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3 Things to Look For in a Custom Closet or Garage System

As with any home remodeling project, adding a custom closet or garage organization system to your home requires a lot of research. You, of course, want the best value for your budget, but with all of the options out there, it can be difficult to determine whether or not you are actually getting a good deal – especially when so many companies offer “free” installations or discounts that sound too good to be true. So how can you tell the difference between a truly good deal and a company that’s just marking up their normal prices to offer larger discounts? Here are three things to look out for:

Materials

Are the closet or garage cabinets made from low-quality particle board, or are they made from high-quality melamine? One sign of a good product is a scratch-resistant finish that holds up against stains, moisture and heat. You will also want full-swing, soft-close hinges. When choosing garage cabinets, look for wall-anchored units with full backing and fixed or adjustable shelving that can hold up to 100 lbs. For ultimate accessibility, we recommend cabinets with dual-track sliding doors built without a center dividing post. Count the number of shelves, the number of drawers and accessories.  Are the drawers using ¾ extension or full-extension drawer slides?  Are there different color options to match your décor? All these things can contribute to a difference in price.

Your contractor should also offer a wide range of accessories to help you get the most out of your space. Popular options include tie racks, hidden swing-out ironing boards, concealed hampers, and more.

This is one part of your home design where you don’t want to sacrifice quality to save a few dollars. The right cabinetry and shelving will last the life of your home. Choose a company that offers a lifetime warranty that covers replacement should the product ever fail.

Value

You know your storage needs better than anyone. But part of what makes a custom installation valuable is the ability of the designer to engineer the perfect solution within your existing space to meet those needs. This means they need to provide an in-home consultation – free of charge. After that, expect a 3D rendering that will show you exactly how the closet or garage cabinets will look after installation in your home. From there, a good contractor will work with you to get everything exactly right. A high-quality system built for your home is sure to add value while you live there, as well as if you ever decide to sell it.

Contractor Reliability

As with any home improvement project, you should take bids and proposals from several different contractors before you hire one. You aren’t only looking for affordability. You need someone that’s reliable and highly skilled. Not only should they complete the project in a timely fashion, but they should also address all of your needs and concerns. The quality of their craftsmanship will be apparent in the finished product, so ask to see samples of their work.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to home renovation projects, many homeowners think only of making the home look more appealing to guests and so may be tempted to sacrifice aesthetic appeal to save costs in areas guests won’t see. However, consider how often guests see any part of your home in comparison to how much you see it. You spend enough time in your home to justify adding a functional, yet beautiful upgrade that makes life easier. If a closet or garage renovation deal seems too good to be true, it probably is, so proceed with caution.

We partner with only the best home organization companies to design and install our comprehensive line of custom cabinetry and organization systems for closets, garages, pantries, home offices, and wall beds. To find an Organizers Direct installer for your home renovation project, use our dealer locator tool to find a home organization systems designer near you.

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