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Here are pros and cons of home warranties

A few years ago, Jacqueline and Jonathan Sanchez’s furnace kept shutting off. So they called the company that provided their home warranty contract and an HVAC technician came out to troubleshoot. 

Turns out, it was a simple fix: A dusty sensor needed cleaning.

Thanks to their home warranty, the Bellevue, Nebraska couple with two “lively ” kids, only had to pay $100 out of pocket to get their furnace running again. 

“A home warranty helps protect a homeowner from major home system and appliance repair and replacement costs,” explains Tim Meenan, executive director and general counsel for the Service Contract Industry Council in Tallahassee, Florida. He says a typical warranty covers heating, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing systems, and major appliances such as washing machines, dryers, and refrigerators.

If you’re in the market to buy a home, it’s common for sellers to include a one-year home warranty to seal the deal.

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HomeAdvisor Expands HomeAdvisor Pay After Surpassing Millions of Dollars Worth of Home Projects | News

DENVER, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — HomeAdvisor, a leading digital marketplace and operating business of ANGI Homeservices (NASDAQ: ANGI), has expanded its digital payment tool HomeAdvisor Pay to allow HomeAdvisor’s service pros to reach all homeowner customers nationwide. Service pros can now request and receive payments from any customer including HomeAdvisor customers and customers not from HomeAdvisor. According to HomeAdvisor’s  2019 State of Home Spending Report, 60 percent of consumers still pay for their home service projects via traditional high-contact methods like cash or check. HomeAdvisor Pay is making an easy, economical way for more home service pros to accept credit card payments and make it easier for customers to pay for home services.

“We love HomeAdvisor Pay,” said Seth Rambo, owner of Ascape Landscaping in Scranton, PA. “It’s a seamless way for our customers to pay for their invoices, that is not only user friendly for our

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Can You Insist that Contractors Wear Masks While Working in Your Home?

Since its initial outbreak in late 2019, COVID-19 has upended the daily lives of millions of people across the world. In the new world of social distancing, surface disinfecting, and mask-wearing, it can be hard to know exactly what to expect on the rare occasions where social interaction becomes necessary.



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What happens, for example, if you need an emergency repair done in your home that’s beyond the expertise of an experienced DIYer? How far are you allowed to go to keep you and your family safe? And what safety measures can you require from the people coming into your home?

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Can You Ask Contractors to Wear a Mask?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you can (and should) ask any service provider entering your home to wear a mask. The best way to make that clear is to wear one yourself

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Apple’s HomePod Mini smart speaker might be its best smart home idea so far

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After months of rumors and speculation, Apple on Tuesday announced a new, smaller smart speaker called the HomePod Mini at its iPhone-centered event. 

Apple’s HomePod debuted in 2018 with a $349 price tag, great sound and the risk of putting white rings on your tabletop. Since then, despite some handy iterations on the HomePod’s features via periodic software updates, Apple hasn’t made much progress in the smart home, even as Amazon and Google continue to expand their audiences for Alexa and Google Assistant products across the board. That changed today with the reveal of a smaller, smarter speaker. 


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How big is the HomePod Mini?

The HomePod Mini is significantly smaller than its predecessor. Wrapped in a mesh fabric, it measures 3.3 inches tall and 3.9 inches wide (84 by 98 mm) and weighs 0.76

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Sweltering heat, power outages greet Louisiana evacuees returning from Hurricane Delta

LAKE CHARLES, La. (Reuters) – Storm-weary coastal Louisiana residents who fled from the path of Hurricane Delta in recent days streamed back to their homes on Sunday to face cleanup and repairs from the second hurricane to batter their state over the past six weeks.

A satellite image shows damaged houses after Hurricane Delta in Holly Beach, Louisiana, U.S., October 10, 2020. Satellite image 2020 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS

Many returned to find that Delta, dissipating substantially as it drifted farther inland on Sunday, had ripped away temporary tarpaulin roofs installed over their homes in late August after Hurricane Laura, a more powerful storm, struck with devastating force.

