Garages are not always used to
store vehicles in, many people use their garage as another room in their home
or as a storage place for gardening equipment and tools etc. This time of year
people may also be using their garage to store Christmas presents in. This is
fine as long as your garage is secure. The first thing you need to check when
it comes to the security of your garage is the garage door. If it can be easily
opened with force applied or is easy to pick the lock then it may be time to
invest in a new one. If you open and close your garage doors often then you
should consider installing an automatic garage door that will allow you to
control it with a remote.
You can now buy sensor alarms that
cost as little as £20 that will detect movement in your garage. They will play
a siren that is approximately 125 decibels, lounder than most car horns, to
alert you of an intruder. These again are often remotely controlled allowing
you to set it and disarm it as and when needed.
Having a CCTV system installed
that can overlook your garage door is another level of security that you can
add. You can often set these up to notify you of any movement detected within
the range set.
Often a garage is built with a
concrete floor. This can make it very sturdy and strong but is often not the
most comfortable and does not offer much warmth. If you want to only use your
garage to store your car in or to store tools and gardening equipment then that
may be fine but if you want to use the garage like another room such as a
playroom, gym or laundry room you may decide to put down different flooring.
If the room is going to be used as
a playroom then why not fit some carpet? This will instantly transform the room
and make it feel cosy. If you are going to do this you do need to ensure that
the garage is waterproof as if not, the carpet will get wet and become mouldy /
damp. It is also important to ensure that you have ventilation to allow fresh
air to circulate. Many rooms have a ventilation brick, but these often get
covered up over time, so ensure that this is left open. For a laundry room you
may prefer to have lino which again will be a little warmer but more practical
should you have spillages etc.
Garages have many different
purposes. Some people use their garage purely as a place to keep their car
overnight. They may also have a lawnmower and a few household tools in their
but it is mainly a place for their car. Others may decide to use the garage as
a gym or a playroom, either by properly converting it or simply moving
equipment in to there. The problem with garages is often they are the perfect
home for unwanted guests such as mice or rats. Especially during the colder
months, mouse or rats will try and find somewhere they can go out of the cold
and rain and a garage is often the perfect solution. Because it is not as busy
as a room in your house, rodents can go undisturbed for weeks if not months and
often you only realise they are there because you find something they have
Although you cannot always completely
stop rodents from getting in to your garage, you can try and block up as many
holes as possible to make it harder for them. If you want to get rid of a mouse
then why not invest in a humane mouse trap which will allow you to catch it so
you can release it in a field.
Most homeowners tend to use their
garage for purposes other than housing their vehicle even though money can be
saved on insurance premiums by stating that the vehicle is kept in a garage.
Many people use the garage as a
storage space for the home and store a mixture of garden furniture, boxes,
tools and other items without any organisation in there. If the storage space
is organised effectively it will appear as if the garage is much larger than it
is in reality and access to items stored there will be simpler.
One thing that can be done is to
put up shelving so that items can be stored on shelves rather than on the
floor. The shelving can be made from any oddments of wood or worktop so
expensive ready-made shelving is not necessary. Clear plastic boxes are useful
to store decorating materials and tools so that the contents can be seen
without lifting the boxes down.
Another way of organising storage
is to look at the possibility of hanging some items up on hooks attached to the
walls. Garden tools often have handles that enable them to be hung up easily and
hose pipes, which are notoriously difficult to store can also be hung up in
on your vehicle is a common component to get damaged or worn. If you often
drive over rough road surfaces or uneven land then you will likely catch your
exhaust which over time can cause a hole or part of it to come loose.
suddenly find that your car sounds particularly loud when you accelerate or
even just when idling and the noise is coming from the back end of the car then
you most probably have a hole in your exhaust pipe. A damaged exhaust pipe will
usually fail an MOT and if the car sounds very loud you may attract unwanted
attention from the police. It is important to get it repaired or replaced as
soon as possible.
options do you have? Depending on where about the hole is in the exhaust and
how big it is, you could try repairing it. You can buy exhaust bandage or ask a
garage to weld it for you. This may solve the problem but may only be a
The best way
to ensure that the issue is properly fixed in to replace that section of the
exhaust. This may be a relatively small job, so always get a quote first before
rushing out to repair it to try and save a bit of money.
