Tips for maintaining your home, apartment and condo

No matter if you're buying, selling or maintaining a home, apartment, or condo, State Farm® can help keep you on track with these tips.

Maintenance tips for your home

Appliance Maintenance

Regular upkeep of all of your home's appliances and big systems is a must-do that ensures these investments work well and have long, productive lives.

Summer Home Maintenance

Summer home maintenance can be done by checking appliances, caring for the house's exterior, being safe in the garage and caring for your landscaping.

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall home maintenance tasks can be dangerous — know the risks and follow these safety tips as you get your home ready for fall.

Tips for buying and selling a home

Private Mortgage Insurance: A PMI Primer

Depending on your down payment, private mortgage insurance (PMI) may be required. We walk you through PMI basics.

Fixed Rate Mortgage vs. Adjustable Rate Mortgage

Learn the differences between a fixed rate mortgage vs an adjustable rate mortgage in order to make your decision.

House Hunting

House hunting, getting a mortgage and prequalifying for a mortgage loan takes some research and thought to avoid wasting time and expensive risks.

Insurance tips for your home, apartment or condo

What Is Homeowners Insurance and What Does It Cover?

After investing in your home it's important to have it insured properly. What are all the policy coverages, forms, and exclusions?

How do I know how much renters insurance to buy?

Tip to help choose accurate, appropriate limits for your personal property and liability coverage.

Home Inventory How to Create One

A home inventory is a way to help make home or renters insurance coverage decisions & expedite the insurance claims process after theft, damage or loss.

Tips for renters

Renters Guide: Are You Ready to Rent?

A guide to renting an apartment to help you understand what you and your landlord are responsible for.

Does Renters Insurance Cover Hotel Stay

We provide an answer to that question and many more with a list of unexpected ways renters insurance covers you.

Signing a Rental Lease: What You Need to Know

Make sure you ask the right landlord-tenant questions before signing your lease and moving in.

Tips for condo and unitowners

Know What's Covered With Condo Insurance and How It Works

Condo insurance coverage works in tandem with the condo association master policy. Discover how they work together to protect you and your stuff.

Condo Living Pros and Cons

Weigh the pros and cons before you make the big decision.

Tips for downsizing

Pros and Cons of Downsizing

There are unexpected benefits of downsizing your home, but there may be advantages to staying put, too. What experts recommend is not a one-size-fits-all approach.

Downsizing From House to Condo

If you're moving from a bigger home to a smaller one, figure out whether downsizing from house to condo or downsizing to a smaller home is right for you.

Tips around manufactured homes

Manufactured and Mobile Home Safety

When it comes to wind, how does your manufactured home rate?

Beyond Trailers, Buying Modern Manufactured Homes

Buying a manufactured or modular home can be a confusing process, but using this guide from State Farm® can help decipher some of the mystery.

Prevention tips

Wildfire Defense Systems

A proactive approach for limiting the potential damage of a disaster.

What causes household mold?

Here are ways to cleanup and prevent household mold.

How to select the right safe for you

Home safes are available in a variety of types and have ratings to indicate how secure they are. Read on to select the best type for your needs.

Why Chimney Cleaning is Important

Fireplaces provide warmth and ambiance in the winter, but build-up can occur in the flue and be hazardous. Learn how to keep a clean chimney.

The Importance of Fire Extinguishers and Types

Every home should have fire extinguishers that are designed for each type of fire. Learn about the different types of fire extinguishers and their uses.

Weather related articles

Weatherproofing: How to prepare for a heat wave

As the summer approaches, it’s critical to consider how to prepare for extreme heat. We’ll discuss heat safety tips for your home and vehicle.

Staying Safe in a Hailstorm

These hailstorm safety tips can help you limit the damage due to hail, and help with your overall disaster preparedness.

Whole House Water Leak Detection Systems

Learn how to prevent costly water damage and the different water leak detection systems with automatic shutoff valves available on the market today.

Calculators

HELOC Payoff Calculator

Use this calculator to help determine the number of months necessary to repay a home equity line of credit in order to meet your financial goals.

Are You Better Off Paying Down Debt or Investing?

This calculator may help you decide if paying off what you owe, or investing your money and letting it grow, is the right strategies to meet your financial goals.

Calculate Your Savings Plan for a Large Purchase

Decide the best payment scheme to reach your goal amount using this online tool.

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