If you lived in Maine for more than one year, you already know about that 'stuff' that comes by every winter. Actually, if you've been here for long enough, you know that it often shows up in fall and lasts sometimes into the summer. Yeah, it's no mystery, it's called SNOW. It's cold, wet and extremely heavy.
All areas on the planet have their perils. Hurricanes, tornados, termites, desert heat, tsunamis and floods. They all have a sever impact on people and their structures. Maine properties and owners are lucky in most respects. Hurricanes and tornados are few and far between, termites can't survive in most of the State, desert heat is a joke, and tsunamis and floods are also few.
The only natural problem for homes and structures that we have to deal with is snow. Like I said, it's heavy, and it lasts quite a long time. If not taken care of, it will destroy property.
I've included a few examples of what has happened in my area of Central Maine. All of these collapses occured this winter.
This fine home was listed for sale when the garage collapsed. The garage is much larger than it appears, and was a 2-bay with a carport. Do you think this will affect the sale????
This was a bar/restaurant close by that was also for sale. The structure was constructed from large logs and appeared to be very well constructed. It should be proof positive that because the property looks to be ok doesn't mean it will survive. The roof even had a good pitch to it, but it was not maintained. Again, if you were to make an offer on this property, would you expect a discount???
More properties will collapse in the coming weeks. These properties will incur thousands of dollars in damage to the property, create an eye soar for the neighborhood, and make an already difficult market worse for the owners.