GARAGES – The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

When it comes to resale value – a great garage can be just as important of a selling point as is a great kitchen!

Recently, I was a featured speaker in Philadelphia at the annual meeting for AACA, the Antique Automobile Club of America. My topic was “Garages – The Good, the Bad & the Ugly. I’ve attached the worksheet I handed out to the audience at the event so my readers can also benefit from a basic planning tool.

Garages are often an afterthought. Instead, I’d like you to think about the garage as an integral extension of your home. It should be treated with the same respect as the living room, bedrooms, and other key areas of your home. A garage that becomes a dumping ground for everything BUT cars simply sends the message that the size of your home isn’t adequate.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Try Googling the topic for some ideas. Also, check out the cool garage ideas at Closets by Design, The Container Store, Lowes or Home Depot. If you need a professional help, contact a garage design specialist in your area.

Whatever you do…respect the garage.

MY GARAGE                                

 A PLANNING CHECKLIST 

  1. Room for ____ # of cars ____# motorcycles
  2. Workbench and tools
  3. Security system
  4. Finished floor
  5. Overhead lighting
  6. Organizational systems
  7. Cabinetry
  8. Heat and/or air conditioning
  9. Lift/jacks
  10. Drywall and paint
  11. Car art
  12. Refrigerator
  13. Slop Sink
  14. Seating
  15. Shelving
  16. Parts washer
  17. Air compressor need
  18. Small power tools

In addition to the list above, what else will be kept in your garage?

______      a.  Sports and hobby equipment

______      b.  Cleaning supplies

______      c.  Gardening tools and equipment

______      d.  Pesticides, oils, paint, etc.

______      e.  Lawn mower, snow blower or tractor

______      f.  Shopvac, power washer

______      g.  Boots, shoes, clothing

______      h.  Food storage

______      i.  Trash and recycling cans

______      j.  Holiday decorations

______      k.  Other _______________  _______________

Do you need a professional to help plan and execute the project for you?

______  No. I can do it myself.              ______ Yes. I’ll need help.

STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS

  1. Prioritize needs and functions
  2. Do a rough layout
  3. Plan the process
  4. Clean everything out of the garage and either put it in temporary storage or throw away the things you no longer need or want
  5. Get rid of old broken-down stuff, electronics, and tools that are past their usefulness
  6. Clean the garage, walls, floors, shelves, etc.
  7. Update electrical and plumbing as needed
  8. Insulate, drywall and paint
  9. Install cabinetry, organizational systems, shelving, etc.
  10. Clean all your tools and other machinery before putting them away
  11. PARK YOUR CARS IN THE GARAGE!

 Please, give your garage the attention it deserves. 

It’s justuff, The art of letting go

HOT OFF THE PRESS!

It’s been nearly ten years in the making, and it’s finally ready. I, like other writers, learned the hard way that writing and publishing a book is never as easy as we’d like it to be. After countless iterations, constant naming and re-naming chapters, and adding more stories, I had to call it “finished.” The first round of printed books was proof of my struggle but allowed me the chance to make some important changes before more were sold.

“It’s justuff, The art of letting go” and the stories within merely scrape the surface of the experiences I’ve amassed over the past 14 years. My clients have been both challenging and gracious as they’ve allowed me the freedom to guide them through their individual situations. I’m fortunate to have the memories and I’m blessed to have known and served over 1,000 clients in several states.

Now that I’m over the hump of publishing my first book on the subject I feel free to move forward and continue to refine my services to further meet the increasing demands clients pose. As a continued part of my goal over the next decade, I am making myself available to a broader range of prospective clients through alternative forms of service. (More on this at a later date.)

In addition, anyone who thinks they would like to consider a career as a lifestyle transition strategist will soon be able to attend specialized training and seminars where they’ll be able to refine their own business strategies and services. Just a warning, make no mistake, this is very hard work – but, it’s also very rewarding.

Whether you’re a potential client or a practitioner, you should read this book. It won’t take long, but you can expect to gain a fantastic and memorable insight into many aspects of the business. I sincerely hope you enjoy the read. And, if you do me the honor of submitting a review or comment, I’d be grateful it if you would treat me with the same kindness as you yourself would appreciate. As with anything in life, the more we practice, the better we get!