Jen Kincaid

Digital Content Project Manager
Jen produces home, renters, condo and financial content for The Allstate Blog.

Stories by Jen Kincaid

7 Apartment Security Tips to Consider This Spring and Summer

Apr 25, 2017

As temperatures begin to rise and you’re excited for the warmer seasons ahead, it’s still a good idea to remain vigilant with your apartment security. Spring and summer might be a tempting time to leave the windows in your apartment cracked open while you’re away at work or to document your every spring break activity […]

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Be Bold: 5 New Bathroom Design Trends [SLIDESHOW]

Apr 17, 2017

If you’re looking to sell your home, you may want to consider a bathroom refresh. Maybe it’s time to add some color and personality. Replacing tile, for instance, is a great way to update your bathroom, the DIY Network recommends. Here are some top trends to keep in mind as you plan your bathroom reboot.

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Feeling a Draft? How to Find and Fix Air Leaks in Your Home [VIDEO]

Apr 11, 2017

There’s a nip in the air. And whether you live in the city or the suburbs, you don’t want the chill to come in with you — or your home’s warmed air to leak out — when you settle in for the night. Air leaks can be uncomfortable, maybe even frustrating, and they also may cost you […]

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4 Social Media Strategies to Help Deter Burglary, Theft

Apr 10, 2017

Posting pics from your tropical vacation? Sharing your weekend plans on social media? You may want to think twice before you hit “Share.” Sure, it’s fun to share photos of your beachfront view (and make the folks back home a little jealous), but advertising your vacation on social media may be a recipe for theft and burglary. And […]

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Apartment Renters’ Rights: What You Need to Know

Apr 5, 2017

One of the perks of renting an apartment is that you generally don’t have to deal with the hassles of repairs and regular maintenance. If something breaks or goes wrong, a simple email or call to your landlord usually gets the problem fixed. However, as a renter, it may sometimes seem like the fate of your apartment is in […]

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5 Landscaping Trends to Try This Year [SLIDESHOW]

Apr 4, 2017

When you’re planning to sell your home, don’t underestimate the power of a first impression. In other words: Focus on curb appeal. A variety of outdoor improvements may help increase your property value, says Missy Henriksen, spokesperson for the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). If you’d like to spruce up your yard before listing your […]

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5 Tips to Help Protect Your Identity at Tax Time

Mar 29, 2017

Whether you owe money or are expecting a refund, preparing your own tax return or hiring a professional, tax time can be, well, taxing. The last thing you probably want to worry about is identity thieves tapping into your financial accounts, opening new lines of credit or committing other types of theft or fraud. But according to […]

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5 Tips for Negotiating Your Apartment Lease

Mar 21, 2017

Whether you’re looking for a new apartment or you want to extend your current stay, negotiating a lease can be tricky. Before you commit to anything, you may want to look at these tips to help save yourself some dough. 1. Research Rental Prices in Your Neighborhood Compare your estimated monthly rent to online listings for […]

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5 Dog-Friendly Cities in the U.S. [SLIDESHOW]

Mar 20, 2017

Dog lovers across the country will likely agree that life is more fun with their furry friend around. But whether you’re planning a move to a new city or just a visit, some locales are more pet-friendly than others. That could mean plenty of dog parks, restaurants that welcome your pooch or even yoga classes […]

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How Much Does It Really Cost to Own a Dog?

Mar 7, 2017

How much for that doggy in the window? Some dog owners may tell you their pets are priceless. In terms of the unconditional love and happiness dogs can bring into their owners’ lives, that may be the case! But the truth is that the costs of owning a dog can add up, from food to leashes […]

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