Winter self-storage

5 Tips for Self-Storage in the Winter

Winter self-storageWinter is coming. The cold will require some extra steps be taken to protect your things.  You’ll find now is the best time to check up on your storage and make sure everything is ready.  Let’s look over a few tips.

 

Why Have Seasonal Storage?

There are many things people don’t use during the colder months.  Especially if you have a small living space, seasonal storage can free up a lot of room in your house.  Seasonal clothing, recreational gear, lawn equipment, motorcycles and ATVs, these are all things that you won’t be using over the winter.  They all need to go somewhere, so why not put them in storage? That way, you won’t be bothered with them in your home.

 

Tips For Winter Storage

 

1. Make Repairs

When you put things into storage for the winter, you don’t usually plan to take them out again until you plan to use them.  It’s very inconvenient to pull an item out you want to use only to find it needs repairs.  To avoid this hassle, make any necessary repairs to your summer items before you put them away for the season.

 

2. Clean Everything

Things that sit gather dust and moisture, which can cause corrosion.  How much worse will that damage be if they’re already dirty before you put them in storage? Before you put anything into storage, make sure you clean it thoroughly.  This will not only protect it from the elements, but make it much easier to clean when you pull it out in the spring.

 

3. Use Cotton or Wool Covers

Vinyl or plastic covers are a bad idea for long-term storage.  They trap moisture, which leads to rot and rust.  A much better option is to use wool or cotton.  They breathe, allowing moisture to pass through it as it evaporates.  It can make all the difference for protecting your items.

 

4. Keep Electronics Off The Ground

The cold can damage electronics and batteries. Since cold air sinks, it’s always colder on the ground.  If you must store electronics over the winter, keep them elevated.  Put them on shelves, or get some wood pallets to keep them raised.  This will help keep your devices in good condition while they are in storage.

 

5. Winterize Your Summer Vehicles

One of the most common items to store over the winter are your summer vehicles.  Motorcycles, ATVs, even certain kinds of cars are best driven in the summer and put away during the winter.   Take steps to protect your vehicles from the cold.  SE Performance recently put out an article for winterizing your motorcycle and it’s full of good advice.  Take similar steps for other kinds of vehicles.  If you don’t know what they are, you can check with a local mechanic, who will be happy to help you out.

 

We’ve Got The Space

If you’re looking to make some space in your house this winter, consider coming to us for some seasonal storage.  Since we have no time commitments, you’re free to load up over the winter and empty out in the summer.  Feel free to get in touch with us to get a quote, or find out about our availability.  We recently completed expansions to our facilities, so we’ve got plenty of space for you to rent.