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Garage Storage The Key to a Quick Sale?

Posted by Sabryna Hickey on

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression" is a well known slogan and anyone considering putting their home on the market should take that to heart.

If you have decided the time has come to either relocate, upsize or downsize, take a hard look around you before hanging out the For Sale sign. And don’t overlook the garage, experts agree that when selling a home your garage is just as important as any other room in the house.

 

An Impulse Research survey found, “When purchasing a home, 80% of buyers factor in the garage when making their decision, ” while 82% of the respondents said that a disorganized garage had a negative impact on the first impression of anyone looking for a new home. No wonder realtors have concluded that maintaining an organized garage reflects on owner’s pride in their home. What does your garage say about you? When your garage door goes up, will your garage make a good first impression?

 

If you plan to sell your home, chances are you don’t want to invest a lot of money in upgrades that won’t increase the value of your house. Your remodeling budget is best reserved for those projects that improve the appearance, but also help you stand apart from the others. Most sellers will invest in fresh paint, decluttering and perhaps updating some fixtures – so how do you make your home stand out from the crowd? Offering a garage storage system can be the edge you need. A Braun Research Survey of realtors revealed that garages ranked higher as desirable storage space for homebuyers than basements or attics and yet many people use them as a dumping ground for all the things they don’t want in the house.

 

The good news is, you don’t have to spend a fortune to make a difference. For a modest investment of two or three boxes of Proslat slatwall and some carefully chosen accessories, you can create a simple organized garage that not only looks good but offers potential buyers a functional storage system. The slatwall can be installed quickly with an extra pair of hands and half a dozen tools and then you will be ready to transform the space. Tires could sit in a rack out of the way, hoses, garden and workshop tools stored neatly on the walls along with any sports gear that generally sits on the floor. And just like that you have an clutter-free garage and your potential buyer can visualize hanging his own gear from those sleek and attractive walls.

 

Let your simple garage storage system be the good impression you need to move your home onto the buyers’ wish list.

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Garage Storage The Key to a Quick Sale?

Posted by Sabryna Hickey on

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression" is a well known slogan and anyone considering putting their home on the market should take that to heart.

If you have decided the time has come to either relocate, upsize or downsize, take a hard look around you before hanging out the For Sale sign. And don’t overlook the garage, experts agree that when selling a home your garage is just as important as any other room in the house.

 

An Impulse Research survey found, “When purchasing a home, 80% of buyers factor in the garage when making their decision, ” while 82% of the respondents said that a disorganized garage had a negative impact on the first impression of anyone looking for a new home. No wonder realtors have concluded that maintaining an organized garage reflects on owner’s pride in their home. What does your garage say about you? When your garage door goes up, will your garage make a good first impression?

 

If you plan to sell your home, chances are you don’t want to invest a lot of money in upgrades that won’t increase the value of your house. Your remodeling budget is best reserved for those projects that improve the appearance, but also help you stand apart from the others. Most sellers will invest in fresh paint, decluttering and perhaps updating some fixtures – so how do you make your home stand out from the crowd? Offering a garage storage system can be the edge you need. A Braun Research Survey of realtors revealed that garages ranked higher as desirable storage space for homebuyers than basements or attics and yet many people use them as a dumping ground for all the things they don’t want in the house.

 

The good news is, you don’t have to spend a fortune to make a difference. For a modest investment of two or three boxes of Proslat slatwall and some carefully chosen accessories, you can create a simple organized garage that not only looks good but offers potential buyers a functional storage system. The slatwall can be installed quickly with an extra pair of hands and half a dozen tools and then you will be ready to transform the space. Tires could sit in a rack out of the way, hoses, garden and workshop tools stored neatly on the walls along with any sports gear that generally sits on the floor. And just like that you have an clutter-free garage and your potential buyer can visualize hanging his own gear from those sleek and attractive walls.

 

Let your simple garage storage system be the good impression you need to move your home onto the buyers’ wish list.

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CAUSE & EFFECT: ONLINE SHOPPING SPREES LEAVE BEHIND A GARAGE STORAGE PREDICAMENT

Posted by Sabryna Hickey on

When the autopsy is completed on Covid-19, the results will identify the businesses that succumbed to the pandemic. However, it should also reveal that a surprising number of businesses not only thrived, but found new areas of growth. A case in point is the home improvement sector. Some of us were fortunate to have stable employment throughout the lock down and once the novelty of being home with the family wore off, we found the urge to spread out or to create a personal space.

