A garage can often become a neglected space in our homes used for hoarding stuff and rarely entered other than to retrieve Christmas decorations or holiday suitcases. Many of us would like to make better use of this space but never have the motivation to. Sure, getting your garage back in shape won’t be easy, but the longer you put it off the worse the job will get. Take action now by taking these four steps.
Clear out the clutter
First, you need to get rid of the clutter. There will be some important items you’ll want to hang onto, but it’s likely there are other items such as bags of clothes, inherited possessions and libraries of video tapes that are just collecting dust. Decide whether to scrap, sell or donate these items. Putting them temporarily in Self Storage could be a solution – you can then deal with them later. Others may find hiring a skip to be a good solution, whilst others may need help from a declutterist. Finishing off by hovering up any dust and cobwebs and possibly cleaning any surfaces that need it.
If your garage has been full of stuff for a long time, you most likely haven’t noticed the wear and tear that’s been going on. There may be cracks that need to be caulked up and the floor may be damaged. Companies such as A-1 Garage Doors meanwhile will be able to replace or repair the door. Check that there is no major structural damage to the garage such as subsidence or storm damage.
Pest-proof the place
Garages can be breeding grounds to pests. This may include mice or wasps. You may be to eliminate the pest problem yourself or may prefer to hire a professional pest control company such as Environ Pest Control and guarantee removal. Double-check the interior for cracks that could be the source of these pests.
Now that your garage is clean, repaired and pest-free, you can begin plans to repurpose it.
There are endless possibilities here. You could simply keep it for its original purpose and house your car here. Alternatively, you could turn it into a mancave or workshop and put up a workbench. You could wire in some electrics if you need to use machinery or simply want to have TV or radio without trailing an extension cord through. Be aware that if you’re using machinery that produces fumes or dust, an extractor fan could be handy to install.
You could even take things one step further and convert the garage into a livable space. It could become an extra lounge for you or your children. It could become a home office for you to do your work. It could even become another bedroom for a new family arrival, for guests or even for a lodger. Converting is likely to cost much less than an extension and it will add value to your property that could be beneficial if you have future plans to sell.