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How to Create Your Own Homeowner’s Emergency Phone List

June 22, 2018
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When it comes to homeownership, being prepared for anything makes everything easier. The first step is simple: create a list of numbers you can call to address a range of issues, from home warranty questions to midnight plumbing emergencies. Start with the essentials Every phone list should have contact information for your family members, nearby neighbors, primary care physicians, schools, vet, etc. You may also want to include non-emergency numbers for your local police and fire departments, as well as the nearest urgent care and…

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8 Ways to Help Protect Your Home While on Vacation

July 7, 2015

Making plans to take a well-deserved vacation is an exciting time. When you’re deciding where to go and what to pack, it’s also important to consider another issue—namely, what can you do to help protect your home while you’re away? There’s no full-proof formula for keeping your home safe, but following these tips may give you greater peace of mind so your vacation is as it should be—relaxing! Leave lights on a timer: An empty house can be a potential invitation for mischief. Using a…

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7 Reasons to Buy a New Home

January 8, 2014

1. You can tackle your wish list in lieu of a repair list Picture this: You wake up on a Saturday with a plan of improving your home. You hang a piece of art on the wall and shop for that new coffee table on your wish list. Sounds pretty relaxing, right? When you buy an older home, you may not get to this stage for quite some time. Your weekends will most likely be spent scraping popcorn off the ceiling, replacing the faucets or…

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