If your Windsor real estate includes a garage that has not been maintained for some time, here are some tips that in the long run, can save you not only money, but a migraine headache as well.
First of all, if you are going to sell your home in the near future, take note: buyers love garages! In fact, the vast majority list a garage high on their “must have” list and will not consider a property that doesn’t include one. So make the most of your garage and follow these tips to ensure that this low maintenance room runs smoothly.
1. Garage Door
If you have a garage door with metal rollers, hinges or tracks, then you will need to lubricate them annually. Use a leaf blower to get rid of dust, dead bugs and dirt before oiling. Check the rubber seal at the bottom of the door. Is it loose or falling apart? Maybe even missing? This can create lots of problems, such as the door hitting the ground too hard and jarring the rest of the parts. Fortunately, it’s an easy fix. If needed, replacing the seal costs approximately $100. Contact a garage door specialist or your local home improvement store. You may also get information from the manufacturer.
Finally, check the door sensors to make sure they are operating correctly. Often times, it’s just something that is blocking the sensor or it has been nudged.
2. Garage Floor:
Remove road salt and auto fluids by cleaning your garage floor once a year. Small cracks are not to be worried about, however, for larger ones, these could be an issue. There are do-it-yourself products available at all home improvement stores that may fix the problem, or, you may contact a concrete specialist for bigger concerns.
3. Garage Walls:
Examine your garage walls throughly for any wide cracks that are growing larger, mold and moisture. If you see any evidence of these issues, there is a water problem somewhere. You may have an issue with your roof, so contact a builder or roofing contractor for inspection. Keep in mind that any cracks less than 1/4 inch are usually nothing to worry about, but keep an eye on it to see if it gets bigger.
4. Interior doors/gutters:
If you have a door that leads into your home, now is a good time to see that it is properly weatherstripped and the threshold seals are in tact. Heat will escape and you will wonder why your heating costs are going through the roof.
Twice a year, gutters need to be maintained. Once in the fall and again in the spring. Make sure the spouts are leading away from the foundation of your home as that can create big water problems with your basement. Now is also a very good time to check your roof as well and look for any missing or broken shingles.
During our fall and winter, pests, such as rodents, want to come inside where it is warm. It doesn’t take much for them to find an entry point and once they are in, they aren’t leaving. Keep all pet food, including bird feed, in a closed, plastic container. If you see any evidence of mice, call an exterminator. It will be a matter of time before they find their way inside and they will bring their friends.
Also look out for moist, dark spots in your garage as bugs, ants and termites love to make these areas their home. Carpenter ants create sawdust while termites will leave chewed wood. For any homeowner, these are not welcome sights. Again, call an exterminator if you suspect your garage has any bug or insect problems.
We are all guilty of using our garages as one big storage facility. It’s often a place where you will find holiday decorations, a variety of sports equipment and outdoor toys, not to mention tools, lawn mowers, etc. Before the really cold days set in, take a weekend and organize the garage. Have a yard sale as there are always people looking for old bikes, tools and landscaping equipment. Give away or toss what doesn’t sell and what you no longer need. Buy cabinets or shelving and organize the rest. This is especially important if you know you will be selling your home soon or at some point in 2014. Buyers are incredibly impressed with a well-organized and maintained garage.