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With the cold season approaching fast, many homeowners start asking themselves if they know how to properly winterize a home.
Homeowners should start the process of winter-proofing their belongings. From tools and outdoor furniture to sporting equipment and recreational vehicles, most households contain items that need to be protected from rain, snow and freezing.
Finding enough space at home to properly protect all these items away from the harsh winter weather can be challenging. Your garage, shed or basement might be not enough to contain all of them and also allow you to comfortably use these spaces according to their primary purposes.
One way to compensate for the lack of storage space in your home is by renting a self storage unit, a solution that many Americans are already taking advantage of.
A recent STORAGECafe survey saw about a third of the respondents declaring that they are self storage customers, and an additional 11% of the respondents said they are planning to rent a storage unit in the future.
The reason why so many people are self storage users is due to the accessibility and affordability of the service. You get to keep your belongings in a safe place, located somewhere near your home, and you can usually pick up and drop off stuff seven days per week.
Whether you have enough space at home to properly protect your belongings during the winter or you’re planning to rent a self storage unit, here is a list of all the household items that should be protected during the cold season and ideas about how to prepare them for winter storage:
Remove dirt and grease from gardening tools – spades, forks, shovels, rakes, and so on – before storing them for the winter. The tools must be perfectly clean and dry, otherwise they’ll start rusting and will eventually be rendered useless.
Empty the tanks of all equipment that works on gasoline or other types of liquid fuel, like lawnmowers and chainsaws, and thoroughly wipe all the surfaces clean. Cover the blades and other sharp components of these tools to protect them and also to avoid accidents while manipulating them. Take out batteries, where appliable, and make sure you store them in a place where temperatures don’t drop below freezing.
Outdoor furniture lasts a lot longer if you put it in storage during the winter, so it doesn’t get covered in snow and it doesn’t go through multiple freezing/thawing cycles. That’s especially true for furniture made of plastic or composite materials. However, if your outdoor furniture is massive or heavy, and therefore difficult to move and store, make sure you encase it with some sort of waterproof covering — you should do this too if it is made of wood.
Also, if your barbecue grill is not installed on a covered deck or patio, you should either move it somewhere inside or cover it. Either way, make sure that you remove any remaining charcoal or wood from inside the grill, and that you scrub all its components vigorously before retiring it for the winter.
Say goodbye to all these fun vehicles for now, but make sure you’ll be able to enjoy them again next spring, by storing them safely and properly.
In the case of bikes, start by washing the entire frame with water, regular dish soap, and a soft brush. Wipe it dry, then use some silicon oil on it for extra protection. Clean and lube the chain. If you’re planning to store the bike in a standing position, inflate the tires and check them every few weeks. If the tires deflate, the rims of your bike will get damaged. An alternative solution is to hang your bike on a wall, or to remove the wheels, dismantle the frame, and put it in a bike bag.
Regardless of how you decide to store it, it’s important to avoid humid environments like basements.
As for the other small two- and four-wheelers people might have around, like buggies, ATVs, dirt bikes and motorbikes, there are a few steps you must follow before storing them for winter:
Vintage cars are cool and gorgeous, but what they’re usually not is suitable to be driven during winter. For your safety, it’s better to use them only during the summer months and to put them in storage for the winter.
Here are the main things you should keep an eye on to make sure your beloved vintage car gets to see spring again:
Preparing these vehicles for the winter is a far more complex task that preparing a regular car. There are many details you need to consider, and many tanks and batteries to protect.
Here are the main steps for getting your RV ready for winter storage:
Following all the steps in this checklist will help you make sure that all your important belongings are well protected during the winter months.
This will ensure that you’ll be able to enjoy them again in the spring once the cold weather breaks!
About the author: The above article on “The Complete Winter Storage Checklist For Your Belongings” was written by Kyle Hiscock, a top real estate agent in Pittsford NY with RE/MAX Realty Group.
Since being launched in 2013, Kyle has published more than 150 quality, in-depth, and unique real estate related articles on the Rochester Real Estate Blog pertaining to topics varying from home selling to mortgages and everything in between! In addition to quality real estate related content, there are also many quality articles pertaining to the Greater Rochester NY area.
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