It’s no secret that regular maintenance is the key to making your car last. Like so many other things, however, bringing your car to a mechanic every time you need it serviced can be very expensive. And if you don’t stay on top of maintenance, you will likely be faced with some hefty repair bills somewhere down the road.
If you have the knack for it, performing your own car maintenance might be the way to go. But to properly service your car, you need a space that will allow you to work safely and comfortably. That’s why we’ve put together these tips for aspiring (or current) car maintenance DIYers who want to create an awesome home garage that helps you get the job done!
Go for an Outbuilding
If you’re like many homeowners, your garage is already being used for more than one purpose (e.g., a hobby room, a home office, storage, etc.) and there isn’t really room for your car. Or, maybe you don’t even have a garage. In either case, a steel outbuilding could be a great option. Adding this type of garage to your property could give you the workspace you need to perform maintenance on your car safely and comfortably, not to mention keep your car secure.
Clean the Space
Whether you use your current garage or add a structure to your property, you’ll need to ensure the space is clean. When converting your existing garage into a workspace, cleaning it out can be a big job, but it has to be done. Otherwise, you won’t have the room you need to store and organize your tools. Plus, clutter can make it more difficult and dangerous to work on your car.
Acquire the Tools
You can’t get much work done without the right tools. The type of tasks you want to perform on your car will determine the tools you need. If your goal is only to perform basic servicing on your car, you might be able to get by with a socket set, torque wrench, floor jacks (and stands), and a few other items. However, if you aspire to do some more-involved repairs and alterations to your vehicle, you will need to consider additional power tools, workbenches, and so on.
While tools are obviously key, having no place to keep them will ultimately stress you out. That’s why it’s so important to spend time mapping out some smart storage solutions. For example, garage cabinets, shelving, and overhead racks are all great additions to any car garage because they can store lots of items without getting in your way. Figuring out the storage for your garage can be a tall task. If you feel overwhelmed or simply want to save time and energy, consider our garage and hobby room storage services.
Check the Floors
Finally, your garage will require adequate flooring. If you have concrete floors, check them to make sure they are treated; otherwise, you could be looking at countless stains and damage in your future. Another option to consider is Swisstrax flooring, which is easy to install over your existing floors. These interlocking tiles can also add an element of overall comfort and safety to your car maintenance experience.
Extend the life of your car by building a garage that lets you perform regular maintenance safely and comfortably. Consider adding a steel outbuilding if you can’t use your existing garage or don’t have a garage, and make sure the space stays clean. Also, get the tools, storage, and flooring you need. Creating a home garage for car maintenance might cost you some time and money, but it can prove well worth it in the long run.