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10 Garage Maintenance Tasks You Should Tackle This Spring

lego-568039_960_720We feel like we are pretty safe in saying that spring has finally arrived in Greater Vancouver, even though it has been pretty wet so far. At least the snow is finished, and with cherry blossoms exploding everywhere and warmer weather even on cloudy days, it’s hard to be too bothered by the rain.

Of course, spring also means “spring cleaning.” It’s a tradition the origin of which is difficult to pinpoint. Nevertheless, it’s a smart thing to do when you own a home (no matter how big or small). Since we are experts in all things garage, and since this part of the house probably gets the least amount of attention, we thought it would be timely to draw attention to some spring cleaning maintenance tasks for the garage. By spending a little extra time at this time of year, you can save yourself hassle, grief and even more time the rest of the year.

1) Tidy up. Why do people spring clean the living areas of their home but neglect the garage? Spring is a great time to tackle the garage, too. Purge the space of items you don’t use or need anymore and take the time to organize everything else. Check out these spring garage cleaning tips from one of our previous posts: https://tailoredlivingvancouver.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/spring-cleaning-and-organizing-in-the-garage-is-easier-this-year/

2) Sweep and clean your entire garage floor. This is super important, because you probably dragged in all kinds of dirt, gravel and muck over the winter which isn’t good for your floors or for your vehicle’s tires.

3) Inspect your garage door. Are all of its parts in good working order or does anything need to be replaced? Give its moving parts (tracks, springs, hinges, rollers, etc.) a garagecleaning if needed by gently brushing away dirt and grease clumps with a soft-bristled brush and then lubricate them with a garage door lubricant.

4) Remove winter window coverings, if you have any.

5) Remove and replace worn weather stripping.

Optional and Periodic Garage Maintenance Tasks:

1) Patch holes and cracks in your garage floor.

2) Re-coat/re-seal your garage floor. The frequency with which you’ll need to do this depends on what your floor is made of and what kind of sealant (if any) is already on it. If it’s time for a new sealant, check out our exclusive PremierOne® Garage Floor Coatings. Depending on what type you choose, our coatings are guaranteed to last for a specific length of time, meaning you don’t have to reseal year after year.

painting-black-paint-roller3) Repair dents and nicks in drywall and repaint.

4) Have your garage door professionally inspected and make any repairs or parts replacements that are needed.

5) Conduct a full-out purging and re-organize your garage. Maybe it’s been awhile since you’ve tackled the clutter in your garage. Or, maybe you’ve been doing regular tidying up, but the accumulation of stuff has outpaced your ability to keep on top of being organized. Whatever your reasons, sometimes a garage interior reorganization is necessary in order to maintain your own sanity and keep clutter and accumulation under control.

If clutter is an ongoing problem in your garage, maybe it’s time for a complete garage storage overhaul. Tailored Living has hundreds of solutions and a plan that’s made just for you and the space that you have to work with. It doesn’t matter if your garage is small… Tailored Living can design solutions that perfectly fit the space you do have.


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The Five Most Common Objections to Getting a Free In-Home Consultation (And Why You Shouldn’t Listen to That Nagging Voice In Your Head)

tailored-living-design-processMaybe you’ve been thinking about getting your closet, garage, home office or laundry room made-over. Perhaps you are one who has been sitting on the fence for awhile, trying to decide whether to move forward on such a project. Or maybe you only just recently stumbled on Tailored Living at a local Home Show or on the Internet, or encountered an acquaintance who raved to you about her ultra-organized, super-efficient new closet and thought maybe you’d benefit from one too.

If you relate to any of these scenarios, you are the type of homeowner that Tailored Living had in mind when it designed its Free In-Home Consultation.

1) I don’t have time to sit down and listen to a long presentation. Don’t you hate it when you’re contacted by a salesman who talks you into a “short” in-home presentation, only to show up at the appointed time with a display board, an iPad with a 100-question survey, a product catalog and a giant box filled with samples (and “you simply MUST see them all,” he insists)? And suddenly you realize that by “short” he meant at least an hour, probably more, and you’re desperately grasping for excuses to get him to leave.

