The value of a well-designed, organized and clean garage is underestimated
Whether you dread or look forward to seasonal cleaning, it is a necessary chore which inevitably leads to a feeling of real accomplishment. In addition to going through those clogged closets and drawers, consider treating your garage to a thorough cleaning and utilization analysis. The benefits will be enormous.
“Most homeowners have no idea of the hidden value of a well-designed and organized garage. They tend to be perpetually frustrated with the perception that there aren’t good solutions that are practical and reasonably priced,” said Richard Schulman, president of White Rabbit Garage Organizers, Inc., one of the country’s premier garage designers. “The way to really become acquainted with your garage is to set time aside for seasonal cleaning. After you have sorted through your garage-stored items, ask yourself if you are maximizing your use of space. I’ll bet if people sit down and really give it some thought, they will determine that there is much to be gained by an organized garage.”
According to White Rabbit, there are specific issues to consider when it comes to garage cleaning and design. (See tip-sheet-attached hereto.) In the end, a well-utilized garage has so many benefits.
“It is uniformly accepted that if you make improvements to your garage in the same vein as you might with your bathroom or kitchen, the return on investment will be substantial,” continued Mr. Schulman. “Moreover, your garage can really add comfort and valuable space to your home; many of the items in those over-stuffed closets and cabinets can be safely stored in your garage.”
White Rabbit pays particular attention to accommodating the needs of children when working out a plan. Easy access to and neat organization of sports equipment and other recreational paraphernalia will not only enable children to independently put things away, but it offers the benefit of freeing up garage floor space so that the cars are not competing for space with bicycles, wagons, and scooters.
“The garage is most commonly the main entryway into your home.” said Mr. Schulman. “Moreover, because the garage door is oftentimes left open, it is the one room in your home that all of your neighbors know something about. This means that it can create a first impression of you and your home. By the same token, it can create a lasting impression; a realtor recently told us that after showing a potential homebuyer a group of homes for sale, the client distinguished her favorite by saying she wanted to revisit ‘the home with the beautiful garage.’”
10 Tips for Creating a Garage that Adds Value and Comfort to your Home
Did you ever consider the fact that the garage is often the entryway into your home? How about the fact that a garage is much more than a covered space for your cars – it can actually triple the storage area in your garage? And don’t forget that a creatively organized garage is proven to add resale value to your home.
With these benefits in mind, White Rabbit Garage Organizers offers the following tips toward creating a garage that serves as an integral part of your home:
1. Raise garage-stored items at least 4 inches off the ground – garage floors tend to accumulate water, which can damage your possessions.
2. Use wall and ceiling space for storage – this will increase storage space and options.
3. Use shelving and other storage materials which are suitable for a room which is often exposed to the elements – dampness, extreme cold and heat are normal garage conditions.
4. Use shelving with depth and durability which is conducive to the types of materials being stored. If things are prone to fall because of inadequate space or quality of material, organizational efforts will be for naught.
5. When you organize garage-stored items, place frequently used items in front for easy access. This may change with seasons.
6. Effectively separate your tools from your toys – child safety should figure prominently in your garage design.
7. Speaking of safety, design organization which allows for easy and safe traffic flow. Squeezing your car in tight places may cause many unwanted nicks and dents.
8. Throw out garage items you haven’t used in three years and don’t foresee needing again. Though it’s hard for many people to actually throw things in the garbage, this will really free up storage space and add to your overall comfort.
9. Organize recreational items for easy access. So often we see a deep basket used to store balls. Inevitably, you’ll need the ball sitting at the very bottom.
10. Respect your garage as you would any room in your home. Proper care and treatment will add benefits you never dreamed of.
About White Rabbit Garage Organizers, Inc.
Since being the first to bring the concept of garage design to Chicago in 1988, White Rabbit has designed over 20,000 garages on the North Shore and in the Chicago area. Specially trained staff designers and carpenters work to transform garages into organized, efficient, and attractive spaces which serve as an integral part of the home. In addition to organizing garages, White Rabbit also transforms garage floors, basements and home offices across Chicagoland.
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