♦ Repair cracked or peeling paint. Besides looking nice, paint provides a barrier to the elements.
♦ Check your outside faucets by turning the water on and placing your thumb over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, the pipe inside your home is probably damaged.
♦ Check the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Make repairs now before spring rains can do more damage.
♦ Check your gutters. Be sure nothing is loose or leaking, and ensure that downspouts are draining away from your foundation and are clear of any debris.