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Old 09-26-2015, 01:54 PM
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Ok guys, awhile back I posted up about finding some sort of workspace so I can rebuild my Mustang, work on my jeep, store tools, etc


I found two really good ones. The first one is about 15 minutes away from my house and is only $200 for a brand new garage (just getting finished up), and is getting wired for electricity. There is a hose available around the corner, its pretty secure, but the house is directly adjacent to the garage I would be renting.

The second one 30 minutes from my house, is HUGE (the lease is for the entire inside space), is detached and away from the house, has 120v and 240v, but there is only manual pump well water which might not work in the winter, and the floor is dirt and the yard sits pretty low so I am almost 100% sure things will get muddy in the spring when the snow melts.

Right now I am HEAVILY leaning towards the actual garage, mostly because of the concrete floors and hose pipe, and the fact that it is half the price. The only negative is that I cant store my Jeep inside the Garage, and my mustang is going to be torn down so I wont be able to move it for 3 or 4 months roughly. Also the barn is going to be cold as **** until April, but that is manageable.

Anyone got any input for me? What would you take?


First One;

$199 / 240ft2 - BRAND NEW! Oversized 1 car garage ideal for parking/storage/workshop

This oversized 1 car garage is brand new and perfect for parking your car, use as a storage unit, or it would make a fantastic workshop space. A brand new concrete pad is also in front of it for additional driveway/work space.
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Second One
$400 / 900sq-ft - Large indoor barn for Car or storage barn space for $400

Large barn has a 8' 3" high opening, it's aisles are 12' wide as well as the door opening width, and the 3 stalls are about 24' in depth. So, the total length of the barn is 38 x 24 for about 900sf of usable space. It's totally enclosed and a terrific space for a car(s) or a workshop storage space!

Please see my other add for an indoor insulated space setup for a wood workshop for $350 a month. You can rent both as I do now for a woodshop guy that needs the one space for a woodshop and the other to store wood and furniture.

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I think I already made my mind up though - the garage is the logical choice minus the fact that I was hoping to get something with 2 bays.
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:15 PM
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Well - I signed the lease

To anyone that lives in a city and dreams of a place to work on their own cars -- dont give up. Email everyone on Craigslist till you find a spot that works and a landlord that is compassionate. And dont let anyone tell you to give up because you'll never find anything that will work.

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Now I just need to trailer my car and push it into the garage, and get all my tools in there. Probably build a cheap workbench out of scrap wood...
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Get a renters insurance policy, about $100 a year. The homeowners insurance will not cover theft if someone busts into it.
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Originally Posted by cliffy View Post
Get a renters insurance policy, about $100 a year. The homeowners insurance will not cover theft if someone busts into it.
+1 but discuss amounts and payouts before you have to make a claim. Regardless don't leave anything there you can't afford to be without.

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with my experience you want to be sure to tell the insurance company that holds your home contents insurance that your garage is a storage only facility. then your contents are covered.

but if you want to take out a separate policy, that's up to you.
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Get a renters insurance policy, about $100 a year. The homeowners insurance will not cover theft if someone busts into it.
Yeah, the door is not terribly secure - I put in a double cylinder deadbolt and hardened the garage door, but there is still a window on the door which is less than ideal.

I swear to god, land lords are the stupidest people in existence.

I got my car out there but I am going to epoxy coat the floor this coming weekend.

The landlord can't figure out why the hose spigot won't work, and I already wasted 2 weekends waiting for them to fix it, so I'm just going to dry clean the floor as best as I can and hope it holds up for a year. After that, it's not my problem.
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Tape a black contractor bag over the window, go on ebay and get some ADT signs/stickers. By chance is there some sort of cut off for the water inside the house adjacent to where the pipe is ran ?
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It looks like you did drive it like it was stolen, j/k.
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Tape a black contractor bag over the window, go on ebay and get some ADT signs/stickers. By chance is there some sort of cut off for the water inside the house adjacent to where the pipe is ran ?
Yeah, I already taped a bag over the window to just block the view.
My best option is getting some security window bars and bolting them through the door and around the window. I am in the process of trying to reinforce the door frame as well.

I did ask them to check the shutoff valve inside the house but they are pretty adamant that the entire line doesn't have water.


Should I hire one of those mobile pressure washer guys to come by and apply the etching + pressure wash it? Prob gonna cost me another 50-$100
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I doubt a guy with a pressure washer would do it that cheaply. I have used the concrete etcher and a hard scrub brush in my basement before I painted the floor. The parts I scrubbed are still holding paint no problem, you would still need to get water from somewhere but you could probably buy it by the gallon too.
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One other thing about the door, rather than drill holes in it and risk a security deposit excuse. Hit craigslist or a habitat for humanity re-store, you might be able to find a door the same size no windows for cheap and then just swap it out.
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