During this uncertain time, many of us found ourselves parked in front of a computer screen shopping online. A ladder from Costco because we have time now to clean out the eavestroughs; garden tools from Amazon to plant flowers in all those new planters ordered from Wayfair; a new BBQ for the family dinners we cooked on the deck and, of course, a tranquil water fountain ordered to help us relax during this stressful pandemic. We even ordered new bikes for everyone because we discovered we enjoyed spending time outdoors as a family.

One evening, however, we notice the days are getting shorter and the air decidedly cooler. Summer is drawing to a close and in many places, autumn is upon us. Which highlights a new problem – where is all this new stuff going to be stored until we need it again? The new bikes need to go somewhere and the lawn chairs and garden accessories have to be squeezed into the already full garage. Many of us are coming to the realization that we have one more major project to complete. And this one might turn out to be the most important of all.

We have to make sure our garage storage is up to the task of safely housing all our new equipment until the seasons roll around again. If floor space is at a premium, do we need ceiling storage to lift the bikes? Will a platform lift help with some of the bulkier items? How many of our new tools and toys can be hung from the walls? Will we still be able to park our vehicle inside or will that luxury be yet another victim in 2020?

Slatwall is often the solution to this storage dilemma. Since our needs vary with the season we need a storage solution that changes with the weather – bike lifts and kayaks must share wall space with ski boots and hockey nets so a static garage storage system may not always be the practical choice. And if budget considerations are a factor then we need to carefully research the cost of the various storage options. With a little research and careful planning we can absorb the increased storage load and be ready for whatever 2021 brings us.

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When the autopsy is completed on Covid-19, the results will identify the businesses that succumbed to the pandemic. However, it should also reveal that a surprising number of businesses not only thrived, but found new areas of growth. A case in point is the home improvement sector. Some of us were fortunate to have stable employment throughout the lock down and once the novelty of being home with the family wore off, we found the urge to spread out or to create a personal space.

During this uncertain time, many of us found ourselves parked in front of a computer screen shopping online. A ladder from Costco because we have time now to clean out the eavestroughs; garden tools from Amazon to plant flowers in all those new planters ordered from Wayfair; a new BBQ for the family dinners we cooked on the deck and, of course, a tranquil water fountain ordered to help us relax during this stressful pandemic. We even ordered new bikes for everyone because we discovered we enjoyed spending time outdoors as a family.

One evening, however, we notice the days are getting shorter and the air decidedly cooler. Summer is drawing to a close and in many places, autumn is upon us. Which highlights a new problem – where is all this new stuff going to be stored until we need it again? The new bikes need to go somewhere and the lawn chairs and garden accessories have to be squeezed into the already full garage. Many of us are coming to the realization that we have one more major project to complete. And this one might turn out to be the most important of all.

We have to make sure our garage storage is up to the task of safely housing all our new equipment until the seasons roll around again. If floor space is at a premium, do we need ceiling storage to lift the bikes? Will a platform lift help with some of the bulkier items? How many of our new tools and toys can be hung from the walls? Will we still be able to park our vehicle inside or will that luxury be yet another victim in 2020?

Slatwall is often the solution to this storage dilemma. Since our needs vary with the season we need a storage solution that changes with the weather – bike lifts and kayaks must share wall space with ski boots and hockey nets so a static garage storage system may not always be the practical choice. And if budget considerations are a factor then we need to carefully research the cost of the various storage options. With a little research and careful planning we can absorb the increased storage load and be ready for whatever 2021 brings us.

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DO THE MATH

Posted by Sabryna Hickey on

Things are not always as they seem.

 

Imagine yourself standing in a store looking at an array of new printers. They run the gamut in price and you find two of them with the features you need and in a price range you want. One costs less and looks like the better choice … but wait! Find out the cost of and life expectancy of the ink – and then do the same thing for the higher priced model. If that second model has ink at half the price and lasts twice as long … who has spent more money at the end of a year?

 

This scenario applies to many of the products we use today. Take for example, slatwall and trackwall systems. On the surface, the box of slatwall is more expensive than trackwall so the choice seems obvious. The temptation is to go with the lower cost – after all, they both do the same thing don’t they? If you need to store items on your walls does it matter if they hang from a slatwall panel or a track? Not really. But what might matter is how much you want to hang. If you compare what that box of slatwall will cover with what the trackwall will cover, you will generally end up with 20 times the storage space if you go with slatwall. You will also want to know what’s included in each choice – are screws and endcaps included or do you need to purchase them separately? If you calculate how much of track you will need to cover the same amount of wall, you may find that the track system is actually costing you more than that box of slatwall. So, once again, who has spent more money now?

