How to allocate your tax refund to protect your home

Key tips to remember

  • Tax refunds are a great way to boost emergency funds and tackle home repairs
  • Budgeting experts recommend spending 1-4% of your home's value each year on repairs
  • A home protection plan can help control repair costs while you build your savings

4 signs your water heater may be about to break down

Key tips to remember

  • Warning signs can include sounds, sights and smells
  • Call a professional plumber to see how to fix these issues
  • Consider a home protection plan with systems coverage for your water heater and plumbing.

How smart homes are taking over real estate

Key Tips to Remember

  • The most-cared-about smart home features are security, temperature control, safety, lighting and entertainment
  • The real selling point of smart homes is how they make home ownership easier and more efficient

How does a home warranty work?

Understanding what's covered, the claims process and deciding if it's for you

Key tips to remember

                                
  • Most contracts are for 12 months
  • Costs will vary depending on coverage level, location and other factors
  • Shop around to make sure service pros are qualified and work is guaranteed

Basic home repairs you can do yourself

Key tips to remember

  • How to fix a leaking faucet
  • How to replace window screens
  • How to paint
  • How to check your doors

Is a home warranty worth it?

Key tips to remember

                        
  • Home warranty policies aren't typically required, but they cover situations that insurance doesn't
  • Investing a few hundred dollars in a warranty can save you thousands
  • A home warranty can be particularly worthwhile when buying a home

What happens when your heating system breaks?

Key tips to remember

  • Heating system failures aren't just uncomfortable — they're expensive.
  • Finding a qualified service pro can be stressful
  • A home protection plan makes repairs easier and more affordable

7 tips to get the most out of your dishwasher

How to get the most life out of your microwave oven

Key Tips to Remember

  • Clean the interior
  • Close the door gently
  • Avoid heating water by itself
  • Don't run an empty microwave
  • Make sure your item is microwave safe

How to extend the life of your major home appliances

Key tips to remember

  • Clean out your fridge and freezer
  • Place dishes in the dishwasher racks carefully
  • Don’t overload the washing machine
  • Monitor your dryer’s external vent cap
  • Regularly sanitize your microwave
  • Clean or replace your vacuum filter

Keep cool without breaking the bank

Key tips to remember

  • Use your fan
  • Consider a smart thermostat
  • Invest in heavy curtains
  • Use windows strategically
  • Maintain your A/C

How to clean a trash compactor

Key tips to remember

  • Unplug the trash compactor
  • Remove the trash bag
  • Clean and dry
  • Check the air filter
  • Replace the bag

How to get your content marketing noticed

Key Tips to Remember

  • Narrow your focus: tailor your content to your professional preferences
  • Engage with brevity — short and sweet but informative and interesting
  • Avoid telling your audience what they already know

What is a home warranty?

How to tell if your refrigerator is malfunctioning

Key tips to remember

  • Listen up
  • Check for frost
  • Feel for suction

8 fun purchases that cost as much as an appliance repair

Choosing the best home protection plan when selling your home

Key tips to remember

  • Understand the options offered by different home protection plans
  • Review what's not covered in the home protection plan
  • Find the coverage that works for you and your home

Google Fiber and what it means for local property values

Key Tips to Remember

  • Google Fiber may boost property values in certain markets due to its novelty and limited supply.
  • The real benefits of it are still being debated.
  • Be cautious of its benefits; it’s still just an internet and television connection after all.

Home warranty vs. home insurance: what you should know

Key tips to remember

  • Know the difference
  • Having both is the best case scenario

Real estate investors and crowdfunding: a winning combination?

Key Tips to Remember

  • Consider crowdfunding since it allows individuals to participate in investing with as little as $1,000
  • Remember the risk involved in such an investment tends to be higher than other investments
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