Buying an older home can be appealing for many people. Older homes are usually found in established neighborhoods, have an abundance of character and are often one of a kind. However, hidden expenses could accompany all that charm.
Buying a home is the biggest and most valuable purchase most people make. Many factors could draw you to a home: location, price, updated countertops or a large yard. The home inspection offers the buyer a deeper look into how the home has been maintained or whether it needs costly repairs.
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.
While Southerners may enjoy swimming year-round, most Americans are limited to a summer pool season – and that means pool chemical season, too.
Even as many companies reopen offices to employees, surveys show remote work is likely here to stay, at least part of the time. It’s important to understand that working from home adds responsibilities for employees to secure the data flowing through their home information networks.
You’re a safe driver: You follow all traffic laws, don’t speed and never allow yourself to be distracted by your phone while driving. Suppose you could take credit for your efforts and earn a discount on your car insurance? With growing adoption of telematics by insurance companies, you can.
Disasters can happen anytime…anywhere…to anyone: Be prepared. The past decade brought an ever-increasing number of natural disasters and other catastrophic events, affecting people and property. Make sure you are ready for the next one by having an emergency plan in place.
You do not have to live in a designated flood zone to be susceptible to flood loss.Because most standard home insurance policies exclude coverage for surface water that damages property, you may need to obtain coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program. Your professional, independent insurance agent can advise you on the best choice to protect you from the financial loss a flood could bring.
Swings and other outdoor play equipment have always been a popular childhood pastime. They also can be a great alternative to today’s “screen time” and other sedentary activities. However, playing on outdoor equipment does come at a risk.
With normal vacation travel disrupted because of pandemic concerns or restrictions, many people are choosing to get away to vacation or secondary homes. Because these homes may not have had inhabitants for quite some time, you’ll want to take a few precautions as you arrive. You’ll also want to make sure things remain secure at your primary residence while you’re away.