Tailored Living’s expert representatives know that your time is valuable, and they are committed to respecting that. After all, it’s a privilege to be invited into someone’s home as a guest, and our reps make gracious guests. We don’t come with a three-dimensional display board, a questionnaire or dozens of samples. It’s really just a congenial visit. No props, just ideas and suggestions. It only takes 15 minutes or less of your time (unless you get so excited about the possibilities that you invite us in for coffee). Not only that, but your representative is also your contractor, so he or she really knows what they are talking about when it comes to potential products, design and installation questions. There is no second-guessing, no empty promises, and no communication gap between rep and contractor.

2) There’s no such thing as “free.” There MUST be strings attached, or fine print or a hidden clause or something….. Tricking potential customers is NEVER good for business, no matter what that business is. There’s no fine print anywhere on our website, catalog or other marketing materials. “Free” really means free. No strings. You don’t have to do anything or buy anything if you don’t want to. We authentically appreciate the opportunity to see and talk about your home with you and we want to earn your trust.

3) I don’t want to be hassled by a high-pressure salesperson. Tailored Living’ reps are not salesmen (see point #1). They are owners and contractors whose genuine interest is to help you make living easier by getting better organized with custom solutions and systems for every individual or family. You will probably receive a follow-up phone call after your in-home consultation, especially if you’ve indicated an interest in a renovation. However, we won’t call if you ask us not to, and we won’t spam your email inbox. Remember, we want to build trust, so we’ll respect any contact requests that you make.

4) I can’t afford a renovation right now. We know that doing any kind of a home reno, even small ones, can be costly. However, many homeowners don’t realize that they can achieve a desired set of results at a lower cost simply by choosing more economical (but equally-functional) materials or accessories, or slightly altering a particular design feature. The only way to find out this information is through an in-home consultation. Additionally, Tailored Living doesn’t outsource the actual renovation work to a third-party, which also helps to keep costs lower than other companies in the market.befunky-collage-2

5) My closet/garage/house is so small there is nothing anyone can do to improve its storage capacity. There is no space too small that Tailored Living cannot transform into a fully-functional and highly efficient storage space. In fact, Tailored Living was founded on the philosophy of improving small spaces because they are usually the ones that need the most organizational help. (If you had ample space you probably wouldn’t have thought of us in the first place.) Because everything is custom-cut, shaped and designed to fit your space, size doesn’t matter at all.

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Seven Luxury Garage Accessories Dads Will Drool Over

man working with tools in garageFather’s Day season is always a great time of year to highlight the ultimate Man Cave: the garage. It doesn’t really matter what guys (dads and non-dads alike) like to do in the garage, whether its tinkering with engines, building stuff or just hanging out. There are all kinds of luxury garage accessories out there that dads can’t help but drool over. We’ve picked out seven of our favourites. What guy wouldn’t want one of these:

1) Automotive elevator: Only a two-car garage? “Two car” might be relative if you install an automotive elevator. This way, you can stack cars two-high, so a two-car garage might become a four-car garage. It’s a great way to store your classic car or the sports car that only comes out storage in the summer.

2) Automotive lift: Every guy who likes to work on cars can appreciate how much easier it would be to have one of these. You’ll be able to throw your hydraulic jack away.

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Photo by Elizabeth Espichan

3) Bar: There’s no rule that the garage is only for cars. Or for that matter, that bars are only for basement rec rooms. Turn your garage into a neighbourhood hangout with a bar, counter and bar stools. Install a beer tap and get ready for the influx of new friends you’ll make. If you can’t afford to convert your whole garage because you still need someplace to park the car, how about a mini bar instead? Install a small cabinet to hold your favourite spirits and a mini fridge for beer and other cold drinks.

4) Gym: Even a small, single-car garage can be transformed into a gym with rack, bench and weights. If you are lucky enough to have an exceptionally-large garage, go crazy and put in a basketball or racquetball court for the ultimate home athletic centre.

black car in garage5) Flooring: This is a luxury that is much more affordable to indulge in than an elevator or bar. Tailored Living’s PremierOne floor coatings cover your existing concrete floor, protecting it from potential damage due to moisture and other elements. Plus, it looks amazing! It even makes a great garage gym floor. Even more affordable is Tailored Living’s PremierTrax interlocking floor tiles. These durable tiles are laid right over your existing floor. Installation can be completed in a matter of hours and there is no wait time to get back inside your garage (and maybe set up your weights and bench).

