Giving Your House a Spring Once-Over

It was a long, hard winter in many parts of the country. Now is the time to assess the damage and make repairs before you run into real trouble

Cold weather takes its toll on a house. With many parts of the country coming off a particularly severe winter with lots of snow, now is the time to survey the exterior of your property for weather damage and general maintenance needs. Such an annual springtime inspection could be important to your family's safety. And sometimes, "all you need is a really good pair of eyes," says Lon Grossman, president of Technihouse Inspections, a residential and commercial building-inspection company in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Go outside and look at the gutters to see if they're sagging or broken. Check around the foundation for cracks or rot in the wood frame of your home (see BW Online, 4/25/03, "Shoddy Building in the Housing Boom?").

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