Social Media & Beyond: Beware Sharing Your Holiday Plans

Travel woman using smartphone at airport.Social media was practically made for those great shots you’ll take during your holiday vacation, from visiting the family in the next state over to celebrating the dead of winter on a warm tropical beach. It’s really tempting to let friends, family, and online strangers know exactly where and what you’re up to when you’re on vacation. However, if you’re leaving your home for the holidays, you may be laying out the welcome mat for burglary by announcing your absence on social media. [Read more…]

Home Safety: Winter Power Outage

Residential Substation SilhouetteEverything is harder in winter, and this holds doubly true for interruptions in your power. This is why planning ahead and acting quickly within the first hours of the power outage can do a lot to keep you comfortable in such a miserable time. While some of these instructions hold true for any time of the year, most are geared towards dealing with the cold and the weather that causes it. Be ready to react to a winter power outage by keeping these ideas and mind, and making some small purchases just in case. [Read more…]

Can Improving Home Security Reduce Insurance Premiums?

House key on keychainPeace of mind. It’s something homeowners enjoy and cherish, being able to sit inside a warm house on a stormy night. However, this peace can be shattered by many events, from fires to floods. And while these examples mindlessly consume both home and its possessions, there are also more intelligent, targeted, and higher-occurring threats to your home in the form of residential burglaries. In 2015 there were 365,000 residential fires in the US. There were 8.6 million home burglaries over the same time in the United States. [Read more…]

Tips to Preventing and Removing Mold

Black mold in the corner of room wallDid you know that mold could be damaging to your health and home? Mold is a fungus that needs two key things to develop and grow: moisture and a source of food. Moisture can come from the apparent source, water but also can come from high air humidity, neglected roofs, broken air conditioners and drainage problems. Sources of food for the mold can be drywall, carpets, or even your own mattress.  Mold has simple requirements in order to survive and thrive. Preventing and removing mold is a simpler task than it sounds. [Read more…]

Knowing Your House: Home Fire Prevention

Home Exterior of a large house.When it comes to avoiding home fires, there’s a lot of good traditional advice: replace smoke detectors, avoid grease fires, avoid unattended flames, and properly use and maintain your home’s heaters. But a lot about the danger of the fires isn’t impacted about how they start, but how they spread. Your home itself can impact if fires start and how much they will spread. So whether you’re looking at buying a new home or safeguarding the one you’re currently in, having knowledge about its construction and layout can help you with home fire prevention. The following information is from a UL Science report, designed to look at how modern fires have changed for firefighters. [Read more…]

Spring Cleaning: Inspecting Your Home

Magnifying glass examining house.Time to get back into gear now that spring is finally here! What better way to begin than with some spring cleaning to refresh your home and get rid of those cold winter vibes. Spring cleaning has been a tradition in some form for many years, yet some homeowners neglect to take the necessary measures to ensure their home is not only clean, but also sound and sturdy. A quick home inspection done by yourself or a professional should be conducted every year to make sure that your home is still in good condition after the cold winter season. Here are some key inspection points and “red flags” to look for. [Read more…]