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Checking Smoke Detectors

If you’re a homeowner, and especially if you have a family, you do a lot of checking. You check your thermostat, your furnace, your car’s oil and gas, your credit card and bank balances, what groceries you need to buy each week — the list goes on. And you check up on your kids, which […]

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Choosing the Right Homeowners’ Insurance

A new home is always something to celebrate. But before you break out the bubbly, be sure you get real about home insurance. We never like to think any misfortune could befall our homes, but the reality is, accidents and damage do happen, and they can happen to anybody. So be prepared. Do your homework! […]

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Tips for Landlords

If you’re a landlord, you might (unfortunately) relate to this. Once a bad tenant, always a bad tenant, especially when they disappear without notice and leave you a “farewell note” in the form of a dirty, smelly, damaged apartment. But when a tenant does the decent thing and gives you notice, there are steps you […]

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Filing an Insurance Claim

And now for everybody’s favorite thing: filing a homeowners insurance claim! Seriously, folks, it’s not as bad as you might think, and the rewards make it all worth it. First and foremost, get it over with! Do it right away, because most insurance companies have a one-year time limit for claims. Plus, it’ll be good […]

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Precious belongings should be kept on your highest shelves

We recently heard from a customer whose basement was flooded. Although we were able to fully restore the basement, one thing could not be replaced. He had a box of tintype pictures of his ancestors, and the water made most of them stick together and rust over. Even if we could have separated them, the […]