1. Shovel snow away from your home’s foundation.
Why: The key to avoiding foundation deterioration and expensive repairs is to prevent water from pooling around the base of your house. If maintaining a snow-free moat isn’t possible, consider focusing your efforts on areas more prone to water damage, such as basement windows and concrete steps.
How: Grab your shovel and start digging-but mind you don’t over-exert and be sure to hydrate.
Time: 30 minutes to four hours after each snowfall.
Materials: Shovel, $20-$50.
Professional Help: $350/season and up.