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…]

Identifying and Avoiding Rental and Landlord Fraud Scams

A pair of house keys in a mousetrap meant to represent rental and landlord fraud scamsThe COVID-19 pandemic has generated a lot of uncertainty as eviction deferrals have come to fruition. This has many in need of affordable housing, which has unfortunately uncovered a lot of scammers seeking to take advantage of peoples’ desperation. False apartment listings or hidden rental fees can be a huge burden on those already struggling financially. With these sorts of schemes becoming increasingly common, let’s review the keys to identifying and avoiding rental and landlord fraud scams. [Read more…]

Tips for Negotiating Your Rent Payment

Close up of a woman signing a check that will be put to use for rent paymentYou’re hunting for an apartment and finally find the place of your dreams. It’s within walking distance of a coffee shop, a short cab ride from work, and has great amenities included. Only, there’s one problem: it’s slightly outside of your price range. However, taking a strategic approach to the negotiation table could help you win over your future landlord. It can be an intimidating process, so let’s take a look at some tips that can simplify negotiating your rent payment. [Read more…]

Debunking 5 Common Renters Insurance Myths

A close of the header of a renters insurance application on top of a desk next to a pair of keys, glasses, a pen, a calculator and one-hundred dollar bills.If your landlord doesn’t require you to have renters insurance, wouldn’t it just be better to pocket the expenses? What sense is there in investing in an insurance policy when living in an apartment, house, or duplex owned by someone else? Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions about renters insurance that result in residents not obtaining proper coverage for their belongings, leaving them vulnerable to severe financial repercussions. That’s why it’s important to debunk these common renters insurance myths. [Read more…]

How to Develop Your Family’s Fire Escape Plan

Smoke rising up to a smoke detector on the ceiling, stressing the importance of developing your family’s fire escape plan During a fire, there’s no room for hesitation. Some families may feel overconfident about their preparedness for such an event. When it comes to fire safety, many are only aware of the bare essentials, and many more don’t even have an escape plan. Despite the precautions you may take to ensure an accidental fire doesn’t break out, factors beyond your control can trigger a blaze. That’s why it’s so important to improve or develop your family’s fire escape plan so that every member is aware of their role. [Read more…]