Don’t Miss These Exciting Fall South Florida Car Shows

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There’s no shortage of fun fall South Florida car shows taking place over the next couple of months.

Here are just a few of the automotive showcases worth checking out.

Mustang, Shelby & Ford Roundup

Where and when: Tampa (November 3rd)

Mustang and general Ford lovers will be in their element at the 37th edition of this annual event.

More than 150 classic and modern Fords will be on display and judged at this show, which has free admission. Special Olympics Florida and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay will receive a portion of the proceeds.

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Supercar Saturdays

Where and when: Davie (November 10th and the second Saturday of every month)

South Florida car lovers can check out the finest in luxury, sports, classic, and exotic cars at this show. Lamborghini Broward hosts this monthly free event, which is held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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Exotics on Las Olas

Where and when: Fort Lauderdale (November 11th)

This show is free to attend and will feature a collection of special cars on display on Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard.

Organizers of this first-time event promise a “showcase of some of the rarest, most luxurious, and coveted automobiles from around the world”. A portion of the show’s benefits will go to the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund.

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Diamonds and Donuts

Where and when: Boca Raton (November 18th)

The Diamonds by Raymond Lee jewelry outlet in Boca Raton hosts this popular showcase of unique cars.

Along with jewelry giveaways, a barbecue will follow the car show with proceeds benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. Thanksgiving Food Drive donations will also be welcomed.

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South Florida Car Swap Meet & Car Show

Where and when: West Palm Beach (November 18th and the third Sunday of every month)

This monthly event is held at West Palm Beach’s South Florida Fairgrounds and caters to the classic car crowd.

There will be a swap meet for finding antique automotive parts and accessories, the “Car Corral” for selling classic cars, and a car, truck, and motorcycle show.

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South Florida Car Swap Meets

SWFL Fall Nationals Car Show

Where and when: Fort Myers (December 8th)

Hundreds of classics and contemporary vehicles will be showcased at this big event.

Jet Blue Park, which is the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox, hosts the show. Some of the proceeds will benefit the United Cerebral Palsy organization of Southwest Florida.

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If you’re planning to attend any of these fall South Florida car shows, you’re obviously someone who appreciates beautiful cars.

Any auto aficionado with a special vehicle of their own deserves a beautiful and organized garage in which to park it in.

Garage Living of Miami can transform your garage into a stunning, highly functional space. Schedule a free in-home design consultation with us to make it happen.

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5 Amazing South Texas Car Shows to Attend This Autumn

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As 2018 winds down, there are still a few South Texas car shows taking place that auto enthusiasts won’t want to miss.

Plan your weekend now and take in one of these events showcasing the finest old and new vehicles around.

Heroes & Hot Rods Car Show

Where and when: Bastrop (November 9th and 10th)

You won’t even have to leave the Greater Austin metropolitan area for this big event on Veterans Day weekend.

Over 400 beautiful cars were on display at last year’s show. Now in its 13th year, this event will also feature a Veterans tribute. Proceeds will benefit both Veterans support and local community organizations.

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Antique Gallery Car Show

Where and when: Round Rock (November 10th)

Fittingly, this showcase of muscle cars, trucks, hot rods, sports cars, and other classics will take place at the Antique Mall.

Proceeds from the event, which started in 2016, will benefit the Texas Baptist Children’s Home.

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Veterans Day Car Show & Parade

Where and when: Kerrville (November 10th)

This annual car show and parade will take place for the 17th year, with all proceeds supporting local Veterans programs and hospitalized Veterans.

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San Antonio Auto & Truck Show

Where and when: San Antonio (November 15th-18th)

When it comes to big South Texas car shows, they don’t get much bigger than this one.

Celebrating their 50th anniversary, “the largest showroom in South Texas” will feature the newest and most exotic vehicles and the latest cutting-edge automotive technologies.

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Hutto Professional Firefighters Car and Bike Show

Where and when: Hutto (November 17th)

This will the first year of this car and bike show, which is being put on by Hutto Firefighters IAFF Local 4707 at Hutto High School.

Come check out the array of unique cars, trucks, jeeps, motorcycles, and classics that will be showcased at this family-friendly event.

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Beautiful cars deserve a beautiful garage

If you appreciate beautiful cars, it only makes sense to park your own four-wheeled treasures in a garage that’s clean, organized, and stylish.

Schedule a free in-home design consultation with Garage Living of Austin to learn more about how we can transform your garage’s looks and functionality.

