Tips to Leave Your Home Alone While Away on Vacation

If you’re jet-setting this summer, prepare to leave your home alone. Summer is upon us, and hopping on a plane and jetting off to some foreign location for a week (or two) of rest and relaxation is many people’s favorite seasonal tradition. Before you head out the door, protecting the home while away is critical! Unfortunately, a vacant home can be awfully tempting for thieves and poses fire and electrical risks while left unattended. Fortunately, you can use these basic safety tips and home … [Read more...]

What Should Go in Your Home Safe

The safest place to store your valuables may be in your home. Whenever homeowners ask themselves where is the safest place to store valuables, many understandably say in a security box in the bank. After all, banks have the best 24-hour security and alarm systems. What is safer than that? However, for certain items, a bank may not be the best place. You may need copies of documents that you require immediate access to, and bank safe deposit boxes are only accessible during the branch’s … [Read more...]

Should You Review Your Homeowners Insurance Policy at Renewal?

Take the time to review coverage to ensure it suits your current needs.   All too easy, homeowners renew their insurance without a second thought – or glance – at the policy. Unfortunately, this can be a costly mistake to make. Policies are customized to fit the needs of each policyholder and home. More often than not, your home, lifestyle or needs will have changed since you secured or last reviewed your policy. To know the situations in which you are and aren’t covered, review … [Read more...]

Home Maintenance Tasks to Complete During Spring

Break out of the winter rut and update your home for sunnier days. Now that it’s April, it’s time to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring. Even though spring equinox has come and gone, many homeowners have yet to get their home ready for the warmer days ahead. Finally, it’s time to open the curtains, let in the sun, and blow away the winter cobwebs. Welcome the warmer weather with a couple (or all) of these spring home maintenance tips! Head up to the roof: The roof is your home’s … [Read more...]

Easy and Cheap Ways to Prevent Home Theft

How homeowners can prevent property crimes. While worrying about home floods and mortgage rates, it’s easy to forget about the good old-fashioned threats to your property. While you want your home to be a warm and welcoming environment for your friends and family, you might be surprised how common habits might be inviting to criminals, too. With millions of property crimes in the United States every year, it’s important to reduce your risk for burglary and property damage. Check out these … [Read more...]

Homeowners, Should You Consider a Smart Alarm System?

Smart alarm systems help to protect homes and belongings. If you own a home, it’s probably your most valuable and important asset. So, it makes good sense to protect it from damage and loss. These days, a smart home alarm system is not only the smartest way to protect your home and possessions, but it’s one of the cheapest. Even though you may have a standard, traditional security system hardwired into the home, you may benefit by upgrading to a smart home alarm system. In this day and age, … [Read more...]

What New Homeowners Need to Know About Home Insurance

Homeowners should prepare to purchase homeowners insurance. As a future homeowner, there is a lot to consider. While the mortgage, real estate, and moving paperwork are already piling up on your plate, it’s important that you don’t forget homeowners insurance. As reliable protection for the home’s structure and your belongings, schedule a bit of time to assess the right policy for your needs properly. When shopping for insurance, here’s a checklist to keep you on track: Know your credit … [Read more...]