6) Entertainment/gaming centre. Call it a Man Cave if you like, but there’s nothing cave-ish about a garage that doubles as a place to hang out with the guys, complete with built in big screen TV, DVD player and gaming console. Throw in your favourite beat-up couch, popcorn and beer and you have a party just waiting to happen.

Stainless steel cabinets and drawers with work table by Tailored Living. Gridwall on wall allows for easy hanging and storage of tools and other items.

Stainless steel cabinets and drawers with work table by Tailored Living. Gridwall on wall allows for easy hanging and storage of tools and other items.

7) The ultimate workshop: Whether wood work, welding/metal work or automotive repair or restoration is your thing, your garage can be the ideal workshop. Build in work benches, tables or equipment. Add pegboard, slatwall or gridwall and you’ll have a place to hang tools and other things you need.





These are just a small handful of ideas. Even if a car elevator is out of the question, you can still get a great garage makeover at an affordable price. Tailored Living offers free in-home consultations and can work with you to create a customized garage space for whatever you like to do in the garage.


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Ten Common Garage Pet Hazards

shimi-and-bella-1410823-1279x852It’s not always easy to see things from the perspective of your pet. Not only are humans viewing the world at a totally different height than their cats and dogs, they also experience the world differently with their senses that humans do. Dogs have poorer eyesight than people, so they experience and explore their environment through their sense of smell. Cats use both their superior night time and peripheral vision and their heightened sense of smell to interpret the world.

When it comes to the garage, there are all kinds of hazards that pets may come into contact with. Not only may humans not be aware of what some of these hazards are, they may not even realize they are there. However, your pets will. If you don’t take proper precautions and preventative measures, you could end up with a very sick pet, or worse.

Tailored Living/Premier Garage’s commitment to customer satisfaction also extends to the four-legged members of its customers’ families. Because spring and summer bring warmer weather, which also tends to put pets in a much more explorative frame of mind, we wanted to share with our customers ten of the most common pet garage hazards and what you can do to keep your pets away from them.

By the way, almost all of the substances that are hazardous to pets are also toxic or harmful to people. While you know better than to drink antifreeze, your toddler may not, so these tips are also useful for parents of young children:


1) Ethylene glycol: This substance is the chief ingredient in antifreeze, a liquid which almost every pet owner knows is lethal to pets, even in very small doses. What many pet owners don’t realize is that ethylene glycol can be found in many other products besides antifreeze. Some of the most surprising include brake fluid, some paint and stain products, agricultural fungicides, caulking material, glass cleaner and numerous other types of cleaners. Don’t assume that the nasty scent of these products will turn pets off, either. Ethylene glycol has a sweet flavour, and it only takes one lick for a pet to get hooked. Ingesting even a little bit almost always results in pet death within hours, and a great deal of suffering leading up to it.

How to avoid it: Always store antifreeze and other chemicals out of reach of pets. High shelves are a good solution; a closed cabinet is even better. Cats can climb, so keep this in mind when selecting a storage spot. Make sure to re-cap all containers when non in use. Never leave antifreeze or other chemicals in a catch pan. Store all chemicals, including antifreeze, in their original containers. Make sure the containers are always clearly labelled.

2) Diethylene glycol: This compound derived from ethylene glycol can be just as deadly, though it does so differently than ethylene glycol. It is found in many of the same products as ethylene glycol, particularly in solvents. It, too, has a sweet taste and so is attractive to pets and sometimes children.

How to avoid it: The same principles apply here as for ethylene glycol: keep it out of reach of pets and kids. Better yet, keep it behind closed cabinet doors.

