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  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 >>

Appliances are all around our home, but we don’t often recognize their potential safety hazards. Fortunately, you don’t have to rely on professional inspections or go off the grid to keep your home and family safe. READ MORE >>

  When you think of home security, you probably imagine expensive, intricate systems that cost more than you’re willing to shell out—especially after buying a new home. But that’s not always the case. Good home security doesn’t require a pricey, state-of-the-art system. READ MORE >>

  The better data you have on your air conditioning’s performance, the better you’ll be able to spot problems and extend your equipment’s useful life. You can find complimentary air conditioning logs here, which can help you track operating characteristics and alert you to trouble down the road. READ MORE >>

After a close call in my apartment–who knew olive oil is bad for high-heat cooking? – it dawned on me that I had never used a fire extinguisher. I’m no fire chief, but learning on the fly while your smoke detector is blaring seems like the wrong time to figure that out. READ MORE >>

  Planning on sprucing up your home this spring? If so, you probably already have a list of annual projects. But there are many others that fly under the radar. Paul Sullivan, founder of a full-service remodeling company and the chairman of the National Association of Home Builders Remodelers, suggests you tackle these overlooked home projects. READ MORE >>

Pests in the home can turn into a major headache for homeowners. Not only are they a nuisance, gnawing rodents and chewing termites can eventually cause real damage to the structure of your home. Unfortunately, when this damage happens, it’s usually not covered by your homeowners insurance policy. READ MORE >>

  “If my home is damaged by a summer storm, will my insurance cover repairs?” Where water-related damage is concerned, the answer depends on whether the water came from above or below. In general, if the damage was caused by wind-driven rain that came in through your roof, windows or doors, your insurance will cover the cost of repairs. READ MORE >>

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