Financing & Insuring

Things to Know About Homebuyers Insurance

April 15, 2014

With the purchase of your new home, it’s wise and often even mandatory to protect such a large investment with different types of insurance policies. Read on for our quick guide to the main types of insurance policies you might encounter and why you may need to purchase them. HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE Homeowners insurance is designed to protect you financially by providing money for repairs in the event your property sustains damage. This could include damage from fire, lightning, windstorms, hail, explosions, smoke, vandalism and many…

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Life at Home, Packing & Moving

Spring Cleaning Checklist Part 5: Tips for Homebuyers and Sellers

April 4, 2014

If you plan to move this year, spring cleaning can be a great head start—both for homeowners getting ready to sell and for homebuyers ready to pack. With that in mind, here are some bonus checklist items to help you focus on those goals as you move from room to room. If you’re moving this year… Put seasonal items—such as winter coats and clothes, heavy drapes and comforters, and holiday decorations—away in moving-safe boxes and label them clearly. Be aggressive about your decluttering. This infographic…

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Spring Cleaning Checklist Part 4: Home Office and Laundry Room

April 3, 2014

You’re in the home stretch! Use these checklists to help you finish up your spring cleaning. Did you miss the earlier parts of our series? Get checklists for spring cleaning kitchens and mudrooms, common areas and bathrooms, and bedrooms and kid clutter! Home office: Declutter the desk. If you have a buildup of paperwork, set aside time to sort it into “file,” “shred” and “scan” piles. The more things you can shred or scan and save electronically (then shred), the easier it will be to…

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Spring Cleaning Checklist Part 3: Bedrooms and Kid Clutter

April 2, 2014

It’s tempting to let spring cleaning stall out once you get to the more personal parts of the home, like bedrooms and playrooms. Keep your momentum with these checklists! Did you miss the earlier parts of our series? Get checklists for spring cleaning kitchens and mudrooms, and common areas and bathrooms. Bedrooms: Open the windows to let fresh air in and cleaning fumes out. Each member of the household should make time to declutter and clean his or her own bedroom, starting with the closet.…

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Spring Cleaning Checklist Part 2: Common Areas and Bathrooms

April 1, 2014

‘Tis the season for a clean sweep! Tackle your spring cleaning chores with our series of handy checklists. Did you miss Part 1 (kitchens and mudrooms)? It’s here! » Common areas (living room, great room, media room, dining room, etc.): Open the windows to let fresh air in and cleaning fumes out. Set aside a box, bag or basket for each member of the household and fill it with the personal items that tend to accumulate in common areas—but shouldn’t. If you have further decluttering to…

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