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Must Have: Garage Sale Tips

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Mon, Jun 15, 2015 @ 04:07 PM

If you, like many others, have piles of clothes, toys, shoes, purses, etc., then you may be thinking about a garage sale. Some of you might already have a headache just thinking about getting all your stuff together and organized, but do not worry! We have all the garage sale tips that you need.

Advertise

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The first, and one of the most important steps, to take when starting your garage sale is advertising! Make sure to keep it simple, but enough to catch everyone’s eye. If you have a child that is old enough, let him/her create a few posters to hang up. It’s a fun thing that you can all do together. Make sure that you do write your message in bold dark writing. Now-a-days, people are on social media looking for what they want, so feel free to take a few pictures of your items that you are selling and post them to your social media. You will want to make sure that your pile of clothes is organized and your toys are not just thrown into a box before you snap that picture.

Large Items Up Front

All you have is about 3-4 seconds to catch a driver’s eye. You want them to see your items and think, “Hmm, I should definitely stop by and see what else they have to offer.” Putting your larger items up front can get you the perfect customers.

“Get Your FREE Items Here”

While you are going through all of your things, don’t ever think that someone will not want that old rock-n-roll t-shirt from the 70’s. If you can’t think of a price and don’t care much for the item, put it in the FREE pile! “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”

Price It Right

When you are all organized and ready to start pricing your items, make sure you are pricing to sell. Your customers are looking for low prices, and more than likely do not carry a lot of cash on them. So, keep it low, but make sure you get your money’s worth.

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Tag It All

So now that you are pricing all your items, you want to make sure that you put a tag on ALL of your items. Your customers are just browsing, not looking for anything in particular, so if they pass something without a tag on it, they (more than likely) will not ask the price. That’s not always the case, but you would rather be safe than sorry and have that purse sold at the end of the day!

Organize

During your garage sale, things could get messy. So, beforehand, organize and keep your space tidy. People do not want to go through a maze to get to that $1.00 item. They will simply pass by it and not think twice. Plus, when they are ready to check out, you want them to be able to get to you with ease. If you have small sets of things, put them in a baggy or some type on container so the pieces will not go missing. With that being said, make sure you label everything! If the small pieces go to a larger piece, label that.

Keep It All Together

You want to keep all your like items together. Kitchen items, living room items, clothes (with sizes organized), etc. This helps you keep your area clean, and if someone is in fact looking for that specific item, you can direct them towards the section with no problem.

Too Big For Garage Sale

For your last garage sale tip, we recommend keeping it small. What do we mean when we say that? Well, you’re not going to sell a piece of furniture for $600 at a garage sale. You can put it on Craigslist. Like we mentioned before, most of your customers will not have that kind of cash on them, so keep your prices low, and make sure you have a little bank beforehand to be able to provide change.

So now that you know all about the basic garage sell tips, get on out there and get that garage sale going! Happy selling!

Tags: Garage, Garage Sale

Selecting The Right Garage Door Size

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Wed, May 27, 2015 @ 12:16 PM

When it comes to selecting your garage door, the appearance is a very wide range topic. There is the type of material, color, shape, and size. Selecting the right garage door size can be very frustrating when you do not have all the facts. There are 4 different sizes to choose from and we are sure that one is the perfect fit for you.

Single Garage Door

When it comes to your standard home, single garage doors are the perfect size for you. They can accommodate vans, cars, and standard SUV’s, cars, and small trucks. If you own a bigger truck or SUV, you should consider getting a larger overhead door. When selecting the right garage door size you will need to consider the dimensions, which for the single garage door is 10 x 7 feet, 9 x 7 feet and 8 x 7 feet all around.  When making this selection, it is very important to keep in mind what you will be using your garage for. If you own a bigger truck or SUV, you should consider getting a larger overhead door such as the double garage door.

Double Garage Doors

The double garage doors are for homeowners with multiple vehicles, or ones that need more space for their garage usage. The double doors can hold bigger vehicles and can also be used for things such a storage space. When selecting the right garage door size, you should keep in mind the length of your vehicle and know the dimensions for the double garage door which is 16 x 7 feet, 14 x 7 feet and 12 x 7 feet. If you are thinking about RV or boat storage, then you should consider the RV garage door sizes.