3) De-icing salt: It’s commonly used in winter time to melt snow and ice on roads, and it’s very effective but is notoriously corrosive to the metal in vehicles. Many people don’t realize that it’s also bad for cats and dogs. It contains the same kind of salt that is in table salt, and table salt in excessive amounts is bad for everyone, pets and people alike. However, de-icing salt also contains other ingredients. These ingredients can cause damage mouth and throat burns. In bigger amounts it can lead to liver failure and death.

Even if you don’t keep de-icing salt in your garage, you carry it in on your tires any time it is used on local roads. Both cats and dogs have been known to lick their paws after walking on de-iced roads and sidewalks and then get sick and even die. Thankfully we don’t get much snow and ice here in the Lower Mainland, but you should still remain watchful in the winter time.

How to avoid it: If you keep a supply of your own de-icing salt, make sure it is kept up high or in a cabinet or pet-proof container. Hose down your garage floor after bad weather when you know you may have tracked salt in on your tires.

4) Car Battery acid: Car batteries contain sulfuric acid. It is unlikely that a pet will ingest battery acid by licking it off the garage floor, although it’s not out of the question. The more likely scenario is that a pet may accidentally walk through it and then like it off of its paw. Contact with sulfuric acid on any part of the body can cause burns to the skin. If it is ingested, it can burn the mouth and throat. It may even lead to death.

How to avoid it: Don’t store car batteries in your garage. If for some reason you must, make sure that they are sealed and not in a place where they can be easily knocked over. Keep them in a closed cabinet if possible. If your pet does accidentally come into contact with battery acid, you may actually see burns on its skin.

5) Rodent bait: Rat and mouse poisons contain a whole host of different ingredients, all of which can cause illness or death in pets. Different types contain different ingredients, but the most common kinds contain blood thinners (anti-coagulants). If your dog or cat ingests this type, it can lead to internal bleeding.

How to avoid it: Choose a non-chemical mode of ridding your garage of unwanted rodents, such as traps (there are lots of different types on the market). If you must use rodenticides, use only those that have measures in place to prevent pets from accessing the poison inside the device. You can also choose rodenticides that are toxic to rodents but not to other animals, although this kind of claim may not always be reliable. Watch for signs of poisoning like abnormal bleeding, hematomas (bumps on the skin containing blood) or other abnormal behavior. Exposure to rodenticides can successfully be treated in pets if caught in time.

6) Fertilizer: The basic ingredients in most fertilizers (nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium) are themselves dangerous if ingested. Fertilizers may have a long list of other ingredients and additives that are equally or even more toxic.

How to avoid it: Keep fertilizer bags closed. Better yet, keep it in pet-proof containers. Store it behind a closed cabinet door if possible.

engine-oil-can-2-1463613-1279x17057) Cleaning and automotive fluids: These types of liquids contain ingredients that are harmful to pets if ingested. Even if not ingested, some can cause burns to the skin, should your pet come into contact with them. They may even emit fumes that are dangerous to pets if not stored properly.

How to avoid it: Always keep automotive fluids and cleaners of any kind out of reach of pets and in a cabinet if possible. Make sure all containers are completely closed/sealed and clearly labelled. Always store them in their original containers.

8) Carbon monoxide: This is an obvious danger, yet people don’t always associate carbon monoxide poisoning with pets. If a pet is left inside of a closed garage with a vehicle that is running for even a few minutes, it can lead to death.

How to avoid it: Don’t run your vehicle in your garage, or if you do make sure that the door is open.

9) Power cords: Some cats and many dogs (especially puppies) love to chew things, and electrical cords are no exception. Animals have been known to chew right through electrical cords. The obvious danger is electrocution, but other materials in cords can also be harmful to pets.

How to avoid it: Ensure that any electrical cords (such as the one to your deep freeze) cannot be accessed by your pets. Roll up and secure any extra length of cord.

10) Clutter: A garage full of clutter carries all kinds of risks to pets. It may hide things that you aren’t aware are there, like rodent traps and even wild animals. Precariously-stacked piles can topple over and trap or crush pets.

How to avoid it: Keep your garage free from clutter. Be careful when stacking items, like boxes. Keep things organized and have a designated place for everything in your garage. Know what’s in, behind and around any stacked items.

