Last year brought Vermont the worst flooding since 1927, turning communities across Vermont into islands. Remember all the rain? The wet basements? The water damage?

This year, before "April showers bring May flowers," use the cold, wet weather of winter to find places where your home may be leaking water and heat. This is your chance to seal up tight in advance of light or heavy seasonal flooding -- and develop a wish list for energy-saving improvements.

Your first order of business should be to make sure no water is getting in.

Carefully check every spot where condensation or water could enter your living areas and storage spaces. Scrutinize ceilings, under the roof, under the eaves, and along window and door frames and ventilation seals. Make a list of trouble areas that need repair, and decide in each case whether you can fix it or it's time to call in a professional.

Don't forget about potential water damage near toilets, sinks, tubs, and showers. Use a flashlight to check the crawl space or basement walls and floors and the underside of the first-story floor. Look for visible moisture and stains caused by moisture. When you find something, the remedy will depend on the source of the leak. You may just need to re-caulk around a tub or window, or you may need to call a plumber to replace a leaking fixture.

Put securing your home for a wet spring on your Honey, Do List!