Homeowner Tips through the Seasons
Owning a home is a huge responsibility. Responsible property owners know that there are several important tasks you should complete to keep your home in tip-top shape through every season.
Spring Code Enforcement Reminders
With the weather improving and longer sunlit days, getting outside is easier than ever. Please remember these tips and important items to help your neighbors enjoy their time outside, too!
- Cut and remove weeds on personal property
- Refrain from dumping yard debris, shrub waste, and dirt in the Town’s open spaces behind neighborhood homes.
- Keep animals in control and on leash and collar, and pick up after your dog when walking them in the neighborhood.
- Monitor your dog’s barking — constant barking can ruin someone’s day — bring your dog inside or work with it to limit the barking.
- Only use contained outdoor fire pits— large open pits emit noxious fumes and ash, many people are allergic or sensitive to the smell and ash.
- Please slow down in neighborhoods as kids will be out playing.
- Be respectful of your neighbors, keep outdoor music volume low.
Residents should not:
- Park RVs and campers on public roadways for more than four days.
- Ignore weeds and overgrown lawns – make sure your front yard isn’t an eyesore on the street.
- Park construction vehicles and heavy equipment on public roadways.
Summer Code Enforcement Reminders
Summer is a busy time of year with many people spending extra time outside and away from the home. Make sure you are in compliance by adhering to these important code enforcement policies:
- Cut and remove all weeds and grasses around your property.
- Make sure to keep your property clean by housing all garbage in containers and removing any accumulated trash from your property.
- Water responsibly and don’t run any major irrigation systems between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Fall Leaf Removal Policy
During the fall season it’s important to take some steps to get your home ready for the upcoming winter season. And as the leaves begin to fall, remember to be a courteous neighbor and remove the leaves from your property.
Follow these important guidelines as you rake your leaves:
- Please do not blow or rake leaves into the streets. This can clog street drains, which compromises the Town’s stormwater system.
- Bag your leaves and have them removed, or mulch them to use in your yard.
Make sure to guard your pipes against freezing by blowing out your pipes. Even with temperatures rising during the day, the cold nights could cause your pipes to freeze if you don’t flush them out in time, causing damage to your home and costly repairs.
Winter Season Information
Take extra caution when driving in Berthoud during snowy conditions. Here are some important ways to make the colder season more safe and ensure it doesn’t take too much of a toll on your home.
Snow Removal Policy
When the snow starts to fall, the Berthoud streets team works to clear the roads and make sure that residents can access them in order of priority.
While snow removal is messy and sometimes requires hard physical work, the Town offers a few tips to help everyone get to where they need to go safely.
- Don’t push snow in the street. The snow hardens and can damage the Town’s snow removal equipment.
- Keep trees’ bases clear of snow. The chemicals used to prevent icy streets and sidewalks can kill trees.
- To prevent additional snow removal, wait to plow or shovel until after the Town plows, then shovel your sidewalk, especially by schools.
Winter Weather Driving Tips
When the snow starts falling, remember that you should modify your driving to match the conditions. Here are a few winter-weather driving tips to help you safely drive in the snow:
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly to avoid skidding.
- Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, like a garage. Your running car omits carbon monoxide, which can be deadly in enclosed spaces.
- Use steady and slow power to get up hills. Too much power could cause you to spin out, and not enough power will get you stuck.
- Give yourself twice the distance to come to a complete stop in snowy or slick conditions.
- Be extra careful around school zones and in areas where pedestrians are present.
Cold Weather Home Care
When the temperatures dip, plan properly to avoid damaged or frozen pipes. homeowners can follow these important cold-weather tips:
- If you are traveling and away from your home, set your thermostat no lower than 55 degrees.
- If you have water supplies in the garage, keep your garage door closed.
- When weather is very cold, let water drip from each faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water, even at a trickle, can help prevent pipes from freezing.
- Keep your thermostat the same temperature during the day and night.
- Open cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate near pipes.
Keep your home safe when you're away
When you’re not at home it’s easier for crimes of opportunity to happen. Don’t be a victim of a preventable crime; do your part by removing valuables from sight and locking your car and home.
Follow these safety tips to ensure that your valuables are protected when you’re not around:
- Keep home and car doors locked at all times.
- Close windows on your home’s main floor and roll up your vehicle’s windows.
- Keep valuables out of plain sight.
- Report suspicious activity and call 911 if you see a crime in progress.
- Register for Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority (LETA) 911 alerts.
Submit a Concern
Whether reporting a pothole or a code violation, the fastest, most efficient way to submit a concern or request is through the Town of Berthoud’s online request form. Make sure that you create an account to submit and check on your request. Do your part to keep Berthoud a beautiful and safe community.