PLAN AND PREP
In a Flash, Lightning Can Fry Every Appliance (and More) in a Home. But Saving Homes From Lightning Strikes Isn’t Impossible.
The Contractor Bailed and Their $150,000 Addition Had to Be Torn Down. Why Do Some Renovations Go So Terribly Wrong?
Learn how to choose the right contractor and avoid home renovation project disasters. Get tips from professional home remodeling contractors.
What These Auto Pros Know About Adding Years to a Car’s Life — and You Should, Too
Why do some cars stay safe and reliable for years longer than others? These car pros say it’s more about the owner’s habits than good engineering.
She Plays Drums, and the Downstairs Neighbors Have a New Baby: How Soundproofing Helped This Family (and Others) Restore Peace and Quiet
When a Car Is Parked for Days (or Weeks), Here Are Five Things You Can Do Today to Help Keep It Primed for Driving
Doggie Day Spas, Smart Doorbells and Other Surprising Perks Landlords Use to Lure Today’s Renters
It Wasn’t a "Natural" Disaster, but This Common Household Fixture Caused More Damage to Their Home Than a 100-Year Flood
A Home Addition Can Mean Extra Income, More Room for Family — Or Even a Dream Home
A modern take on the granny flat, the ADU, or Accessory Dwelling Unit, is going viral. Building one can be arduous and expensive, but these homeowners say they’re glad they did it.
Own a Home Built Before 1980? Your Electrical System Might Need Some Attention
Old homes may have electrical system problems that require extra attention. Learn about potential electrical system issues and possible solutions.
When it’s Time to Remodel, Some Home Renovations Pay For Themselves. These Upgrades Might Not.
Take It From a Climatologist: When You Live in the Rainy, Windy Northwest U.S., Home Maintenance Issues Are Sneaky
When You Travel for a Living, Stolen Laptops, Lost Passports and Dicey Hotels are Part of the Job
Common Car Myths Solved
How often should you get your oil changed? Does cruise control improve gas efficiency? Learn from experts about the most common and controversial car myths.
Caught in Chaos, They Made the Best of a Worst-Case Scenario
They faced incredible loss & destruction, but survivors & first responders in some of the worst natural catastrophes in history discovered ingenious ways to help save lives.
From Scorpions to Monsoons to — Yes — Snow, Home Maintenance in Arizona Requires Ingenuity
In a Blackout, