It’s almost that time of year again. The temperatures will start to drop, and heaps of snow and brutal winds will come with the cooler temps. If you’re new to the cold, or even a new home owner, you may not quite know what to expect.  Preparing your home ahead of time for unpredictable winter conditions is the key to a care-free season.

While you could spend a lot of money on random snow removal tools and gimmicks, there’s really only a handful of winter staples that your home will actually need. Be sure to stock up on these tools and amenities:



Snow shovels

Okay, to most of you having snow shovels in your winter combatting weaponry is a given, but sometimes it’s the blatantly obvious things that people forget to buy! You wouldn’t want to find yourself with a foot of snow on your sidewalk and no shovel. A popular shovel online is this Suncast Ergonomic shovel. It was purposefully created with this shape for optimal comfort while you shovel all day. (Well, hopefully not.)






Snow blower

If you’d rather skip shoveling all morning, than a power tool like this electric snow blower is the way to go. Yes, you’ll need to spend more money to buy it, but the time it will save you will be so worth it. Spend an hour or two, rather than all morning, clearing your driveway, and have the rest of the day to play.






Space heater

Regardless of whether or not you have a heated home, it’s sometimes not enough. Window and door cracks can let in unwanted cool air, leaving you and your family to freeze. If you have some particular spaces that are always cold (or are always cold like me!), consider buying a space heater like this Best Choice model.  






Battery Powered Lanterns

Sometimes a winter storm is so bad that it knocks down power lines, leaving you and your loved ones in the dark. Don’t sit in darkness for days and prepare ahead by buying these portable, battery-powered lanterns. Keeping them in a safe place with batteries will ensure that you can function during those scary power outages.






Sidewalk salt

One of the worst, and most dangerous, aspects of winter is slippery sidewalks. With layers of black ice, you may not even see the dangers that lie ahead of your front door. Avoid a harmful fall by laying Redmond Ice Slicer on your sidewalks in the morning.



By stocking up on these items for winter, you can watch the season come and go with ease. Planning ahead is the key to success, even when it comes to changing seasons.