Homeowner's Academy

This is your guide to interesting facts, tips and general homeowner information. We hope you find the information useful - and feel free to share with friends!


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How to Prevent Vandals from Targeting Your Home

If vandalism is a common problem in your area, deter criminals by installing exterior lighting and sturdy fencing. Consider befriending your neighbors, organizing a community watch group, or planting privacy bushes.

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What Is Property and Casualty Insurance?

Property and casualty insurance is a blanket term that covers homeowners, auto, condo, renters, landlords, and "toy" insurance. This type of insurance offers protection from liability as well as damage to personal property.

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Privacy vs Security: Is Getting a Smart Home Worth It?

Smart home devices offer voice- and app-controlled features that make your home-life more convenient. While smart technology helps protect your home, it can also be associated with privacy and security issues.

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Vacation and Second Home Insurance: What You Need to Know

Second homes are generally more expensive to insure because they are considered riskier than primary homes. Homeowners should consider bundling insurance policies and updating their home security to help reduce their premiums.

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