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Wednesday 09/19/2018
5 Ways for New Parents to Get More Sleep
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:38 am

(Family Features) Between feedings, changing diapers and household chores, sleep is often put on the back burner for new parents at the end of a busy day.

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4 Benefits of Pet Adoption
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:38 am

(Family Features) Pets have an incomparable ability to improve owners’ lives in a number of ways, so it’s only right that pet parents do the same for them. That’s why, if you’re considering adding a pet to the family, adoption can be a great choice.

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Smart Tech Upgrades to Improve Home Function
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:38 am

(Family Features) When smart home technologies first emerged, their purpose was largely for convenience and operating the devices was often clunky. Today, smart devices seamlessly integrate into connected home systems to make living more efficient, improve home security and even offer advantages for your health.

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Home Upgrades that Really Work
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:38 am

Ideas and inspiration to create more functional spaces

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Enjoy Your Outdoor Kitchen All Year Long
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:38 am

(Family Features) Building an outdoor kitchen is a significant investment that can be rewarding for years to come. It’s important to take advantage of nice days and temperate seasons as much as possible, no matter in which part of the country you live. However, with proper planning and preparation, you can fully maximize the enjoyment of your outdoor kitchen all year long, even when temperatures drop.   

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Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Trends to Watch
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:38 am

(Family Features) Investing thousands of dollars in a kitchen or bathroom remodel can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.

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Thursday 09/13/2018
New survey emphasizes need for weather preparedness [Infographic]
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:38 am

(BPT) - Cummins recently conducted a survey to understand the financial and emotional toll hurricanes and power outages can have on homeowners and their families.

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"Alexa, Lower My Energy Bill!" Finding Your "Smart" Home Climate Control Voice
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:38 am

(NAPSI)—“Alexa, lower my energy bill!” While it might not be quite that simple, did you know that now your home heating and cooling system can be controlled through a smart home device, such as Amazon Alexa? In fact, homeowners can combine “smart” home climate control technologies with the latest air-conditioning systems to significantly increase energy efficiency and take customized comfort to new levels.

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Wednesday 09/12/2018
10 stylish ways to an eco-friendly home
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:38 am

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Smart Value
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:38 am

Tech upgrades to improve home function

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Monday 08/27/2018
Fall maintenance tips for a lush green lawn next spring
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:39 am

(BPT) - The days are getting shorter and the nights are cooling off. The kids are back in school. Yes, fall is in the air, and that means it’s time to start thinking about prepping your lawn for winter.

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Friday 08/24/2018
Discovering Southern Cypress: The Natural Choice [Video]
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:39 am

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Tuesday 08/21/2018
An easy way to boost your curb appeal? Container plants!
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:39 am

(BPT) - Whether you're buying, selling or currently living in and enjoying your home, you know it's all about curb appeal. Your home's first impression is how your slice of the American dream looks from the street, which is a reflection of your style, taste and pride in homeownership. Think of your home not only as a place to create lasting memories with your family, but as a blank canvas that you can customize to reflect who you are. If you feel a little lackluster about your home's outdoor space — overgrown bushes here, unkempt garden there — you can give your front yard a simple makeover, and it doesn't have to strain your pocketbook.

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Monday 08/20/2018
Home sweet home? 6 safety tips when moving with kids
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:39 am

(BPT) - Moving to a new home can be an exciting undertaking, a fresh start that brings with it the potential for new friends, opportunities and experiences.

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Friday 08/10/2018
DIY outdoor bar serves up entertainment
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:39 am

(BPT) - As outdoor living space continues to be an extension of the home for entertaining, it’s no surprise that nearly 60 percent of homeowners believe outdoor kitchens will be popular this year, according to the latest Landscape Architecture Trends Survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects. While an outdoor kitchen can be a significant project, an attractive, functional and durable alternative at a fraction of the cost is building an outdoor bar yourself.

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Thursday 08/02/2018
How to Afford a Pricier House in the Neighborhood You Love
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:35 am

(NewsUSA) - When Danielle and Jimmy returned to their home state after three years in Germany, they spent the next six months looking for their first home.

