Storage Tips for Outdoorsmen: How to Store Your Guns, Bows & Gear

Some hunters prefer perfecting their turkey calls and hitting that small kill zone when taking down a tom in the spring. Others anxiously await the month of November every year to potentially add their names to the Pope and Young Club record book for tagging that monster whitetail, American Elk or some other species.

Regardless of your favorite target, you must take proper care of your equipment to ensure maximum efficiency in all aspects of your hunts. Improper storage and maintenance can cause all kinds of damage that shortens the life of your gear. The following three tips address some of the more commonly neglected pre-storage steps for your expensive equipment.

Gun Cleaning and Storage

Muzzleloaders should always be cleaned after each use. Fouling, whether copper or lead, will not only alter your rifle’s accuracy, but it will ultimately destroy the barrel completely. Unload the rifle preferably by shooting at a safe target, and then remove the action by taking off the breech plug. Use a bore brush and a good solvent to remove all fouling from the barrel. Immerse the plug in solvent until all fouling comes off.

Do not reassemble until everything is completely dry. Always lubricate both the inside and outside of the barrel with some type of synthetic oil to prevent rust. Invest in a gun safe — preferably a fire-resistant and waterproof model — if you’ll be storing your firearms at home. Those storing in public facilities should use a molded case for each gun and opt for a climate-controlled unit.

Bow Maintenance

Despite the popularity of compound bows rising every year among hunters, Olympic competitors are still only allowed to use traditional (recurve) bows. The latter are more difficult for beginners to shoot but far easier to maintain. But that is no excuse to neglect your investment.

Listen and feel for unusual noises, vibrations and anything else out of the ordinary with your compound bow. Stop using it immediately if any of the aforementioned are present, as preventative measure can nip an inevitable cracked limb in the bud. Inspect the string for fraying and any other wear and tear. Have it replaced immediately if the damage is excessive. Apply wax to the string weekly, particularly during the peak hunting season. Lubricate the cams with a good gun oil as well.

Its best to take compound bows to a professional bowyer before hunting season and when it ends for a checkup. If you’re confident in your abilities, you can also tune your bow yourself. Your bow should be kept in a case when not in use for long periods of time.

Hunting Clothes and Shoes

Everything you wear in the field must be scent-free to maximize your chances of success. Wash everything in warm water and baking soda. Hang your garments and cover them with garbage bags. You do not want basement or garage smell accumulating on your clothes during long-term storage. Sprinkle baking soda in your boots as well before storage.

Good maintenance means longevity for your gear. It will also save you money and time in the long run.

Home Selling 101: How To Do It The Right Way?

If you are planning to put your home up for sale in the next few months, you will want to first work on every part of the building that’s in bad shape since any issues can significantly lower the market price. And it doesn’t really matter what time of year you decide to sell – all you need to do is take a few wise steps to ensure a speedy and legit sale. Whether you’re a first-time or a seasoned seller, the following tips will help you sell your property the right way and as quickly as possible.

 

Set the right price from the start

 

Once you’ve decided to sell your home, you will definitely need to price it well. Now, you got it all wrong if you think that you can just price your property based on how much you bought it for and maybe add a bit of a mark-up and that’s it. Note that potential buyers don’t focus on how much you paid for the home, the cost of improving it, or even the down payment that you will be paying for your next property. All they care about is simply the house. You will need to get a comparative market analysis (CMA) from realtors if you want to price your home right.

When a property is priced too high, the buyers and their agents will literally stay away, assuming that you are either not serious about selling it or you’re just unwilling to negotiate. To come up with a reasonable price, you should first determine the prices of the comparable properties sold recently, on-the-market homes, as well as properties that still have not sold. Then, make an initial evaluation of those homes compared to your own property based on the size, location, facilities, and status and price your home accordingly.

 

Improve the curb appeal of your home

 

There is no second chance to make a first impression. So, now that you have put your property up for sale, you will want to make sure that your house looks amazing, since potential buyers are doing their initial drive-bys before they schedule the actual showing.

You can improve the curb appeal of your home by painting the front door, power washing the siding,  and generally cleaning and fixing everything regardless of how trivial it may seem. These curb appeal improvements will get you quite far, but there are also other things you can do to increase the value of the house. Remember that what the buyer sees when pulling up the driveway or walking through the front door sets their overall expectations.

Get a real estate agent

 

You may need to involve a professional realtor so as not to risk losing thousands of dollars trying to sell it on your own. According to the National Association of Realtors, homes sold by real estate agents fetch higher prices than those sold without one. Note that your realtor will be in charge of advertising, showing the property, as well as completing legal requirements of buying and selling your home, so you will need to choose wisely.

