Prepping for Spring in Winter

Winter may seem a strange time to think about spring, however, it’s the best time for planning, especially when it comes to your home. You can take the time to plan your garden, yard and any spring projects you hope to accomplish. Aside from those, there are many things you need to do to ensure your home and yard are at their best during seasonal changes between winter and summer.

It’s best to start on your home’s exterior and yard. This is where most winter damage occurs, take note of repairs you may need to make. Now’s also the time to begin planning any changes to your yard or planting your garden. Each project has special needs. Most of them are best to start once snow is melted, while some projects need warm and dry weather as well. For now, you can make your “to do” list and procure any materials you need for each one.

Take a walk around your home. Check the windows and doors to ensure the caulking is sealed properly. Cracks in the caulking, or places where it’s missing, can lead to water damage, and reduce the effectiveness of your insulation by allowing outside air into your home. If siding or other areas of your home are damaged, they’ll need to be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Don’t forget to check your roof as well. Damaged or missing shingles can lead to leaking roofs if not taken care of.

Next, look at your gardening supplies. Make sure your tools are in decent shape and ready to use. Check your garden hoses, there shouldn’t be any cracks or holes. Replace any hoses which are damaged to ensure they’re in good condition when watering your yard and plants. Make sure your machines, such as a lawn mower or weed eater, have been serviced and have new oil and gas, or a good extension cord, if they’re electric. This way you can start working on your yard immediately when the weather’s right.

Once the snow has melted, go outside and clean up all leaves and debris from the yard. Check your walkway tiles and outdoor structures. Replace any cracked pieces. Clear out any grass and other plants trying to grow through the tiles. If not kept in check, weeds can push up the tiles and damage your walkway.

When you’re able to, power wash everything. Make sure the pathways are clean with no mold or dirt on them. Then, wash your exterior walls and windows. This keeps your home looking nice and bright!

Plan to have your utility and appliance systems in your home checked. Ideally, you should have your ac unit and heating units inspected twice a year, spring and fall are best. The filters should be switched out at least once a year. Scheduling service checks in advance can help with your scheduling, getting it done as winter ends and there’s not as high a demand for inspections, can save money.

Now is a good time to work on your interior as well. Wash the windows and begin dusting around the house. Clean things which are not on your normal cleaning schedule. Ceiling fans, fireplaces, and other hard to reach areas accumulate dust and other things; as the weather warms up it’s a great time to clean them all. Also, use the change in seasons to check your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms and any other safety equipment. These things need regular maintenance to ensure they’ll work in an emergency.

As you prepare your home for spring, take a moment to check out these articles from House Logic and The Denver Post on gardening. They might give you some more good ideas to prepare for the change in seasons, as well as some good tips for future upkeep on your yard. Enjoy planning your spring!