The best way to keep pets safe from garage hazards is simply to keep them out of the garage. If your dog likes to hang out with you while you are tinkering around in the garage, just make sure you don’t leave him there unsupervised, and bring him inside with you when you’re done. Never leave an animal in the garage overnight. Besides all of the above dangers, pets can suffer hypothermia or heat stroke in a garage very quickly. Veterinarians agree that the garage isn’t a good place for cats and dogs.

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Spring Cleaning and Organizing in the Garage is Easier This Year

TraditionalGarCabinets2You know how you’re always feeling like there just isn’t enough time to get things done around the house? If only there were more hours in the day…. good news!  We’ve all been banking extra hours over the last four years, and this year we get to cash them in. It’s Leap Year, and there’s a whole extra day to tackle those jobs that keep getting pushed down lower and lower on the “To Do” list, like cleaning and organizing the garage.

We’ve blogged before about getting organized, but in case you missed those previous blogs, we’re going to cover some garage organization tips here. Even if you have read those blogs, it never hurts to read them again. Maybe you’ll be inspired anew to finally tackle problem clutter, dirt and other things that have been gathering in your garage over the months or years. Here’s how to re-create your garage space in four easy steps:

1) Discard: If you’re like a lot of home owners, all of the stuff from inside the house that you’ve tagged as destined for the dump or the Salvation Army gets placed in the garage. Often times that’s where it ends up staying, for weeks or months or even years. Now is the

Versatile gridwall from Premier Garage by Tailored Livingtime to get rid of all that stuff properly so you can free up that space for what it’s really needed for, whatever that happens to be for you and your family. It’s also a perfect opportunity to take a short visual inventory of what’s being stored in the garage and get rid of things you no longer want or use.

2) Clean: For a lot of people, this will be the most unpleasant part, especially if it’s been a while since your garage has been touched by a broom. Chances are that you’ll encounter a lot of dirt, leaves, cobwebs and maybe a critter or two (or what critters have left behind). It’s a good idea to wear a dust mask if it’s been a long time since you’ve cleaned and moved stuff around in the garage. Don’t forget the windows, if there are any.

3) Sort: This step can also be done while you’re working on steps 1 and 2. Group “like” items together (cleaning products in one place, gardening tools in another, etc.) so that they can be stored together and subsequently found easily and quickly next time you need them.

4) Restore order: You know what they say: you can’t clean up a mess without first making a bigger mess. Don’t let that deter you. Just keep the end goal (a clean, healthy, organized and functional garage) in sight. Your efforts will be worth it in the end.

These steps and ideas come straight from the Tailored Living corporate blog on spring cleaning in the garage. It’s worth a read, as it contains even more ideas and suggestions on this topic. You can also check out A Five-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist which we first published last year. If you’d like to improve on storage capability in your garage, PremierGarage.com or the Tailored Living garage storage page.

By the way, just because February 29 falls on a Monday, a work day for many people, it doesn’t give you an excuse not to take advantage of the extra day. Take your Leap Day on Saturday or Sunday instead. You’ll ultimately be glad you did.

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Rev Up Your Garage This Summer

We’ve been talking garages a lot in recent posts, and now Tailored Living has a summer “Rev Up” your garage promotion. We thought this would be a great opportunity to talk about some of Tailored Living’s unique and exclusive garage flooring solutions. We can’t say enough about how enthusiastic we are about the various garage flooring solutions that Tailored Living offers, each designed with a couple of basic premises in mind. One is that they’re easy to care for, because let’s face it: no one has time to mop the garage. Our flooring solutions make clean-up a breeze. Secondly, Tailored Living’s flooring styles are made to protect both your garage floor as well as the things that you put or park on that floor. They’re durable and tough and made to last.

