Assess Your Home for Winter Weather Damage

Here Are Four Important Checks To Assess Winter Damage

Since we live in the Midwest, homeowners in Chicago need to assess their homes for winter damage.  It will save money and time in the long run.

Whether you’re dealing with rain storms, high winds or lots of snow, winter weather is making its mark across the country, causing varying degrees of home repair situations. Consumer Reports highlights four common problems often caused by harsh winters and offers tips for how you can remedy the issues…before they become more serious and more costly down the road.

1. Leaky roofs. Search your home for signs of water damage or discoloration. Be sure to check all ceilings in addition to the siding under roof eaves. Inspect rafters for stains and check in the roof, around chimneys and also near skylights. Fixing leaks is a job best left for professionals. If you choose to hire a pro, have them inspect for missing shingles or other roofing issues you may be unaware of. Fixing a roof is critically important if you’re planning on selling soon. If the damage is severe enough, look into your homeowner’s insurance policy and see if some of that damage can be covered.

2. Clogged gutters. Make sure that water can properly flow through and out of your gutters. Also, check for areas of separation or corrosion. These spots will need to be fixed immediately. Gutter guards can be added for the most extreme cases.

3. Damaged decks. Look for stains or other areas where wood may be decaying. Decaying wood weakens the deck’s structure. Examine the area where the deck connects to the house, and remove any moss or mold. If there is any sort of extensive wood damage, a pro should be hired to repair the issue. Depending on the age of your deck, a replacement may be warranted. Either way, confirming the structural integrity of your deck is imperative for your family’s safety.

4. Cracked foundations. Cracks should be marked and observed over time. If the area worsens, then it’s time to call for help. Make sure that the ground around the foundation slopes away from the house. For minor repairs, an epoxy injection could do the trick. For holes in siding and foundation walls, expandable foam might be the better choice. A structural expert would know the best solution.

Re-evaluating your home and taking care of needed repairs as soon as possible is a great way to keep your home in tip-top shape and at prime value – and the safety added as a result will be invaluable.

As a Member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, I have a wealth of real estate and homeownership information that may be of help to you. Feel free to contact me any time to learn more about this important information, and be sure to forward this article on to any friends or family that may be interested as well.


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Teresa Ryan

Ryan Hill Realty, a privately-owned real estate company, has served the Chicagoland area since 2002. Originally focused on Residential / "Premier Properties", we have added a Commercial and an REO/Foreclosure division, making it a full service brokerage for both Business to Business and Business to Consumer clients. Ryan Hill Realty's marketing is "Best-In-Class", creatively marketing each home for maximum exposure, and professionally serving every buyer during their home buying experience. Ryan Hill Realty attributes it growth and success to their commitment to delivering "Outstanding Service and Results", adjusting to the market and their client's needs, and their expertise in specific marketing strategies for serving "High End" Luxury Property clients, to First-Time Homebuyers, as well as Multi-Family and Investment clients. Ryan Hill Realty is also a "Woman Owned" Company and is committed to giving back to community with over 45 Realtors serving the 6-county Chicago Metro area. The company's mission is to deliver the ‘American Dream' by serving clients and community with passion and excellence.

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