As the days become shorter and chillier, now is the time to prepare your home for autumn and winter. If you are not sure how to start, Smart Storage is here to the rescue. By saying goodbye to the sunny outdoors and getting a head-start on the upcoming seasons, you’re prepared for anything the cold weather can throw at you.

Read on for our top tips about how to prepare your home ahead of the cold weather.

Store Outdoor Summer Items That Are No Longer Needed

Most people have limited space, so garage storage can only get them so far (or not far at all if you wish to keep your car inside instead of using it to store boxes). Now that summer is over, you don’t want to leave your grill, parasol or patio furniture outside all winter; after all, the cold and wet weather is sure to damage your possessions and render them useless for next summer.

So, what’s a homeowner to do if they don’t want to throw anything away but don’t have space to store their summer items (and don’t want to expose them to the cold and wet weather)?

Rely on self-storage, of course! Make sure your unused items are kept in good condition by storing them safely and securely – our domestic storage service offers flexible terms from two weeks and for as long as you need, easy-to-access units, no reservation fees, alarms and 24-hour security systems, and more.

Make Room In Your Home for Bulky Winter Items

Self-storage will also help you if you’re simply looking to make room in your home for bulkier winter items, such as blankets or portable heaters. Do you need your swimwear, beach towels, inflatables and short sleeves taking up space in your drawers and cupboards?

Instead, why not store all the summer clothing items you won’t use until next year and make way for fuzzy blankets, comfy coats, woolly hats and warm gloves? Store your beach and garden games and make room for all those wellies and raincoats!

Stack warm knitted sweaters, scarf and hat in white and grey shades

At Smart Storage, we keep all your items safe and sound at all times, and you won’t have to worry about issues such as humidity and odours.

We also provide all the boxes and packaging you could possibly need, as well as accessories such as bubble wrap and tape.  We’ll even deliver them to your door.

Clean Everything Before Storing It

While it’s crucial that your belongings are stored safely, it’s also important that they maintain their condition whilst in storage.  The best way to ensure that your belongings come out of storage in the same condition as you put them in, is to clean everything first.  Stains should be removed, mud should be cleaned completely, any clothing items should be washed thoroughly, and your swimwear and other beach essentials need to be carefully washed to remove any leftover saltwater or sand.

In short, just make sure that all of the items you wish to put in storage are completely clean and dry, as this will prolong the lifespan of your belongings.

Plant Vegetables Instead of Flowers

Planting vegetables instead of flowers will allow you to have a flourishing garden during the colder seasons. Flowers don’t tend to grow a lot in winter, but vegetables do – and don’t require a lot of upkeep either. Vegetables such as broccoli don’t even need that much protection from the weather, so you can just plant them and enjoy a bountiful garden throughout the winter.

Make Sure Your Home is Properly Insulated

The best way to keep heat inside the home while keeping electric bills low is to have good insulation. So, make sure you assess how you can best insulate your home now, before the weather becomes too cold – be that checking the level of insulation in your loft or securing drafty windows.

Closing the curtains and using draft excluders can also help to keep heat in – especially in older buildings The added bonus is that it makes the home all inviting and warm, perfect for cosy winter nights by the fire.

insulating house for cold weather

Make All the Repairs You Need Now, Not Later

When your to-do list scares you, it can be very tempting to just procrastinate and leave some tasks for a later time. Repairs are usually one of these tasks – but it pays to make a few essential home checks.  Look at your guttering for cracks and blockages to ensure that wet weather doesn’t lead to streams of water pouring down the side of your home and causing water damage. If you have one, get the chimney inspected and cleaned now before you set a winter fire roaring.

And, when spring comes around again, you’ll be pleased you repaired the lawnmower or dealt with a bicycle that needs new wheels before you put them into storage.

At Smart Storage, we offer self-storage in Liverpool, self-storage in Preston, self-storage in the Wirral, self-storage in Warrington, self-storage in Widnes and self-storage in Altrincham, so there’s always a unit near you where you can store your possessions ahead of winter.

Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about our storage services and the many features our units provide. Our friendly staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.