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Top 10 Fall Home Maintenance Tips Everyone Should Know

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Like the springtime, the fall season is a great time to pay a little extra attention to your home’s maintenance needs.

If you live in a cold weather climate, some fall home maintenance is extra important in order to get through another snowy winter with as few issues as possible.

But even if you live in a warmer climate, a number of these fall home maintenance tips will be beneficial for your house.

10 fall home maintenance tips you’ll find useful

Regularly scheduled inspections of your home in the spring and fall don’t require much of your time. Some of these home maintenance tasks are also inexpensive or cost nothing.

Investing a little bit of time and money now in some preventative home maintenance reduces the likelihood of expensive home repairs in the future.

Ensure your house is ready to handle the changing seasons with these 10 fall home maintenance tips.

1. Improve your home’s energy efficiency

Improving your home’s energy efficiency matters all year round, whether it’s hot or cold outside.

There’s a lot more awareness nowadays about the importance of home energy efficiency. Better products and services are also available to help homeowners reduce their monthly hydro bill with upgrades. For some homeowners, however, there’s definite room for improvement.

Pay special attention to your windows and doors. They’re some of the worst offenders when it comes to letting heat escape from your home in the winter (and cold coming in) and vice versa when it’s hot outside and your air conditioner is running. Energy efficient windows are well worth the investment.

Ensure your window and door weatherstripping is intact and providing an effective seal. Door sweeps on your exterior entry doors will also help.

Use caulking to seal up larger gaps and cracks around window and door frames, as well as your home’s exterior and interior foundation. Don’t forget to check areas where any wires and pipes enter your home.

To pinpoint areas of your house that you may not be aware are hurting your home’s energy efficiency, consider getting a home energy audit. A professional’s assessment of your home may be well worth their cost.

2. Boost your garage’s energy efficiency

An attached garage that’s been neglected can be another reason a home’s energy efficiency is poor.

Take the time to make sure all gaps and cracks on the wall that connects your garage to the rest of your home are properly sealed. Along with saving energy, you’ll also make your home safer by getting rid of potential entry points for carbon monoxide from your vehicles.

If your garage lacks wall and ceiling insulation, adding some can be a big boost to your home’s energy efficiency. This includes using garage doors that have insulation, which also provides sounds insulation. Garage door sweeps are another way to provide an airtight door seal.

Having a garage floor coating applied can also help to provide a better floor seal that prevents cold air from coming in through cracks.

This includes having a “baseboard” type of coating application done around your garage perimeter. It creates a seamless seal between the floor and the lower part of your garage walls. This also helps keep critters out of your garage.

3. Rake those leaves and fertilize your lawn

Colorful autumn leaves may be picturesque when they’re attached to their trees, but you’re probably less fond of them when they make their way to your lawn.

Not raking or using a leaf blower to clean up fallen leaves can cause problems beyond just detracting from your property’s looks.

A leaf-covered lawn that’s left all winter will require more work on your part to get it in shape come springtime.

Another step you can take to improve your lawn’s health and looks is to add a fertilizer that protects it from damage during the winter.

4. Check your smoke alarms

Across the U.S. and Canada, October is designated as the fire safety awareness and fire safety prevention month.

Include the testing of your home’s smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on your fall home maintenance checklist.

Change their batteries and test their safety features twice a year. Check to see if your alarms have passed their expiry date. Typically, they have a lifespan of 8-10 years.

If your home has a fire extinguisher (which it should), give it an inspection. Check that its expiry date is still good. If the extinguisher has a pressure gauge, make sure it’s maintaining pressure.

5. Roof inspection

Your house’s first line of defense from the elements is your roof, so a yearly roof inspection is essential.

Check your attic for signs of a leaky roof that perhaps hasn’t become evident when looking at your ceilings on your home’s top floor.

If you’re not comfortable giving the top of your roof a visual inspection using a ladder, find a neighbor or family member who is, or hire a professional.

Look for shingles that are loose or missing altogether and check that your roof vents are working properly.

The lifespan of roof shingles is anywhere from 15-50 years due to numerous factors, including weather conditions and shingle quality.

6. Clean eavestroughs and downspouts

If you’re checking your roof, that’s the perfect time to tend to your eavestroughs/gutters as part of your fall home maintenance chores.

Eavestroughs that can’t drain because they’re excessively clogged with leaves and debris like shingle grit can cause major damage to your home’s roof, siding, and foundation.