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RV Garage Doors

The standard RV garage door size has a width of 16 feet by 8 feet tall and the ceiling height of 9 feet. These are significantly different from your normal single/double garage door sizes. If you are a building a new space for your home or business, then just like the others, you will need to take into consideration what you will be using your garage space for. Will you be storing just the RV? Or, will you need to store other things as well?

Commercial Garage Doors

Last, but certainly not least, there are the commercial garage doors. The standard size of a commercial garage doors usually have a width of 32 feet x 2 inches and a height of 24 feet x 1 inch, but this depends on what is going in the garage. Your business trucks have to be able to fit into them and your other business supplies as well.

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Selecting the right garage door size does not have to be a hassle. Contact your local Overhead Door today for a free estimate to get you started. 

Tags: Choosing Your Garage Door, Garage

Residential Garage Selection: 3 Topics To Help You Choose

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Tue, May 05, 2015 @ 12:32 PM

Residential Garage Selection

When it comes to choosing a garage door for your home, one might think that it can be as simple as 1, 2, 3, but that is not always the case. At Overhead Door, we want to make choosing your residential garage door selection as easy as possible. Here are some pointers for a better understanding of what selections you have (pricing, basic material, and styles).

Stock Doors

Stock doors are some of your basic doors. No matter the material you choose, a basic garage door comes without significant panel design and without glass. If you choose to make upgrades, your cost, of course, will go up from there. Stock doors generally cost around $575, without installation fees and are very common in residential garage selections, but everyone wants to have their own little “touch” on their home. If you are one of those, then semi-custom doors or custom doors are for you.

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Semi-Custom Doors

Semi-custom doors are one step up from your stock doors, but instead of having your basic door you can have panel styles, glass inserts, and designs of your own. Homeowners select from a kit of styles to create the door that best suits their home. These types of doors offer more options such as more wood selections, panel designs, and different glass inserts or designer-look glass options. Semi-custom wood doors usually range from $1,500 to $3,000, not including installation or primer. Steel doors always come primed and with a baked-on finish suitable for painting.  Prices for mid-range steel doors run from around $400 to $1,200 not including installation. If you still want more, then your next step would be to look into custom doors.

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Custom Doors

Custom doors come with custom colors, finishes, panel designs, grooved panel faces, insulation, and top-quality materials, up to architectural design. We like to refer to this level of wood as the, “carriage house selection,” because it is such a high quality of wood. It holds up longer (some up to five years) and is intended to enhance the design quality of the home. If you are one that knows exactly what you would like for your garage door design, then it can be drawn architecturally and submitted to the company. Two-car garage steel doors in this range typically cost anywhere from $595 to $1,500, not including installation. If you are looking for the more customized door, then you are looking at $3000 apiece.

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Whatever your residential garage door needs, Overhead Door can help! Browse our selection of residential doors and request a FREE design consultation to find out what door is best for your 

Tags: Choosing Your Garage Door, Garage, Residential

Make Somethong Special Out of Yor Garage

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 @ 10:29 AM

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Sometimes your home can become a little cramped. With a growing family or extra guests there is never enough room for everyone. So why not use that garage as yours for extra space? Genius.

Storage. Your garage is a great space to store everything from holiday decorations to gardening supplies. But with storing all your home goods in one place it can become a little crowded. Take the time to organize your garage. The walls and ceiling are a great place to add hooks and nails to hang and store off the ground. Clear out all your closets and transfer them to the garage. Placing them in their own bins will keep it all in line. By doing so you are giving your guests a perfectly clean closet to stash their travel bags.

Extra room. The garage can be a great place to have a dinner party or dance party when the weather is nice. By organizing your garage supplies and pulling out the cars, your garage can now become an extra room. Cover your storage areas with room dividers or curtains for a cleaner look. Add a long decorated table with chairs and hang a makeshift chandelier and you are good to go.

Gym. Set up an area in your garage for a gym! By placing a mat and some old rungs along the ground, you have a good start. Add that never used gym equipment you got for Christmas and a few weights and you are good to go. Open the garage door, add a fan and some music.

Comment below for more ideas we may have forgotten!