Having a garage
can be a huge help when it comes to storage but most of us just fill them with
junk that we don’t really need any more. This can mean that any spare room you
do have cannot be used for anything useful.
many different uses for a garage such as a place to store your car, a gym area,
a place to store your gardening equipment such as strimmer’s and lawn mowers or
even a workshop. If you are considering turning your garage in to a workshop
then there are some things you need to thnk carefully about.
need to decide if you are going to turn the whole garage in to a workshop or
only part of it. IF you are going to only be using part of it, you may want to
put up some petitions or section off a corner. You will need to have space for
a work bench and some tools and organisation is key to get the most out of the
space. Shelving and hanging racks will allow you ensure that everything has its
own place so you can keep it tidy and organised. You need to check that you
have power to the garage. If your garage is attached to your house, there are
likely outlets in your garage already. If it is a separate garage, however,
you’ll want to double-check that you have access to power.
If you are
considering building a garage on to your home then you may wonder if it will
add value. A lot of this depends on how the garage is built and whether it adds
space or removes it from your home. If for example you only have a very small
garden then adding a garage which uses up a lot of this space may reduce the
amount your house is worth. In most cases, though adding a garage to your home
will add value. If you have the garage built with deep enough foundations then
you may even be able to build on top of it and add another room if needed. This
again will add value on to your home and make it easier to sell.
to be built to store vehicles in but often now, people do not always use the
garage for that purpose and instead use it to store items such as lawnmowers,
camping equipment or set it up as an indoor gym. You want your garage to be
waterproof and if you are going to want electrical sockets in there, you will
need to ensure that it is all wired correctly. You may even deice to use your
garage as a laundry room, in which case ventilation is important.
of new build houses are designed and built with a garage or a parking space on
the property if this is an option, but how often do we actually use our garages
to house our cars and if not then why is that?
a particularly useful addition to any home in terms of general storage space.
They are often used to store garden furniture during the winter months and
gardening equipment such as lawnmowers and gardening tools throughout the year.
Whilst some people build a garden shed to house this equipment it is more
common for it to be kept in the garage.
homeowners use the garage as an additional room either as a laundry room with a
washing machine and tumble dryer or possibly a games room for the family to
use. With the increased interest in health and fitness some garages are
utilised as a gym with treadmills, rowing machines and weightlifting equipment.
difficulty for some when thinking of using the garage to accommodate their car
is that often the garage is not wide enough to be able to park the car and get
out without damaging the doors on the garage wall. Older properties often have
larger garages, so this is not usually an issue for these homeowners.
be unable to afford a new or relatively new car you will be looking at the used
car market to find your next vehicle.
consideration is whether to buy from a private seller perhaps from an online
auction site or as advertised in the local paper or whether to visit a local
car dealership to see whether there are any cars that may be suitable and in
your price bracket.
The cost of
the car will usually be more expensive from a dealership, but you are usually
given a short warranty which is good for your peace of mind. If you are buying
from a private seller it is worthwhile checking online to see past MOTs and any
advisories that have been issued so that you can ask the seller if these have
been dealt with. If you can take a mechanic with you to view and test drive the
car before you buy it may give you an indication of the car’s worth and any
issues it may have.
reliability cannot ever be guaranteed when buying a used car, if checks are
made before purchasing the chances of getting a car that can be relied upon
will be greater.
something that most drivers dread, and many drivers try to prepare for, but it
is still very worrying when your car breaks down by the roadside. If you do
have the misfortune to break down do you know what to do?
you will have previously organised breakdown cover with a reputable
organisation and have the details of your cover and the relevant telephone
numbers on hand. A phone call to the operator with details of your car and
location will be the first thing to do and help should be on its way often
within the hour.
If you are
carrying an emergency triangle it is a good idea to place this a few metres
from your car to warn other motorists of the hazard along with switching on
your hazard lights. It is essential, especially if you breakdown on a motorway
that you do not stay inside the vehicle but stand some metres away in case your
car is hit by another vehicle.
not have breakdown cover you will need to either phone a family member or
friend to tow you to garage not to be attempted by the fainthearted or ideally
phone a local garage to recover your vehicle.