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…]

What to Know Before Joining a Homeowners Association

Nice two-story homes on a sunny day in a neighborhoodIf you’re on the hunt for a new home, townhouse, or condominium, you may encounter listings that require you to join a homeowners association (HOA). The members of this association take on the responsibility of maintaining the value, safety, and aesthetic of the neighborhood. For first-time homebuyers, this can seem like a daunting contract to sign off on, but in order to allay the fears of any hesitant newcomers, we’re here to describe what you should know before joining a homeowners association. [Read more…]

Safety Tips for Using Portable Generators This Winter

A portable electric generation being used to power a home in the snow during winter.Experiencing power outages during New England winters is an unfortunate inevitability that many of us have to contend with. With frigid temperatures that can quickly make one’s home uninhabitable without electricity, many Massachusetts residents have invested in portable generators to keep their heat running when the power goes out. However, despite the convenience of generators, they come with their fair share of risks. If you’re looking to safeguard your home from power outages, learn these safety tips for using portable generators this winter. [Read more…]

Does Insurance Cover a Heating Unit Replacement?

An old stone basement with a newly built furnace in the corner.In New England, the mid-winter hovers around the low teens, and if a home’s heating is not in proper working order, it can be extremely dangerous to the inhabitants. Obviously, one would immediately look to replace their furnace, boiler, or HVAC unit should it break, but it’s an expensive undertaking and one that many may not have the finances to support. In such situations, it’s important to determine whether insurance would cover a heating unit replacement. [Read more…]