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home safe is useful for storing legal documents, jewelry or personal items. Having a home safe can provide you with added protection against fire, burglary, and water damage. When considering a home safe there are many things to bear in mind. One consideration is the location of the safe, and this can be determined in part on the design and location of your home. For example, placing the safe in the basement, especially in a flood prone area, might not be the best choice. Typically, a safe provider can assist you in determining the best location for your safe.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when buying your safe:
You might have seen my colleague Annmarie’s recent column on how to protect yourself while traveling this summer. While the safety of you and your family is paramount, there is a related, yet overlooked, property risk many travelers are forgetting.
Consider the fact that in 2015, the FBI estimated that there were more than 1.5 million burglaries nationwide, the majority of which (71.6%) occurred in residential properties. As you and your family prepare to head out on summer vacation—possibly leaving your home vacant and unattended—this number is not to be overlooked.
Seventy-two percent of Americans have used some type of shared or on-demand online service. As more individuals opt into the sharing economy—especially short-term vacation rentals—it is increasingly important you don’t overlook potential exposures. Imagine the situation where you decide to … Continue reading
More than 171 million Americans will celebrate Halloween this year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). And it’s anticipated that more than 41 million youngsters will go trick-or-treating. Halloween is a time for ghosts and frights, but don’t let it … Continue reading
People fall in love with the charm of older homes, but often don’t realize that the very details that make an older home special — the weathered pine floors, the plaster walls and all of the detailed craftsmanship — also … Continue reading
A traditional, visual inspection by a heating contractor can help identify some potential problems, but won’t provide the comprehensive behind-the-wall view available only with an infrared camera. Continue reading
Backups can be caused when heavy rains or flooding overload municipal sewer lines and force water back through pipes connected to the sewage system or by clogs in individual pipes. Contaminated water can enter floor drains, toilets and showers, potentially damaging your home or belongings. Continue reading
Even if you’re not planning to build a new home or make any changes to your existing home, your insurance policy may not be keeping pace with your home’s value.
To many, lightning is little more than Mother Nature’s fireworks display, often followed by a window-rattling rumble of thunder that chases golfers from the fairways and sends the dog scampering for cover. But lightning is also one of the most … Continue reading