Bob Vila Radio: Planning After President’s Day

Now's the time of year to switch gears and start thinking about spring home maintenance. Follow these guidelines, so you can hit the ground running once the chill of winter fades.

I know it’s still winter here in the Northeast, but I start thinking about spring the minute Presidents’ Day weekend is over. Now’s the time to start planning springtime projects.


Listen to BOB VILA ON PLANNING AFTER PRESIDENT’S DAY or read the text below:

Winter Home Checklist


First, review your checklist—checking your home for winter damage, feeding and seeding your lawn, and doing all the other routine tasks that mark the end of winter. Check your calendar to make sure you have weekends set aside for that next month. This is also a good time for making appointments for any fence or sprinkler repairs or painting projects that require contractors. They’ll start booking up soon, so reserve their time now.

Think about your garden and what you’d like to grow this year. Some plants can get started from seeds now, so if you have space indoors to set up seed trays, this is the time to do that. If you’re thinking about making changes to your landscaping, map out a schedule for pulling out the old and putting in the new.

Finally, make a priority list of home improvement projects you’d like to get done this year. Be realistic about your budget and the scheduling—don’t bite off more than you can chew in one year. Write out a timeline for DIY tasks and start getting bids on larger projects. Spring is just around the corner!

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