Homeowner Loss-Control Tips

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Avoiding Fraud During Tax Season

Fraudulent activity rises during tax season, and for many filers, this could mean big headaches in April. Here are some ways you can prevent fraud during tax season.


How to Prevent a Dryer Fire

Did you know failure to properly clean and maintain a clothes dryer is the leading cause of a dryer fire? Here are some precautions to help prevent these fires.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

A frozen pipe can do much more than just stop water from getting to the tap. Frozen pipes have the potential to burst, causing thousands of dollars in water damage to your home. Here are some precautions to help avoid frozen and burst pipes and water damage.

Prepare Your Roof for Winter—Ice Dam 101

Learn how to identify an ice dam and what you can do to prevent thousands of dollars in damage to your property.

Protecting Home Systems, Appliances, and Utility Service Lines

Did you know that sudden damage to “home systems” —such as HVAC and appliances—caused by accident, breakdown, or human error is typically not covered under most warranties or service contracts? Repairs can often cost thousands of dollars. Similarly, if a gas, water, or any other type of service line coming into your home has a rupture on your property, you as the homeowner are responsible, not the utility company. That responsibility includes repair to the line as well as repair or replacement to disturbed landscaping. These costs can quickly escalate. Read more on what you can do to protect yourself. 

Protecting Your Identity Abroad

When you are traveling, it is important to keep your personal information safe, especially when you’re out of the country. Here are some helpful things you should do when traveling abroad. Additionally, here’s how you can protect your property while on vacation.

Reducing Tree Damage

Falling trees and limbs cause millions of dollars in damage to homes each year. Here is what you can look out for to prevent a tree from damaging your home.

Roof Repair and Replacement Tips

Your  roof is a valuable investment, and repairing or replacing it can be costly. To make sure the work is done right, here are 10 questions to ask a potential contractor before you sign an agreement. 

Daylight Saving Time

Spring Maintenance Checklist

Spring daylight saving time is the perfect time to perform basic maintenance in and around your home. See our checklist here.

Wood- and Pellet-Burning Stove Safety

As the prevalence of these stoves has increased, so has the number of fires caused by their misuse or improper installation and maintenance. If you plan on heating your home with a wood or pellet stove, make sure you take these necessary precautions.