When we see what appears to be a generous offer, we want to believe. Our rational brain says “hold on a minute” but our emotional brain says “I want it and look at that price!” If we could train ourselves to take a step back and consider the situation, we might remember that manufacturers are not really in the business of saving us money. They need to maintain their profit margins, so it’s in there somewhere – hiding and hoping no one comes looking. At this point, you need to tell yourself, if it seems too good to be true – dig deeper. Read the fine print, ask for all the details. Are you paying over time? If so, what are the monthly payments? Then do the math and you will come up with what that deal is really going to cost you.

 

Human nature being what it is, we often opt for the short term gain. It is generally the easier path to take and the reward is often right in front of us. But all too often that short term gain masks some long term pain. Find a trigger that reminds you to hit a mental “pause” button that gives you a moment to step back and think clearly. Remember the old warning “act in haste, repent at leisure” the next time you see one of those “too good to be true” offers.

 

Take the time to do the math.

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DO THE MATH

Posted by Sabryna Hickey on

Things are not always as they seem.

 

Imagine yourself standing in a store looking at an array of new printers. They run the gamut in price and you find two of them with the features you need and in a price range you want. One costs less and looks like the better choice … but wait! Find out the cost of and life expectancy of the ink – and then do the same thing for the higher priced model. If that second model has ink at half the price and lasts twice as long … who has spent more money at the end of a year?

 

This scenario applies to many of the products we use today. Take for example, slatwall and trackwall systems. On the surface, the box of slatwall is more expensive than trackwall so the choice seems obvious. The temptation is to go with the lower cost – after all, they both do the same thing don’t they? If you need to store items on your walls does it matter if they hang from a slatwall panel or a track? Not really. But what might matter is how much you want to hang. If you compare what that box of slatwall will cover with what the trackwall will cover, you will generally end up with 20 times the storage space if you go with slatwall. You will also want to know what’s included in each choice – are screws and endcaps included or do you need to purchase them separately? If you calculate how much of track you will need to cover the same amount of wall, you may find that the track system is actually costing you more than that box of slatwall. So, once again, who has spent more money now?

When we see what appears to be a generous offer, we want to believe. Our rational brain says “hold on a minute” but our emotional brain says “I want it and look at that price!” If we could train ourselves to take a step back and consider the situation, we might remember that manufacturers are not really in the business of saving us money. They need to maintain their profit margins, so it’s in there somewhere – hiding and hoping no one comes looking. At this point, you need to tell yourself, if it seems too good to be true – dig deeper. Read the fine print, ask for all the details. Are you paying over time? If so, what are the monthly payments? Then do the math and you will come up with what that deal is really going to cost you.

 

Human nature being what it is, we often opt for the short term gain. It is generally the easier path to take and the reward is often right in front of us. But all too often that short term gain masks some long term pain. Find a trigger that reminds you to hit a mental “pause” button that gives you a moment to step back and think clearly. Remember the old warning “act in haste, repent at leisure” the next time you see one of those “too good to be true” offers.

 

Take the time to do the math.

Read more


Garage Renaissance: A Storage Revolution

Posted by Sabryna Hickey on

Will the year 2020 go down in history as the year of the Garage Renaissance?

Those of us in the industry have been saying for years that the garage is one of the most overlooked opportunities in a home. As homeowners try to reconfigure rooms, finish basements, and consider moving, a large piece of home real estate is neglected time and time again. Builders were slow to come to the realization that promoting the garage as an extension of a home sets them apart from the pack and tells prospective buyers that they are ahead of the curve. There are exceptions, of course, but generally it is the proactive homeowner or those in the garage renovation business who drive the demand. The garage is becoming an essential room in the house, an extension of our busy lives. Unless you want your wall art to consist of hose reels and bike racks, you need a garage!

 

This year, perhaps fueled by the global pandemic, people are taking a hard look at their surroundings. Unwilling or unable to move about freely, they are looking at ways to get the most out of what they have. The garage presents a new frontier for many of them. Traditionally used basically for storage, today’s fresh perspective has opened up all sorts of possibilities. The current speed of change extends to the garage.