Check that your gutter hangers and brackets are secure. All of your eavestroughs should have gutter guards to keep debris out and save you a lot of maintenance time.

Once your eavestroughs are cleaned, focus your attention on your home’s downspouts. Verify that they’re draining properly a minimum of five feet away from your house.

Use downspout extensions if necessary to keep draining water a suitable enough distance away from your home’s foundation.

7. Get your garage organized

An organized garage is a functional garage.

Too much clutter in the garage prohibits you from using the space for parking your vehicles, which is a real convenience when the temperature drops.

To get your garage tidy and make it easier to keep organized, look at adding some of these effective storage systems:

A floor coating that provides an effective seal also protects your garage floor from damage caused by spills, abrasions, and general wear and tear. It also upgrades the appearance of your space.

Getting a floor coating is especially worth considering if you live in an area that gets snow. You know how much a garage floor has to endure with the salt, ice, slush, and snow that gets tracked in by vehicles.

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Get your garage organized by hanging floor clutter on a slatwall storage system.

8. Air conditioner and furnace maintenance

Just as checking your smoke alarms should be a regular part of your fall home maintenance tasks, so too should changing your HVAC filters.

Your central air conditioner and furnace should have their filters changed (or cleaned if they’re reusable) in the fall in order to make sure the units are working at peak efficiency.

Have your furnace inspected and your heating ducts cleaned periodically by a trained professional.

Also have your air conditioner looked at yearly. Parts like the unit’s inner and outer coils and condensate pump need occasional cleaning. If your air conditioner won’t be used for several months, cover the unit for the winter.

9. Clean your dryer vent

While you’re having your ducts cleaned, don’t forget to check your dryer vent. At the very least, check that your exterior dryer exhaust vent is unclogged and the cover is intact to keep pests out.

A buildup of lint in the dryer’s lint trap and vent causes the machine to work harder, which can shorten its life.

More importantly, lint buildup can become a fire hazard. Thousands of fires occur every year that are caused by static electricity igniting dryer lint that’s built up in vents.

10. Store hoses properly and shut off outdoor faucets

Don’t wait until freezing temperatures arrive to discover you forgot to shut off your exterior faucets and a pipe has burst.

Never leave a hose connected to an exterior faucet during a cold winter. In addition to hose water potentially backing up into your faucet and pipes and causing damage, it also shortens the life of the hose.

To prolong the life of your garden hoses and prevent them from cracking and leaking, ensure they’re fully drained and unkinked before storing them indoors for the winter.

Don’t forget to make sure all sprinklers, watering wands, and other watering accessories are properly drained, too.

Fall home maintenance now can save money later

Spending some time now to take care of these fall home maintenance tasks that keep your house in good working order can save you money in the future.

For expert help to get your garage organized and looking beautiful during the fall or any other time of the year, Garage Living is the professional to trust.

Schedule a complimentary in-home design consultation with us to get a free garage makeover quote.

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4 Post Car Lift vs 2 Post Lift: 7 Buying Considerations

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Only 70% of the 900 homeowners surveyed by the Wall Street Journal said that their garage gives them enough parking space.

Garage clutter is the biggest factor that prevents most homeowners from parking inside. But another factor is they simply have more family vehicles than they do garage parking spaces.

The constant “vehicle shuffle” for a family when there’s a lack of parking space is inconvenient.

And in some cases, you might have a seasonal vehicle that occupies one of your valuable garage parking spaces for months at a time, even though you’re not driving it.

If paying for yearly remote vehicle storage or undergoing a pricey garage expansion aren’t solutions that appeal to you, having a car lift at home is a great way to simplify your parking problems.

What’s the best car lift for your garage?

When you’re researching the different types of home garage car lifts for sale, you’ll learn that there’s three main types:

Scissor lifts aren’t a viable garage parking option because you obviously can’t park underneath them. They also typically have lower lifting capacities and are more ideal for temporarily hoisting vehicles to perform maintenance, not longer term vehicle storage.

That leaves the two most popular home car lift options – 4 post and 2 post car lifts. The 4 post car lift vs 2 post lift debate can get a little confusing, so we’re here to simplify a few things.

Here are seven key factors you need to consider when deciding what type of home car lift will work best for your family’s needs.

1. Home parking

For many people buying a car lift for their garage, the ability to create more home parking space will the only thing they’re interested in.

