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What You Need to Know Before Falling in Love with a House

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​Reading time: 3 minutes  You have a new job. You have a new baby. Maybe you just don't like your current abode. Whatever the reason, you're going house hunting this year. But what are the things you need to consider? We've got your must-have advice on buying a home since we've been there and done that ourselves. Where do you want to move?&nbs...
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How to Avoid Mistakes When Purchasing Homeowners Insurance for Two Homes

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Reading time: 5 minutes Who doesn't love the idea of a cabin in the woods for a snowy holiday or a place down at the shore for the summer? A seasonal or vacation home is one of life's amazing benefits, but insuring it properly can be a challenge. We reached out to Katie Unruh Vang of Unruh Insurance Agency, who has been part of the insurance indust...
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7 Retro Items No Longer in Your Home + Safety Tips for Your Modern Abode

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National Retro Day is February 27th, so in honor of yesteryear, we're taking a look back at items that were once in your home or ones that have transformed over the years. We also threw in a few modern tips to keep your home safe and groovy (baby).   Sewing machines After hitting the home in the late 1880s, sewing mach...
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Major Appliance Maintenance That Prevents Home Fires and Floods

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Reading time: 4 minutes You only need to be without a refrigerator, oven, or washing machine for a few hours to be reminded how much you rely upon your home appliances. Unfortunately, they break down from time to time, often because of lack of home maintenance. Simply completing a few DIY home maintenance projects a year can help prolong the l...
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Top 10 Home Improvements That Add Value

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Reading time: 4 minutes​ We know you don't want to just maintain your home. You also want to add value to it. After all, your home is the place you live, sleep, and perhaps work – and it's also your greatest investment. To help you make the most of your home efforts, here are the best home improvements to increase the value of your house, ranked by...
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Top 10 Title Insurance Questions You Want to Ask But Never Have And Absolutely Should

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Reading time: 4 minutes ​You picked your dream house. Your offer has been accepted and a home inspection completed. Now your attorney contacts the title insurance agency. You might be wondering, "Do I need title insurance?" "Besides life insurance, it's the one insurance you will buy that you hope you never have to use," says Mike Carella, Founder ...
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14 Insanely Easy Ways to Show Your Home Some Love

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Let's be honest. There's almost as many love songs about your home as your significant other. From the New Jersey legend Bruce Springsteen to country superstar Shaina Twain, people just love singing about where they hang their hat, but how much do they actually take care of it? This Valentine's Day, we have 14 ways you can show love for y...
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Save Your Toilet, Save the Planet: Water Efficiency Tips

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Reading time: 3 minutes  As Captain Planet informed us, our water supply is not infinite. In fact, 97.5 percent of all of Earth's water is saltwater, and 2 percent of the Earth's freshwater supply is trapped in the ice caps and glaciers (though perhaps not for long). That means extraordinarily little water is potable. As if that's not enough m...
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Why You Should Absolutely Not DIY Your Garage Door (And What Needs to Be Done)

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Reading time: 4 minutes ​The average garage door weighs up to 400 pounds, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that garage doors can be dangerous. In fact, an average of 20,000 Americans visit the emergency room every year from injuries sustained by a garage door. That's why it's important to get your doors inspected and serviced by a profession...
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The Good, the Bad, and the Color Schemes of HOAs

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Reading time: 4 minutes ​You found your dream home, and you're all but ready to sign on the dotted line. Then your real estate agent informs you that the community has an homeowners association or an HOA. But what does living with an HOA mean, and how do homeowners associations work? And are you really not allowed to paint your home's trim that bea...
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Everything You Need to Know about Dryer Vent Cleaning

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Reading time: 4 minutes Your dryer is more dangerous than it looks. Each year, more than 2,900 clothes dryer fires lead to an average of 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and more than $35 million in property loss. As if the fear of a home fire wasn't enough, a dirty dryer vent can increase your gas or electricity costs and damage your dryer's heating elemen...
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DIY Home Electrical Projects You Can Tackle (and When to Call in the Home Pros)

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Reading time: 5 minutes Who doesn't love a good DIY project? From changing the water valve in the toilet to patching a hole in drywall, you're quite the craftsperson. But there's one type of project you should always approach with the utmost caution: electrical. Electrical home projects can be dangerous, but there are a few you may be able tackle b...
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The Home Management App Every Homeowner Needs

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Reading time: 7 minutes No one is born an expert homeowner, and homeownership has only gotten more complicated with an aging home market, more first-time homeowners, and new smart home tech. Keeping up with the Joneses has transformed to "keeping up with home maintenance," which can be extremely difficult to new homeowners. Without proper upke...
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The Home Maintenance Tasks You Need to Do Again (and Again and Again)

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Reading time: 10 minutes Home maintenance can feel a bit like the movie Groundhog Day. Over and over again, you need to complete the same tasks to keep your home in good-working order and avoid costly claims. But which home maintenance projects do you need to do – weekly, monthly, seasonally, bi-annually, and annually? We've got you covered with th...
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The Ins and Outs of Annual Plumbing Inspections

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Reading: 4 minutes Your toilets flush, your shower is warm, and your faucet isn't dripping. So your plumbing system is all good, right? Not necessarily. Small leaks are hard to detect, and wear and tear on your pipes can lead to major projects down the line. After all, a minor leak may cost $1,000 or more to fix, but the average water damage claim ...
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What You Need to Know about Home Inspections from a Master Inspector

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Reading time: 6 minutes  You've found your dream home. It's in the neighborhood you wanted and has that open-concept kitchen you can't seem to forget. You can't wait to close and move in, but before you do that, you need to know more about the home. That's where a home inspection can help. We recently welcomed Alan Grubb, a Certified Master In...
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Power Up Your Energy-Saving Home Ideas

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Reading time: 6 minutes  Many millennial homeowners struggle with home maintenance costs. An easy way to save money - and help the environment - is to make your home more energy efficient. To help you find ways to increase your home's energy efficiency (and lower your bills), Caroline and Jeff welcomed Megan Turner and Pete Seyfer of Alliant E...
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Outsmart Radon, the Invisible Killer

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Reading time: 3 minutes Imagine Dragons have it right in their song "Radioactive." When they sing, "I'm breathing in the chemicals," they aren't kidding. Radon is, in fact, radioactive, and it can be deadly.  In honor of National Radon Action Month (yes, that is a thing, and yes, we have no doubt you're googling it right now), we reached out t...
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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 im...
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Routine Home Maintenance Plan for 2021

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Reading time: 3 minutes  New year, new you, old home. Give your home the love it deserves this year by making a new year's resolution to take better care of it. Start by completing these routine maintenance tasks that are routinely overlooked! #1 – Vacuum your dryer vent  ​More than 2,900 clothes dryer fires are reported every year, and m...
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