Sunday March 12, 2017 Spring Forward Plus Spring 2017 To Do Items

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Sunday March 12, 2017 Spring Forward  Plus Spring 2017 To Do Items


As most of us know but tend to forget, we need to spring forward on Sunday March 12, 2017 at 2:00 A.M. and turn our timepieces forward one hour. I like to remind folks early as there are many planners who might not remember and this can cause havoc. It is always easy to remember the time change if you think about spring forward and fall back when it comes to setting the time.

There are several essential things most of us should schedule time to do to coincide with the time change. These tasks for the most part are items we all tend to forget or just ignore or realize this is a real pain and we wait until there is a problem before taking any action.


Call this a Spring Important To DO List. If we plan to add all these items to our list of essential To Do’s whenever the time changes we know that these items will be done at least twice a year. Here are the items to consider:

  • Replace or remove all the air filters in your home and attic. Most inspectors I speak to advise we should replace these filters every 30 days. Some even tell us to remove these filters if we have a centralized system filter.That is probably a good idea but really who is going to remember to take the time to do this chore every month? Not me! ·      


  • Check your home sprinkler system to see if it works; has it developed any new leaks and examine the days and times for watering. Here in Katy we are already using our sprinkler systems. Now is the perfect  time to check out your system and turn it back on. Back East and in The Midwest  it might be too early to turn your system on but that does not prevent you from doing an inspection.·I have a neighbor whose system seems to always have a leak and water flows into our side yard resulting in a mud mess on our yard and driveway.         


  • Carefully examine all trees and shrubs to see if any need to be removed or trimmed. There may be a branch of a tree which needs immediate attention before it falls and someone gets hurt on your property. I can tell you in Grand Lakes many folks leave tree limbs hanging where a person walking could get hit in the eye with a branch!

  • Discuss fire safety  and  CO2 safety for your home with all family members and find at least two escape routes. The result might be your family investing a in a folding ladder to hang out from a second story window in case of fire. This  is a cheap investment in safety

  • Reset all inside and outside lights which have some sort of timing mechanism to come on or off at the appropriate time now that DST has arrived. Check pool timer settings if you have a pool in the backyard and sprinkler system.

  • Find all home fire extinguishers and make sure they all still will function and or if they are charged. Several times during the last few years I have had to use an extinguisher to put out a fire raging inside my gas grill usually due to residue on and below the grill burners. Buy new extinguishers if the old are not charged or working. Another cheap safety investment.

  • Here is one item which will save you from a major interruption of your sleep by  Replacing all batteries in the smoke detectors in your home. I don’t know about the rest of you but it is inevitable these darn detectors batteries will go out at 3 AM or so and there is almost nothing worse than searching your home while half asleep trying to figure out which alarm has an issue. I have a difficult time telling where the noise is coming from and it is almost impossible to find the correct one especially at 3 AM. All other people  in the household are  shouting at you to stop that horrible noise. You would think with all the tech advancements we have seen in the last 5 years someone would come up with a easy way to tell which smoke detector is causing the problem.

  • Make sure all batteries are not in a position in a drawer where a fire could self start. This happens more often than folks realize and I have seen video of fires started by batteries in a drawer. .

  • Check your security system control panel to make sure everything is operational.


Have some fun if possible this weekend and do a few extra errands which will produce big dividends in the future days of Spring ,Summer and Fall until Fall Back arrives. I hope the rain which is on the way will clear out by the weekend!


Many folks do not like the time change at all. I do as it gives me more daylight hours in the evening plus I get to drive home with sunlight.




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Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
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Wow! where is this year going I can't believe Spring time change is upon us. Thanks for sharing I hope you have a great afternoon.

Mar 09, 2017 01:36 PM #1
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The extra light at the end of the afternoon will be appreciated especially for showing homes.

Mar 09, 2017 02:03 PM #2
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great list of to-dos you shared with us.  We intend to just relax and enjoy the day...


Mar 09, 2017 02:48 PM #3
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I am looking forward to that extra hour of daylight. I'm getting ready for my big moving day, and the extra daylight will make it easier to get everything done. 

Mar 09, 2017 04:06 PM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

It seems so odd that they chose the middle of the month to spring forward this year.  Usually, it is the first Sunday of the month.  Still, I can't believe we are this far into the year already.

Mar 09, 2017 06:16 PM #5
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


It's that time of the year again . .  . . great check for when we are re-set our clocks for daylight saving time.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 09, 2017 06:44 PM #6
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, great spring reset list, Robert Bob Gilbert!  I'm so looking forward to daylight savings time...and the gorgeous spring weather that is to follow!

Mar 09, 2017 09:01 PM #7
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Bob.  I hope to get it all done well before 2 a.m. on Sunday.

Mar 10, 2017 05:04 AM #8
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Bob, great list of things to do when changing the clocks on Sunday morning.   It is too early for our sprinklers here - we could still see more white stuff.

Mar 10, 2017 06:12 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

These are great reminders to share.

Have a great Friday and an outstanding weekend.

Mar 10, 2017 07:29 AM #10
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Thank you everyone for your comments. The twice a year time change does play havoc with our bodies. 

Mar 10, 2017 01:27 PM #11
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


OK I reset my clock early . . . . Just kidding.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 10, 2017 07:16 PM #12
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Good advice, not only remembering the time change but a reminder to go over the list of house maintenace that you don't want to overlook.

Mar 11, 2017 07:09 AM #13
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 I hope you are doing those things to our home over the weekend!

Mar 11, 2017 02:28 PM #14
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Great checklist to follow Robert Bob Gilbert.  Have a geat Sunday! -Kasey

Mar 12, 2017 02:58 PM #15
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the checklist. Have a great spring.

Mar 23, 2017 06:26 PM #16
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