New Year’s Resolutions for Your Garage

Blue Sky Builders Garage New Year's ResolutionsWe are less than a week away from the new year, but while the cold weather currently has us curled up in our homes to stay warm, now is a good time to begin thinking of ideas to for how to renovate your garage in the spring. Here are a few new year’s resolutions for your garage:

Get Organized

Now is a good time to look at your garage space and the objects you store in it and think of good ways to organize your belongings. There are a wide variety of storage options, including metal or plastic shelving, plastic storage bins, or cubbies for toys and equipment. You might also want to consider some innovative ideas such as rails on the ceiling or walls where bins can be stored, rollout shelves or sliding bypass units that maximize the use of space, or special holders for sports equipment and yard tools. Taking the time now to plan how to make the best use of your space can help you create a well-organized garage when the weather warms up.

Update Your Lighting

If you would like a brighter garage in the new year, you can replace standard light bulbs with long fluorescent light strips that will brighten the entire space. Task lighting may also be beneficial if you have a work space in your garage. Make sure lights and light switches are installed at garage entrances, and you may want to consider upgrading your light switches as well.

Protect Against Pests

Keeping mice, rodents, and other pests away from your garage is beneficial for both your property value and your family’s health. Here are some steps you can take in the new year to keep pests from entering your garage:

  • Keep the floors clean and use a fan to dry moist areas.
  • Inspect walls and windows for open cracks that may allow pests and other animals to make their way into your garage. Seal these cracks with caulk.
  • Apply pesticides or catch and release pests outside with a broom and dust pan.
  • If larger animals are suspected to have entered the garage through cracks, call a pest control company.
  • Remove possible food attractions by regularly cleaning cooking grills and using covered trash containers.
  • Inspect the weather stripping on all sides of the garage door. If there are any gaps or cracks, have the weather stripping replaced.

Repair or Replace Your Garage Door

If you are having issues with your garage door, the new year is a great time to get it fixed or replaced. If your garage door will not open or close, there may be a bad connection between the door and control panel, or the door itself may not be functioning properly. If the door opens and closes more slowly than normal, you may need to repair or replace your garage door opener. Sagging garage door sections may indicate problems with your tension springs. If the door makes a lot of noise when opening or closing, or if it comes off its tracks, certain parts may need to be replaced. If you see an increase in your energy bills, replacing your garage door with a more energy efficient model can provide you with long-term savings.

Call Blue Sky Builders

If you have any questions about how to renovate your garage for the new year, you can count on Blue Sky Builders to help. We have over 38 years of experience in the garage sector, so you will be guaranteed professional and efficient customer service. Please contact us at 630-852-8485 today. To check out our work, please visit our gallery.

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