 

Garage storage transformation has gone from nails in studs to pegboard to stacked bins and on to slatwall and beautifully finished cabinets. And while garage workshops now look good, homeowners have moved on to fresh ideas. They no longer want to dedicate space to parking vehicles so they are turning their garages into playrooms, man caves, indoor patios, greenhouses, and home offices to name just a few. But, they still need to park their vehicles and store their stuff. Enter the rise of the tandem garage where forward thinking people have figured out a way to do both – install a car lift so they can park their vehicles overhead while creating the space they want below.

 

Car lifts are part of the basic equipment for mechanics, but in recent years, car buffs demanded them adapted for home garages so they could work on restoring their classic cars at home. Now the trend setters want to take that one step further. Will we remember this time as the beginning of the Garage Renaissance?

 

The day is fast approaching when your new home will come equipped with the garage storage solution you need and the additional living space you want.

 

Read more

Garage Renaissance: A Storage Revolution

Posted by Sabryna Hickey on

Will the year 2020 go down in history as the year of the Garage Renaissance?

Those of us in the industry have been saying for years that the garage is one of the most overlooked opportunities in a home. As homeowners try to reconfigure rooms, finish basements, and consider moving, a large piece of home real estate is neglected time and time again. Builders were slow to come to the realization that promoting the garage as an extension of a home sets them apart from the pack and tells prospective buyers that they are ahead of the curve. There are exceptions, of course, but generally it is the proactive homeowner or those in the garage renovation business who drive the demand. The garage is becoming an essential room in the house, an extension of our busy lives. Unless you want your wall art to consist of hose reels and bike racks, you need a garage!

 

This year, perhaps fueled by the global pandemic, people are taking a hard look at their surroundings. Unwilling or unable to move about freely, they are looking at ways to get the most out of what they have. The garage presents a new frontier for many of them. Traditionally used basically for storage, today’s fresh perspective has opened up all sorts of possibilities. The current speed of change extends to the garage.

 

Garage storage transformation has gone from nails in studs to pegboard to stacked bins and on to slatwall and beautifully finished cabinets. And while garage workshops now look good, homeowners have moved on to fresh ideas. They no longer want to dedicate space to parking vehicles so they are turning their garages into playrooms, man caves, indoor patios, greenhouses, and home offices to name just a few. But, they still need to park their vehicles and store their stuff. Enter the rise of the tandem garage where forward thinking people have figured out a way to do both – install a car lift so they can park their vehicles overhead while creating the space they want below.

 

Car lifts are part of the basic equipment for mechanics, but in recent years, car buffs demanded them adapted for home garages so they could work on restoring their classic cars at home. Now the trend setters want to take that one step further. Will we remember this time as the beginning of the Garage Renaissance?

 

The day is fast approaching when your new home will come equipped with the garage storage solution you need and the additional living space you want.

 

Read more


Kayak Storage Made Easy

Posted by Sabryna Hickey on

The kayak, created by the Inuit over 4,000 years ago, was originally made from wooden frames covered in sealskin. They were primarily used for hunting and, when not in use, rested comfortably pulled up on the shore. It wasn’t until the mid 1800s kayaks began showing up in Europe and began a new life intended for sport. In the 1936 Berlin Olympics, kayaking was introduced as a competitive sport. In the early 1970s, kayaks moved into the mainstream and never looked back. Today there are many different kayaks designed for sea and touring use, whitewater or river, racing, surfing, fishing and the one you may be most familiar with, the recreational kayak.

Kayaks are now manufactured using a variety of material, dimensions fluctuate based on their purpose, and weight and cockpits are also varied. It is easy to understand why different kayaks have different storage needs, so if you are buying your own kayak it is important to know how to store it if you are to maintain its performance. For the purpose of this blog, we are considering the recreational kayak – the one that many of the outdoor enthusiasts tie on top of their car as they head to the water when their work week is over.

Kayaks are one of those bulky storage items that you need to figure out how to store in your own situation. They take up a lot of room and they are best kept indoors for protection from the sun. The heat may warp and fade the surface. If your plan is to use your garage for kayak storage, choose a place that is in a dark area away from any direct heat source. You have three choices for kayak garage storage:  

 

1. On the Ground

Not considered the best option if you have children running in and out of the garage or if you park your car or outside equipment inside. Dampness and water will harm your kayak. Choose a level surface so the kayak can balance evenly with a wall behind to lean against. If you store it horizontally, place it on its side with the cockpit facing out, flip it onto its other side once a month. If vertical, keep it at a slight angle. The stern should be touching the ground and bow toward the ceiling. Padding underneath will protect it and help to keep the kayak in place. Support pegs on the both edges are a good idea.