Here we will briefly highlight the flooring types we offer and some of their benefits:

PremierOne® Decorative Chip Flooring

PremierOne® Decorative Chip Flooring in "Iced Coffee"

PremierOne® Decorative Chip Flooring in “Iced Coffee”

Type: Hybrid polymer decorative chips, available in 18 patterns, with large (1/4”) or small (1/8”) chips

Benefits: Resistant to damage from weather changes (fluctuations between hot and cold, wet and dry); resists chipping and peeling, resists stains, easy to clean, resistant to chemical damage from gasoline, oil and other fluids often stored in the garage

Application: About one day to prep and coat; 24-36 hours drying time

PremierTrax Garage Floor Tiles

PremierFlex garage floor tiles in black, red and gray, arranged in pattern

PremierTrax Garage Floor Tiles in a custom pattern

Type: Floating, interlocking polypropylene/rubber mix tiles

Benefits: Quick installation; no curing needed; no adhesives or chemicals; extremely durable and strong; flexible; unique “flow-through” design eliminates tracking dirt into the house and keeps your floor clean and safe for children and pets; non-slip surface; easy care; ability to create multi-colour designs and patterns

Application: Cut, fit and lock. No wait time after application.

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Plus, Tailored LIving is in the process of getting some brand new flooring products that we’re very excited to be able to introduce in the greater Vancouver area in the coming months. They will be great additions to our current inventory of garage flooring options, and we’ll be introducing them as soon as they are available for installation.

Besides flooring, Tailored Living also offers a diverse selection of garage organization products like cabinetry, shelving and countertops that can be custom cut, fit and arranged to whatever space you have available. If you’ve been thinking of renovating your garage, what’s holding you back? Did you know that a consultation with one of Tailored Living’s experts is free? Let us come into your garage and show you your possibilities with no obligation to make a purchase. Summer is a great time for a garage reno, and our Rev Up promo makes it even easier.


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A Five-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

The experts at Tailored Living corporate recently published a helpful spring cleaning checklist for some of our favorite rooms in the house. Now that spring has truly descended upon the lower mainland, we thought our followers might be able to make use of these insightful tips. They cover some areas that people don’t always think of when they do day-to-day cleaning. We’ll share a brief summary here, but you can get more in-depth info by visiting http://lms.dbmgroup.com/Email/TailoredLivingCorporate/J117857/J117857.asp?EmailAddr=rhelferty@tailoredliving.com&LogID=6921&ID=73712304&EID=NzM3MTIzMDQ=

The Closet (Bedrooms, Hallways, Coat Closets, etc.)

A woman organizes clothing by type in her Tailored Living closet

1) Sort through clothing.

2) Pack away seasonal clothing if space is an issue to make room for spring/summer wardrobe.

3) Remove items that you no longer wear and donate them to a local charity.

4) If you store non-clothing items in your closet, this is a good time to go through those items too. Decide whether they’re worth the space they take up. If not, re-home them or give them to charity.

The Pantry

Baskets like the ones pictured here by Tailored Living store smaller pantry items.

1) Empty cabinets and remove items from shelves.

2) Dust or wash down surfaces.

3) Check expiry dates on food products and throw out any outdated food.

4) If you have food items you aren’t likely to use, donate them to a local food bank.

The Laundry Room

Laundry room with custom cabinets, shelving and work table

1) Sort through laundry and cleaning supplies.

2) Get rid of anything you don’t or won’t use.

3) Give your lint trap a good cleaning, either with water or with a strong blast of air to loosen trapped particles.

The Home Office


Desk in Office in Candlelight finish with crown molding in Recessed Panel Premier profile

1) Clean computer screens.

2) Dust surfaces like your hard drive, printer and any shelving. This is a good time to check your computer or hard-drive’s exhaust screen which is prone to collecting dust and clogging, which can lead to overheating.

3) Polish mirrors.

The Garage

 "Traditional" Garage Cabinets by Tailored Living

1) Remove black tire marks from the garage floor with a gentle cleaner diluted with water or a citrus degreaser.

2) Sweep garage floor.

3) Take time to put away loose tools and other items.

On another note, thanks to everyone who stopped by the Tailored Living booth at the Ridge Meadows Home Show a couple of weekends ago. Mike & Laura Pachal enjoyed chatting with many people from all over the lower mainland and are looking forward to some upcoming renos in the Coquitlam/Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows area. Be sure to visit http://www.tailoredliving.com to book your free, no-obligation consultation.