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How to Secure Your Home’s Perimeter

Because most burglars enter homes by simply opening unlocked doors or windows—or pushing and kicking locked ones until they open—do what you can to improve your home's physical barriers.

Maintaining Good Home Security Habits

In addition to beefing up your home’s physical defenses, following some good-security rules will help deter thieves.

Inexpensive DIY Home Security Options

The internet of things movement has spurred even easier ways to connect various gadgets—including home security components—to a central hub and control everything via smartphone app or similar interface.

The Keys to Hiring a Good Locksmith

Need to upgrade or add locks? You’ll need a good locksmith. Here is how to get excellent advice and solid workmanship at a reasonable price.

Picking the Right Locks for Your Home

Taking basic steps to secure the perimeter of your home will be more effective at preventing intrusion than installing a burglar alarm and cameras. Start by making sure all your home’s exterior doors have good locks—and remain diligent about using them.

What Is and Isn't Covered by Homeowners Insurance?

Insurance companies often promote policy features to make their plans seem superior to their competitors’. But most sell roughly the same coverage. Here's a rundown of what’s covered, what isn’t, and what’s optional.

How Are Homeowners Insurance Rates Determined?

The cost of your insurance policy depends not only on the coverage you select, but also on a number of other factors, some of which may surprise you.

Surprise! Your Credit Score Is a Huge Factor in Determining What You Pay for Insurance

Insurance companies increasingly are charging customers very different rates depending on secret formulas based on data unrelated to their customers’ actual claims histories or risk of damage.

How to Choose a Window Installer

We receive a disturbing number of complaints from consumers regarding window installation work, often about companies that advertise heavily. Many complaints are about sloppy work.

How to Choose New Windows

There are many features to consider when selecting windows and the company that installs them. You’ll have to decide among various types of windows and construction materials.

Window Replacement Techniques

If you are replacing old windows, you need to choose one of three basic types of installation: Sash pack; frame and sash, and full window.

How to Find a Fine Fence Builder

A quality fence can cost a bundle, especially if you choose a builder that charges high prices. Though some homeowners opt to DIY their jobs, most count on fence builders to help with the design and handle the construction.