Preparing for Spring

March 08, 2024

A guide to getting your lake home ready for spring.

Getting Your Lakefront Property Spring Ready

Preparing your northern Minnesota lake home for spring is an annual ritual that signals the transition from the cold, snowy winter to the vibrant renewal of nature. As the ice thaws and the days grow longer, it's time to awaken your cabin and lakeside property from its winter slumber and prepare it for the upcoming season of outdoor enjoyment. Here's a guide to getting your lake home ready for spring:

Inspect the Property: Begin by conducting a thorough inspection of your property. Check for any damage caused by winter storms, ice, or critters seeking shelter. Look for cracks in the foundation, loose shingles on the roof, and any signs of water damage.

Clean Up Debris: Remove any debris that has accumulated over the winter months. This includes fallen branches, leaves, and other debris that may have blown onto your property. Clearing away debris not only improves the appearance of your property but also helps prevent potential hazards.

Check the Exterior: Inspect the exterior of your cabin for any signs of damage or wear. Check windows and doors for drafts, damage, or signs of deterioration. Repair or replace any damaged screens, caulking, or weather stripping to ensure that your cabin remains energy-efficient and secure.

Open Up the Cabin: If you closed up your cabin for the winter, it's time to open it up again. Air out the interior by opening windows and doors to let in fresh air. Sweep and mop floors, dust furniture, and remove any cobwebs that may have accumulated during the winter months.

Inspect Plumbing and Utilities: Check the plumbing and utilities to ensure everything is in working order. Turn on the water supply and check for any leaks or burst pipes. Test the electrical system, including lights, appliances, and outlets, to make sure everything is functioning properly.

Clean and Prepare Outdoor Furniture: Clean and inspect outdoor furniture, such as patio chairs, tables, and umbrellas. Remove any mildew or mold that may have formed over the winter months. Consider applying a fresh coat of paint or sealant to protect your outdoor furniture from the elements.

Prepare the Dock and Boats: If you have a dock and boats, it's time to prepare them for the upcoming boating season. Inspect the dock for any damage and make any necessary repairs. Check your boats for leaks, damage, and ensure that all safety equipment is in good working order.

Landscaping and Gardening: Assess your landscaping and gardening needs for the spring season. Clear away any dead plants or debris from flower beds and garden areas. Prune trees and shrubs as needed, and consider planting new flowers or vegetables to add color and vibrancy to your property.

Pest Control: Take steps to prevent pests from infiltrating your cabin and property. Seal any cracks or openings where pests could enter, and consider setting up traps or deterrents to keep pests at bay.

Safety Precautions: Finally, review safety precautions and emergency procedures with your family and guests. Make sure everyone knows how to respond in case of an emergency, and ensure that safety equipment such as fire extinguishers and smoke detectors are in good working condition.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your northern Minnesota lake home is ready to welcome the arrival of spring and another season of outdoor adventures and relaxation by the water.

For more information, give Bold North Realty & Auctions a call at (218) 766-9607.