7 Common Home Fire Hazards

7 Common Home Fire Hazards

  In 2013, there were 487,500 structure fires in the U.S., resulting in $9.5 billion in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.  The good news is that structure fires are steadily declining, down from over 1 million in 1980, 624,000 in 1990, and 505,000 in 2000.  But when you analyze the data, there are few main culprits of house fires in the U.S., most of which are entirely avoidable.  Watch out for these seven fire hazards in your home.     1. Wiring In 2011, an estimated 47,700 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments involved...Read more
Maintaining Your Home In Retirement

Maintaining Your Home In Retirement

  Home maintenance is a big expense that needs to be factored into your retirement plan. When approaching retirement, most of us will try to calculate our future expenses and pad our nest egg to live comfortably in the coming years.  Retirees often have a fixed income with little flexibility, and unforeseen expenses can often turn into crisis.  Unexpected home repairs can throw a big wrench in your retirement budget and are one of the top challenges for retirees.  The Society of Actuaries, a trade organization, found that 20% of retirees cannot afford to spend $1,000 on an unexpected expense. Plan...Read more