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Winter is coming – making this an opportune time to winterize your home before snow begins to pile up and temperatures plunge below zero. Check out these 4 tips on ways to winterize your home to help protect your biggest investment from inclement weather:

Winterize - Snow and ice covered house after ice storm and blizzard, blue and white house.

Winterizing Tip #1:

One of the easiest ways to winterize your home is to clear your gutters of leaves, acorns, nests and whatever else Mother Nature has deposited. By keeping gutters debris free you can help prevent water damage to the interior, exterior and foundation of your home – while stopping mold and mildew in their tracks.

If the weather is nice, make the most of your gutter project by stringing up holiday lights before roofs, eaves and trees get frosty. Christmas is just around the corner.

Winterize - Maple leaves in gutter, fall time.

Winterizing Tip #2:

Have a fireplace and plan to use it?

Hire a professional chimney sweep to clean and inspect your fireplace before firing it up on a cold evening. Along with creosote buildup inside your hearth, which can cause fires, chimneys have been known to house critters of all sizes blocking harmful gases from exiting your home. Other obstructions or damage may have happened because of severe weather or recent work to your roof. Better to have it checked out than risk a possible fire.

Winterize - Chimney Sweep cleaning fireplace inside of home.

Winterizing Tip #3:

Keep the cold air out, the warm air inside and heating bills down by sealing drafty windows and doors. Caulk, tape, weather strips and cellophane are economical and fairly simple ways to winterize your home before the first polar vortex arrives.

Winterizing Tip #4:

Move your snow blower, shovel and bag of driveway salt to an easily accessible spot in the garage. Then rev up your snow blower to ensure its still in working condition and has plenty of gasoline to clear the driveway when the first measurable snowfall occurs. It’s a simple task but one often overlooked until snow begins to pile up.

Winterize - Man using snowblower to clear deep snow on driveway near residential house after heavy snowfall.

Bonus Tip on Ways to Winterize Your Home:

To save on springtime repairs and replacements its best to move patio furniture, portable fire pits and sporting equipment into storage now.

Winter happens. And when it does be prepared for all that Old Man Winter dishes out with our low, fixed-rate personal loan – perfect for financing a new furnace, snow blower or even a family ski trip. And with rates as low as 5.99% APR1 your finances won’t be left out in the cold.

Do you know of other home winteraways to winterize your home? If so, please share:

 

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