Being able to park a vehicle underneath another vehicle elevated on a car lift is an attractive proposition for anyone tired of having more vehicles than their garage can accommodate.

For this type of usage, a 4 post lift is the ideal option. Virtually all 4 post car lifts are designed for this specific purpose, whereas only some 2 post models are recommended for using as a parking lift.

The support posts for the 2 post lift are centered where the vehicle is lifted. That makes it more difficult to open the doors and get in and out of a car that’s parked underneath a 2 car lift.

Because the 4 post lift’s posts are located at the four outside corners of a vehicle parked underneath the lift, side obstructions are not an issue.

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One advantage of 4 post car lifts over 2 post lifts is that it’s easier to get in and out of the vehicle parked under the lift.

2. Convenience and ease of use

2 post car lifts are a “frame engaging” type of lift that uses two metal arms to support the weight of a vehicle.

The drawback of 2 post lifts is there’s a lot less room for error when it comes to using them properly. You need to correctly identify the right lifting points, which can vary from vehicle to vehicle. Basically, this means 2 post car lifts require more care and precision when you’re using them.

Convenience and ease of use are two factors in your 4 post car lift vs 2 post lift comparison where the former undeniably comes out ahead.

Make no mistake, any car lift requires you to be safety-conscious when being used. A 4 post car lift, however, essentially requires you to just drive your vehicle onto the lift platform.

With all four wheels supporting the vehicle’s weight, there’s no guesswork and extra time spent ensuring your vehicle is aligned perfectly to be safely lifted.

3. Safety considerations

For those that don’t own one, using a car lift can be somewhat intimidating. Vehicles weigh thousands of pounds and it’s understandable to be a little nervous parking an expensive vehicle above another expensive vehicle.

Identifying the proper lifting points when using a 2 post lift is essential in order to store your vehicle safely. Otherwise, you’ll have a hoisted vehicle with an unbalanced center of gravity, which increases the risk of a vehicle falling.

You don’t have to be a physics genius to understand that a 4 post car lift that has twice as many posts as a 2 post lift provides more stability.

This factor, along with the relative simplicity of using a 4 post lift, is a big reason why they’re a more attractive option for some homeowners. It simply gives them more peace of mind. 4 post lifts are also considered a safer option for heavier vehicles and for long-term storage.

Any car lift made by a reputable manufacturer should adhere to the strictest safety standards, be ALI-certified, and be installed by a pro. Regular car lift maintenance is also important.

Any 2 post and 4 post car lift should have some sort of safety lock feature and likely a hydraulic flow restrictor feature. All 4 post lifts will also include front and rear wheel chocks, to prevent vehicles from rolling off the front or back of the lifting platform.

4. Garage space occupied by the car lift

Both 4 post car lifts and 2 post lifts take advantage of the usable vertical space in your garage. You’ll obviously want to make sure there’s an adequate amount of overhead clearance room in your garage for your car lift to operate properly.

That means taking factors like the location of your garage door opener, how high your garage doors open, and the placement of things like storage racks and lighting into account. A high lift conversion modification is one option to create more room for a car lift to be installed.

When it comes to 4 post car lift vs 2 post lift pros and cons, it’s true that a 2 post lift takes up less space in a garage. If you have a smaller garage or a smaller budget to work with, it might be your only option.

If your budget and the amount of room in your garage aren’t issues, however, you’ll probably be happier with what a 4 post car lift offers.

5. Ease of installation

Because safety is of paramount importance when operating a car lift, installing one should definitely not be a DIY project unless you really know what you’re doing.

Car lifts are also difficult to install because of their weight (a typical 4 post car lift can weigh anywhere from 1,800-2,500 pounds).

A trusted car lift installer will know how to inspect your garage floor to make sure the concrete is thick enough to handle the substantial weight it has to support. Having a concrete slab 4-5 inches thick is generally recommended.

All 2 post car lifts need to be anchored and an installer has to take into account the condition of the floor, along with the locations of floor cracks and seams before putting in the anchors. Because of their better stability, most 4 post lifts don’t need anchors.

You also have to know what you’re doing when it comes to the electrical work for a car lift installation. Many car lifts use a 110V motor that will work easily with electrical systems used in most garages.

Some car lifts use a 220V motor, however. For these lift models, you’ll likely need an electrician to upgrade your garage’s electrical system to handle the higher voltage.

