Most modern homes come with a garage, but how many of us use them for parking? With modern cars getting bigger, it can be difficult and stressful to get your car into an older garage. Garages also tend to be a dumping ground for garden tools, bikes, and garden furniture. Using your garage is the most secure option for storing your car, and it can be easier than you think.
A question of size
If you have a larger car like an SUV and an older garage, you may find that space is very tight. It is possible to have your garage extended or to replace it with a new one with a bit more space. Before you try to get the car in there, use a tape measure and work out whether it’s possible and what you will need to move to get the vehicle in safely.
You could be tempted to use your garage for something else and build another for the car.
One thing that can make safe parking much easier is having great lighting in your garage. It can be helpful to automate it. If you have a remote control for your garage door, find out if you can wire lighting into it so that you can see where you are putting the car more easily. If not, put a switch somewhere convenient so you don’t try to park without it.
Get your clutter onto the walls or ceilings to give you more space for the car. Suspended shelves on a pulley can be lowered when you need them. For wall storage, consider garage racking systems from a company that supplies garage shelving equipment. If you have your kitchen refitted, keep those wall cupboards and put them up high in your garage for a recycled storage solution.
You can buy commercially-made parking guides to help you know when your car is in the right position, but it is also easy and affordable to make some of your own. Hang a tennis ball from a string so it hits the windscreen at the point you need to stop. Use broom heads or paint bushes attached to the walls to keep you heading straight into the garage. Reflective tape can also work.