22. Pull Down Unruly Vines from Your Home's Facade
On brick walls, climbers with suckers, such as Virginia creeper, can damage the mortar, creating entry points for water. As the moisture-laden bricks freeze and thaw, the outer layer may crumble and drop off. Vines also trap moisture, which can cause wood clapboards to rot.
The payoff: You may avoid having to shell out for brick repointing, which costs $5 to $25 per square foot, and can save up to $3,000 in costs to rebuild and re-side a rotted clapboard wall.