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The Ins and Outs of Home Warranties & Why You Need One

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Reading time: 4 minutes A few days before Christmas, your furnace gives out. You're hosting the winter festivities this year, and it's freezing temperatures outside. Without heat, it'll soon be freezing inside as well. What do you do? If you're like our Digital Content Manager Susie, you jump onto your home warranty website and place a request for ...
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10 Homeowners Insurance Tips the Pros Want You to Know

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Reading time: 5 minutes  ​ Owning a home is a grand adventure. Some days, you fix the house. Some days, the house destroys your bank account with flood damage. However, you can save your home – and your wallet – with the help of homeowners insurance. Insurance can be complex, but having the right coverage, agent, and carrier can help you navig...
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354,400 Reasons to Have a Home Inventory & How to Create One

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Close your eyes. Now, can you name every valuable item in your home? Probably not. A report by the National Fire Protection Association estimates an average of 354,400 homes suffer a structure fire each year. While no one expects their home to be involved in a fire, flood, or other natural disaster, it's important to be ready for such an event.&nbs...
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What Do You Do If You See a Spotted Lanternfly?

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​ Reading time: 3 minutes If you've been spending more time outdoors this year, you may have noticed a large fly with black-spotted, gray wings. Unfortunately (or fortunately), this insect is not native to America. Originally from Vietnam, China, and India, the spotted lanternfly first appeared in Pennsylvania in 2014 before spreading to the nearby...
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Watch Now: Real Homeowner Horror Stories

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​ If you're a homeowner, then you know how quickly something can go wrong. You returned home from vacation to a flooded basement. Or maybe you found a bear waltzing with your garbage can one evening. Perhaps you're not sure what put a hole in your windscreen, but boy, did it leave a mess in your family room. Homeowner Horror Stories, a segment of t...
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First-Time Home Buying 101: Top 5 Mortgage Tips

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​ Reading time: 4 minutes "Now more than ever, your home is a comfort," says Sam Sharp, Executive Vice President of National Sales , Guaranteed Rate . While COVID-19 fuels a competitive fall 2020 real estate market, it also fosters a new appreciation for "the home." However, some first-time home buyers (and even current homeowners) struggle with th...
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The Most Surprising Home Trends of 2020

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Reading time: 4 minutes The home is evolving. As you're spending more time at home this year, you might also be realizing the current layout is not conducive to your end-of-day call or that there's no place in the kitchen for your spices. This might make you consider rearranging your home or even putting it on the market. To find out how the pandem...
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Fall Home Projects 2020: Get Your Maintenance On

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Reading time: 3 minutes Remember how long March was this year? Well, guess what? It's already fall! As more homeowners are improving their homes this year , we wanted to help by giving you the prime fall home improvement ideas for 2020. We reached out to Matt Van Cleve, a home improvement contractor who has been helping homeowners enhance thei...
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Buying or Selling a Home This Fall? Here’s What You Need to Know

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​ Reading time: 4.5 minutes ​ Are you looking to buy a home? How about sell your current place? Since 2020 produced an intense real estate market heading into the fall, we reached out to Daniel Brewer and Sebastien Courret of The Alliance, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate group affiliated with Compass Real Estate. Daniel and Sebastien have exce...
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Top Catastrophic Insurance Claims Explained

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​ Disaster won't wait. Whether it's flooding, wildfires, or hurricanes, homeowners need to protect their families and their homes from devastation. One integral part of any home preparation plan is homeowners insurance, which helps you get back on your feet after a catastrophic event. In honor of National Preparedness Month, we welcomed Jeff A...
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How to Design Your Home on a Budget with Teggy French

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​ Reading time: 4 minutes Moving into a new home? That can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to decoration. You just brought perhaps the most expensive investment you may ever make – and now you're thinking, "How can we design a home on a low budget?" "You don't have to have a lot of money to look like you have a lot of money," says Desi...
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Sleep like a baby: Infant safety checklist nursery edition

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​ Congratulations! You are a soon-to-be mommy or daddy! We know what you're thinking, "How can I keep my baby safe at home?" Well, you've come to the right place. In honor of Baby Safety Month , sponsored by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), we've put together these quick tips to address safety concerns for infants at home. St...
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How to Save Your home From Hailstorm and Windstorm Damage

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​ Reading time: 4 minutes Thunder might not only signal an oncoming storm. It might also warn of oncoming insurance claims. Hailstorms, windstorms, and broken pipes are the most common homeowners insurance claims – and the most expensive ones – that Orlando Berryman of Oberryman Insurance Agency has encountered during his 20 years in the insur...
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Unfortunate Labor Day cooking mishaps that can ruin your BBQ

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Reading time: 4 minutes  ​ Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial end of summer, and if you're a summer griller, then this is your last hurrah of the season. Unfortunately, it's also prime time for cooking mishaps. Enjoy the remaining lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer by avoiding these common cooking and/or grilling mishaps that can land you or so...
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Three easy ways to save $55,000 in home repairs

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​ Reading time: 4 minutes One of the greatest threats to your home is water damage, and we're not talking about that massive flood of the century that created an indoor swimming pool in your neighbor's basement. We're talking about non-weather related water damage that stems from leaks in toilets, sprinklers, water heating and HVAC systems, and roo...
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The Match Game: How to find a contractor in 8 easy steps

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​ Reading time: 3.5 minutes Finding the perfect contractor is a bit like dating. You need to be able to trust the person you're with and even show them where you live. But do they understand you and your home improvement needs? Will they complement your likes and dislikes? Do they share your home vision? You've probably wondered once after a home i...
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What is a derecho storm, and why isn’t there a warning?

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Reading time: 2 minutes  There are tornado warnings, thunderstorm warnings, and excessive heat warnings. Unfortunately, there isn't a derecho warning quite yet, but a derecho is another way Mother Nature unleashes her fury. Before you can protect your family and home from a derecho, it's important to know what you're up against.  What exa...
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How to Beat Extreme Heat - Home Edition

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Reading time: 3 minutes Extreme heat means you're now ordering iced coffee, and you're no longer cooking on your stove. You can fry that egg right on the pavement. Since heat waves are the leading cause of extreme weather-related deaths in the US and Death Valley hit incredible highs recently, we figured it was a good time to help you stay cool at ...
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The tornado preparedness checklist for your home

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Reading time: 5 minutes While "Tornado Alley" may be located in the center of the US, tornadoes have been happening frequently in other parts of the country as well. For those of us who aren't Dorothy Gale, check out these tornado safety tips to help your family avoid a dangerous situation with Mother Nature. #1 - Make a home checklist and complete...
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Testing the waters: Water quality in your home

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Reading time: 5 minutes ​ Ahhhhh. There's nothing quite as refreshing as a cool drink of water. Unfortunately, with that water, you might be drinking common contaminants, such as lead, arsenic, and nitrate. Before you reach for a sports drink, listen to Aaron Simmons of Automatic Water Conditioning Co. Aaron has been helping homeowners to increase ...
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