In the winter months, there is only so much that can be done to improve your rental property buildings and their surrounding grounds. Especially if you live in a cold, snowy climate, the typical outdoor upkeep and spring upgrades will just have to wait until the snow melts.

You don’t have to waste this precious off-season time, however. Use the winter months to plan what you’ll be doing when the snow is gone so you can be ready as soon as the weather permits. Here are a few things to consider when kickstarting your spring checklist:

  1. Complete Those Unfinished Autumn Projects
    If there were things you didn’t get to before the weather chilled, now’s the time to make sure you’re preparing to pick them back up. Make a good list, take inventory of any tenant complaints or questions that have gone unresolved, and focus on addressing those first. While you might not be able to complete those things until the snow melts, you can certainly focus on creating a timeline, processing any proper paperwork, and gathering the necessary tools. The more prepared you are by the end of winter, the more quickly you’ll be able to tackle the important things when the weather is right.
  2. Check for Winter Damage
    It’s often that the perils of winter bring damage to buildings and other common areas. Whether it’s caused by extreme cold or heavy snow and ice, you’ll need to start carefully assessing everything that has been buried for weeks or even months. Determine whether there is any serious or significant damage that needs to be fixed immediately. If you spot serious issues, you may need to correct those things before you can get to your list of unfinished items from the fall. Reprioritizing in this way will help prevent any further damage and keep buildings and renters safe in the meantime.
  3. Gather The Right Tools and Supplies
    When you know what kinds of projects you’ll be undertaking, you can shift your focus to acquiring the right tools. It’s likely that your to-do list includes items from the previous fall, along with anything you’ve noted throughout the winter, and standard maintenance projects fit for the spring. Of course, there can also be surprise projects you’ll need to handle. It can be hard to have all the necessary supplies for something you aren’t prepared for – but looking back on your past winter-to-spring transitions can help. There will likely be common projects you’ve been repeating most spring seasons, and you can base your shopping based on those trends.
  4. Make A Plan With Your Team
    Preparation is not just about tools and supplies. You and your maintenance team also need to be prepared. Take stock of what you have to do and who you will need to get the job done. That way, you can hire new people, if necessary, and get in touch with the right people who may work part-time or on a seasonal basis. By having them available and ready when the snow melts, you won’t spend a lot of extra time trying to get people and things organized. Set a date to get started, and your team will be able to hit the ground running.Preparing your properties for spring doesn’t have to be difficult. It is, however, very important for property managers, renters, and owners. The more you organized you are during the winter months, the easier it will be come springtime. By the time the snow finally melts, you be armed with a plan for your strongest season yet.