Abraham Lincoln, considered by many as the most loved president of the United States once said that if he’s given the task of chopping down a tree, he’d ask for six hours. The first four hours would be spent on sharpening the ax, the rest for the actual chopping. Indeed, such a route of action may sound unwise at first glance. But it makes a lot of sense when you take a closer look at it.
What the beloved president was saying was that preparation matters a lot in whatever you are set to do. Truth be told, failing to prepare is preparing to fail. And this is very much applicable to preparing for the year’s worst season: winter.
Apparently we view summer as the long days to enjoy the sun and have the adventure of our lives, especially true with the vaccine against COVID-19 all out. But summer can also be the best time to prep for winter. Because prepping for winter when winter comes makes no sense at all. That would be like carrying an umbrella filled with holes on a rainy day hoping to fix it as you use it on the road.
Thankfully, the long days of summer can be just the time you need to prep for winter as much as you can. If that has you confounded, fret not. Below, we’re giving you the lowdown on what to do to get things going your way.
You may find it hard to do but a little creativity can go a long way to get the job done. To do that, think aboutwinter. What are the things that break down usually during the sweater months?
To boot, one of the most vital things during winter is the heating system. Check your boiler and ensure that everything is working perfectly fine before winter. You sure don’t want to deal with cold water during winter and the house not being warm enough. So get these things checked.
Also, check the windows to ensure that they are well-secured. A secured window would help prevent your house from being colder than it already is during winter. Another thing you can do is invest in good curtains. With thick curtains, you can help improve the heat generated in your house. The good thing is if you get it now, they would probably be less expensive.
It will also be a good idea to check the doors. Ensure that there are no gaps between the doors and the floor as well as the walls. Gaps between will make the house colder during winter. So get it sealed and covered if there are gaps.
You should also check out roof tiles. Ensure there are no cracks or breaks in the tiles. If there is an issue, try to fix them now, or better still, get an expert to fix it now. Getting an expert to fix it during winter would be more difficult, considering they would be a lot busier.
Now, this is where it gets tricky. You might think that snow removal should be taken care of in winter. But here’s news for you. Usually, the process of finding a good snow removal company can take months. Worse, finding one when winter is at its peak can be a greater challenge.
In this regard, looking for a reliable snow removal expert early on is wise. Not only will you not have to worry about not being able to find one when the snow starts but also you can avoid hiked prices this way.
Save for Winter
This might not seem as important, especially since you have a blast during summer. But then remember that a lot would have to be sorted out in winter. Home maintenance, for one, would cost you a few bucks. So saving for winter is a great idea.
You can do that by saving a few bucks every week during summer. If for example, you save $5 every day in summer, you would have about $450 at the end of summer. This might not go a very long way during winter, but it will sure come in handy.
More often than not, gardening is one notion many people don’t pay as much attention to. Indeed, you can invest in planting and growing crops before winter. When you harvest your produce, you can store them in the freezer or dry them. By doing so, you have something stored up for winter saving you some in the process.
Another tip is buying your favorite canned food before winter and storing them at home. You can use your storage for storing them. But in case you don’t have as much space, you can slide them under the bed. This will help you keep them out of your way.
Once summer comes, it’s time to ditch those thick blankets and clothing and opt for light ones. But while doing that, ensure you store them properly by washing and drying them before storing them. This is to ensure mildew does not grow on it.
You can adeptly bring them out from time to time to wash and then store them again. That way it would still be in good shape when you need it.
It might seem illogical. But if you take a closer look, prepping for winter during summer is the most logical decision you can make, not to mention the most financially sound.