Why You Should Be Using a Dehumidifier During Summer

A woman taking out the water-collection bucket of a portable dehumidifier positioned in a living roomThe humidity in the air during Massachusetts summers can make it feel as though you’re wading through tepid waters. While this can feel oppressive while outdoors, having that hot and sticky feeling indoors can be even more unpleasant. Fortunately, owning a dehumidifier can make your home much more habitable. Not only will it make the atmosphere more comfortable, but it can also prevent home-damaging scenarios and adverse health effects involving humidity. Let’s review more reasons why you should be using a dehumidifier during summer. [Read more…]

Insurance Considerations When Hosting a House Party

A group of party guests toasting over an outdoor picnic table at night beneath string lightsWith summer in full swing and a majority of Massachusetts residents vaccinated against COVID-19, many are looking to get back to hosting guests in their homes. Whether it’s to show off your new apartment, gather a crowd for a big game, or get everyone together after a long quarantine, it’s sometimes easier to focus solely on the fun and excitement of a house party than the potential unintended consequences. While it’s important to have an enjoyable time, you should also be mindful of these insurance considerations when hosting a house party. [Read more…]

Preventing Water Damage with Proactive Plumbing Care

A closeup of hands wearing yellow gloves snaking a bathroom sink drain, meant to signify proactive plumbing careLeaking pipes are not just a symptom of winter. The extreme heat of summer can cause an increase in water demand that results in frequent clogs and built-up water pressure, or simple wear and tear can be the culprit. To avoid the costly repairs that accompany plumbing problems, it’s best to take a proactive approach to plumbing care. Following these simple maintenance tips can protect your home from water damage resulting from your plumbing. [Read more…]

How to Pet-Proof Your Home

A ginger cat laying on top of a desk with it's arms draped over a keyboard next to a cup of coffee, meant to exemplify how to pet-proof your home.Everyone wants a pet! But once you have one, you’ll quickly realize you have not prepared your home enough. Whether the new addition to your family sports two wings or four legs, there are safety measures to keep them protected. Since animals are just as curious as your typical toddler, it’s important you pay the same attention to detail around your home and carefully inspect each room for potential dangers. Before bringing home your new companion, ensure you’re taking these steps to pet-proof your home. [Read more…]

Spring Cleaning: What Not to Store in Your Garage

A cluttered garage with packed storage shelves, a bicycle, a ladder, and a load of other equipment.Looking to declutter your garage this spring? For many, a garage can quickly turn into a catchall for storage. While this may be fine for some items, some things don’t fare well when tucked away in the corners of your garage. Lack of insulation and fluctuating temperatures, additional exposure to the elements, and ease of access can lead to damaged property or hazardous circumstances for loved ones. If you’re looking to reorganize some of your belongings this spring, make sure you understand what not to store in your garage. [Read more…]

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Metal Roofs

A closeup of a gray metal roofThere are different types of roofs to suit the needs of every property, from slate and tile to wood and asphalt. However, if you reside in a region known for heavy snowfall, you’ve likely witnessed the increasing popularity of metal roofs. If you want to determine if this style of roof is right for your home, you need to weigh the advantages and disadvantages. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of metal roofs to help you make an informed decision. [Read more…]