Sunday, February 12, 2017

Get Ready For Spring!


It’s that time of year again!

We’re all grabbing our Windex, paper towels, all-purpose cleaning spray, and toothbrushes. That’s right- spring cleaning is upon us. For some, we can’t wait to jump into the cleaning frenzy. But others are more hesitant because… What do we actually NEED for spring cleaning, and how much will it cost?

We have put together a list of six essentials you’ll need for a flawless spring cleaning! Also, we included the average cost to purchase this equipment versus what it will cost to rent it for a day from One Garage Over!

Power Washer

The benefits of a power washer are priceless! You can clean grime and weather wear off your fencing, brick/siding, driveway, garage door, outdoor furniture, and even trash cans. A few good brands are Karcher, Generac, AR Blue Clean, and Greenworks. Average purchase cost: $350-$450. Average rental cost from One Garage Over: $15-$30/day.

Rototiller

Thinking about starting a garden this spring? How about helping your flower bed out a bit? After a long fall and winter, the ground in your front beds will be tough and compact. A rototill should definitely be on your list of must-haves. These amazing power tools loosen up dirt and cuts down significantly on the time it would take to do it with any other garden tool. Some trusted brands are Craftsman, Earthwise, and Husqvarna. Average purchase cost: $175-$350. Average rental cost from One Garage Over: $15-$25/day.

Hedge trimmer

While we’re talking about gardens, have you taken a look at your hedges? If they’re anything like mine, you might be thinking “yikes.”
Hedge trimmers can come in a variety of styles and sizes. Some are manual (think large scissors!) and some are electric or gas. Whichever kind you’re most comfortable with using, there’s one out there for you! A few great brands include G Tech, Bosch, Stihl, and Black & Decker. Average purchase cost: $50-$175. Average rental cost from One Garage Over: $10-$20/day.

Lawn Mower

I don’t know many people who truly enjoy mowing their lawn. But the grass is no longer dormant after the winter, and it’s time to get it looking green and clean once more. There are several types of lawn mowers, from push-mowers, to riding lawnmowers, to tractors. Suggested brands are Husqvarna, Snapper, Toro, and Craftsman. Average purchase cost: $150-$300. Average rental cost from One Garage Over: $15-$25/day.

Ladder

Throughout the fall and winter, piles of leaves can clog gutters and make it difficult for the water to come down the drains. A nice ladder could be your answer keeping your gutters clean and basements dry by making sure the water moves away from the foundation of your house! What about washing the exterior windows on your home? Depending on your needs, you may only need a step ladder while others may require a large extension ladder. Trusted brands include Werner, Keller, Little Giant, and Babcock. Average purchase cost: $60-$150. Average rental cost from One Garage Over: $5-$20/day. 

Steam cleaner

Let’s move indoors! Carpet can become quite the beast with how much pet hair, dirt, and germs it holds. Vacuuming can only do much, but a steam cleaner can get deep down into the carpet and pull out what’s hiding underneath. There are handheld steam cleaners, push steam cleaners, hardwood/tile steam cleaners, and many others. A couple brands to check out are Bissell and Euroflex. Average purchase cost: $150-$300. Average rental cost from One Garage Over: $15-$25/day.

So there you have it! It’s time to attack your house and lawn, and now you know where to start.

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Friday, July 1, 2016

HeyNeighbor Changes Name To One Garage Over

Greenville, SC – July 1, 2016 – HeyNeighbor announced this week that the company is officially changing its name to One Garage Over.

Founder & CEO, Kristian Pflieger, explains that the new name will reflect the growing focus and vision of the company, adding, “The Company’s name change will help us better identify with future users and their neighbors, giving us a better foundation to expand our brand.”

About One Garage Over

One Garage Over is a community marketplace for users to locate and rent tools, equipment, and other household items from neighbors and friends that may be located just down the street. Unlike traditional brick and mortar rental businesses, One Garage Over connects those who need tools with those who have them within their community and securely handles the rental transaction.

Contact

One Garage Over, Inc.
Kristian Pflieger
Founder, CEO
kristian@onegarageover.com
www.onegarageover.com

Monday, October 19, 2015

What I learned from the Founders Institute

I had the privilege to be a part of the inaugural class of the Founders Institute in Greenville, SC. I have to admit that it was an arduous and stressful journey, filled with sleepless nights fueled by almost impossible deadlines, and last minute curve balls that force you to scrap everything and start over. That being said, I would do it all over again. Below are a few of the lessons that I have learned during my time in the Founders Institute.

Ideas are easy, execution is hard

At one time or another we have all had an idea for a product or service that will change the world; however, very few become are CEO’s of amazing companies that were built from the ground up. That’s because ideas are the easy part. It takes A LOT of work to make an idea a reality.

It doesn’t have to be perfect

When I started working on my idea, I envisioned this amazingly slick mobile application that would solve every one of my customers’ needs. The reality is that perfection is an almost unattainable goal. You have to learn to work with what you’ve got where you are, and the majority of the time both of those will be far from perfect.

Lawyers are your friends

If you’re like me, then you have never really liked lawyers. More than likely due to the prevailing stigma that they are all money hungry sharks who try to weasel their way out of anything and everything that they can. However, I have learned that a good lawyer is an important asset who can help guide you in the right direction, and keep from making huge mistakes.

You can’t do it all

A good team of dedicated individuals is an invaluable asset. No matter how talented and smart you are, you are not an expert at everything. You have to learn to identify your weaknesses and find others that can pick up the slack in the areas that you are lacking.

You have to be humble

For all of the reasons mentioned above and for all of the countless other reasons that have not been mentioned… You. Have. To. Be. Humble. The fact of the matter is that you will make mistakes, and you have to be able to recognize them, ask for forgiveness, and then work to correct them.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Power of Community

Labor Day of 2015 is a weekend that I will remember for the rest of my life. It was a weekend that reiterated to me a very important lesson that many of us take for granted, the importance of your community. 

For a majority of the American population, Labor Day weekend is typically the final celebration of summer. Where family, friends, and neighbors gather together to relax, grill out, and enjoy the outdoors before the chill of the coming winter begins to creep in. Unfortunately, our neighborhood was unable to enjoy such pleasantries due to a microburst that hit on Friday evening just before sunset. For those who are unfamiliar, a microburst is a column of air that flows straight down and then spreads out in all directions and is capable of producing winds of over 100mph.


When the microburst hit, my wife and I were at our neighbor’s house preparing to engage in our planned Labor Day festivities of grilling out and enjoying a few beers. Instead we watched in horror as large oak trees were uprooted and thrown around as if they were toothpicks. Fortunately no one was injured, however, several houses and other structures were severely damaged. 

As soon as the winds subsided many neighbors, including myself, ventured outside into the still driving rain to check on our neighbors wellbeing and offer assistance to those that needed it. Half an hour later, the rain stopped, and the entire neighborhood was out in force, helping one another. They showed up with buckets, mops, tarps, wheelbarrows, chainsaws; and a plethora of other items. Often first introducing themselves to their neighbor for the first time, and then immediately offering to help in any way that they could.

It was an extremely frightening and traumatic experience for everyone in our little neighborhood, but in the end it brought us closer together and provided proof to us all of the importance of community. 

I truly believe that we all need to place more importance on getting to know our neighbors, because community is a truly powerful thing.