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Heading South for the Winter? Keep your Home Safe

If you are a snowbird heading south for the winter, there are several key things you can do to help protect your vacant home. Taking these steps can help protect your home from theft, water damage, heating or electrical system malfunctions and other possible threats while you are away for an extended period of time. 1. Make Your Home Appear as Though It Is Continuously Occupied – Forward your mail, stop newspaper delivery, and ask a friend or relative to collect flyers or other items that may be left at your door. – Arrange for someone to rem...

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How to Stage Your Home During the Holidays

The holiday season gives most people the feels – “most” being the operative word. It’s important to keep this in mind when selling your home during the festive season. It’s easy to go overboard. (If you’re not sure what we mean, watch the notorious house-lighting scene from National Lampoons Christmas Vacation for a reminder). Here are some tips to stage your home for a sale, while keeping it tasteful. Light it Up First, make sure all the year-round outdoor lights are functioning — winter days are short, so having the walkway and front door lit up for ev...

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Is Home Ownership In Your Future Plan? 3 Things To Pay Attention To Now

Step one to successful home ownership is being informed. And as they say, knowledge is power. DID YOU KNOW? Generation Z will outnumber Millennials within a year, and will make up the largest cohort of homebuyers in the next decade. A home is likely the biggest purchase most of us will ever make, so whether you’re planning to purchase this year or this decade, now’s a good time to get up to speed. Here are three things you’ll want to pay close attention to if you’re considering home ownership. #1. THE NUMBERS Whether you’re looking for the next gre...

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7 Fireplace Safety Tips

Curling up in front of the fireplace with a book can be the quintessence of coziness on a cold winter’s day, but it can also be dangerous if you don’t maintain your fireplace and use it correctly. Here are a few safety tips when using your fireplace this winter. 1. Go with a pro The National Fire Protection Association suggests you hire a certified chimney cleaner to inspect your fireplace and chimney at least once a year. They probably won’t sing catchy songs in a Cockney accent like in “Mary Poppins,” but they will remove dangerous clogs and buildup. 2...

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