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The Allstate Blog Team

Stories by The Allstate Blog Team

5 Ways to Get Rid of Bedbugs in Your Home

Apr 9, 2018

No one wants to discover any sort of pest in their home — especially bedbugs. If you’re experiencing a bedbug infestation, consider these steps to help remove those critters from your home. 1. Contact a Pest Control Company Most pest control infestations aren’t do-it-yourself projects, so it’s best to contact a professional for help. Bedbugs […]

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How to Become a Disaster Response Volunteer

Apr 2, 2018

One of the best ways to recover from an emergency is to take emergency preparation and response classes that teach you what to do. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program and local chapters of the American Red Cross offer many opportunities for you to get training and even volunteer […]

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What You Need to Look for When Buying a Flipped Home

Mar 20, 2018

A flipped house is a home that someone purchased did some renovation work and then put the home on the market again less than a year later, according to Zillow. This house may have some new features, but here are some things to look for to help spot any potential problems before you buy. Look […]

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What You Should Know Before Adopting a Pet

Mar 19, 2018

Adopting a pet brings with it added responsibility. You can expect walks, indoor and outdoor play, emptying litter boxes and belly rubs. It can be a vastly rewarding change for the whole family, but it can also be a stressful one if you’re not prepared, relaxed and ready. According to Diane Wilkerson, Director PAWS Chicago Lincoln Park Adoption Center, there […]

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The Colors in Your Home’s Interior May Affect Your Mood

Mar 14, 2018

Color in home decor is about much more than what looks pretty, says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Color surrounds us and defines our world,” she says. From early infancy on, colors in our environment affect both our thoughts and emotions, Eiseman explains. The most common way homeowners have added value to their […]

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Spring is Here: Get Your Home Ready!

Mar 14, 2018

After a long, hard winter, spring is finally, hopefully, maybe even desperately, expected to arrive. Here are some home maintenance tips to help welcome the new season. Weatherstripping The Department of Energy (DOE) says weatherstripping the windows on your home is an easy and effective way to help save money on your energy bill. Weatherstripping […]

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Renting a Moving Truck? What You Need to Know

Mar 13, 2018

If you’ve decided to move, then you’re likely planning out which moving options are best to get you and your belongings to your new home. Renting a moving truck can often be a cost-effective option if you’re looking to move your stuff yourself. But, as with any move, it takes some research and preparation — […]

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Improve Curb Appeal With Low-Maintenance Landscaping

Mar 1, 2018

Whether you are getting ready to sell your home or just want to show a little more pride in ownership, updating your yard can make a difference. Not everyone has a green thumb, but having a nicely landscaped yard may help give your home a little extra curb appeal. If you don’t have a lot of time for […]

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Does Your Apartment Smell? It Could Be the Neighbors

Feb 22, 2018

Have you ever found yourself wondering, “Why does my apartment smell?” If you live in an apartment or a multi-family building, it’s possible the smells from your neighbor’s home are spreading into yours. From food to smoke to pet odors, The New York Times explains that smells can move through pipe shafts, electrical outlets, cracks […]

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How to Test Your Smoke Detectors and Fire Alarms

Feb 21, 2018

Smoke detectors and fire alarms may be some of the most important items in your home when it comes to your family’s safety. These early warning devices may help alert your family to fire and dangerous smoke while there is still time to evacuate, but they need to be periodically tested to help ensure proper […]

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