The weather is finally warming up, the air is fresh and sweet, and the brown world is transforming into a wonder of greenery and blossoming flowers. We’re all getting ready for spring cleaning, but don’t forget to prepare your garage for spring too! Your garage is one of the most used areas of your home, given that it is both a main entryway and a place to park and store both your cars and whatever else you throw in there.
Winter can wreak havoc on your garage in more ways than one, so it’s important to prepare your garage for spring not only so that it is cleaner and fresher, but also so that it is safer. Here are some tips we’ve gathered together to help you prepare your garage for spring. Let’s dive in!
#1. Do Some Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning isn’t just for the living areas of your home. Your garage can get incredibly dusty and grime-y, which can make it harder for your garage door to function properly. An excellent way to prepare your garage for spring is to include it in your spring cleaning. If your garage is cluttered and hasn’t been cleaned in a long time, it’s helpful to come up with a plan for how you want to tackle it and to enlist help, if you need it.
Pace yourself – it doesn’t need to be done all at once. Over the course of a weekend, or several, you can turn on a favorite playlist or podcast and get to work vacuuming and dusting and hosing away any winter buildup of dirt and grime. Be sure not to use any water on the moving parts of your garage door system, though, as this could end up damaging them.
#2. Organize It
If you’re someone whose garage doubles as a storage space, organizing it is a great way to prepare your garage for spring. Clean out the clutter and determine what you really need and want. Some things may be old, others could probably be better off being donated for someone else to enjoy, and others you could sell to make a little extra money.
Another reason why organization is a great way to prepare your garage for spring is because it gives you the chance to make way for the items you use during the warmer months and to put any cold-weather items, like skis or snowboards, into a more long-term storage area.
You can install a garage organization system in order to ensure that all your hard work cleaning up and organizing your garage doesn’t go to waste in a few months by new piles of things. Plus, an organization system will ensure that you always know precisely where everything is, no digging around required.
#3. Check Your Garage Door’s Performance
As we previously mentioned, winter can do a lot of damage to your garage door. Thus, in order to properly prepare your garage for spring, you need to ensure that your garage door is working right. It should open and close smoothly, with no hiccups or strange noises. If something does seem off about it, your local garage door professionals will be able to help, either with an adjustment, with repairs, or with replacements.
#4. Ensure Your Garage Door Sensors Work
Warm weather doesn’t just make us humans want to come crawling out of our caves to bask in the sun – it brings out the animals too. You want to ensure that your garage door sensors are working in order to keep them from coming down on a creature, as well as to prevent any injuries or damages to your property.
#5. Fix Any Leaks
You know what they say about April showers. It’s essential to check for any leaks in your garage and have them fixed sooner rather than later in order to prevent any water damage, such as from aforementioned spring rainstorms. Not only can leaks allow for the potential of water damage to your property, but they can also let pests in, which could result in even more potential property damage and even infestations.
These are but a few of the ways in which you can prepare your garage for spring. If you are looking for ways to keep your kids safe in and around your garage this spring, we have an entire blog post about springtime safety tips for kids that you can check out here.
If you need any help with garage door maintenance, repairs, replacements, or storage systems, Advanced Door in Ogden is here to help! Contact us today for any questions you may have or to set up a service.