-OHD

Tags: Garage

20 Things Your Burglar Won't Tell You

Posted by Bob weidner on Tue, Nov 04, 2014 @ 12:29 PM

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Have you thought twice about what your burglar is thinking when you leave town? Or even what you are doing when you leave the house for the day? Take a peak at what a burglar thinks when you aren't around:

  1. You know who I am. I was there last week fixing your sink, delivering your new refridgerator, or painting your home.
  2. Remember letting me in to use your home the other day to get some water while fixing your yard? Well while I was in there I made sure to unlock your back windown for future use.
  3. All those nice toys and cars outside sure mean you must have really nice things on the inside.
  4. Newpaper, it's old school but I really do check to see how many newspapers you have missed.
  5. Even though it doesn't snow here often, with no marks in the drive way it makes it obvious you aren't home.
  6. Make sure your alarm is set away from any view via the window. When I look in, I can tell if you are gone and if you forgot to set the alarm. 
  7. Some of the hardest homes for me to enter are ones with security systems above the kitchen sink and second story windows (where you keep your jewelry is kept).
  8. Bad weather? It doesn't matter to me, I am still going to be working so don't forget to lock your doors and shut your garage no matter wha.
  9. I will always knock on the door first to see if you are there.
  10. My favorite findings are in the sock drawers!
  11. Kids rooms? Not my thing.
  12. Your right, I am not going to take the time to break the safe but if it is unlocked I don't see why not.
  13. What am I wearing? Just your average outfit, I may even be dressed like your lawn service men.
  14. I hate dogs
  15. I will break a window to get in sometimes. If your neighbor hears it, they will probably wait to hear another noise, which there won't be.
  16. Most of the time, the houses I break into don't even have their alarms set.
  17. The garage is my favirite place of entry.
  18. If you leave the window open to let the cool outside air into your home, I'll just come in as well.
  19. So I saw you were on vacation today, looks like a good time to go check out your home.
  20. The windows are the best place to see what you have inside. New flat screen? I'll take it.

Tags: Garage

Anatomy Of Your Garage Door

Posted by Bob weidner on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Have you ever thought of the anatomy of your garage door? Probably not BUT knowing the parts of your door and how they work could really benefit you in long run. When there is a problem, you’ll know how to easily identify it and fix it or call a specialist when the job gets too big.

 

Follow along as we take you through the 7 aspects of your garage door.

 

Torsion Spring : This is used to counterbalance the doors weight in order to be lifted easily. This is the most dangerous part of your garage door. This spring is under constant tension. Tampering with it can cause serious injury so give an expert if you think the torsion spring is causing the issue.

 

Track : Guides the door up the ceiling and back. The track is one of the main aspects of your garage’s daily use. Preforming a seasonal check to make sure they are working optimally is beneficial. Make sure the track is clear of any debris or parts. If you are located in a salty area, corrosion can occur so be sure to give your specialist a call to insure you are using the right materials.

 

Roller : Rides inside the track, which move every time you open and close your garage door. Sometimes these rollers can become warn. Contact a specialist to learn more about how to properly replace them.

 

Hinge : Connect the horizontal sections. Sometimes these hinges can become noisy. A simple lubrication or oiling can fix it. If the problem continues, you may need to replace your hinges.

 

Section : The sections of your garage door are linked to the hinges and help fold the door as it is raising and lowering. Every garage door style has a different type of sectioning. These normally hold up well over time.

 

Lock Bar : Engages with the track to prevent the door from opening. This is used as a security measure to insure no one can enter your garage while it is closed.

 

Weather Stripping : Seals the door edges to prevent air flow. This prevents the inside of your garage from being subject to the elementsAnatomy of a garage door

 

 

Tags: Garage Door Repairs, Overhead Door, Garage Door Maintenance, Home Improvement, Home Safety, Garage, Garage Door, Garage Safety

Why Your Should Invest In A New Garage Door

Posted by Bob weidner on Mon, Oct 06, 2014 @ 01:50 PM

Yeah, yeah, your garage door isn’t exactly high on your list of things to improve on your home. But have you ever thought about what it is doing to your curb appeal? The holidays are coming, the seasons are changing, and family is on their way. Lets see what we can do to impress them!

 

Remodeling magazine’s 2014 Cost vs. Value survey shows that homeowners who upgrade their garage doors with wither mid-range or upscale replacements can expect to see some of the best returns on investments (ROI) among popular home renovation projects. Not to mention new garage doors can be highly economical and save you on your bills given the new technology and updated seals.

 

Down the road, if you ever choose to sell you home, the survey says mid-range garage door replacements can yield an average of 83.7 percent return on investment (ROI). While an upscale door can yield an average of 82.9 percent ROI!

