If you’re heading down to the Chicago Auto Show this weekend, you’re probably planning to admire some beautiful vehicles – but what about a beautiful space to keep your vehicle? A garage is a crucial place for storing your car, not to mention everything else. Gladiator Garage Works recently surveyed real estate agents about the role a garage plays in the home, and the results may surprise you:
- 82% said that a cluttered, unorganized garage can have a negative impact on a potential home buyer’s first impression;
- A garage has an impact on whether a potential buyer will ultimately purchase a home;
- Garages were almost tied with closets as the most desirable storage spaces.
I can definitely vouch for the last two points – my house was built in 1929 and didn’t even have a driveway until Jai and I installed one! Building a garage is next on our list of to-dos, but after a solid decade of renovating, I wanted to give myself a little break before taking on another huge home project! Ironically, the lack of a garage is part of the reason why renovating is always such a pain for us. We don’t have good spaces to work in, which equals a lot of sawdust getting inside the house, and since some of our tools are stored outside from lack of good indoor space, we’ve actually had several tools get ruined in our Pacific Northwest rain when a storage tub leaks. Not cool at all!
That’s why I was fascinated to see the garage storage solutions presented at the Gladiator Garage Works booth – because many of them could work inside a laundry room as well as a garage, and would certainly make outfitting a new garage a whole lot easier. The suite of products revolves around GearWall Panels, which makes it effortless to install their line of cabinets, hooks, and other storage solutions. Because you can easily hang Gladiator products on the GearWall, it makes it effortless to mount and move whatever you need without drilling holes.
I’m in love with this workbench I saw at their booth – it comes with two rollout tool chests, which also have a workbench top. This means you can roll them out to create more workspace, then roll them back when you’re finished. With so little space to work on our DIY projects, I think this is so clever!
And a lack of space isn’t just a problem for me – it seems like everyone I know who has a garage struggles with lack of storage. Many people find their garage to be a sore spot, often feeling embarrassed about it even if the rest of their house is spotless. Jim Melchert, owner of Garage Store, a Gladiator retailer local to Illinois, told me that the number one tip he gives clients for getting organized is to get everything off the ground. Shelves, storage tubs, and hooks are all quick and easy ways to get all that miscellaneous garage clutter off the ground and out of your way.
If you have some major spring cleaning planned (as I do!), I highly recommend checking out booth 219 at the Chicago Auto Show this weekend for some storage inspiration! If you’re local to Chicago, Garage-Store.com can help you find the products you need; but if you’re elsewhere in the country, you can visit GladiatorGarageWorks.com to find a local retailer or order online.