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Fireplaces and Wood Stoves

 Preventing house fires should always be a priority, but if you're like most Americans, you think you're at very little risk of ever experiencing a house fire. This attitude, however, can be almost as dangerous as fire itself. Outside of the former Soviet Bloc, Americans have the highest fire...

Contractor Fraud: How to Avoid

Avoiding contractor fraud largely depends on knowing when an offer is just too good to be true. Here are a few of the most common home repair scams and how to avoid them.

Free Inspection.  This is probably the biggest home repair scam around. A contractor advertises a "free, no-obligation"...

Roof and Gutters
Hearing you have a faulty roof over your head can indeed be a big worry. But beware of the source of the roof repair advice. High-pressure, high-panic pitches that evolve from unsolicited calls or scheduled visits by service people all have the same target: your wallet.  In particular, watch...