When it comes to filing taxes, there are plenty of reasons to file early instead of waiting until the last minute. The two most obvious are to get your refund back sooner, if you are receiving one, and to avoid long lines in the early-April post office rush. One of the most compelling and more… Continue reading Why You Should File Your Taxes Early
House hunting? Use this five-point sniff test to detect potential problems in prospective homes Have you ever had a smell that triggered a happy feeling? Maybe the smell of a peppermint candy or a hot cup of coffee. It seems like we can work better and feel better when we smell familiar, pleasant scents. Studies… Continue reading How to Sniff Out Trouble When Buying a Home
Suppose you have a single-family home that you want to rent out full time. What kind of insurance do you need to help protect your place? You most likely need a landlord policy. But if you plan to have tenants only sporadically, homeowners insurance may be a better fit. Here are some factors to consider… Continue reading Homeowners or Landlord Insurance?
Thinking about doing some weekend car shopping? Make sure to call your car insurance agent before you head to the dealership, so you have all the information you need before you buy a vehicle. You won’t be able to drive that new car off the dealer’s lot until you can prove it’s covered by your… Continue reading Buying a New Car? Make Sure it’s Covered!
1. What is a smart key or keyless ignition system? Smart keys, or keyless ignition systems, usually consist of a device (also known as a key fob or a FOB) that takes over the functions of a traditional metal key. Verification of the correct device is done electronically when a driver attempts to start a… Continue reading A Guide to Keyless Ignitions
Taking your car in for service can be an intimidating experience. Modern cars are expensive to maintain and most of them require special tools and equipment to repair. With all that being said, almost everyone has a horror story when taking their car in to get serviced. You can empower yourself with the knowledge and… Continue reading 6 Questions to Ask Your Mechanic
Shorter days and longer nights bring driving challenges. It’s good to be aware of them and take necessary precautions. Limited light. Nightfall can alter your perceptions of the road. For example, it can increase glare and impair peripheral vision. Help your nighttime view of the road by keeping your headlights and windshield clean. And slow… Continue reading Be Bright When Driving at Night
My childhood kitchen was filled with appliances that had been there longer than most people have been alive. I’ll never forget my parents’ dryer: It was often duct taped shut to squeeze just a few more months (which turned into years) out of it. Sound familiar? While you may not duct tape your appliances, chances… Continue reading When to Replace Appliances
Homeowners insurance can offer you peace of mind by helping to protect your investment in your home. As with any important purchase, you’re probably looking to get the best possible deal. When selecting a homeowners insurance policy, the Insurance Information Institute (III) suggests getting at least three quotes, letting you compare prices before making a… Continue reading Comparing Homeowners Insurance Quotes
For many drivers, there is nothing more frightening or potentially dangerous than a tire blowout at almost any speed. While the number of tire-related crashes has dropped dramatically since 2008, when all new vehicles were required to have automatic tire pressure monitoring systems, these numbers still remain high. The stats do not lie, as tire… Continue reading How to Handle a Tire Blowout