homes now. When the central heating system is being installed it does not get to this part of the house in most cases which is why in winter things can get out of control. However, it can be put to various uses during the cold season. You can convert it into a living space, use it to play indoor games when it is cold or even use it as a retreat ground. Even so, note that you do not stand a chance with any of this unless the space is heated. Even if you do not plan to put the garage in any other use besides storing your vehicle you should note that freezing damage can still happen. A dead battery in the morning when you are in a hurry to get to work is not a good thing to deal with. Nonetheless, note that besides the vehicle battery other things in the garage might be destroyed by the cold including hardware, appliances and other components that you treasure. This will not be something to give you sleepless nights if you can just heat the garage.
Additionally, you do not want to be buying a house blindly because no matter how much you may like it breaking the zoning codes may be a nightmare for you and a heated garage is a requirement in some areas. It is not worth losing your house because you did not follow the rules especially if you love the space that much. Before you close the deal, you need to do thorough research on what will be required of you so that you can determine whether you will fall through or you should back down and find a house in another area. You can end up renovating the garage and converting it into something else in the future and this will be much easier if the space was heated. You can later have it upgraded to an extra bedroom, a small apartment or a family room. Compared to buying a new house, this is much more sensible. The process will be made easy by having a heated space.
When the garage is part of the main house, cold air from the space might creep into the house. You cannot hope to maintain the temperatures in the indoor space at ideal levels when cold air is been blown from the garage. You will not have to worry about what happens when you have the space heated. This will also save you from high energy bills. If you work from the garage it will even be great for you if the room is heated.