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Tuesday Tip - How to Organize Your Garage to Add Value to Your Home

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Today's Tuesday Tip features guest blogger, Stephanie Hanson, from Garage Storage Pros of MASS, who shares insight into how to best organize your garage if you're looking to add value to your home.  Here's what she has to say:

"When you hear the words, "Add value to your home," what do you think of? Maybe your mind wanders toward finishing a basement, replacing carpet for hardwood, or even adding landscaping. A lesser-known way to add value to your home is through having an organized garage.

It's true! Having a system in place for garage organization can make your home more desirable, and worth more. It could mean that someone is willing to pay the extra $5,000 you are asking for your home. In fact, Freshome named it one of the fifteen best ways to increase the value of your home. So let's roll up our sleeves and get started.

First, you're going to want to clear out the clutter in your garage. That means getting rid of the stuff you don't need or use anymore. Some people find this step overwhelming. If that's you, consider hiring a professional garage organizer to help streamline the process. If you're someone who feels bad about getting rid of perfectly good items that you just don't seem to use anymore, just donate! Many people will appreciate putting your item to good use.

Next, it's time for planning. Once every item is out of your garage, and you've discarded any unused items, you can decide on a garage layout that would be most beneficial. If you're planning on living in the home for a few more years, ask yourself what purposes your garage serves. Is it a catch-all? A workshop? A long-term storage facility, or a place you park your car? All these questions will tell you what types of materials you'll want to organize your garage with.

Most people consider cabinets and shelving, equal. That's not the case! Each piece of storage equipment is designed to solve a specific storage problem. Shelving is great for frequently used items, because they can be accessed quickly. Cabinets are great for items that are hazardous, or unsafe or children, because they aren't as easy to access. Overhead storage is ideal for long-term storage items because it keeps them up, and out of the way.

If you're getting ready to sell your home and are just looking to add the most bang for your buck, go for cabinets and flooring to add a sleek, professional look to your garage. Epoxy floor coatings are great because they can hide dirt, cracks, and stains on your concrete. Premium cabinets that match your epoxy flooring will tie the room together give you tons of storage space.

If you're in the market to sell, or just want to make your home a little nicer, consider how updating your garage will help."

Garage Storage Pros of MASS is a garage storage and organization company for homeowners in the Cambridge area. Visit their website here, for more information.

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