10 Ways to Get Your Garage Ready for Winter
Before the snow starts to fly this season, take some time to get your garage in order. Follow these 10 tips to get organized and make sure your garage is ready for winter—it will make winter a whole lot easier.
Rotate Seasonal Items
Take some time to push summer items such as the lawn mower, garden tools and hoses to the back of the garage, and winter items such as shovels and salt to a spot that’s easier to get to. You can also move sports gear such as soccer and basketballs to the back and sleds and skis forward. These are the 27 things every homeowner should get done before winter.
Check the Snowblower
Make sure your snowblower is ready for battle. It’s easier to fix any problems now than it will be when you have 10 inches of fresh snow on the ground and can’t get the snowblower to start! You’ll also need to move it to a spot in the garage where you can easily get it out without moving the car. Is your snowblower ready for the first big dump of the season?
Create A Drop Zone
If you have an attached garage, set up a drop zone near the entrance to your home so you don’t track mud, snow and ice through the house. Set up a spot for boots and items such as wet mittens, scarves, hats and coats. Check out these 12 DIY entryway boot tray ideas.
Set Up Wall Storage
Use your garage walls to your advantage. Install racks to hang sports equipment such as skis and sleds, and to keep shovels from falling over. Try these 27 life-changing garage organization ideas.
It’s best to not let fluids such as paint, weed killer and wood stain spend the winter in an unheated garage. If you live in an area where it get really cold, consider moving these liquids from the garage to the basement, out of the reach of children and pets, of course. You should never store these 10 things in your garage.
Check for cracks, both inside and outside the garage. Seal any cracks with caulk or expanding foam to prevent pests from taking up residence in the garage over the winter months. Learn how to replace garage door weather stripping.
If you spend a lot of time in the garage during the winter, consider installing a heating unit or adding insulation to the space. You can also help keep cold air out by adding some weather stripping to the doors and windows. These are the 15 things you should insulate before winter.
Check the Garage Door
Make sure your garage door and opener is running properly. Lubricate moving metal parts and check the door regularly for signs of ice buildup. Keep your garage door running smoothly with these maintenance tips.
Add Floor Mats
Garage floors can get slippery fast and that’s when injuries happen. Add some non-slip floor mats to areas of the garage floor that see heavy foot traffic to help prevent slips and falls. Choose a garage floor option that’s perfect for your needs and budget.
Get Ready for Ice and Snow
Make sure you’re stocked up on salt for the sidewalk and driveway, and that your shovels are ready to go. You’ll also want to move ice scrapers to the car. Put all supplies in a place that’s easy to get to. These 10 great snow and ice removal hacks will help you this season.