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November 7, 2022

Winter Self-Storage Tips

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Colder weather presents a unique situation for storage needs, begging a few essential questions, including what can be stored safely during winter, what facility is best for those items, and how to get the most value out of storage spaces.

Especially when it comes to larger assets such as RVs, cars, and boats, ensuring that these are properly stored is crucial to prevent loss and damage over the winter. Extra Room Self Storage can help you decide how to protect any item you need to store over the colder months.

Ideal Items for Winter Storage

Certain items make more sense to put into temporary storage as temperatures drop until warmer weather returns. Consider storing these items during the winter:

  • Pool toys and equipment
  • Yard tools
  • Landscaping equipment
  • Lawn mowers
  • Leaf blowers
  • Weed trimmers
  • Bicycles
  • Motorcycles
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Cars, especially classics and convertibles
  • ATVs
  • Scooters
  • RVs
  • Boats

Best Winter Storage Facility Features

Ideally, having a climate-controlled unit adds additional protection against low temperatures, and having a drive-up storage unit helps keep you out of the cold as much as possible during loading and unloading.

Extra Room Self Storage offers many of these features recommended for winter storage throughout the South Carolina coast. Some of our locations also have plenty of outdoor vehicle storage for cars, trucks, ATVs, motorcycles, golf carts, trailers, boats, and more. Extra Room Self Storage offers many of these features recommended for winter storage throughout the South Carolina coast.

Prepping and Maintaining Your Storage Unit During Winter

Extra Room Self Storage has plenty of year-round storage tips. Tips specifically for winter storage include:

  • Cleaning your items: Clean items, especially tools, thoroughly before storing them. Ensure there’s no dampness or dirt on them to prevent freezing and wear.
  • Removing any fuel: For any liquid-fueled items in storage, such as lawnmowers or leaf blowers, remove any unused fuel before storage.
  • Applying coverings: Cover your furniture and delicate items like electronics with cotton or wool covers. Use packing materials like packing peanuts for insulation; this not only helps prevent scratches but protects your items from the cold weather.
  • Securely store electronics: Keep electronics off the floor. Elevate them to minimize heat loss and properly secure them to prevent damage.
  • Taking pictures: Taking pictures of stored items and their serial numbers is helpful for insurance purposes in case of a natural disaster.

Make sure shelving units and other storage accessories are assembled correctly and are stable before you put anything away. You will also want to ensure temperature and other environmental controls function correctly for climate-controlled storage. Following these tips will help prevent damage to your personal goods, inventory, and assets while they are being stored.

The Best Winter Storage Solutions in North Charleston, Myrtle Beach & Moncks Corner

Extra Room Self Storage offers storage that perfectly aligns with your winter storage needs. Gated facilities with personalized gate access, on-site security cameras, and well-lit sites are standard at our locations. Whether it’s drive-up storage, vehicle storage, or climate-controlled storage, we’ve got what you need.

We offer the best local customer service with knowledgeable staff always there to help. We also offer the following:

  • Online rental options
  • Personal security code for our gated system
  • Phenomenal security
  • MiniCo Self-Storage Insurance
  • Packing supplies such as boxes, furniture pads, locks, and tape
  • A variety of unit sizes are available for storage, from walk-in closets to one-car garages

To learn more about which winter storage features are available near you, contact us online or call our locations at Myrtle Beach (843) 236-9633; North Charleston (843) 501-7655; or Moncks Corner (843) 970-9715.