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5 Tips for Organizing Your Garage

5 Tips for Organizing Your Garage

Many of us have a garage but, don’t use it to store our car in. The reason? Too much stuff! Garages often end up neglected messy spaces that accumulate a plethora of items over time. Organizing your garage will not only make it look better it will also enable you to get a lot more use out of it.

Ceiling Storage – for less than $100 in materials this is an easy DIY project that will make better use of your garages space. Store items in ceiling storage that you don’t use regularly such as holiday decorations. If you'll be storing heavy items be sure to secure the storage system into the studs.

Garage Ceiling Storage

Wall Storage – from garden tools to a ladder there is so much you can store when you have the ability to hang it on the wall. Magnetic wall strips are also a great idea to secure tools with. The best part is you can customize the wall storage to fit your needs.

Install a Workbench- a workbench creates an easy space to work on projects and still keep the garage looking neat and tidy. Short on space? Consider a work bench that can fold up against the wall when you’re not using it.

Garage Wall Storage

Bike Storage- if you’re constantly shifting the bikes around or worse hitting them with your car door consider creating vertical bike storage. You can also buy hooks (very inexpensive) and hang the bikes from the ceiling. Just make sure the hooks are secure!

Screw / Nail Storage – we’ve all had loose screws and nails rolling around the garage. Save those old gum containers (think Orbit White style containers) and label them for the different nails or screws you have.

Garages are great for many types of storage and with the right systems in place can also be organized and visually appealing. Maximize your space, including the garage to enjoy every asset your home has to offer.

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    5 New Year's Resolutions For Your Home

    Stream line your stuff and declutter
    No excuses — that clutter has got to go! Start by creating more storage space so you can stash stuff easily. You’ve probably got storage solutions you didn’t know you had. Put up a high shelf between the walls of a narrow hallway, and tuck storage in out-of-the-way nooks, such as under-stairs spaces and between wall studs. If your home is tight on space, don’t despair: There’s still room for storage. Shoe organizers ($20) do more than hold shoes — use them to store keys, notepads, and cell phones. This year resolve to go room-by-room periodically clearing anything that you don't use, wear or love and donate it to charity. I promise you it will make you feel good!

    Budget For A Home Remodeling Project
    Most of us have changes we’d like to make to our homes but, few of us actually ever get around to doing them. Start planning and setting aside money for the updated kitchen or bathroom you’d like to have. If you want to paint your living room in a few months start looking at paint samples and budgeting for the cost of paint or hiring a professional. Check out an app called Digit for an easy way to start saving.

    Battle Your Bathroom and Prevent Mold
    Run your bath fans during your bath or shower and for a half-hour after to flush out moisture. You could also consider adding a timer switch to make this step automatic. Lastly if you have tile, seal the grout lines annually with a standard grout sealer to waterproof them. To get rid of the current mold, use a solution of bleach and water on a cotton ball. Mold the cotton ball to the space where the mold is located and let it sit 10 minutes, then rinse it off and let dry.

    Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
    Try conducting a DIY home energy audit. Start by checking windows, doors, chimneys and electrical outlets for air leaks. If the draft isn’t obvious, use a lit candle or stick of incense to detect unwanted air flowing into your house. Resolve by using caulk around windows, draft plug in the chimney and foam insulated pads behind outlet covers to help eliminate the drafts. Weather-stripping is very helpful to close gaps around doors. Also, unplug unused appliances, wrap an insulating cover around the water heater and use builders foam on the exterior of your home to close any gaps where electrical wires enter your home.

    Deep Cleaning
    Cleaning can be time consuming but, it’s best to do at least one deep clean twice a year. The New Year is the perfect time to tackle this job. Break the process into different floors so that you don’t try to take it on all at once. Make time to clean and vacuum behind appliances and furniture. You could also consider hiring the professionals. 

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      Fun Fact Friday; Cleaning the Caulk in Your Bathroom

      Most of us have lived in homes that have some mold trapped in the caulk around the tub or shower. It’s inevitable that some builds up over time. Did you know there’s a quick and easy fix for this? Mix some bleach with a little bit of water, then take cotton balls and moisten them with the mixture you just made. Once they’re moist stretch them out and then press them along the area of caulk that has mold trapped in it. Wait about 10 minutes and remove the cotton balls and then rinse the caulk with warm water. Repeat if needed to remove all mold. 

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        Are Home Inspectors Ever Wrong?

        Are Home Inspectors Ever Wrong?

        Most of the time when we’re talking home inspectors it revolves around buyers hiring one to inspect the home they’re purchasing. That’s not always the case though. Homeowners and seller’s hire home inspectors too. Home inspectors can identify repairs that are needed or going to be needed in the future and that can avoid costly deferred maintenance for homeowners or give sellers a chance to correct a problem prior to going on the market.
         


        I always like to compare a home inspection to going to the doctor to get a physical. It’s not a pass or fail activity. Home inspectors are looking for items that need repair or even replacement, safety items, and do a visual overview of the home. They’re not there to take drywall down, to look behind walls, or do anything invasive to the home. After they complete their inspection they’ll compose a report often with pictures that includes their findings.
         


        This poses the question – are home inspectors ever wrong? Let’s start by pointing out they’re human and no one is perfect so based off that alone yes, there are times inspectors are wrong. We’re all wrong at some point in our lives. Aside from being human and capable of error they’re also not able to see behind walls, under concrete, under floors etc. No two home inspectors are the same. Odds are if you have a home inspection done by two different inspectors they’ll have items that are the same in their reports but, other items that one found and the other didn’t or vice versa. A professional and reputable home inspector will recommend further evaluation if he’s unsure of something or feels there’s more that needs to be looked into.
         


        Fortunately it’s rare but, I have had a few situations where an inspector listed a full write up on something he or she thought was wrong and needed repair or replacement but, after hiring a tradesmen that specialized in X area it was shown that the inspector wasn’t correct. Occasionally buyers will take the inspectors report as the final word and withdraw from a contract. That’s worst case scenario and it’s always a good idea to get a second opinion before making any decisions.

        As with every other profession not all inspectors are created equal. Do your research before you make a decision on who you want to inspect your home or if you’re a buyer your future home. Ask your agent for recommendations and check inspectors qualifications. If something comes up that’s questionable, get a second opinion so that you know where you stand. 

         

         

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