Here’s the lowdown on Daylight Savings Time


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Don’t forget to set your clock ahead this weekend. And while you are at it, here are some other seasonal things you should do:

  • Change smoke alarm and CO2 alarm batteries
  • Check pressure / expiration date on any fire extinguishers
  • Replace furnace filters
  • Clean your dryer filter, hoses and vents
  • Throw away any expired medications
  • Reverse your ceiling fan direction

Ever wonder why the heck we even go through the changing of the clocks every spring and fall? Check out this great DST video explainer.

Buying a new home? Factor insurance issues and costs in your planning


As the economy eases and the real estate market shows signs of revival, many people whose home buying plans were on hold are now beginning to look around. If buying a new home or vacation property is on your agenda, the Insurance Information Institute (III) has some advice for you: make insurance considerations an important part of your home buying process. In addition to looking at considerations such as location, neighborhood, and home features, you need to do a risk assessment of the home and property so you don’t find yourself owning something with some unpleasant surprises down the line.
For a quick overview of issues and considerations that you should be thinking of, see III’s Home Buyer’s Insurance Checklist and short video on the topic: