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How to Turn Your Garage into the Ultimate Fisherman's Retreat

Posted by Mary Johnson on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 @ 06:41 AM

If you’re a serious fisherman, your gear is important to you, and it needs to be stored safely in a secure location. However, there’s no doubt that a collection of rods and reels can start to clutter up the inside of your house. Is garage storage an option for you? Take a look at a few tips for turning your garage into a suitable storage space for your favorite fishing gear.

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3 Tips for Keeping Garage Door in Great Shape

Posted by Mary Johnson on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 @ 06:13 AM

Your garage door both serves an important function and contributes to the curb appeal of your home. You probably open and close the garage door several times a day, and you need it in good working order to protect your car and other items. It also makes up a large chunk of your home’s exterior, which means that its physical condition can affect the overall look of your home – a dirty garage door tends to make the house look shabbier, while a clean garage door makes the home look well cared for. Take a look at some tips that will help you keep your garage in great shape. 

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Why Replacing Your Garage Door is a Great Investment

Posted by Mary Johnson on Mon, Oct 02, 2017 @ 03:58 PM

As home appliances go, the garage door is seriously overlooked and underrated. You probably use your garage door several times a day, and chances are that it doesn’t give you too much difficulty, even if it’s the same garage door that was there when you bought your house years ago. These doors are definitely built to last. However, even if your garage door is raising and lowering without incident, it still might be time to look into a replacement. Take a look at some reasons why a new garage door might be a terrific investment for your home. 

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How to Perfectly Prep Your Garage for a Garage Sale

Posted by Mary Johnson on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 @ 08:14 AM

A garage sale is a perfect way to get rid of your excess clutter. Not only do you not have to pay for someone to come pick it up, the people picking it up pay you for your clutter. It’s even environmentally friendly – your items are being reused instead of put in the trash to wind up in a landfill. In order to have a successful garage sale, careful preparation is necessary. Take a look at a few tips that will help you maximize your sales by prepping your garage for your next sale. 

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How to Confront and Clean a Massively Cluttered Garage

Posted by Mary Johnson on Tue, Sep 05, 2017 @ 06:16 PM

Cleaning out the garage can be intimidating, especially if you’ve let it go long enough for the clutter to get out of hand. The garage is a big space that tends to get stuffed with hard-to-categorize clutter, so it’s understandable that you might be looking for a way to avoid the whole thing. Unfortunately, ignoring an overstuffed garage only guarantees that the problem will get worse. Take a look at some strategies that will help you get your garage space cleaned and organized and keep it under control in the future. 

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Newsflash: Your Garage Doesn't Have to Be Dreary!

Posted by Mary Johnson on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 @ 08:55 PM

What’s the vibe inside of your garage? Is it cheerful and welcoming, or is it the kind of space that you go through as quickly as you can because you don’t want to spend too much time there? Many homeowners feel stuck with garages that are dark, dingy, overcluttered, and somehow forbidding. Chances are that you’d never want your front porch or the area around your front door to feel similarly dreary, but if you’re like many homeowners, you use your garage as an entry point to the house as often or more often than your front door. So why put up with a garage that feels like a dungeon? Take a look at some tips that can help you turn your garage into a more welcoming space. 

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Zillow Finds the Best Month and Day to List Your Home for Sale

Posted by Mary Johnson on Wed, May 31, 2017 @ 06:49 AM

Selling a home can be a difficult thing to do, but there are lots of tips and tricks that you can use to make your home more desirable to sellers and get it off the market faster. However, according to research by the real estate website Zillow, it may matter less what you do to your home and more when you list your home. Zillow has figured out the best month, and even the best day to list your home for sale: a Saturday in the first half of May. Take a look at the reasons why. 

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2 Ways to "Slim Down" Your Garage in 2017

Posted by Mary Johnson on Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 02:48 PM

Once the holidays are over, the focus tends to shift to how to improve things in the new year. Many people make resolutions to slim themselves down in the new year, but if you don't have room to move around in your home garage, it may be the garage clutter that you need to slim down, not yourself. Improving your garage is a good start for both home and self-improvement in the coming year - with less clutter in the garage, you may finally be ready to renovate the rest of the house or have room to bring in an exercise machine. Take a look at a few ways to slim down your garage in 2017. Read More

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Portland Man Treats Mother-In-Law to Generous Garage Makeover

Posted by Mary Johnson on Wed, May 17, 2017 @ 06:39 AM

Would your garage make a good mother-in-law apartment?

That's what a Portland man by the name of Martin Brown decided to find out when his mother-in-law expressed a desire to live closer to Martin's family. Anyone who's ever tried it knows that sharing a house with your parents or in-laws isn't always easy, but that doesn't mean that you don't want them close by. Mr. Brown solved that dilemma in a creative way - he converted his detached garage into a living space that allowed his mother-in-law to have the privacy she needed but that kept her close to the rest of the family. Take a look at how he did it. Read More

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3 Tips for Making the Most of a 1-Car Garage

Posted by Mary Johnson on Wed, May 10, 2017 @ 12:09 PM

If you're like most homeowners, your garage does double duty. Sure, it's a place to store your car to keep it safe from the elements, but it's also storage space for all of those things that you want to keep nearby, but that don't quite have a place in the main part of your house. Depending on your interests, your garage may also be your craft shop, workspace, art studio, or even band rehearsal space. When you only have a 1-car garage to work with, fitting all of that in can be a bit difficult, but if you're creative with your space, it can be done. Take a look at what you need to know about making the most of a 1-car garage.

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