ENOLA, PA (March 10, 2017) – Winter can be tough on a home, causing seasonal damage that should be addressed in the warmer weather, according to John Esser, president of the Greater Harrisburg Association of REALTORS®.
“It’s important to do an assessment of your home after the snow melts and the temperatures begin to rise,” Esser said. “Sometimes, the damage isn’t immediately visible without a close inspection.”
Esser recommends a top-down approach. “Inspect the roof for loose or missing shingles, as well as the chimney, to avoid future leaks,” he says. “It’s also important to clean and repair gutters, removing debris and making sure they’re still attached. This can also allow water to seep into your home.”
Take time to carefully inspect the home’s siding, which may have come away from the home. Also, look at windows and doors to insure there’s a seal to ensure it’s watertight.
“People often avoid patching cracks in sidewalks and driveways,” Esser said. “But repairing cracks can help keep water out and prevent further damage.”
“Making needed repairs helps owners to enjoy their property more and it maintains a property that’s attractive to future buyers,” he added.