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Believe it or not, it won’t be long until the weather warms up and the Spring finally arrives. Crawling out of our winter hibernation, it can be fun to look ahead to home projects that you’ve been meaning to get around to for the last several months.

So when is the best time to tackle a variety of home maintenance chores? We’ve brainstormed the projects you should be prioritizing this Spring and all year long so you’ll know when it’s the most beneficial time to add them to your honey-do list.

Painting The Exterior of Your Home

The Best Time:

Most paint manufacturers recommend waiting until the weather is consistently above 15C (and doesn’t dip below this at night). Obviously choose a day that is dry and rain isn’t expected for the following 48 hours. Late spring and early summer is a great time to get out that paintbrush.

The Worst Time:

If it’s extremely hot (over 30C) and humid, or if it’s expected to rain in the next couple of days, don’t start painting outside. Also, watch for high wind warnings. Strong winds can make working on a ladder really dangerous!

Planting in the Garden

The Best Time:

In the Ontario climate, savvy gardeners recommend planting bulbs for spring blooming flowers (like tulips and daffodils) about six weeks before the frost on the ground thaws. That ends up being around early April for people in Southwestern Ontario. We recommend Victoria Day weekend as a fairly safe weekend to start planting annuals and new perennials in your gardens. Shrubs and new trees are best planted in cooler weather like early May or mid October so they can properly take root.

The Worst Time:

Even if the spring weather is starting to feel warmer, remember that temperatures can still dip below freezing at night. So avoid the temptation to plant annuals and perennials too early in the season when there’s still a risk of frost. Mid summer is also a sub-optimal time for adding new foliage to your garden as the heat and process of transplanting can add a lot of stress to your plants.

Inspecting or Fixing Your Fireplace and Chimney

The Best Time:

Contact a fireplace or chimney company in the spring when business is slower for them. They may offer discounted services and get the benefit of time before the cold weather comes back.

The Worst Time:

Fall is the busiest time for chimney and fireplace repairs as the cold weather is starting to return. By avoiding this time of year, you’ll beat the rush and will be enjoying cocoa by the fire while others are scrambling to get the work done.

While nobody likes a ton of work to do around the house, it just comes with the territory with home ownership. Investing time (and yes, sometimes money) into your home’s regular maintenance will pay off in spades.

By following our recommendations on when to tackle these chores, your family’s largest investment will look great and last a long time to come.

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