 

So you think that may be too high? Lets look at the difference:

 

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Try our DESIGN CENTER to see what your home would look like with one of our incredible doors.

Or schedule an appointment and choose from our large selection of garage door selections.

Tags: Overhead Door, Home Improvement, Choosing Your Garage Door, Garage, Garage Door

Garage Safety - The Basics

Posted by Bob weidner on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 @ 11:48 AM

 

Garage Safety – The Basics 


Fire Safety

 

Keeping the garage door shut at all times

Did you know the garage is a burglars favorite point of entry? Make sure you keep your garage closed while you are there AND away. An easy way for you to avoid leaving the garage open with children around is having a keypad installed. This will allow the children to type in the code without have to use a car clicker.

Also, make sure to keep the door connected to the garage locked. If for some reason someone does enter your garage, the worst thing that could happen is they enter your house as well. 

 

Lighting

Install automatic lighting around your garage door to keep unwanted visitors away.

This is also a safety precaution for your family members trying to enter in the garage in the dark.

 

Animals

A garage can be an easy “mud room” for your pets. Do not lock them in the garage without a way to enter the house or venture into the yard. Think of the garage as a car. It gets really hot with no air-containing running. 

Leave plenty of water out. A great way to give your pet access to the garage area is to install a doggy door. That way they may come and go as they please.

 

Storage

Keep your garage clean and organized. Objects can cause someone to trip and fall if they are just cluttered around. Ladders need to be hung horizontally so a child will no try to climb it. Robes and wires need to be placed along the wall to avoid tangling. And when it rains, sweep up afterwards, the smooth concrete can create quite the ice rink.

 

Cautious

A garage door is the heaviest and biggest machinery in your home. Watch for children, animals, and objects before you choose to close the garage. We suggest walking along the door line to insure nothing will be hit once the door comes down. Make sure your garage door has an automated system to stop the door when it reaches an unfamiliar object.

 

Fire hazards

Garages aren’t exempt from the rules of fire safety. With all the fertilizer, chemicals, paints, and gasoline, make sure you have a fire extinguisher on hand just in case. We suggest using a Class B/C fire extinguisher.

 

Tags: Overhead Door, Home Safety, Cleaning, Garage, Garage Door, Garage Safety

Tips on turning your garage into a gym!

Posted by Bob weidner on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 @ 02:24 PM

 

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Garage Gym

 

Clear the space.

You need room to breath. Whether you need to throw a yard sale or just get organized, a gym requires space. Look into hanging things on the wall or shelving to get things off the floor. 

Add some airflow.

When you are working out, you sweat. Add some extra cool air to keep you from passing out. This could be a simple fan costing no more than $30.  Or an air condition unit costing a handful but cool air is worth it when you’re trying to break a sweat.

Keep it organized.

If you have more than one machine, sketch out a floor plan. Design your workout room so it flows and there is room to move around. When your gym looks nice, maybe you will want to work out more.

Flooring.

No one wants to lie on the hard concrete to go their crunches. Invest in a small rug or carpet to place under your machinery.

Safety First.

Always remember to keep the air flowing. Whether that is the air condition unit, a fan, or the garage door opened, just make sure not to over heat.

Tags: Overhead Door, Home Improvement, Home Safety, Cleaning, Garage

End Of Summer Garage Clean Out

Posted by Bob weidner on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 @ 10:47 AM

 




Its time.

The end of summer is near and its time to clean out your garage before the cold season hits. The children are all back at school so it is time to get organized.
Here are a few tips to help you get started:

1.

Make sure you set aside enough time. We all know how messy a garage can get so make sure you devote a day, or even a weekend to get the job done.

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Get the kids involved. Try and make it a family activity, bringing everyone together. Plus it helps with decisions on what to keep and what to toss or donate. 

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Make sure you go through everything. You may have boxes full of junk that are just there to take up space.

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Use all your wall space. The garage is a great place to hang ladders, tools, etc. Hanging allows a lot more floor space with more room for your car.

5.

Turn it into a fun building project. DIY garage projects can be a lot of fun! Building a table or shelves can bring out the best in your carpentry self.

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Enjoy. Once it is all said and done you will be happy you did it. There is nothing better than a perfectly clean garage.

 

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Tags: Overhead Door, Home Improvement, Home Safety, Cleaning, Garage

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