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How to spruce up your home security

For many of us, our spring cleaning rituals are well underway. And although clearing away the clutter, shaking dust from rugs, wiping down woodwork and dusting off outdoor furniture can bring much satisfaction, there are other tasks you should be adding to your to-do list. They don’t just make your home look better — they

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What to look for when doing a final home walkthrough

When the process of purchasing a home is nearly complete, many buyers start focusing on other details such as packing up their belongings or looking at paint samples. However, there is one more crucial step to complete before closing on a house, and that’s a final walkthrough. This is a homebuyer’s last chance to walk

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Home security tips for seniors

Seniors are often targeted by criminals. Though many criminals target seniors from afar via telephone or internet, criminals still seek to enter seniors’ homes. The Bureau of Justice Statistics offers that, between 2003 and 2013, the ratio of property crime to violent crime was higher for the elderly and persons between the ages of 50

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Protecting your home from a hailstorm

A hailstorm can begin unexpectedly and cause damage to your home’s windows, roof and siding. In fact, in an average year, hail causes more than $1.6 billion in roofing damage alone, according to the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH). Here are some steps you can take to help protect your property and minimize hail

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Spring cleaning the yard? Follow these safety tips

Blue skies, chirping birds, warming temperatures — April is prime time for getting home exteriors, yards, and gardens back into shape. But before you get started on your outdoor to-do list, make sure you take appropriate safety precautions. Dress for the job Wear shoes or boots, not sandals, to protect your toes. Properly fitting gloves

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Winter means heightened carbon monoxide risk

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas. And although we can’t see it, carbon monoxide can be deadly. Keep your family safe by preventing exposure and knowing the signs of this possible hazard. Preventing CO poisoning Use CO alarms. Place a CO alarm on every floor of your house, especially near any

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How to prevent pipes from freezing

For anyone living in Michigan where temperatures regularly dip below freezing, a few precautionary steps to help protect your plumbing can be a cost-effective way to help avoid cleaning up after a burst pipe. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) says one frozen pipe that bursts may result in more than $5,000

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Protect your parcels: Tips for thwarting ‘porch pirates’

Online shopping has made life easier for a lot of us, but it’s also created more opportunities for thieves to prey on parcels left on our doorsteps. Beware the so-called porch pirate. They count on our being lax, but a little preparation can help thwart their plans and leave them empty handed, said Gary Miliefsky,

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How to build your home repair expert crew

A home needs its support crew — tradespeople like plumbers, electricians, handymen and gutter cleaners willing to show up in an emergency, but also reliable enough to do the regular maintenance needed to prevent a disaster. Finding reliable and seasoned professionals takes time and means keeping in touch with the ones you have so that

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Make safety part of your winter workout routine

Michigan winters mean snow, ice, freezing temperatures and darker days. Even though staying active during these conditions may not seem ideal, there are many health benefits, both physical and mental, to working out during the winter months. Of course, adding snow and ice to a workout routine presents additional challenges and health risks. Before you

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