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What to watch for when buying a high-rise condo

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You move into a new city and purchase a high-rise condo in one of the nicest parts of town. Shortly thereafter, you notice water leaking from the unit above, causing damage to your property. Sadly, this is a common reality for condo owners; water continues to be one of the top perils in high-rise habitational buildings.

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Feeling stressed? Go easy on yourself

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Change can add stress to any family routine, but change amid a pandemic can bring stress to a whole new level. Make sure you recognize signs of increased tension and address it before it impacts your life or health.

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How to protect yourself from fraud

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Whether you’re planning a much-anticipated remodeling project or facing repairs to fix damage from a storm, hiring a contractor can be a daunting and nerve-wracking task. While most contractors are trustworthy, some are guilty of taking advantage of vulnerable homeowners – especially when the repairs involve an insurance claim.

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Wildfire: Suppression tips may help keep homes standing

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When a house is still standing after a wildfire destroys neighboring homes, observers often wonder how the home survived. While not every wildfire can be avoided, several factors are key to preventing damage or saving a structure from destruction.

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Wildfire: Suppression tips may help keep homes standing

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wildfire-threatens

When a house is still standing after a wildfire destroys neighboring homes, observers often wonder how the home survived. While not every wildfire can be avoided, several factors are key to preventing damage or saving a structure from destruction.

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Contractors caught in post-COVID volatility

By agent, business, buyout, commercial, construction, Contractor, cost, COVID-19, economic, economy, force majeure, freight, global, home, homeowner, independent, Insurance, interwoven, lumber, materials, Pandemic, predictable, price, project, quality, risk, safety, shipping, unforseeable, volatile
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Whether you are a homeowner building a deck or a commercial contractor building multimillion-dollar projects, the soaring costs of construction materials is not new news. Even as lumber prices begin to retreat, what might be surprising is the length of time it might take for prices to stabilize overall or at least become more predictable.

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Consider the hidden risks of mulching

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One of your annual gardening tasks might involve applying a new layer of mulch to help control weed growth, reduce soil erosion and add nutrients to the soil. While your fruits, vegetables or ornamentals might benefit, mulch is a combustible material, and care must be taken to avoid the possibility of it igniting.

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Coping with loss in a catastrophe: What to do

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Protecting yourself and your family is your first priority in the aftermath of a catastrophic event. When your auto, home, business or personal property is damaged or destroyed by a tornado, hail, flood or other destructive event, focus on people first.

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Sprinklers protect your home from biggest threat: Fire

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One of the most significant threats to your home, its contents and those living there is a fire. If you’re building a new home or planning a major renovation of your existing home, consider installing or retrofitting with a fire sprinkler system. Sprinklers save lives.

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