Cold weather can be a drag for homeowners. Add snow, sleet, and ice to the equation, and even the handiest homeowner can get worn out.
Winter can be tough on houses, condos, and townhomes. But Spring is the perfect time to make some repairs. Chances are some of you have had winter damage to your home, or maybe you’ve just enough gradual wear that you need to replace or update something important.
As insurance agents, we’ve seen it all. But there are some things you can do to help get your house in shape, even if there wasn’t a single event that caused enough damage for a claim.
Here are a few tips to help repair wintery wear on your home:
- Gutter up – Gutters can become weighed down by ice and snow. Check to make sure your gutters are in good shape periodically this season.
- Roof goof – Hail can cause your roof to take a beating, but ice and snow can cause the most problems. Check for loose tiles, worn patches, and any holes that are ripe for repair.
- Trouble below – Water that seeps into the “bones” of your house can cause cracks in the foundation or pipes when the temperature drops. Check for visible cracks or faucets that no longer work to stay atop this one.
- Chipping away – Cold weather can cause paint to crack and chip, mortar to erode, and even driveway damage. Regular annual upkeep is a must to keep these small repairs from becoming a larger headache.