According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, two-thirds of American homeowners have a garage. This important amenity is highly valued among homebuyers. Realtor Magazine reported the presence of a garage on a property can increase the home value between $15,000 and $30,000, depending on how well it has been kept and how many cars it can fit.
As it turns out, however, the number of cars that fit into the garage are of little concern to many homeowners. Rather, garages are typically filled with things rather than vehicles – boxes of old toys and clothes, remnants of half-finished projects and seasonal decorations instead take up that precious space.
How Garages Are Actually Used
Results from a survey by Gladiator GarageWorks, a garage organization company, found that about 25 percent of homeowners’ garages are so full of miscellaneous items that not even one car can be driven into its parking space.
“One-quarter of Americans can’t fit one car into their garages.”
The items that often take precedence inside that nice two-car garage usually have purpose or sentimental value. But keeping the car in the driveway or on the street usually isn’t in your best interest, or that of your car’s.
According to CarInsuranceComparison.com, your car insurance is likely to be higher if you don’t park your car in a garage. This is because when your vehicle is left outside and unprotected, it is easier to be stolen or vandalized. Additionally, it is more at risk during storms and extreme weather. A garage protects your car against all of these things.
Bringing Your Car Home
While using your garage to house your car rather than various possessions could save you money on car insurance and reduce risk of theft or damage, there is a big obstacle getting in the way. That obstacle is a lack of space for everything else.
If your garage is filled to the brim with seemingly everything except your cars, a steel storage unit could be the perfect solution. Mobile Mini’s residential storage containers will keep your possessions organized and safe. Each one is secured with Mobile Mini’s patented Tri-Cam Locking system and is weather resistant, which means your patio furniture stored over the winter won’t be at risk for rust or mildew.
Even though you’ll be moving your things out of your garage, the storage unit can be kept on your property. This will keep your things out of the way, but still on hand when you need them. Best of all, you’ll be able to take back your garage and keep your car protected.