Regardless of if you are an experienced homeowner or have just bought your first home, you likely have an idea or you are aware of the pains associated with owning a home in the cold Northern Colorado winter months. You have to shovel and spread precautionary melting tools — and you have to get cold and wet while doing so. Luckily, there are a few ways that you might be able to optimize this traditionally painstaking experience.


As an affordable home builder in Fort Collins, we know a thing or two about being a homeowner during the winter — and over the years we have gathered a couple tips and tricks that you might benefit from. In today’s blog post, we will be discussing a few of the ways that you can make dealing with ice and snow easier.


Buy A Better Shovel

So you found our advertisements and looked at our Fort Collins townhomes for sale. Evidently, you liked them enough to become a homeowner and now you have a small section of sidewalk and a porch that you are responsible for the clearing of snow and ice. Good thing that you have a snow shovel, right?


Almost everyone has a snow shovel — but not very often is it a nice snow shovel. You are probably imagining it now, and as a result of that, you are probably realizing that your shovel isn’t very nice. In fact, it is probably one of the $10 shovels that you get outside of King Soopers because you were too lazy to go to the hardware store and buy a real one.


You might think that your shovel is perfectly fine, but that is because you have never used a nice snow shovel. Who can blame you? After all, it is not like people who drive a Ford Pinto to know what it is like to drive a Lamborghini, either.


A nice new snow shovel can save your back and cut down the time you have to spend shoveling in half. So what are you waiting for? Go to the store and get yourself the Lamborghini of shovels.


Buy Some Ice Melt

When it comes to winter, slipping and sliding are commonplace. So rather than slipping, breaking your tailbone, going to the hospital, and then having to sit on on an inflatable doughnut in front of your co-workers for the next few weeks, consider investing in some ice melt or traction products.


There are many different products that you can use for ice melt and traction ranging from ice melt to rock salt to more interesting methods like kitty litter — all of which can be used to make a slippery set of stairs less dangerous.


Additionally, whoever told you that you can only apply rock salt or ice melt after it has stormed is wrong! By applying it to your sidewalk and stairs the night before a storm you can save yourself a cold trip out to your car later! Speaking of cars…


Buy A Nice Ice Scraper

If there is one thing that makes waking up late for work even worse, it is doing so to a car covered in 6 inches of snow. Even worse, your car might have been a little bit warm before the snow began to fall so there is a nice layer of ice between you and miraculously getting to work on time. All too often, when people find themselves in these situations, they end up fumbling around for the handheld scraper that doesn’t allow for them to reach the middle of the windshield. Rather than being “that guy,” consider going to the store and making an investment in a nicer scraper.


When you are at the store, looking at the vast number of cheaply made plastic scraper options, consider spending the money on something that is both long-lasting and functional. Among the best are scrapers that serve multiple purposes. A scraper with a two-foot extension can ensure that you are able to scrape the middle of your windshield without having to lean on your wet car. A scraper equipped with a brush can also be a valuable asset — ensuring that you don’t have to brush snow off of your car with your bare hands.


Stay Inside

While this is the least proactive tip that we have for you today, we might as well just say it — stay indoors. By staying indoors you can avoid all the problems that we discussed above. Plus, you did just purchase one of our townhomes for sale in Fort Collins, so you might as well enjoy it, right?


We hope that you stay safe and warm this winter. If you haven’t already seen how cozy and warm our Fort Collins townhomes for sale are, feel free to stop by or schedule a walkthrough! We look forward to seeing you!