Many of us Midwesterners are in the same problem. We either vacate a summer home in northern Michigan for the winter or leave the state entirely for a few months in a warmer climate.

But what about that house you’re leaving behind? How can you help it survive the winter and be ready for you again in the spring?

Water is the biggest area of ​​concern, whether it’s the wet form of the roof or burst pipes, or high humidity from crawl spaces and concrete slabs.

Walk around the house and look at the roof and eaves.

Are the gutters cleaned, properly sloped and well secured to the eaves? Do the downspouts carry water well away from the foundation?

Steep roofs are more likely to shed snow. If you have a low pitched roof, plan to have someone haul loads of snow off it.

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