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After 3 years of devastating wild fires in California, insuring your home is getting more difficult and more costly. Many consumers who own a second home in the mountains are already discovering this as those homes tend to be in more forested areas; areas which are understandably more exposed to a wild fire. READ MORE >>

Nearly one in five people have a disability in the U.S., the Census Bureau reports, with roughly 30 million using wheelchairs. Traditional housing often fails to meet the needs of residents with limited mobility since structural barriers, such as, narrow doorways and steep stairs are impossible to navigate. READ MORE >>

It can be frustrating to see your home insurance rates increase. However, this happens to most people over time. The costs increase for many reasons. Sometimes, it is due to the actions you take. If you file numerous claims, this can increase your costs. However, other factors are less in your control. READ MORE >>

Home insurance helps you to pay for expensive repairs to your home in many cases. However, whether it will pay to replace your gutters depends on the cause of the problem. Gutters are a critical component to your home’s structural integrity. As a result, you need to maintain them. READ MORE >>

When potential buyers stop by to view your home, or even search for available properties online, their first impression will not be of your home’s living room or kitchen; their first impression will be of your home’s exterior. The curb appeal of your home can be the deciding factor on whether a buyer ever sets foot inside. READ MORE >>

Maybe your walls are looking a little worse for wear. Or maybe it is time to add a new color to your siding. If your home needs paint work, be ready to spend a little money. You might wonder if a new coat of paint counts as a home repair? Will your homeowners insurance cover it? READ MORE >>

Arson is one of the most concerning forms of damage to a home. It can happen to anyone. Acts of vandalism like this can occur in any city. Yet, home insurance is very clear. Home insurance rarely pays for fires set by someone. What does this mean to you if someone else sets the home on fire? READ MORE >>

Earthquakes themselves may not be the only causes of damage when they occur. They may trigger other hazards that can damage homes and personal property. The potential for fires is among these risks. A quake-triggered fire may come from broken gas lines, electrical spars or even candles burning at the time of the incident. READ MORE >>

Picture this: the beautiful weeping willow in your back yard sustains damaged from a storm. The landscaping bushes and trees you’ve added to your front yard get stolen by someone in the middle of the night. While it may not seem like there is much you can do about these types of losses, that’s not necessarily the case. READ MORE >>

There may not be a more satisfying feeling than paying off your home. While this may mean you no longer have a mortgage, it doesn’t mean the risks against your property are fewer. Most of the time, mortgage lenders require homeowners to have home insurance while they have a loan. READ MORE >>

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