Delta, the 10th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season to make U.S. landfall, churned ashore on Friday evening near the southwestern Louisiana town of Creole as a Category 2 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson intensity scale, packing maximum sustained winds

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Fort Lauderdale home crushed by crane feels like ‘a haunted house’ as it awaits repair

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Heather Riggs is still in shock after a crane collapsed on her home Friday.

Fortunately, the family was on vacation and nobody was hurt. But the Fort Lauderdale homeowner says she’s frustrated by how slowly those responsible are moving to fix it.

“As soon as I pulled up I can’t even describe the shell shock,” Riggs said Monday. “I look at the house and I don’t know the next step.”

Tarps on the roof were just installed Monday afternoon at the home on NE 57th Street.

Apparently, neighbors were having a shed lifted over their house and into the backyard when the crane collapsed.

Fort Lauderdale police happened to be outside for a different call when it happened, and their body-worn cameras captured the crane crashing down.

It appears the crane’s supports were resting on the grass above a septic tank, which gave way under the

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Avante Home Buyers is the Leading Home Buyer in Norfolk, VA – Press Release

Norfolk, VA – Selling a home is never going to be a straightforward process. There are repairs to be done, dealing with realtors, banks, listings, and a lot of other factors that could mean that the property is taking longer than it should before getting a buyer. Avante Home Buyers is well aware of such challenges and has now made it possible for homeowners to sell their homes without having to worry about the bureaucracies associated with the process. Clients can expect a quote in minutes when they reach out to Avante Home Buyers. The company buys houses regardless of the condition.

Avante Home Buyers is a local real estate investment firm and house buying company that offers cash for houses in Norfolk and other parts of Virginia. If you are looking to sell your house fast and want to get cash for it, we are a local company

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Curb appeal is an important home-improvement project

LAURINBURG — While the coronavirus pandemic has kept folks at home and sparked a number of home improvement projects, many of those have been inside the home.

But Adam Wilhelm, owner of AJW Landscaping of Laurinburg, says it’s the perfect time of year for some outdoor projects.

“The fall is a great time for doing some easy home improvement projects in the yard,” he said. “If the long, hot summer has stressed out your lawn, overseeding in the month of October with annual rye grass will give you a lush green stand of grass without breaking the bank.

“This is also a great time to plant shrubs and trees, with cooler temperatures allowing them to become established without the threat of extreme heat,” he added. “Once we’ve had our first frost it’s the right time to do some much-needed pruning and shaping of your already established shrubs and trees.”

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Here’s What You Should Know Before Selling a Furnished Home

Selling your home is a huge endeavor — so big that you might not think of all the details surrounding the sale, such as the home’s furnishings. If you’re looking to maximize profits, consider selling your furniture, because it’s worth something too. But is this the right move for you?

Making a furniture plan

Furniture is often an afterthought in the home selling process. But it’s a big consideration and deserves some thought before you list. Here are some possibilities for what to do with it:

  • Sell your furniture with the home.
  • Bring it with you when you move.
  • Have an estate or garage sale.
  • List it online, such as on Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) Marketplace or Craigslist.
  • Sell it through a consignment sale.
  • Donate it.

Let’s explore what you should know about selling a furnished home. If you decide that isn’t your best option, you can always choose one (or

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Working From Home Is Here to Stay: Viewpoint

The Covid-19 pandemic has crushed the economy, sent joblessness soaring, and killed over a million people worldwide. But there are a few ways in which the pandemic may prompt society to improve, and one is remote work. Though it was initially necessary to keep employees from getting sick, remote work promises to make people more productive and happier while helping the environment and preserving infrastructure.

When the coronavirus struck, those who could do their jobs remotely often did. The number has gradually declined as our understanding of safety measures increased, but it’s still substantial:

And while many people will go back to the office after the pandemic is over, part of the shift will probably be permanent. A recent survey shows a substantial increase in the number of workers who say they won’t go back to the office full time:

There are certainly drawbacks to the remote trend. Those working

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