Home Warranties: 6 Things You Need To Know Before Buying A Home Warranty


First, it's important to realize that home warranties are not the same as homeowners insurance. Homeowners insurance is required by your mortgage company. It covers your personal property, and the structure and contents within your home should an accident or disaster occur. When your home burns down, is damaged by Mother Nature or intruders, or if the water heater springs a leak and ruins your hardwood floors and carpeting, your homeowners insurance will cover that. A home warranty, on … [Read more...]

Before You Hire A Home Repair Handyman… 9 Things You Need To Know!


Every now and then, you may need a little help with home repairs and maintenance issues. You've probably heard about handymen who come to your home to fix things that you may not have the knowledge or ability to do yourself. For the record, not all handymen are carpenters, electricians, or plumbers. Some confine their efforts to yard work, clearing brush, mowing grass, and general outdoor maintenance instead of indoor home repairs. Regardless, it shouldn't be too difficult to find a … [Read more...]

Not Using Your Inground Swimming Pool Anymore? A Pool Deckover Saves Money & Gives You Back Usable Space

If you're not using your swimming pool much these days, there's a better option than draining it, filling it in, and/or keeping it covered year round.  With a swimming pool Deckover, you can utilize all of that valuable space in your backyard that's currently being consumed by the pool any way you want to! A Deckover is the process of placing composite decking over an existing swimming pool, giving you usable living space while protecting your pool until the time comes that you either want … [Read more...]

Best Moving Tips Revealed: Best Time To Move Into A House… Or Apartment


My first job out of college was as a property manager.  I worked in that field for several years.  As a property manager it became obvious that:May 30th to June 1st were the busiest days of the year in terms of moving. August 31st through Sept 1st ran a close second. The dates in between were pretty active as well (June 2nd through August 30th).Of course, the busiest moving days of the year are largely dictated by the region of the country you live in and the local school … [Read more...]

Yard Sale Shopping 101: Tips For Finding Garage & Yard Sale Bargains


Yard sale season will soon be in full-swing. As people declutter their homes and do some spring cleaning, they will begin gathering their unwanted items to sell at garage sales and yard sales. Typically, yard sales take place from early spring until mid-fall. Unless you happen to live in an area of the country where it's warm year-round -- in which case, yard sales take place all year long. (Lucky you!) There are a lot of bargains to be had by shopping at yard sales. Here are our … [Read more...]

Whole House Surge Protectors vs Power Strip Surge Protectors


Odds are, a few items inside your home (like your computer, TV, DVD player and such) are plugged into multi-strip extension cords that also provide point-of-use surge protection. Most of those types of surge protectors provide the minimum level of protection for everyday household items. But is that really enough protection for your home electronics and appliances? Are power strips the best way to protect your things from lightning strikes and sudden jolts of electricity? The fact … [Read more...]

Biggest And Best Yard Sales In America


If you like yards sales, then it's likely that you are already aware of the World's Longest Yard Sale which takes place each August. This sale runs 654 miles from Gadsen Alabama through Covington Kentucky along Highway 127. However, the "world's largest" yard sale isn't the only really big, really cool yard sale in America! Here are some of the best and biggest yard sales across the country... … [Read more...]

Renters Insurance: Do You Need It? What’s Covered? What’s Not Covered?


If you rent an apartment (or a house), then you're probably wondering if you should buy renters insurance or not. My first introduction to renters insurance was when I worked as a property manager right out of college.  We had an apartment flood (due to no fault of the owner), and the tenant demanded reparations.  I had to explain to the tenant that this is why it was suggested that they buy renters insurance when they moved in.  But the tenant did not understand why they were not … [Read more...]

When It Pays To Hire A Professional For Home Repairs & Home Projects And When It’s Better To Do It Yourself

What's on your to-do list these days?  Does it include one or more projects around the house that you might be able to hire a professional to do for you instead? I've already told you about my recent carpet cleaning experience (...where I wish we would have called a professional to clean the carpets for us instead of spending 2 days doing it ourselves!). We learned a valuable lesson there.  In addition to paying to rent the carpet cleaner machine (and the carpet cleaning solution), three … [Read more...]