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How To Prepare Your House for the Cold Weather

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As it gets closer to the depths of winter, now is the time to sort out your home, so it’s ready for those cold, long months ahead, and Kangaroo Self Storage is here to help. When we say goodbye to the last of the family visitors over Christmas and put away the fold-up bed, table extension, and spare chairs, now is a good time to get the house and garden in order ahead of the inevitable cold snap.

Here are some tips on how to prepare your home for the cold weather.

Make Sure Your Property Is Insulated

Winter has the potential to make those energy bills skyrocket, and there’s nothing worse than rising energy bills. The best way to keep heat in the home and help keep those bills down is to ensure your home is well insulated. Check the level of insulation in your loft and secure those draughty windows and doors with draught excluders.

Keep curtains closed to help keep heat in, especially in older buildings that may not have double glazing. As well as keeping costs down, your home will be all cosy and ready for cold winter nights snuggled up by the fire.

Make All the Repairs Sooner Rather Than Later

Things like home repairs and maintenance can seem daunting, and it’s easy to put them off for a later date. However, it pays to be on top of things. Check your guttering for cracks and blockages so the wet weather won’t lead to more significant problems down the line, like leaks in your roof or walls that could cause severe water damage. If you have one, check your chimney so you can get that fire roaring on those chilly winter nights.

Man fixing a radiator

Make a Home Cold Weather Pack

Make sure you know where you’ve put your candles and torches, and check you’ve got matches and batteries too. You might want to consider putting a few cupboard essentials together such as:

  • Long-life milk, tea, and coffee
  • Non-perishable food such as tins of soup and instant noodles
  • A camping stove and blankets are always good to keep in a handy place should you need them

Additionally, you should stock up on household fuel and other necessities like medicines, especially if you live rurally and travel in poor weather is difficult.

Keep a list of useful telephone numbers to hand or make sure you’ve entered them into your mobile phone. Looking around for contact details for electricians and plumbers just when you need them can often make a stressful situation worse.

Put Outdoor Summer Items in Storage

Space is precious and often limited. A garage and attic can only get you so far, and you may not have those, or you’d rather keep essential things in there, like your car. If your summer furniture, not to mention the BBQ, are still flying around outside or cluttering your drive, you should move them so they don’t become damaged by the weather. But if you don’t have the space, what can you do with them?

man loading boxes into storage unit

You can put them into self-storage, of course! With our 24/7 security system, your unused items can be kept safe and secure inside one of our household storage facilities located across Scotland and North West England. You can store with us for as long as you need, and with our flexible storage solutions, you won’t be locked into a lengthy contract. In addition, you can upgrade or downgrade to differently sized units completely free of charge if you find extra things tucked away at the back of your attic or wish to take items out when you need them at home.

Make Room At Home for Bulky Winter Items

The glory of self-storage is that you can use it to help organise your home throughout the seasons and make it a more enjoyable space to live. For example, using self-storage will now mean you have room for all those bulkier winter items, such as fluffy blankets and portable heaters. It’s winter, after all; do you really need your swimwear, inflatables, beach towels and picnic baskets taking up all that space?

Create some space and store away all those summer items you won’t use for many months. Make way for blankets, big coats, scarves, hats and gloves, and get those beach accessories and garden games into storage to give room for your wellies and raincoats.

At Kangaroo Self Storage, your items are always safe and sound with us. You can even purchase boxes and packaging accessories like tape and bubble wrap, and we’ll deliver them to you! We offer household self-storage across the UK, including:

So, there’s a unit nearby to store your things in over winter. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our storage facilities; our friendly team are more than happy to help.

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