9 Useful Tips For Getting Your Spouse On-board For A Garage Renovation

Your garage floor is cracked and crumbling, you’re unable to park your vehicles inside due to excess clutter, and you lack adequate garage storage space. That garage renovation you’ve always wanted couldn’t be more needed.

Unfortunately, your spouse needs convincing. Perhaps their concerns simply require them receiving a little more education about the process and the value it will have. So how do you get your spouse on-board for a garage renovation? Try these nine useful tips:

1. Do your homework about a garage renovation

Your first step will be to do some homework about what’s involved in a garage renovation. You don’t need to have all the answers. Just arm yourself with enough facts and information to adequately support your reasons for wanting a garage makeover and have a general idea of what should be expected with one. Poor preparation when discussing this project with your reluctant spouse will only hinder your case.

Visualize what you want your garage renovation to include. Sketch out how you want your new garage to look and learn a little about the products that might be used to realize this vision. You can learn more about our products on our website and also by visiting a Garage Living showroom.

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2. Explain how a garage renovation will improve your family’s daily lives

Now it’s time to share your findings with your spouse. Explain to them that a garage renovation will make your family’s lives more comfortable and convenient. Use the following examples:

  • Specialty storage racks, a slatwall storage system , and garage cabinetry will eliminate garage clutter and free up floor space
  • Keeping the garage organized improves its functionality and allows your spouse to park their vehicles inside the garage, which provides protection from the elements and keeps them and your vehicles safer
  • Adding a garage door opener makes daily life more convenient, especially with modern features like MyQ® Technology that lets you monitor and control your garage door from anywhere via a smartphone
  • A durable Floortex™ floor coating will completely transform the look of your garage and is very easy to keep clean
  • A stylish new garage door and aluminum capping will boost your home’s curb appeal and improve its energy efficiency

3. Appeal to your partner’s self-interest

Appeal to the self-interest of your partner and incorporate their storage needs into the garage’s design. Are they an exercise or sports buff? Create a section of the garage that they can use as an exercise area. This could include slatwall panels and slatwall accessories for storing their equipment. Here’s an example of a fitness-themed garage:

garage renovation fitness room

A slatwall system is also ideal for storing the belongings of anyone who enjoys gardening or yard work. Create a designated wall for your spouse to store their tools and gardening apparel. Maybe your spouse’s favourite hobby requires a workshop. We can create a great garage workspace using our high quality cabinetry and even add a foldaway workbench.

garage renovation slatwall

4. Have your spouse research how satisfied homeowners are after a garage renovation

Get your spouse Googling and they’ll find an overwhelming number of homeowners who have undergone a garage renovation and are thrilled with the results. They can research review sites like Yelp, home improvement forums, and social media sites that feature information sharing about home-related topics, such as on Houzz.

5. Bring your spouse to our large showroom

Visit our large showroom with your spouse. You can get an up-close look at every single high quality product we offer and view fully outfitted garage displays. Seeing our products in person will give your skeptical spouse a better sense of the value of our garage improvement solutions. Our helpful staff will be happy to answer any questions you and your spouse might have about our products and services.

6. Have your spouse look at before and after garage makeover photos

Before and after photos can be very helpful for showing just what kind of transformative effect a makeover can have on a garage. We’re experts at taking cluttered and drab garage spaces and turning them into a part of your home that’s functional, organized, and attractive. Here’s an example:

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Garage Living client’s garage before makeover

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The same garage after the makeover

7. Remind your spouse that a garage renovation adds value to your home

Undergoing a garage renovation now may require spending money, but remind your spouse it’s a sensible investment. Improvements made to your garage, especially the high quality improvements Garage Living can add, do more than just make your family’s lives easier. They’ll also increase the value of your home.

In fact, a garage door replacement has one of the best returns on investment for home renovation projects. If your family should ever decide to move, the improvements made to your garage will definitely not go unnoticed by potential buyers.

8. Choose a reputable garage makeover company

One of your spouse’s concerns may be the quality of work that will go into a garage makeover. Garage Living is a rapidly growing company that has completed many thousands of garage makeovers throughout North America. Our experienced team of designers, installers, and service personnel place the utmost priority in ensuring the work our customers receive meets the high standards Garage Living has set for itself.

9. Learn more about a garage renovation during your free in-home consultation

A garage remodel shouldn’t cause tension between you and your partner. Maintain good communication, be understanding of each other’s concerns and wishes, and arrive at decisions that ensure you’re both satisfied with your garage renovation project. 