 

2. On a Wall

Kayak wall storage is a better choice if you can place it high enough that car doors or people won’t bump into it. Do not hang your kayak from drywall or plywood, choose instead a sturdy surface that will support the weight of your kayak. Heavy-duty brackets need to be made from high-grade steel, covered with rubber cushion and feature a locking mechanisms for safety. Place the kayak on top of the brackets ensuring it is properly balanced. Make sure the brackets are equal distance from each end of the kayak, just outside of the cockpit. You may need to adjust the brackets so that the kayak is completely level and not tilting towards one side or the other.

 

 

3. From the Ceiling

Overhead or ceiling storage is considered the best choice for safety and security since there is no lifting overhead and no need for unreliable step ladders. Whether you choose to place your kayak on a rack or hang it from a sling, it should be in a dark place and out of the way until you need it. Your choices are a motorized lift or a manual hoist system and both offer you the convenience of being able to load from the floor and lift high above. You want to be sure that whichever system you choose has the correct weight capacity for your kayak, is easy to install, allows a single person to raise and lower objects, and features a solid locking mechanism to prevent accidental release.

 

When the sun is up, the breeze is wafting and the water is waiting, immerse yourself in the joy of kayaking. Don’t let the stress of what to do about kayak storage when you get home interrupt the pleasures of the day.

 

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Kayak Storage Made Easy

Posted by Sabryna Hickey on

The kayak, created by the Inuit over 4,000 years ago, was originally made from wooden frames covered in sealskin. They were primarily used for hunting and, when not in use, rested comfortably pulled up on the shore. It wasn’t until the mid 1800s kayaks began showing up in Europe and began a new life intended for sport. In the 1936 Berlin Olympics, kayaking was introduced as a competitive sport. In the early 1970s, kayaks moved into the mainstream and never looked back. Today there are many different kayaks designed for sea and touring use, whitewater or river, racing, surfing, fishing and the one you may be most familiar with, the recreational kayak.

Kayaks are now manufactured using a variety of material, dimensions fluctuate based on their purpose, and weight and cockpits are also varied. It is easy to understand why different kayaks have different storage needs, so if you are buying your own kayak it is important to know how to store it if you are to maintain its performance. For the purpose of this blog, we are considering the recreational kayak – the one that many of the outdoor enthusiasts tie on top of their car as they head to the water when their work week is over.

Kayaks are one of those bulky storage items that you need to figure out how to store in your own situation. They take up a lot of room and they are best kept indoors for protection from the sun. The heat may warp and fade the surface. If your plan is to use your garage for kayak storage, choose a place that is in a dark area away from any direct heat source. You have three choices for kayak garage storage:  

 

1. On the Ground

Not considered the best option if you have children running in and out of the garage or if you park your car or outside equipment inside. Dampness and water will harm your kayak. Choose a level surface so the kayak can balance evenly with a wall behind to lean against. If you store it horizontally, place it on its side with the cockpit facing out, flip it onto its other side once a month. If vertical, keep it at a slight angle. The stern should be touching the ground and bow toward the ceiling. Padding underneath will protect it and help to keep the kayak in place. Support pegs on the both edges are a good idea.

 

2. On a Wall

Kayak wall storage is a better choice if you can place it high enough that car doors or people won’t bump into it. Do not hang your kayak from drywall or plywood, choose instead a sturdy surface that will support the weight of your kayak. Heavy-duty brackets need to be made from high-grade steel, covered with rubber cushion and feature a locking mechanisms for safety. Place the kayak on top of the brackets ensuring it is properly balanced. Make sure the brackets are equal distance from each end of the kayak, just outside of the cockpit. You may need to adjust the brackets so that the kayak is completely level and not tilting towards one side or the other.

 

 

3. From the Ceiling

Overhead or ceiling storage is considered the best choice for safety and security since there is no lifting overhead and no need for unreliable step ladders. Whether you choose to place your kayak on a rack or hang it from a sling, it should be in a dark place and out of the way until you need it. Your choices are a motorized lift or a manual hoist system and both offer you the convenience of being able to load from the floor and lift high above. You want to be sure that whichever system you choose has the correct weight capacity for your kayak, is easy to install, allows a single person to raise and lower objects, and features a solid locking mechanism to prevent accidental release.

 

When the sun is up, the breeze is wafting and the water is waiting, immerse yourself in the joy of kayaking. Don’t let the stress of what to do about kayak storage when you get home interrupt the pleasures of the day.

 

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