March is here and it's time to be thinking about the outside of our homes! What needs to be done in the landscaping? Is there painting on your home that needs to be done? What about removing that dead tree? Whatever you are going to be doing this Spring/Summer, you need to get it figured out so that it can be accomplished while the weather cooperates.
Pick What You Want to Accomplish Outside - Prioritize all the outside tasks you want to do first. Both long term goals, and the every week ones (like mowing and weed eating). By having those things in order of what is most important, this will help keep you focused both time wise and financially. I mean, there is never an end to home maintenance anyway, so if you don't prioritize, you may find yourself overwhelmed and before you know it the outdoor season is here and you aren't ready to do the things you need to.
Plan What You Will Need to Do It - After you have your list, decide what it is going to take to accomplish each goal. Will it take saving money if you need to have some landscaping re-done? Will it take equipment to get a job done and if so, what type of maintenance do you need to do to that equipment? Do you need to find someone to do some of the things you need done? Having the list will help you to know what comes next.
Save for Outside Help - If you have big tasks that you want completed before the end of the outdoor season, find out what it will cost and begin putting that aside now. If it's too big and you can't afford it to get it done by the end of the summer this year, maybe make a plan to have the extra money by next spring and move something else ahead on the list while you save. If you are having a big thing done like tree removal, now is the time to shop around, find out different costs and get it on a vendor's schedule. When it's lawn care season, landscapers, tree trimmers and outdoor painters schedules fill up fast! Be sure you don't wait too long and miss getting it done this season.
Plan What Needs to Happen & When It Needs to Happen - Once you start putting time lines in place with outside help, you need to get it on a calendar and add the other things you will be doing to that calendar as well. We all want to spend fun time outside, too, so you don't want all the time filled with outside work. Plus, if you host a Fourth of July party every year, you don't want to schedule your house painter or landscaper to show up and get half a job done before the holiday! Timing is everything!
I hope some of these tips help you organize your seasonal maintenance with a little more ease and that you can not only accomplish what you want to with your home, but, that the organization will help you to be able to have that special family and friend time you love during the beautiful outdoor months!
Until Next Time!
Jen Lush--Associate Broker and Mother of Managing Broker Photo Credit: Artem Beliaikin