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The holiday season is a time when people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crimes. People are often in a rush buying gifts, decorating their homes, visiting friends or traveling. READ MORE >>

Thanksgiving, the day Americans gather with family and friends to celebrate, cook and eat, is the nation’s leading day for cooking fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (USFA), the number of cooking fires on Thanksgiving is three times as high as on any other day of the year. READ MORE >>

Nine things for you (or the handyman) to tackle before winter sets in. As winter nears, it’s time to prepare your home for cold weather. These steps, at least some of which most homeowners can do themselves, will lower your utility bills and protect your investment. Tune up your heating system. READ MORE >>

A new season is here and along with that inevitably comes change: a change in light, a change in weather, a change in lifestyle. Depending on where you live it can either be drastic or just a little blip; either way there are things you can do to make the transition easier. READ MORE >>

Halloween can be a fright when trick-or-treaters flock to your property. But taking reasonable steps to safeguard your home and having the right homeowners or renters insurance makes it easier to get into the spirit of things, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). READ MORE >>

It won’t be long before you’ll be greeted by little ghosts and goblins shouting “Happy Halloween!” Now is the time to make your home safe for trick-or-treaters. We’ve gathered nine ideas to get you started. 1. Secure railings. READ MORE >>

(Picture Source: Selective Insurance) Electronics are an essential part of modern life. Even if you're a fan of doing things the old-fashioned way, it's fairly hard to get through a day without a computer, phone or other device plugged into an outlet. READ MORE >>

  As the days of summer wind down, that probably means the end of your summer home for the year. When you have a seasonal property, it's important to take proper precautions. Failing to attend to key steps can leave your home vulnerable to theft and damage, putting your investment at risk. READ MORE >>

  With summer a fading memory, now’s the time to ready your home for fall and winter’s cooler temps and unpredictable weather conditions.   1. Clear out the gutters.  Remove leaves and other debris from your drainpipe and gutters to prevent clogging. READ MORE >>

  Use these must-do fall maintenance tips to keep your house in shape and help keep you warm this winter. Regularly clean gutters and downspouts. Make sure all drainage areas are unblocked by leaves and debris. Consider installing gutter guards to make the job a lot easier. READ MORE >>

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