2. Remove ice dams on low-pitched roofs and gutters.
Why: Come spring those dams will melt and can lead to damaged roof shingles and water seeping into your foundation.
How: Do preventive maintenance early in the season by installing de-icing cables. If needed, use a shovel or scraper to clear accumulated snow and chip away at ice.
Time: One to two hours to install cables; 30 minutes to two hours after each snowfall.
Materials: Shovel, $20-$50; de-icing cables, $25-$200.
Professional Help: $600 for cable installation; $300/season and up for snow and ice removal.