Doing a Garage Makeover? Don’t Make These Mistakes

April 27, 2022

Do you fancy a garage makeover? A top-to-bottom makeover does not cut for a weekend job, however. And, it is so important to employ professionals and experts in this huge home project. Watching videos and reading tons of articles and blogs won’t make you an expert, mind you. The finished garage must be first of all functional and safe. Not getting expert advice will only cost you much more money as there will come a time when you need to have the garage renovated again because of blunders. You would not want that, do you?
Mistake #1: I can remodel the garage myself
Kudos for having the confidence of taking a project as big as this upon yourself. The thought of the satisfaction you might be feeling after the renovation would boost your confidence and ego, but if you are not a professional expert, your confidence is a bit misplaced. There are homeowners who think just like you. However, 40% of them who personally renovated their own garages regretted taking it on, according to a survey done by Zillow, a U.S. real estate and rental marketplace. But, yes, we get you. Budget limitations are the number one hindrance to hiring a pro to take on this project, thinking that you could save on money if you DIY your way into the makeover. But by the time you add up the initial cost of the renovation plus the cost of the redoing by the professionals to fix the botched project versus the cost of hiring a professional at the start of the project, you could see clearly that the most logical thing to do is hiring a pro in the first place.
Mistake #2: Trading garage parking space for an extra bedroom
As the family and needs are growing as time passes by, the need to build an extra bedroom will eventually pop up. And after much consideration, you may deem it fit to just repurpose the garage as an extra living space in your home as it is cheaper than adding another building to your property. However, hold that thought to yourself first. When the time comes that you need to sell your house, you will be caught in dismay as homebuyers would be looking for a “garage parking space.” Your asking price can be lowballed, or worse, you will be waiting for your property to be sold off for a very long time. The garage is an intended parking space after all. Now, say you can park your car on the street or convert your lawn into a parking lot, but your vehicle will be subjected to weather conditions and natural disturbances, which may cause harm that needs repairing. And again, that would cost you money. Aside from that, another critical function that you will miss from a garage is a space for storage and hobbies. The garage is a great place to store your stuff that sees no use in the main parts of the house. And if you also want to venture into some workshop activities or home gym, then the garage is a space where you can do all of those.
Mistake #3: Not installing sturdy and flexible storage systems
Garage remodeling isn’t as successful if you fail to utilize the garage storage space. And how do you exactly do that? By taking advantage of the two most underutilized spaces, which are the walls and ceiling. One of the reasons you are doing a garage makeover is to make your space more functional after all. If you install overhead garage storage systems and wall shelves, it gives you more floor space for your car, workshop activities, and other hobbies. Plus, you will find less floor clutter that has been giving you headaches for so long. Organizing your garage can be a daunting task. For one, you cannot simply give up your vehicle space to make way for more items to be stored on your garage floor. So, trying to fit all the stuff that you have and sharing it with your car can mean a lot of calculation and creativity. The smart solution for all your woes is installing an overhead garage storage rack. Optimizing the ceiling space and converting it into a storage space would be the perfect solution to decluttering the garage. The unused overhead space can become your haven to store important stuff that needs a new home outside your living space. Moreover, the overhead garage storage is sleek and modern-looking in that it creates a visual feast in the garage by not only keeping your stuff out of sight but also projects a clean finish in your interiors. One such amazing storage is the Fleximounts GR48F Basic 4′ X 8′ Overhead Garage Storage Rack. The heavy cold-rolled 14-gauge steel construction ensures long-lasting use and provides safety loading up to 600 lbs with ⅜” plywood or thicker. The high-quality screws provided in the package are thicker than industry standards and have gone through strict tests. The rack is also height adjustable to suit your needs. It can go from 22 inches to 40 inches dropdown and provides up to 105 cu. This is beyond comparable to other racks available in the market with a maximum of 33 inches ceiling drop down and a maximum of 88 cu. ft. of storage. The dimensions of the GR48F is 96 x 48 x 22-40 in. Moreover, the GR48F Basic 4′ X 8′ Overhead Garage Storage Rack offers installation practicality as it can be both for parallel and perpendicular installation. In either case, you only have to make sure that the vertical posts are 48 inches apart. If your garage’s ceiling is finished with drywall, you can use a stud finder to locate the ceiling joists. The rack consists of four corner triangles and two frame reinforcement bars. It is a specially designed vertical post that allows for embedded deck mounting. And for added peace of mind and security, it has multiple mounting points for attaching the deck and frame firmly with tapping screws. This Fleximounts overhead storage rack provides space for flexibility and creativity as you can customize the color of the wooden decks or even better, recycle the old wooden boards that you have lying around the garage or lawn. But note that the recommended size is 4’x8’ and has a thickness of at least ⅜”. Also, you can opt to choose Fleximounts wire grids as a base or deck for the rack. Either way, it provides sturdy storage for all your unused and seasonal items. Do not worry about the installation as it is easy to comprehend with the installation instructions and template that go with the package.