If you are moving into a new-to-you home and have decided that you want to be able to easily park your cars in its small detached garage, there are many things you can do to keep the space clean, clutter-free, and easy to access for your vehicle. Here are some tips to help you get your new garage into shape so you can get the most out of its available space:
Tip: Install a Garage Door Opener
If your home's detached garage does not already have one, make sure you install an automated garage door opener. While you might not see garage door openers as an important aspect of a garage, you will be very happy when it is raining or snowing outside and you can easily get your car into the garage without getting soaking wet.
If the garage is older and the garage door doesn't work well, then you can have it replaced or have new torsion springs installed on the door to make it function properly.
Tip: Install Pegboard on the Garage's Interior Walls
Since your detached garage is on the smaller side but you want to be able to park your car inside of it, you should install pegboards along the walls. The pegboard gives you the ability to hang up all of your sports equipment and lawn gear using hooks. Pegboard and hooks are inexpensive and available at all hardware stores and home improvement centers.
Tip: Install "Bike" Hooks to Hang Your Family's Bikes from the Garage's Ceiling Rafters
Since it is hard to hang your bikes on pegboard, you should invest in two bike hooks for each bicycle or tricycle that your family owns. Install the bike hooks into the garage's ceiling rafters and hang all of your bikes from them. This will allow you to get some use out of the otherwise dead head space in your detached garage. With all of your bikes and other equipment hanging on the walls and ceiling, you will have a lot more room for your car.
Tip: Consider Applying an Epoxy Coating on the Floor of Your Detached Garage
Finally, if you would like to work on projects in your garage or if its concrete floor has been seriously stained by previous owners of the property, then you should consider applying an epoxy-based paint coating on its floor. You can paint the concrete very easily and you can even add small flecks of color into the paint for a professional look.