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Thursday 07/26/2018
Bitcoin Gains Can Become "Tax-Free"
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:35 am

(NewsUSA) - The 2017 Reform Act of 2017 is starting to gain traction as former United States Congressman Mark Schauer (MI-07) suggest that the "Opportunity Zones created under the tax bill incentivize capital flow to businesses in low-income neighborhoods all over the nation. Investment of even a portion of unrealized capital gains will have an historic, transformative effect in distressed communities."

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5 tips to amp up the natural benefits of your yard
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:39 am

(BPT) - It’s easy to appreciate the sights and smells afforded by lawns and landscapes, but when it comes to your yard there is much more to consider besides pleasing aesthetics and aromas. Many would even be surprised to learn that the benefits of a lush lawn and stunning landscape design extend well beyond a yard’s perimeter.

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Friday 07/20/2018
How Many Americans are Finding Affordable Housing
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:39 am

(StatePoint) With the cost of housing continuing to rise faster than wages, it’s no wonder that many Americans nationwide are struggling to make ends meet. Luckily, solutions already exist to address the affordable housing shortage, say experts.

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Thursday 06/28/2018
You're covered: 4 unusual homeowners claims you didn't think would ever happen
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:39 am

(BPT) - Homeowners insurance is a practical investment to help protect you, your family and your property in the event of unforeseen and unexpected losses. Traditionally, it’s associated with fire damage, burst or leaking pipes, or stolen property, but occasionally it covers unusual events that make for sensational news stories and viral videos.

Here are four claims homeowners never thought would happen to them.

1. Bear B&B

Bears are notoriously curious and intelligent creatures that also have an acute sense of smell.

People who live in areas with bears for neighbors must not entice them with the aromas of food. Keep doors and windows on ground floors closed and locked while cooking or if you leave the house. A bear can easily get through the screen of an open window or manipulate a lever-like door handle to enter your home and cause significant damage.

“Encountering a bear inside your home would be a very frightening experience,” says Christopher O’Rourke, Vice President of Property Claims at Mercury Insurance. “Safety should be your first priority, so call your local police or animal control station to have them help you with the situation. You can worry about any potential damages after the animal leaves the residence, because your homeowners policy will most likely cover any damage to your home (though not your personal property), unless of course the bear is a family pet.”

2. The sky is falling

China’s Tiangong-1 space station plummeted back to Earth and made its re-entry into the atmosphere earlier this year, breaking apart over the southern Pacific Ocean. The odds of debris from the space station hitting you were less than one in 1 trillion, according to the Aerospace Corporation. If it had hit your home, though, homeowners insurance would’ve covered it.

3. Your house is stolen

Yes, you read that correctly. Your homeowners insurance will cover the entire house, not just the contents inside, if it is stolen.

O’Rourke explains, “We had an insured who was away on vacation and when he returned the foundation of his home was all that remained.

“A house moving company had mixed up the address with another house down the street that was scheduled to be moved. The movers came in, transported the house to another location and thought their job was done — wrong!

“You can only imagine his surprise at the mistake. While homeowners insurance covered the cost of getting things restored back to normal, I would suspect this was one of the strangest situations any insurer has ever encountered,” says O’Rourke.

4. Fore!

Golf is a leisurely pastime enjoyed by millions in the U.S. It involves strolling across greens and riding in golf carts, so its slow pace may seem low-risk, but it can actually be quite dangerous. According to an article in Golf Digest magazine, nearly 40,000 golfers are admitted to emergency rooms annually after being injured while playing, most by errant golf balls and flying club heads.

Recreational golfers can also cause a lot of damage to personal property. If you live on a golf course, your house has probably been hit many times by errant shots — breaking windows, damaging roofs and leaving divots in exterior walls.

So, who’s responsible for these injuries and damage?

“Simply put, the golfer who hit the shot is responsible,” says O’Rourke. “There is good news, however, because recreational golfers would be covered by a homeowners, condo owners or renters insurance policy for damage or injuries that result from the wayward shot.”

Mercury recommends reviewing your homeowners insurance policy annually with your local insurance agent to ensure that you’re adequately covered for any unforeseen losses, both unusual and ordinary.


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