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Low-Cost Ways to Spruce Up Your Home’s Exterior

Make your home more appealing for yourself and potential buyers with these quick and easy tips: Trim bushes so they don’t block windows or architectural details. Mow your lawn, and turn on the sprinklers for 30 minutes before the showing to make the lawn sparkle. Put a pot of bright flowers (or a small evergreen in winter) on your porch. Install new doorknobs on your front door. Repair any cracks in the driveway. Edge the grass around walkways and trees. Keep your garden tools and hoses out of sight. Clear toys from the lawn. Buy a new mailbox. Upgrade you... Read More

10 Tips to Prevent Mold in Your Home

Fixing mold damage is an expensive and time-consuming home repair. But you can save time and money with these 10 tips to prevent mold. Homeowners have good reason to shudder when hearing, “You’ve got mold!” Mold can wreck your health and your finances: An extensive mold remediation can reach five figures. Here are 10 ways to prevent, control, and combat mold in your home. Eliminate ClutterCast a critical eye on household clutter, and pare down your stuff. Clutter blocks airflow and prevents your HVAC system from circulating air. Furniture and draperies that block supply grilles ... Read More

How to Kill and Prevent Bathroom Mold

Got bathroom mold? Here’s how to get rid of it and prevent future infestations, too. If you’ve never experienced bathroom mold, perhaps you aren’t looking deep enough into the corners of your bathroom. It’s one of the most common problems in any house; it’s also one of the easiest to prevent and cure — as long as you haven’t let it get out of hand. “Bathroom mold occurs primarily because mold loves damp, dark, isolated spaces,” says Larry Vetter of Vetter Environmental Services in Smithtown, N.Y. “Typically, a bathtub, shower, or entire bathroom remains damp enough... Read More

Home Owners Insurance: Is Mold Covered?

Whether mold is covered by home owners insurance often comes down to the source of moisture and the wording of a policy. Mold strikes fear into the hearts of those who’ve heard horror stories about toxic mold, expensive mold remediation, and denied home owners insurance claims. Yet mold can be found anywhere, including in most homes. It’s usually harmless. Mold needs moisture to thrive. Problems can arise for home owners when the presence of persistent moisture goes undetected or unresolved, leading to widespread mold growth. Moisture can result from high indoor humidity, flooding,... Read More

BEWARE SPOTTY MOLD INSURANCE COVERAGE

Owners with mold in the home may face a double-whammy: Their insurance policy may not cover the damage it’s caused. Mold needs water or moisture to grow, but not all causes of water damage are covered by homeowners’ policies, reports the Illinois Department of Insurance. Standard homeowners policies don’t cover water damage caused by “maintenance” problems, such as continuous or repeated water seepage or leakage, humidity or condensation problems, or landscaping or drainage problems. Homeowners policies also exclude water damage caused by floods. The best way to avoid an iffy i... Read More

How to Hire Professionals to Get Rid of Mold

Not all mold experts are equal. We explain how to find reputable mold remediation experts and inspectors. When you find mold growing in your home, sound the alarm and get rid of it fast. Delay can mean extensive and costly remediation and repairs. On average, professional mold remediation costs $500-$6,000 — but the price can soar into the tens of thousands if the problem is severe. Here’s what you need to know about hiring professional mold inspectors and remediation companies. Hire a Mold Inspector First If you find mold growing on drywall, trim, or unfinished wood surfaces, a... Read More