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Home Basics


  • Conducting a Home Inventory

    No one can recall every single item in their home, particularly after a fire or robbery. So it makes good sense to take inventory of what you have. After all, any claim under your homeowners insurance for damaged or stolen property must show the quantity, description, and actual cash value of the lost items. List the contents of every room, every drawer, and closet--include everything you'd carry out if you moved. Take photos or videotape items in each room. Store a copy of the inventory in a safe place outside your home.

  • Disaster checklist
  • Fall/Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

    By maintaining your home, you can help prevent costly damage and insurance claims that may eventually lead to higher premiums. Use this checklist to prepare your home for cooler weather.

  • Home Security Tips

    There are many steps you can take to make your home more secure and less tempting to intruders. For example, you can secure your home's windows and doors, use lighting and motion detectors outside, and make sure that the outside area is clear of trees and bushes. And don't forget about alarm systems: An alarm activated by an intruder alerts the alarm company or the police right away.

  • The Financial Realities of Relocating