By scheduling your free in-home consultation, one of our design experts can assess your garage space and answer all of your garage renovation questions.

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5 Things You Need To Know About A Garage Door Opener Installation

Electric garage door openers are a very convenient home feature to have. But when is it time for a new one? And what do you need to know about getting a garage door opener installation? Here are five of the most important things to know about garage door openers and their installation process.

LiftMaster garage door opener from Garage Living

1. Reasons you may need a new garage door opener installation

First of all, let’s look at some reasons why it may be time to consider a garage door opener installation with a new unit:

  • your garage door opener is more than 10 years old
  • ongoing mechanical issues with your garage door opener affect its reliability
  • your garage door opener is too loud
  • you have concerns about how safe your garage door opener is
  • your garage door opener lacks the convenient features of modern garage door openers

2. Understanding the types of garage door openers available

Garage Living’s choice for the garage door openers we sell and install are models from industry leader LiftMaster. Here’s a breakdown of the types of garage door openers available:

Chain drive openers – this is probably the style most people would associate with a garage door opener. A chain, much like a bicycle chain, is attached to a trolley that runs along a rail. The trolley is attached to the motor that opens and closes the garage door. Some modern chain drive garage door openers, such as LiftMaster’s Premium Series 8360 model, have DC motors that make their noise levels much quieter.

Belt drive openers – this type of opener operates in the same manner as a chain drive opener, with the chain replaced by a belt. Belt drive openers, such as LiftMaster’s Premium Series 8355 model or Elite Series 8550 model, cost slightly more than a chain drive model, but operate more quietly.

Jackshaft openers – these openers have a powerful motor that adjusts a torsion spring, which lowers and raises the garage door. Jackshaft openers can be mounted on your garage wall (which saves ceiling space) and have an ultra-quiet DC motor. The quiet and smooth operation of jackshaft openers, such as LiftMaster’s Elite Series 8500 model, makes them ideal for homes with attached garages, especially ones with bedrooms above the garage.

Screw drive openers – this type of opener is similar to belt and chain drive models, only a threaded steel rod is used to move the trolley. Screw drive openers tend to be regarded somewhat less affectionately than the aforementioned types of openers, however. This is due to their higher noise levels and past issues with temperature sensitivity.

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3. Your garage door opener doesn’t actually do much of the lifting

Residential garage door openers typically have ½ or ⅓ horsepower motors. You may be surprised to know that a garage door opener doesn’t actually do most of the opening and closing of your garage door. The garage door’s springs handle the bulk of the work.

It’s imperative that these springs are properly adjusted during your garage door opener installation. Garage doors are heavy – they’re likely your home’s biggest mechanical device. Without the correct door spring tension, your opener motor will have a much shorter lifespan.

4. Understanding the convenience features on modern garage door openers

Garage door openers have come a long way in terms of design. They’re certainly more energy efficient. In addition to standard safety features that have been around for years (like eye sensors that detect obstructions in the door’s path and automatically reverse its direction), there are also lots of modern tech features available for today’s garage door openers that are very convenient. Examples available on LiftMaster openers include:

  • MyQ® Technology lets you control and monitor your garage door from anywhere via a smartphone, tablet, or computer
  • The Security+ 2.0™ feature guards against code theft by creating a new code for the opener with every click
  • The Timer-to-Close feature automatically closes the door after a preprogrammed number of minutes
  • The PosiLock® feature electronically monitors against a forced garage door opening
  • Battery backup that keeps garage door operational during power outages
  • Wireless and keyless entry that lets you access the garage without a remote control or key

garage door opener installation installer

5. Leave a garage door opener installation to the experts

Even for those that are mechanically inclined, a garage door opener installation should be approached with plenty of caution. Adjusting a garage door’s springs without expert knowledge poses the risk of serious injury.

A garage door opener installation also requires knowledge of areas such as electrical wiring, knowing how much horsepower is required for certain door weights, and ensuring all safety measures work properly. Our experts can take care of all aspects of your garage door opener installation.

Is it also time to replace your old garage door?

When you’re discussing your garage door opener installation with a Garage Living representative, ask them about replacing your garage door if it’s also not performing or looking its best.

We have a wealth of stylish and attractive steel, wood, fibreglass, and full view aluminum garage door designs to choose from. Modern garage doors can be customized with better insulation options that will improve your home’s energy efficiency. Garage door insulation also cuts down on incoming and outgoing noise and helps to reinforce the door.

Schedule your free in-home consultation with one of our design experts to plan your garage door opener installation project, or any other garage improvement project you might be considering.

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