If you’re into DIY and landscaping, chances are you have a shed sitting in your backyard. Sheds are a great place to store the supplies you need to keep your house in tip-top shape. From lawn mowers to chainsaws, your shed is a valuable asset for your property. Which means taking care of your shed should also be a top priority.
Although your shed doesn’t need a stellar interior (unless you have one of these awesome game day sheds, of course), you should still do everything you can to ensure that this little hut is keeping all of your supplies safe and dry through the winter. Fall is the perfect time to get prepared for the long winter ahead, and this checklist should help you cover all of your bases.
1) Clean it up
Since pests are probably the last things you’ll want in your shed, cleaning it out should be your first task. Take out the supplies and give it a good scrub. Wipe down the shelves, sweep up the floor, and get rid of any cobwebs or debris build up in the corners.
2) Inspect for holes
While you have everything out of your shed, check to make sure there aren’t any holes in the walls, roof or floor. Holes could result in snow and water build up in your shed, and can give rats (or even snakes!) a front door to your shed for the winter.
3) Go through your supplies
Before loading all of your supplies back into the shed, check to see if you still need all of them. Chances are you’ll come across a can or two of some kind of spray or paint that is no longer needed.
4) Properly store machinery
As you load everything back into the shed, make sure to properly store all of your machinery. That stuff is expensive, so you probably don’t want to deal with any rust or damage when spring rolls around.
5) Check the exterior
Now that everything is back in place, it’s time to check the exterior. Check the walls for any signs of damage from the year. It’s also wise to check the shrubbery around the shed as well. Get rid of any random tree branches or shrubbery that could mess with the walls of your shed during those colder months.
6) Examine the roof
The roof is the most important part of the shed during the winter time, since it holds snowfall and blocks those strong winds. Make sure to check for any rusting if you have a metal roof or cracked panels if it’s wood. If your roof has shingles, make sure to swap out any loose ones beforehand. The nails on your roof can also rust, so give those a check as well.
7) Paint the wood
Some experts recommend that you paint the woodwork of your shed at least once a year. That extra coating is just another layer that can protect your supplies during a harsh winter.