Garages are often cluttered and dark, which makes them hard to use. A less-than-attractive garage can also reduce your home’s value when you’re trying to sell. With a little extra effort, you can spruce up your garage this winter. In just a few weekends, you can make your garage more attractive, useful, and a more functional part of your house! Here’s how.
Start by getting organized. This can be one of the most time-consuming parts of your garage improvement project, as many garages are full of year’s worth of seasonal decorations, too-small clothes, and gardening tools. Start this process early, as you may need to do it in phases. Some tips for organizing your garage:
- De-clutter first by sorting through boxes. Make two piles: keep and give away. What you decide to keep should be stored in well-labeled plastic tubs.
- Separate items by type, placing tools with the tools, decorations with decorations, and so on.
- Purchase cabinets or shelves to make storage easier.
- Install a loft area in your garage to take advantage of the room near the ceiling – but take care to ensure it won’t interfere with the operation of your garage door. Have a handyman install it to ensure the work is done right.
Pest Proof Your Garage
Garages tend to be hot spots for pests, especially mice and spiders. One of the ways you can keep pests out of your garage is to weatherstrip around doors and windows. Another way you can pest-proof your garage is to keep your food trash out of your garage whenever possible. If you do store food trash in your garage, place a tight lid on the cans to prevent them from attracting mice and insects.
Keep cardboard boxes out of your garage, as cardboard boxes can attract silverfish, cockroaches, and mice seeking nesting material. If you have a pest problem, work with a pest control company.
Install New Lighting
Garages tend to be dark spaces lit only by a single overhead light. Install additional lighting to make your garage a safe space to use. Work with a professional electrician to ensure that the lighting you install is put in properly and will not interfere with the operation of your garage door.
Clean the Windows
Cleaning the windows is a simple way to make your garage look cleaner and brighter inside. Clean the windows inside and out, then mark your calendar with a reminder to clean the windows again in 6 months. Windows have a way of getting dirty, so cleaning your garage windows regularly can help make the space more attractive.
Finish Sprucing Up Your Garage with a Garage Door Tune-Up or Repair
Contact a professional for an annual garage door tune-up. Your garage door professional will check the torsion spring, check the balance of the door, test the operation of the garage door opener, identify any necessary repairs, and also lubricate the moving parts. To get started with your garage door tune-up from Overhead Door Company of Wilmington contact us to make an appointment.