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Check out our latest blogs about homes, home ownership, our studies, and member stories.
Dec
24

Know Your Heating System and How to Keep it in Good Working Order?

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 Heating usually makes up approximately 40% or more of your utility bill, and conducting proper maintenance of your heating system can actually help you save money. The first step in keeping your heating system working is knowing which type of system you have.

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Nov
30

Water Damage in Your Home: What You Need to Know

Water Damage in Your Home: What You Need to Know
What are the common causes of home flooding? When most of us hear the word flood our minds go to natural disasters and Mother Nature wreaking havoc. However, this is not the only cause of a home flood. Water damage can be caused by a variety of problems inside the home. According to the Insurance Information Institute, water damage is the second leading cause of home insurance claims and costs an average of $9,600. Home flooding can happen for many different reasons, some of the most common are:...
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Nov
21

Cooking Safety Tips

Cooking Safety Tips
Cooking can bring us together, show love, and nourish our bodies, however cooking fires are the cause of 50% of home fires. Holidays such as Thanksgiving only increase the risk. In fact, the number of home fires doubles on Thanksgiving Day according to the U.S. Fire Administration. It is imperative to take the proper precaution to prevent fires. By following a few safety tips you can greatly decrease your chance of a home fire due to cooking. Be Alert If you have not gotten enough sleep or have ...
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Oct
31

What Not To Store in Your Garage

What Not To Store in Your Garage
Checklist of What NOT to Store in Your Garage Firewood: It's super convenient to keep a stockpile of wood inside the garage (so you don't have to go out into the freezing cold this winter!). However, it can be a real target for pests that would love to invade your home. We recommend keeping firewood at least 20 feet away from the house, and the garage. Extra fuel: Many people find it convenient to store fuel for appliances like a generator in the garage.  However, this is best stored in a s...
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Oct
24

Prevention of In-Home Floods

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One of the most common problems homeowners face is water damage due to a major leak or flood in their home caused by a plumbing failure.  Approximately 20-30% of home insurance claims are due to (non-weather related) home flooding. This is approximately 7x more common than claims related to house fires!  Many of these floods are preventable.  Did you know there is an electronic innovation, available at most home improvement stores, that can give you a major advantag...
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Oct
24

Roof Maintenance is Important in the Fall

Roof Maintenance is Important in the Fall
Replacing an entire roof can take a lot of time and money (costing around $20,000 to $40,000, depending on the size and type).  Homeowners can avoid costly problems with their roof and prolong its life with proper maintenance a couple of times per year.  Conducting maintenance on your roof can also be important for your homeowners insurance.  Insurance companies are more reluctant to honor a claim for roof damage if the roof was not well-maintained in the first place. He...
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Sep
26

What Homeowners Need to Know About Carbon Monoxide In The Home

What Homeowners Need to Know About Carbon Monoxide In The Home
If you're a homeowner, you know that home safety is important.  People talk about it all the time.  When you buy your home, an expert even comes out to do an inspection to assure you that your home is "safe." They even make you pay for it!  Did you know that most homeowners own something in their home that, if it were to malfunction, could kill them in less than 3 minutes?  What if I told you that not only could this happen, but there would be no visible s...
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Sep
13

What Every Homeowner Needs to Know To Prepare For A Hurricane

What Every Homeowner Needs to Know To Prepare For A Hurricane
When a hurricane approaches the U.S, the first reaction for many people is fear, stress and worry. Especially after the devastating effects of previous hurricanes like Andrew, Katrina, Sandy, Maria and Harvey. Instead of retreating into panic mode, the best plan of action is to stay calm and get prepared. Even if you've been through a hurricane before, you don't want to be caught off-guard. We've talked to our experts and pulled together these top tips to help every homeowner prepare for a hurri...
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Sep
13

How To Improve the Value & Safety Of Your Home

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Whether a new homeowner or existing one, improving the value and safety of your home should always be top of mind. Who doesn't want the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home is taken care of? Well-maintained? And, as a result, worth more? Can you even put a price tag on a well-maintained home that keeps loved ones safe and sound? This article takes a closer look at the benefits of home maintenance and safety, how to avoid insurance claims and ways to improve your home. We will cover so...
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Aug
07

Getting to Know a Home Takes Time

Getting to Know a Home Takes Time
Houses are a lot like people. If asked, most houses would say, "I'm good, thanks" or "I am great - how are you?" When you look deeper though, or ask again...you then start to hear about the challenges and the frustrations - the leaking foundation, the cracked tiles, the sloping floor boards, the clicking sound in the furnace. Unfortunately, most of these small issues don't make much "noise" until there is a resulting crisis. Fortunately, informed homeowners know which types of warning ...
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