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The garage is one of the most versatile rooms in your house. A garage can keep your vehicle safe, store your possessions, function as a workshop, and much more. However, a garage can quickly become cluttered without proper maintenance and upkeep. Disorganized garages can lead to accidents, damaged vehicles, and broken possessions. Furthermore, a cluttered and unclean garage will be a haven for pests like rats, roaches, spiders, and other creepy-crawlies.

The Basics of Garage Care

To ensure your garage is safe, functional, and well-maintained, you should always do the following:

  • Declutter your boxes and clean frequently: The garage can easily become the default storage space for many household items. This bad habit can lead to clutter and disorganized storage. We recommend always throwing away any garbage in your garage and thoroughly decluttering twice a year.
  • Inspect for pests: Pests love damp, dark spaces with lots of nooks and crannies to hide in, making garages prime real estate. We recommend keeping an eye out for common pest indicators like frass, mouse droppings, spiderwebs, small holes in boxes, and foul smells.
  • Give your garage door a checkup: Experts say that the average American garage door opens over 1,000 times each year. While these doors are built to last, you should always give them a yearly checkup to make sure they’re working properly.
  • Keep your garage floor in good condition: A cement floor will last most homeowners the lifetime of their house. But, small cracks, chips, and gaps can lead to serious trouble later on. If you spot a damaged area of your garage floor, you should handle it sooner than later, especially if it’s a crack larger than one-quarter of an inch in width.

Keeping your garage in good condition is an essential part of homeownership. If you’re looking for more ways to keep your garage in good condition or are looking for ways to improve your garage’s functionality, check out some of our articles listed below.

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