Do you consider yourself a handy person whose workshop just so happens to be the garage? If so, you’re like many others out there who have attempted (that being the key word) countless projects and your garage’s floor shows the proof. You might think an oil spot here, a random stain there, and whatever that is over there, aren’t a big deal. After all, it’s just a garage, right? Wrong. Your garage can add great value to your home, especially when it is well kept and able to be quickly designated to a variety of uses. (more…)
You have probably heard of the service Airbnb, which connects owners of living quarters with those seeking a place to reside for a period of time. This idea is being applied to unused garage space by a company called GaragePointer. It’s true what they say in their article, that many times a person does not undertake a new project or purchase simply because they do not have the space for it. You probably have a friend or two who does not utilize all of their garage space and would be a perfect candidate for this service. While the main target is collector cars at this point, it is not restricted to that.
Getting Your Garage in Shape
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, you need to make sure your space is up to potential client’s standards. Start with deciding how much space you can provide and see if there are ways you can safely expand that area. Remove any objects that could pose a danger to a classic car, i.e. items hanging on the wall such as shovels, rakes, and other landscaping equipment. Now imagine you had your dream car in this space, is it one that you would be comfortable with? Is the floor in proper shape? Is it entirely sealed off from the elements? Another important aspect to consider is how humid the area is, investing in a dehumidifier would be an attractive selling point for clients, as it would decrease the chance of rust or mold.
Cost Effective Way to Improve Your Garage
If you’ve been thinking about remodeling your garage space for a while, this would be a great way to offset the costs. While you’d obviously want to include the features you’ve desired, it is good idea to see what the trends are, specifically what collector car owners are incorporating into their garages. Picking the right door can attract certain clients though it likely won’t be the deciding factor. Imagine an owner of a Ferrari sees your space listed and notices that your garage doors look like barn doors or stable doors if you will. Suddenly, it plays right in to their love of the prancing horse logo on their vehicle and every time they arrive to get their vehicle, it’s like they are actually letting a horse out of the stable to go for a ride.
There’s a lot that can be done to a garage to attract clients, so think about themes that exist in your area; what is popular in local culture. Or, on the other hand, what isn’t popular in your area can provide the client with a different experience and allow you to stand out from the rest. Here’s your chance to put your garage to work for you!
You can walk into anyone’s garage and you’ll find out pretty quick cars aren’t the only thing in there. There is an excess of stuff that just needed a place to be stored; Garden tools, toys, unused furniture, leftover building materials, Christmas stuff all cause issues when organizing a garage.
Spring cleaning the house is one thing but tackling the garage is another story all together. It just seems like a mountain that’s impossible to ascend. The stuff in your garage is usually way more unorganized, and there can be some heavy lifting involved. Having a plan and a partner will make it go a lot more smoothly. (more…)
After a long winter of snow, ice, salt, and mud your garage door gets pretty nasty, and all the moving parts take a beating from the cold temperatures. If you set aside a little bit of time to perform some basic maintenance you can end up saving a lot of money in the long run. (more…)
Is your garage door not closing all the way or it goes too far past the opening? Does it come down with too much force? No, it’s not possessed by evil spirits and you’re not going crazy. You might just need a screwdriver and a stepladder. (more…)
This time of year you start to realize the benefit to having a well organized garage that you can actually fit your car in. When temps get nasty, not only will you have a warm place to park you’ll be able to duck out of the cold and escape the chill. Unfortunately the cold can affect how your garage door operates. (more…)
Celebrations are in full swing! You’ve got plenty of parties to make an appearance at but you’re also in charge of hosting one this year. Having everyone over will be fun but if you do some strategic planning ahead of time you can save on stress. One of the best things you can do to ensure a successful soiree is use your garage space. Sure you’ll have to park the cars somewhere else but it’s more than worth it!
Your Garage as Party Central
Don’t get sideswiped this winter when the cold weather starts to affect the functionality of your garage door opener. Keeping your door operating safely year round is essential to get the most out of your garage. A garage door that is in a state of disrepair can cause big problems, especially when the weather gets colder.
Water from melting snow and ice can cause damage to your garage door and opener. If your door is made of wood the increased moisture can create swelling in the frame. That can lead to the door rubbing against the frame or possibly becoming stuck. Keep rain gutters clear to avoid run off that will splash onto your garage door. (more…)
Your garage is easily one of the most inefficient rooms of your house, but there are ways to combat energy loss. If you have an attached garage, making it more efficient will improve your home’s overall performance. In the winter an inefficient garage will have cold air whistling through its bones. That frigid air will then penetrate the walls and ceiling of surrounding living spaces, making your whole home colder.
A lot of homes, new and old are built without insulation in the garage walls. Insulating your garage walls is usually an easy process. You can roll the right kind of R-value insulation between your joists, or have it blown in through a small hole in the drywall.