A garage sale is a great way to make some extra money, as well as clear some clutter in your house. Before you do this, however, you need to get your garage ready. You should first start out by making sure everything is in good working order, and then cleaning it.

Garage Door Maintenance

Hire a technician to do a visual inspection of your garage. He or she will likely look at the garage door pulleys, rollers, cables and springs, as well as all the mounting hardware for signs of damage or wear and tear.

If your garage came with an automatic door opener, the technician may do a balance test. This is to ensure the door will open and close properly.  The technical will also likely test the reversing mechanism on the garage. This mechanism is a safety feature with garage doors to ensure the door does not fully close when something is below it, such as a small child. Instead of closing, it should immediately reverse.

Whatever the technician finds should be repaired, as you want the garage to be safe for your visitors.

Garage Shelving Units

If you have no storage space in your garage, you should consider purchasing some shelving units. You can find freestanding metal units, which are great for garages, at most home supply stores.  Make sure the shelving units are sturdy. Check the amount of weight each shelf can hold so you know what you can store on them.

Walk around your garage and pick up all gardening supplies, tools, etc. that may be laying around. Purchase some plastic bins so you can separate everything, and put the bins on the shelving unit. This not only helps you get organized, but tidies up your garage.

Garage Floor

Your garage floor is likely dirty from oil leaks, dirt from car or truck tires, road salt, and more. Purchase a large push broom that has rigid bristles if you do not already have one. It will make your job much easier when sweeping the garage floor. Sweep the entire floor to get out as much of the dirt and dust as you can.

If you have any oil or grease stains, put a layer of cat litter over them to absorb any excess. Leave it on there for at least a day, and then use the push broom to sweep it off. Pour some dry dishwasher detergent on the stains, and let it sit for 45 minutes. After this time, pour some boiling water over the detergent, and scrub the area with a hand scrubber or your broom.

Once all of the stains are removed, use a pressure washer to clean the entire garage floor.

Garage Smell

Most garages do not have the best smell, and before you have your garage sale, you should leave the door open as much as you can for a few days to air it out.  Set up some fans in the garage and let them run also.  Look around on the walls to see if you find any mold. If you do, put two cups of oxygen bleach into a gallon of water. Put on some rubber gloves, dip a sponge in the water, and wipe the walls down.

To remove odors put some white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle, and spray it around the garage.  If you do not like the vinegar smell, put a few drops of your favorite essential oil, such as orange, rosemary, or peppermint, into the vinegar bottle.

Put a few opened boxes of baking soda around the garage out of sight. This will also help keep odors away during your garage sale. Talk to a professional like http://planooverhead.com.