Personal insurance: Trends in construction costs

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Reconstruction cost – or replacement cost – is the cost of hiring a contractor to replace your home as it is, using materials and design of the same or similar quality. This amount is not the same as market value, which is the value of comparable homes that have sold in your area. Your home’s current reconstruction cost could be very different from its market value.

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Preventing fires in the home

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A home fire is your most dangerous fire threat. This video from the U.S. Fire Administration has tips for preventing fires at home.

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Prevent falls: Help seniors live healthier lives

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As Americans age, seniors are especially at risk of being injured by a fall. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Falls should not be considered a normal, expected result of aging. Nevertheless, they can be serious and costly for older adults.

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Spring checklist: How did your home hold up?

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As the calendar turns to spring, it’s time to assess how your property weathered the winter. This is a good time to make a “to-do” list to prevent property maintenance and liability issues.

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Protect your privacy on the ‘internet of things’

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A man stops at the grocery store after work for a frozen pizza. As he gets back in his car, he uses his phone to tell his oven to start preheating. The man sits down to eat and realizes he is out of napkins. He tells his smart speaker to order some and grabs a paper towel instead. This man is using a collection of connected devices seemingly to make his life more convenient. This concept is called the “internet of things.”

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Keeping it chill – The lowdown on home wine cellars

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In a previous article, I discussed the importance of proper wine storage: temperature control (cool and consistent), humidity control, protection from direct sunlight and protection from vibration. Unless you store your wine in a deep cellar, these conditions will not occur naturally. They can, however, be obtained through construction.

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