Winterize your home and save money


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The heat is fading, and our days are growing shorter. Once again, pumpkin flavored everything has been unleashed upon West Michigan. Before we know it, snow and freezing wind will be howling at our doors, which is why we’re here to help you keep your family toasty through the upcoming winter months.

Here are four tips you can use that will save you money and leave you with more time to roast chestnuts over an open fire.

  1. Plug the leaks in your windows and doors. has some ideas on how to prevent door drafts, window leaks and more. Did you know that a 1/8” gap under your door can let in as much cold air as a 2.4” diameter hole in the wall?
  2. If you have a home you don’t use in the winter, you will want to prepare your plumbing for freezing temperatures. Spending a few minutes prepping your pipes in the fall will prevent a lot of headaches in the spring.
  3. Are you planning on using a fireplace or wood stove in the winter? Dummies.com has a few ideas you need to know. For instance, you’ll want to hire a professional chimney sweep and check your chimney for debris such as bird nests.
  4. Don’t forget your outdoor power equipment! Shoving your lawn mower into the back of a shed isn’t the best idea. Fortunately, Lowe’s has a checklist for all your summer equipment. Get it prepped for winter, and you’ll be ready to go once the spring breezes start blowing!

If you need a major repair before winter hits, we’re here to help! Check out our home equity loans or credit cards to get the flexible financing you need to make sure your home is winter ready!


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