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Don’t Be Shocked By The Rising Cost of Home Ownership

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Most homeowners know the toughest rule of the American Dream: the meter is always running.

The U.S. Census Bureau pegs the average cost of running a household at $1,408 per month. That’s a daily homeownership cost of nearly $47. The cost of your mortgage, home maintenance, insurance and utilities adds up fast. Unfortunately, there are some shocking home costs that are rising seemingly as fast as the sun on tomorrow. Every home owner should be aware of these very real and sometimes very pricy home ownership costs: read more

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Vacation Checklist to Help Keep Your Home Safe & Disaster-Free

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Many a distracted frantic American vacationer leave their homes each day without so much double-checking to see if they locked the front door or turned off the kitchen lights.

While not as absent-minded as Peter and Kate McAllister famously leaving their son Kevin “Home Alone,” many U.S. travelers are so naturally consumed with preparing and packing for their trip they fail to complete a comprehensive home safety checklist before departing for their destination. The National Travel and Tourism Office reports more than 66 million Americans traveled abroad in 2016. How many left their homes in truly safe condition? read more

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Crossing Wires

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How To Unravel The Confusion & Problems Posed By A Complex & Faulty Home Wiring System

A week after moving into his new house, Bill Anderson opened the aging light fixture wire box and immediately thought he was in a scene from an action movie.

Electrical Wires, yellow, red and white, crisscrossed everywhere above the lights on his three seasons room. Just like a bomb squad ace trying to decide which wire to cut, Anderson didn’t know where to start as he began the confusing process of replacing his lights. Even MacGyver would be stumped. read more

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The House Whisperer: How to Know What Your Home Is Telling You

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Many a home owner has wondered, “If these walls could only talk?”

The truth is, our homes talk to us every day. We just need to listen to the stories, worries, and problems the old gal is telling us.

Anyone can be a house whisperer.

By listening to the noises our houses emit, we can get a vivid picture of their overall structural, electrical and anesthetic health. Houses groan, creak and pop on a regular basis. They are built from a variety of different materials — glass, concrete and wood – that create a symphony of unusual and erratic noises. read more

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Don’t Roll the Dice on Your Home’s Smoke Detectors

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“It ain’t want you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” ~ Mark Twain

Don’t sleep on uncertainty, especially when you could be waking up to the very real and smoky nightmare of your home in flames.

A home smoke alarm only works when it is properly installed and regularly tested. And the cost of not regularly checking the batteries in your home’s fire protection system is often deadly. read more

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Lightning: The Unpredictable Home & Property Threat

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Lighting can strike anywhere, anytime. And if there’s one constant about lightning’s remarkable unpredictability, its timing is rarely good.

Unless you’re Marty McFly and Doc Brown trying to find a way to get back to 1985 in “Back To The Future,” lightning strikes rarely deliver good news. And when lightning strikes your home or property, it can produce not just a scary light show, but shockingly expensive damage. read more

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Spring Maintenance Checklist for Your Home

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“No winter lasts forever. No spring skips its turn.” – Author Hal Borland

We’ve weathered the snow storms, endured the cold and survived the woes of the calendar’s cruelest months. Even the notorious winter-loving Punxsutawney Phil has shed his shadow and is saying bring on spring. read more

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