Now that the leaves are starting to change and the weather is going to start getting cooler, you should start making your garage ready for the fall and winter months. This is the time of year when pests start looking for a place to hide out during the cold months, so maintaining your garage not only makes it neat, but it discourages pests from making it their home.
Maintenance for Mechanical Parts
The last thing you want to do is to have to repair your garage door when it’s cold or rainy. You can prevent a lot of trouble if you maintain the door. During the fall, check the seals to make sure they are tight and are not dry rotted. The seals will keep the weather out, and will go a long way in keeping pests out.
If the springs are not working, your door is not working. Make sure the springs are not sagging or damaged. If they are, replace them. Old or damaged springs could snap when the temperature fluctuates.
To increase your garage door’s lifetime, grease the bushing, roller, springs and the hinges. This will keep them working smoothly throughout the rest of the year.
Declutter Your Garage
When you have a lot of clutter in your garage, you also create lots of hiding places for pests. And, if you want to put your car inside during inclement weather, it just won’t fit. Some people walk in with good intentions, but then walk back out because they don’t know where to start.
If you have storage in your garage, start cleaning out the storage areas. Make three piles in the middle of the garage: A keep it pile, a give it away or sell it pile, and a throw it away pile.
Go through your storage and put everything you want to get rid of in the keep or sell/give away pile. You’ll have more room in your storage cabinets and shelving. Arrange what you are keeping neatly and take stock of the extra space you have – you’ll need some of it for the next part of the job.
Pick a side. Move everything on that side into one of the three piles, even if you are keeping it. If the donation and trash piles are getting too big, take a break and take the trash pile to the trash and the donation pile to your favorite charity.
Sweep the side you emptied, then put the things you are keeping back in place. If you have some small items, put them in cabinets or on shelves. Work the rest of the garage in the same manner, being sure to sweep and clean up any cobwebs and dirt on each wall.
If you have additional space, you can leave it empty or you can add more storage. Also, if you have several like items that are small, consider storing them in plastic tubs with lids on shelves or stacked neatly in a corner.
Create a place to hang garden implements such as rakes and shovels. You can use peg board or get a rolling caddy made for holding tools with long handles. Once you clean the middle of the floor out, sweep it out and then survey your handiwork.