If you’re someone who has been practicing social distancing by working from home and avoiding crowded public spaces during the weekend, it might have become a form of entertainment for you and your family. For some, that means tackling one of the biggest organizational headaches many homes have – the garage. Below, the Overhead Door Company of Western Kentucky has listed five tips for garage organization so you can get a jump start on spring cleaning.
Your vehicles have a monopoly on the floor space in your garage. That means the only place to go for garage organization is up. We’re not talking about stacking a few cardboard boxes on top of one another either.
The best way to start your spring cleaning is by buying clear plastic storage containers in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit your storage needs. These will protect your valuables from water, changing temperatures, mold, mildew, and vermin and allow you to get an idea of the contents instead of aimlessly digging through them. Adding shelving to host your new storage bins can save even more precious ground space and take your organization to the next level.
If you really want to get creative, look to your ceiling. There are plenty of options when it comes to ceiling storage — from bike hooks to ladder hangers to tracks that can hold those new plastic containers.
Don’t Be Afraid To Put A Label On It
Now that you’ve got everything organized in their proper bins, it’s time to properly label them so you can easily find whatever you need. First, purchase some plastic label holders that will keep your labels in pristine, legible condition for years to come. Make sure you’re writing as large as possible — if your bins are stored up high, it will be hard to read small writing which defeats the whole point of organizing.
Get A Peg Up
Pegboards are a craftsman’s best friend. They let you display all of your tools — even the oddly shaped ones — for easy access. Before you attach the board to your garage wall, do a little planning. What tools do you use most often? Are there combinations of tools you use together? Once everything is laid out accordingly, trace out the items so there’s no confusion when you’re returning them to the board. If you have any extra room, attaching cups or pieces of PVC pipe gives yourself some nice nooks to store pencils, nuts, bolts, and other small items.
Get A Good Toy Bin
If you have kids, you’ve come across the problem of having balls and toys strewn across your garage floor after a play date or afternoon in the driveway. This creates a hazard for anyone that’s wandering around your garage without looking. A solid toy bin — preferably your kids can access without having to remove everything just to get to what they’re looking for — will fix this instantly.
For additional tips on how to get organized this spring, call the Overhead Door Company of Western Kentucky today!
When searching for garage doors and service online, be wary of the imitators out to fool you into believing you are getting the genuine Overhead Door Company experience. With over a century of offering the absolute best customer experience on the market, you can understand why these scammers might want to try to get some of that respectability for themselves. To help you avoid garage door scams, the Overhead Door Company of Western Kentucky has listed a few things you can look for to keep you from getting ripped off by OHD knock-offs and garage con artists.
Online search results pages are littered with people using Overhead Door in the title. So how do you identify the real deal? Look for the trademark (™) symbol next to the name. Legally, only official ribbons can have this designation.
Double-Check The Address
Another easy way to tell if you’ve got a legit business and not a con artist is the street address listed on the search results page. Scammers will rarely have an identified address where customers can come to them. If their business page does include a street address, check it quickly on a street view map to see if their business is actually at that location. Garage door scammers are known to hide behind phony addresses. Additionally, be wary of businesses that say that they are in an office complex or a corporate plaza because this is incredibly rare in the industry.
Check Their Credentials
Unlike Overhead Door employees who are certified exclusively to work on OHD products, scammer technicians oftentimes don’t even specialize in garage doors. If you are even considering using someone outside of us, make sure to check their credentials with your local better business bureau as well as a variety of online review sites including Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor.
Keep It On Schedule
If one of the Overhead Door Company’s employees is performing a job for you, they will always be upfront about the time and cost. Scammers, on the other hand… not so much. Oftentimes, they will give you a rough estimate of how long it will take to complete the job without committing to a day in particular. A good rule of thumb is to always ask for the completion date in writing and never pay the entire fee upfront.
Avoid All This, Call OHD
Now that you know what to look for, why would you want to deal with anyone else? Call the Overhead Door Company of Western Kentucky today and let us take care of all of your garage door repair and replacement needs.
Home improvement projects can serve a number of purposes. For some, it’s about moving their home closer to the ideal image they have in their head. For others, energy efficiency is the driving factor. If it’s time to sell, homeowners will often look to make upgrades to draw more eyes and dollars. Lucky for you, the Overhead Door Company of Western Kentucky has an easy solution to all three — replacing your garage door. Below, we’ve listed three quick tidbits of information on what adding a new garage door can do for your home.
What Kind of Return Can You Expect
While you may think a kitchen upgrade or bathroom remodel is where the big bucks are, the garage renovation actually sits above them both. According to Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value 2019 list, a replacement garage door is the most valuable project with the owner recouping more than 97% of the project cost. You read that right, Overhead Door Company’s doors are so efficient that they basically pay for themselves
Did you know hundreds of dollars could be slipping through the cracks of your home each year? If you don’t have a properly-insulated door, your home’s heating and cooling system could be working unnecessarily hard to maintain your desired temperature.
That’s why we recommend our Thermacore® series of doors. With several panel designs to choose from, these doors offer design flexibility, durability, and thermal efficiency that will help keep your home comfortable in cold or hot climates. It can also push that 97% return on investment even higher.
Boost Your Curb Appeal
Think of your garage door like you would a handshake when you are meeting someone — it’s the first thing people will notice and sets the tone for the rest of the encounter. That means if you have a run-down garage door with chipped paint, dents, or (*gulp*) missing panels, it can distract from all the other good things your home has going on. Adding a new door can make your home stick out in a good way from everyone else on the block and shows potential buyers that you have a keen eye for detail.
If you’re curious about how a new garage door is the ultimate home improvement project for upping your home’s look and value, call the Overhead Door Company of Western Kentucky today and talk to one of the garage door experts.