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August 1, 2017

7 Tips to Survive the Cross-Country Move

It turns out there’s more to moving than packing a few boxes and loading up a big truck—especially if you’re moving across the country. Keep your belongings and your sanity intact with these tips for your long-distance move.

Pack Smart

Every good move begins with a plan. Organize your belongings into categories that make sense to box together. Use high-quality boxes or bins meant to withstand a long-distance move, label every box you pack, and keep important items accessible. When it comes to packing a moving truck, follow general guidelines, like heaviest items in first, to keep your belongings safe and secure during transit.

Let the Experts Handle It

If [...]

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July 4, 2017

Smart Tips to Secure Your Smart Home

Smart homes are a hot topic in the world of real estate and home improvement—and with good reason. A house full of internet-connected appliances—ranging from thermostats to ceiling fans—controlled remotely via smartphone or computer can bring excitement, ease, and peace of mind to your day-to-day routine. Identify any home appliance, and there’s probably a smart version of it. These gadgets are part of the fast-growing, worldwide Internet of Things (IoT) — a network that already includes more than 8 billion connected devices and may exceed 20 billion by 2020. The benefits of such connectivity range from customization and convenience to energy efficiency and improved security. [...]

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June 23, 2017

Smart Home Hacks to Keep You Connected on Your Summer Vacation

Summer vacation beckons. However, you continue to cast glances back at your home. The next-door neighbor agreed to watch the place while you’re gone, but worry niggles. For a moment, you consider turning around, unlocking the house, and making sure all the appliances are turned off and windows locked.

But you don’t. You remember that your home travels with you, wherever you go, thanks to smart home technology. Your smart gadgets will notify you if something goes wrong, and you always can check on things remotely from your smartphone or tablet.

To gain that assurance and security—and even energy efficiency—on your next summer vacation, use one or more of the [...]

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