5. Winterize yard furniture and equipment.
Why: A good patio set can set you back $500 or more, and a decent gas lawn mower can cost $300, so extending their lifespans saves you money.
How: Wipe down the furniture and, if possible, stack and store it in either a shed or garage. If items must stay outside, cover them with tarps. Your garden equipment should also be stored away from the elements, but before you do that, make sure to drain any oil, which will get sludgy over the winter. Store the liquid in a leak-proof container and take it to your local hazardous-waste facility.
Time: One to six hours.
Professional Help: $75/piece of equipment and up.
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