How can you boost the payout from a home insurance claim?

From Consumer Reports 11/6/14 Losing items in a home fire, burglary, or other catastrophe is traumatizing, not to mention costly. That’s why we suggest homeowners insurance replacement-cost coverage: It compensates you for the actual cost to replace your home’s contents—up to your policy limits—not for their depreciated value. But even with such coverage, you won’t be … Continue reading How can you boost the payout from a home insurance claim?

How to buy a mattress without getting fleeced

Avoid high-pressure sales tactics and get the bed you want By Ed Perratore October 8, 2014 6:01 PM (Photo: Grant Cornett/Hello Artists) Chances are you haven’t shopped for a new mattress in years. What haven’t changed since your last visit to the stores are the high-pressure tactics at most mattress retailers. Also unchanged: the pumped-up … Continue reading How to buy a mattress without getting fleeced

Kitchen floors that stand up to foot traffic

From ConsumerReports.com 6/10/14 Hand-scraped, grooved, and other distressed floors are more than just a style statement: Those prefab dents and dings help hide and blend the real-world wear and tear in today’s busy kitchen. Even vinyl floors are capturing the rustic look and feel of vintage wood, but without the expense. In Consumer Reports' flooring … Continue reading Kitchen floors that stand up to foot traffic