The Homeowner’s Essential Late-Winter Home Checklist

The last third of winter can be an awkward time for homeowners who take pride in the appearance of their property. Snow is partially melting, but it may come back—in the meantime, you’re left to cringe at the brown grass and salt stains winter snow and ice have left behind, wondering if it would be worth it to take care of certain problems now or wait until you’re absolutely certain that the worst of winter has passed.

To ease the wait for spring, here’s a list of the little things you shouldn’t wait to take care of:

Cracks are Wack 

Whether they’re cracks in your foundation, exposed wood (such as the front porch), or cracks in the caulk, breaches in your home’s structure need to be seen to before bigger problems. If left unchecked, cracks invite accidents, higher utility bills, and even…invaders.

They Came from Outside the House

Maybe they got in through a visible breach, maybe they seized an opportunity elsewhere. However, they got in, if you discover signs of pests in your home you must take care of it immediately.

Every pest makes different marks on your home, but the big things to look for are sudden and odd smells, noises, or discolorations anywhere in your home. If you do think a problem like this is the result of an invasive pest, call an exterminator immediately.

Treat Yo’ Trees

You can treat yo’self, too, any Parks & Recreation fans, but conscientious homeowners should remember that trees can’t just be planted and forgotten about. You need to regularly check your trees to see that they’re in the appropriate stages of hibernation (for winter) and growth and that they’re not developing any tree diseases. It’s better to call an arborist now just to check rather than procrastinating and having to call a company for tree cutting. Vancouver trees have different needs than trees in Phoenix, so know what to look for on your specific species of trees.

You Make Me Want to Sprout

Yes, I know I’ve ruined “Shout” with that one, but it is applicable. If you plan to grow vegetables in your garden, you need to start buying seeds (rather than pre-started plants) for any plants you want to grow sooner rather than later.

Many seeds need to start sprouting as early as March if they’re to be ready to plant when spring is here to stay. Plan out what you want in your garden this year to determine whether or not you’ll need any seeds—and if you do, start them sprouting.

While most seeds require little more than moisture and a dark place (such as on moist paper towels inside a box), every seed is as different as the plant that will sprout from it. So do your research on how to sprout the individual plants you’re starting from seed.

Too Hot to Handle

Summer is precisely the wrong time to find out that there’s a problem with your air conditioning system. Check around your HVAC unit for unusual smells, debris that suggests breakage or anything else that looks out of the ordinary. If you have the faintest inclination that something is not right with your air conditioning system, call a repair technician so you’re not caught in the heat wave with no way to properly cool down the house.

Check off the items on this list and your home should be ready for spring, with no superfluous effort on your part!

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  1. Barry says:

    Having recently purchased a home in Georgia, I completely understand the “Cracks are Wack” paragraph. During our inspection, we discovered numerous cracks in the seams between the hardy boards. More than likely this was caused by the colder winter we have experienced in Georgia this year. Fortunately, the issue manifested and we can now address this once the weather is a little warmer.

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