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Landscaping

Every year, nor'easters, hurricanes and other major weather events do plenty of damage to the nation's homes. Wind and rain can flood basements, wash out foundations and rip shingles from roofs. If you have had a storm like this pass through your area, it's wise to have a home inspection to...

Appliances

Protecting your home from power failures has become a necessity today. Utility companies can no longer be counted on for a steady stream of electrical power. Because of an aging infrastructure, confusion over deregulation and other factors, the suppliers of the nation's electricity have been...

Disaster Proofing

Although significant progress has been made in the United States in reducing the number of deaths caused by accidental fires in the home, these incidents still kill more than 3,000 individuals each year.  Better education about the dangers of fire and wider use of smoke alarms are generally...

Outdoor Living

Spring is here, and that means homeowners across the country are going to start picking up their shovels for a variety of outdoor projects: planting trees, installing fences, building decks, and more. However, a majority of Americans – 51 percent – who plan to dig this year will put...

Hurricanes and Tornadoes

You were smart.  You invested in a portable backup generator... and it's a good thing because you lived without power for an extended period.  Now that you have power back, what should you do with your portable backup generator so that it's ready to go next time you need it? 

The biggest...

Electric Lighting

Just a few years ago, the thought of owning an emergency standby generator seemed somewhat silly and totally unnecessary.  But with an aging power grid, living without electricity is all too common. Many homeowners simply cannot afford to ride out another power outage. Instead, they are...