When you think of a “Man Cave”, what’s the first thought that pops into your head? Is it a damp, dark getaway somewhere in the woods behind the house or someone’s basement that has been masterfully transformed into a place of drinks, sports and games? Not everyone has a basement…that could pose a problem. So where are they to turn when they want to build a room of escape? Open the door to the garage and imagine. This might be a tough sell if you are currently using the garage for storage of vehicles or out of season items. If not though, you just found your blank canvas to create the perfect getaway room! (more…)
When you think of safety in the garage, your first thought is probably about some piece of equipment that is hanging from the wall or ceiling. While that can certainly present a danger, our mind is on something that can be far more harmful and is in a perfect place to grow. We’re talking about fires. It might surprise you that there are more than 6,000 garage fires reported in the United States every year. This results in nearly half of a billion dollars in damages as the fire usually spreads to the conjoined home. That’s not the worst part however; it’s the fact that hundreds of people are injured or are killed in fires that started in the garage. (more…)
When was the last time you thought about your garage floor? Right? Garage exteriors and their doors especially, have become more elaborate in their styling over the last few years in an effort to make that part of the home not seem like an afterthought. Garage floors have quietly been catching up in the styling world and there are plenty of options out there that could actually look better and be a better fit for your needs over a standard smooth cement surface. (more…)
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…)