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									Winterizing the Home
An old adage says that preparation proceeds power, and in the case of winterizing a home, this
statement has been proven time and time again. Only the power that one yields from preparing their
home against the cold winter’s chill is not some metaphoric element or influence, the power that a
homeowner derives from preparing their home for the winter is literal saved energy and power in the
form of conserved heat and other power supplies.

Preparing your VA Purchased Home for the Weather
Preparing the home for the onset of colder weather and the winter is call winterization or winterizing
the home. Those who have purchased their homes using a VA home loan have already been
empowered to afford their home and now can have the ability to save more money on the running costs
of the home through proper winterization of the house.

                                             But not only can those who have purchased their home
                                             using a VA home loan take full advantage of a properly
                                             winterized home. All those who are homeowners can take
                                             steps to winterize their home and therefore protect their
                                             house and save more money during the winter months on
                                             their utility bills.

                                              Winterizing the home means to take steps that will protect
                                              the house from all possible dangers winter can bring upon it
as well as ensuring that the house is well insulated and sealed to avoid the loss of precious (and paid for)
heat. While some homeowners may see this as a monumental task, once the steps to winterization are
broken down a homeowner can see that the task of winterizing the home is more than doable.

Get a Head Start
The first step to winterizing a home is to get started early. A homeowner will not want to wait for the
first snowstorm of the season to get started on winterizing their home.

Starting the winterization process on the home can start
whenever the homeowner desires as increasing
insulation and sealing air leaks in the home can help a
home stay cool in the summer just as much as it will
help the home to stay warm in the winter. But typically
the best time to winterize a home is during the
temperate fall months of late august and September as
these months are usually cool enough to work in but still
have pleasant weather for the most part.

When the work starts, one of the first places to begin can be with the gutters of the home. Clearing the
gutters and cleaning them of obstructions will help the home to properly shed water and snow melt
during the winter, which will in turn lower the possibilities of incurring a flooded basement or ground
level in late winter.

From the gutters a homeowner can move on to sealing the air leaks of the home. The most common
culprits of leaky spots in the house can be found around the doorways and windows of the house.

Plugging gapped spaces and adding a safety layer of caulk or molding around the door jams, doorways,
and windows of the home will help to seal leaky areas of the home and ensure that the home retains its
heat. By winterizing the home a homeowner will be able to protect their home from damage and
ensure that they save more money on heating costs during the upcoming winter.

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