Staging your home the right way

 

Prepare every room to look its best. This includes setting up the living area, bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen. In case there is a room that looks odd or seldom used, now is the time you gave it purpose. For example, the odd alcove off your kitchen can be turned into an office, making it more appealing to the eye.

Make the property easy to show

 

A house you’re selling won’t sell if you do not show it to prospective buyers. People will want to look at the home and this is the time you should be most available. Some buyers will even want to visit at night, in the morning, or on the weekends, sometimes with very little notice. It is also important to get out of sight when showing the house to potential buyers so they can be free to walk around and discuss the home without feeling like they’re intruding.

Post your listing on majority of online portals

 

A home listed on the majority of listing sites will most likely find its way to more prospective buyers. Although it is the duty of a real estate agent to list it, you may still want to confirm it’s featured on major websites. It’s even more helpful if the home appears on social media.

 

Share info about life in the neighbourhood

 

Would-be buyers of your home always want to know something about the neighbourhood. In the listing, make sure you include photos of the house and surrounding amenities such as nearby recreation sites, schools or even shopping centers. Anything that grabs the attention of interested buyers can help them decide to eventually buy the house. In this case, you are not marketing just the house, but also the lifestyle of the area it belongs to.

 

Staging your home the right way and sharing information about life in the neighbourhood can make a big difference when selling. Social media has become a great marketing tool and it is important that your realtors showcase the home on major online portals. Following the above selling tips will ensure a quick sale at a fair price.

 

Relocating Your Production Plant: Preparing for Your Big Move

Moving a production plant is not like moving a home. There are some similarities, but in many cases, there are very big differences. If you are moving a production plant, whatever it may be, whether its seafood processes or clothing manufacturing plant, you should make sure you are prepared to take on this task. Here are a few tips to help you get ready for your big move.

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Organize

They say that 15 minutes of preparation is worth an hour of work. Making the necessary preparations and getting organized can help you move quicker and reduce any problems. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get organized:

  1. The first thing you need to do is create a list of all the things you need to move. Group them by section or by type – whichever works best for you and make sure you write down relevant information, like the size odd the item or if it needs to be disassembled.
  2. Create a shopping list. If you have a lot of specialized equipment, like conveyors, cutting and sorting machines, etc. then you need to write down any special moving equipment you need to purchase or rent. Machine moving equipment may be difficult to obtain, so you need to know what you need right away so you can order them. You might also be able to safe on packing materials if you order in advanced or if you buy things in bulk, like wholesale moving boxes.
  3. Assign jobs. Most likely, you will have people in the company to help supervise and work on the move. Use your people effectively and delegate jobs. You can get things done much quicker and more efficiently.
  4. Create a timeline. If you have a deadline when you have to finish your move, make sure you create deadlines for when things have to be done. That way, you can keep track if you are ahead or behind, and then you can adjust accordingly.

Find Out Relevant Local Laws or Regulations

Since moving an entire plant is a large-scale effort, it might take up a lot of resources. Not only do you have to employ a lot of trucks and manpower, but you might be taking up a lot of roads and streets. Make sure you check with the regulations in your new city (and your current one) if there are any regulations you need to follow or permits you need to apply for before you start packing up.

Check Your Insurance Policies

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You probably have insurance to cover your production plant, but does it cover any damages or loss when you move? Go over your insurance policy and check. If you don’t, you may have to call your provider and get an added rider to cover your relocation.

Think About Improvements

Since you are already moving your entire plant and disassembling your equipment, you should also think about improvements that can help production. If you haven’t thought about it, then you should give some consideration as to how moving things around might be able to increase productivity and even improve your product? You might want to reposition a few key machines or completely change your layout. This is a great time to do it because you’ve already schedule the move (and any production disruptions) and have the equipment packed up, plus you already have the machinery to help move things around.

These are the main things you need to consider and prepare for when you move any type of production plant. Things may slightly change depending on the type of plant. If you have any questions about moving your production plant or about industrial moving in general, do drop us a line!


About Contributor:

Anna Jennifer is a third-generation mover. Her grandfather established his own moving company back in the 1930s, which served areas throughout the greater Ohio area. In her teens, she worked at the company and learned the ropes. Although the business did not survive, Anna went on to pursue her interests in business and logistics. After graduating from the University of Ohio and getting her MBA from the Oxford School of Business, she worked with several logistics companies in Europe and the Asia Pacific. She returned to the US and joined www.newhaven-usa.com; one of the largest moving supplies manufacturer and wholesale moving boxes supplier in the US.