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6. Extra car lift functionality

For some, extra car storage space might be a secondary priority to wanting a car lift in order to do maintenance on their vehicles.

25% of the homeowners polled for that Wall Street Journal survey used their garage for vehicle maintenance.

You’ll get a range of opinions when it comes to the 4 post car lift vs 2 lift debate over which one is better for using as home service lift.

Some auto enthusiasts insist that a 2 post lift is better because of the easier access it gives to the wheels and more areas of a vehicle’s underside when it’s hoisted.

4 post car lift owners might counter that argument by saying they can use what’s known as a jack tray attachment to raise the vehicle off the lift platform in order to do such tasks.

When it comes to versatility, a 4 post lift does give you more storage options. With the right car lift attachment, bulky items like a motorcycle, riding lawn mower, or snowblower could be stored on the lift.

Another selling point of a 4 post lift for some people is the fact the lift can be moved in their garage if needed. Unlike an anchored 2 post car lift, the 4 post lift has some mobility with the use of a caster kit, which allows the lift to be moved around.

7. Cost

With their typically lower lifting capacities and less material that’s used in their construction, 2 post car lifts are a little cheaper than 4 post lifts.

Keep a few things in mind when setting your car lift budget:

  • do your homework and choose a reputable, reliable car lift brand
  • cheaper car lift brands might not adhere to the stricter safety standards of an established lift manufacturer
  • the extra amount you’ll spend on a 4 post car lift will probably be worth it for the extra convenience and versatility
  • budget car lifts might take longer to raise and lower your vehicle and operate louder when doing so
  • the weight of the vehicle you’ll be lifting will impact how much you pay for a car lift

Whichever type of lift you buy, consider how much you’ll be saving if you’ve been spending money year after year on remote vehicle storage.

There’s also a higher level of convenience and more peace of mind having your seasonal vehicle stored right in your home.

Also consider how much less it’ll cost to add a car lift compared to undergoing a messy garage expansion.

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If your 4 post car lift vs 2 post lift research has shown you that a 4 post lift makes the most sense for your garage, schedule a free in-home consultation with Garage Living.

One of our garage design experts can evaluate your garage and the vehicle model (or models) you’re looking to park on a car lift.

Installing a car lift only takes a day. That means your garage will be a lot more functional and parking-friendly right away.

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Garage Cleanup Tips: 9 Things to Get Rid of Now

You open your garage doors to start your garage cleanup project and immediately feel a sense of dread at the daunting task ahead.

As you stare at the stacks of clutter that have accumulated over the years, you wonder where to even start.

24% of homeowners who are embarrassed to even open their garage doors, according to an Impulse Research survey. If you’re in this group, we have some tips that can help!

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Get rid of these 9 things during your garage cleanup

When you’re worried about what the neighbors will think about your clutter-filled garage, that’s a sure sign it’s time to take some drastic cleanup action.

Keeping useless clutter at the expense of being able to park inside your garage doesn’t make any sense.

A garage cleanup can be a big undertaking but is well worth it to reclaim your garage space once again to be used more meaningfully for parking and efficient storage.

Start your garage cleanup by getting rid of these nine common items that are responsible for much of the clutter found in garages.

1. Old sports and fitness equipment

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At one point or another, you or someone else in your family went on a health kick that involved buying some fitness equipment.

Maybe that enthusiasm has faded or perhaps it belonged to one of your kids who has moved out. The bottom line is that the equipment is just sitting unused in your garage, taking up valuable space that a vehicle could be parked in.

Whether it’s an old weightlifting bench and set of weights, an ancient NordicTrack machine from the 70s, a rusty exercise bike, or a broken treadmill, get rid of them.

The same goes for old bikes and old baseball, hockey, football, and golf equipment.

Donate or sell the equipment if it is still functional. Otherwise, add the equipment to your garage cleanup “junk” pile.

2. Broken and old tools

During your garage cleanup, decide which of your tools are in good enough shape to keep.

Rusty garden shovels, rakes with missing tines, plastic snow shovels that are cracked, a rusty hammer, a leaky and cracked garden hose…the list of old tools in your garage that you never use can go on and on.

By now you’ve probably replaced your old tools with something newer. Keeping those old tools around only makes your garage more disorganized.

They also give you more things to look through when you’re searching for a specific item.

3. Old children’s toys

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When kids inevitably lose interest in their toys and want the next trendy thing, their old toys tend to end up in the garage.

