Archives for December 2019

5 Signs You’re Ready to Buy Your First Home

a couple who have bought their first house

These signs could indicate you’re ready to purchase a property. Buying your first home can cause a lot of anxiety. After all, it’s likely to be the most expensive purchase you’ll make. How do you know when you’re ready to take the plunge and buy? Here are a few common signs that indicate you’re ready. You’ve saved enough for the down payment. The biggest up-front cost of buying a property is the down payment, which can range anywhere from 3 to 20 percent of the purchase price. You Read More

Dangers of Winter Driving – and How to Overcome Them

a car in the snow

Be aware of these winter driving hazards. The winter brings us festivities, holidays, and the opportunity to spend time with loved ones. Unfortunately, it also brings adverse weather, bone-chilling temperatures, and challenging road conditions. Before you set off on your winter journey, take a look at common winter driving hazards and how to overcome them! Black Ice Black ice is clear water that has frozen on dark roadways, presenting a hidden trap for motorists who cannot see the Read More

Holiday Decorating Safety Tips to Know

kids around a christmas tree

Get your home into the holiday spirit with care. Garland, string lights, candles, and the tree – there is so much decorating to do over the holidays! Before you start to unpack all of your festive decorations, take a look at these tips on how to safely decorate and protect yourself, your family, and home from disaster. Inspect electrical decorations for damage before use. Don’t overload sockets, which can spark a fire. Use battery-operated candles. Never connect more than three Read More

Prepare Your Property for Winter to Reduce Damage Costs

snow on top of the roof

Easy home maintenance jobs for winter.   When the temperatures start to drop, it’s a good idea to carry out a few quick jobs around the home to prepare for the colder months. A little preparation now can help to reduce property damage and home insurance costs down the line. Here are some easy, cost-effective steps to protect your property this winter. Care for the pipes Every winter, many homeowners suffer from frozen pipes at home but there are some simple steps you can take to reduce Read More