By: Jo Montgomery
If you’ve ever circled the block, over and over again, just to find a parking spot near your own apartment, you know how life-altering an apartment with a garage can be. That’s why it’s so important to add a garage to your “must-have” list when apartment hunting. For many good reasons, rental living is just better when you have an in-building garage. And the good news is that most luxury apartment communities have them.
However, if you’re scratching your head, wondering what all this garage love is about, here are a few great reasons to choose an apartment with a garage, even if it’s a bit of a “splurge”.
As we mentioned, if you’ve ever been frustrated by the search to find a parking space after a long day of work, or in the rain or snow, you know how important a garage can be. And then there’s friends and family who come to visit. If you don’t have a garage, they’re faced with the same exasperating experience. With a garage, you always have a guaranteed parking space, and so do guests. It may seem like a small thing, but it goes a long way when it comes to saving time, convenience, and making your life easier.
With an in-building garage, no matter what the weather outside, you and your packages can get in and out of your car without being exposed to the elements. Scraping the ice off your car each morning in the winter, means you have to build extra time into your already busy day. Not to mention it does a number on your clothes and your attitude. And, if your car is not protected, it can be subjected to all sorts of weather damage like hail and falling branches. Particularly for those who live in areas with extreme weather conditions, an apartment with a garage is a must.
On-street parking spots are where most dings and scratches, or worse, take place. Not everyone is a good driver. People are in a hurry, they get distracted, they park poorly, and open their doors too quickly. Keeping your car in a garage reduces or eliminates that problem since your vehicle is insulated from anyone who isn’t living or visiting your building.
Your insurance premium
If you park your car in a garage, you can secure a lower premium than if you park it on a public street. Give your insurance agent a call and ask how much you could save if you put your car in a garage. If you can save even a small amount on your insurance, a garage won’t feel like such a “splurge.”
Car engines don’t like extreme weather conditions. In a garage, the fluid and oil is kept at a more constant temperature, which is good for the lubrication of the engine. It also means your car won’t have to work so hard to warm up in the winter or cool down in the summer.
Your car’s value
Statistics show that cars that have been kept in a garage tend to fetch a higher price when it comes time to sell. That’s because most buyers feel more comfortable knowing that a car hasn’t been exposed to the elements overnight.
The fact is, choosing an apartment with a garage can make a big difference in your quality of life and overall satisfaction with your apartment choice. It could actually end up saving you time, money, and even your sanity in the long run. So, what may, at the outset, seem like a “splurge”, can actually turn out to be a very good long-term investment.
For all of these reasons, and more, most of the Windsor Communities have in-building garages. Come tour one near you today. And while you’re there, check out the many other resident services and reasons to choose Windsor.