Obviously, donating them to a charity should be your first course of action if the toys are gently used and in good condition. As with any donations, the charity of your choice should be able to give you a tax receipt.

For broken toys or toys that are simply no longer usable, your only option is to throw them in the garbage. Unfortunately, the materials in most plastic toys are too difficult to recycle.

4. Old paints and chemicals

All of those half-used paint cans and partially used containers of different solvents and cleaning products in your garage aren’t just a flammable or ingestion hazard.

They’re also probably unusable if they’ve been sitting there for any length of time. Temperature changes will alter their consistency and effectiveness.

Round them all up, take them to your local hazardous waste disposal facility, and make your garage a little safer (and emptier).

5. Old tires

Old, useless tires are another garage clutter staple.

Whether it’s old tires from your bicycles or vehicles, you’ll likely need to dispose of them at a proper tire recycling facility. In most parts of the U.S. and Canada, old tires can’t just be discarded in a landfill.

Here are just a few things your recycled tires can be used to make:

  • rubber mulch
  • tire-derived fuel
  • rubberized asphalt
  • steel
  • carpeting

If you’re thinking about selling any of your old tires or using them eventually, keep in mind that they do have a shelf life.

Even if they still have a deep tread, the tire rubber will degrade over time (known as tire dry rot or sidewall cracking). Most vehicle tire manufacturers suggest a maximum service life of 7-10 years for their products.

6. Broken patio furniture

Your garage cleanup effort might uncover some old broken patio furniture that got buried by the rest of your garage clutter over the years.

It’s probably rusty, cracked, faded, or has a hole in it, so the only reasonable thing to do is to toss it.

Chances are, your old patio furniture will be tough to recycle or be worth donating.

7. Old building materials

If you live in a house for long enough, you’re sure to accumulate some building materials and supplies left over from one or more of your home improvement projects.

Maybe it’s half a bundle of roofing shingles, some broken patio stones, or extra interlocking stones from the driveway you redid.

Perhaps some of your garage floor space is being taken up by leftover building supplies you’ll never use, such as half a box of roofing nails or a partially used pail of driveway sealer that’s so old its contents are as rock solid as the driveway it was used on.

Any materials or supplies that can still be used could be donated to a worthwhile charity like Habitat For Humanity. They may be able to use some of your donations to help in their efforts to build housing for the less fortunate.

8. Old appliances

In garages overrun with clutter, you’re virtually guaranteed to find large or small appliances needlessly taking up space.

The garage is where small appliances like a slow cooker that’s been used once or an old coffee maker that still works go to die. If they’ve been stored in boxes or storage bins, give them new life by donating them.

A broken old stove, fridge, or washing machine might have been sitting in your garage for years because you just didn’t feel like dealing with disposing of them.

Now that you’re in full-on garage cleanup mode, now is the time to finally give this garage junk the heave-ho. If a charity won’t take your old appliances, look for a local business that can pick up your appliances and save you the hassle of getting rid of them.

Here’s another reason to get rid of your old larger appliances – they’re perfect breeding grounds for pests like mice.

9. Old bundles of newspapers and magazines

Walk through most neglected garages that have become a home’s catch-all space and there’s probably a bundle or two (or three, or four) of old magazines or newspapers in there somewhere.

But if you haven’t looked at any of those saved magazines or newspapers in the past 5-10 years, chances are you never will.

On top of the fact they’re probably dirty, dusty, and yellowed due to temperature fluctuations and exposure to moisture, here are a few more reasons to recycle them:

  • any information in them is probably outdated
  • they’re a fire hazard
  • information in the reading materials can easily be found online
  • stacked clutter is a tipping hazard

While you’re at it, recycle any old books you’ve had sitting in the garage for a long time. Let’s face it, you’re also likely never going to read them and they also won’t be in the best shape after years of garage storage.

Get your garage cleanup project started

Once your garage cleanup project is finished, you’ll want to ensure your tidy garage stays that way.

Consider adding PVC slatwall panels to your garage. This is a great way to get things off the floor and onto the walls to maximize your garage storage space.

PVC slatwall garage storage in 2 car garage

A garage makeover professional can also make other aesthetic upgrades to your space, such as adding new garage flooring. Your previously messy garage can truly become an organized, visually appealing extension of your living space.

Schedule a free in-home consultation with a Garage Living design expert to find out how our garage storage solutions can keep your space well-organized. We can also tell you about our junk removal services.

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