People keep lots of things in their garage besides their cars. So when your garage door stops working properly, your first order of business should be to make an appointment with a garage door repair technician. Getting your door back in working condition is essential for keeping the extra layer of safety a garage provides for your valuables and vehicle.

Until a garage door repair specialist is able to get to you, figure out what's wrong with your door, and fix it, you'll have some work to do to keep your valuables safe. 

Find Other Arrangements for Your Vehicles

If your garage door won't close, your cars are fair game for thieves and vandals. Do your best to find a safe place to store your cars that's within your sight. For some people, the best they can do is to park their car on the street in front of their home and keep careful watch over their cars. 

Remove Other Valuables from the Garage

People who are looking for things to steal so that they can make a few bucks, or just have some really nice stuff, will be looking for a chance to walk up to your open garage when they think you aren't around and "shop". Take anything of sentimental or high monetary value out of your garage and store it off site or somewhere in your home. Attics and basements make great storage spaces for many items if your home features these areas. Items to think about moving would include: 

  • Bicycles
  • Motorcycles (and any parts or accessories that go along with it)
  • Children's toys (doll house, battery-powered car, etc.)
  • Expensive tools (saw, drill, etc.)
  • Expensive machinery (leaf blower, lawn mower, etc.)
  • Appliances (miniature refrigerator, microwave, etc.)

You'll also want to remove any emotionally meaningful items such as gifts, photographs, or letters. This isn't necessarily because criminals would want to steal such things, but because they could be damaged or lost in a garage with an open door. If there are strong winds, snow, or rain, paper products could be ruined or blown out of the garage and out onto the street. 

Once you've dealt with your vehicles, your valuables, and your memorabilia, there's not much left to do but sit and wait for the repairs to start. Once your door has been fixed, you'll be ready to starting using your garage for the protection and extra storage space you need to live comfortably in your home. For more help, contact a company like Casp Garage Doors with any questions or concerns you have.

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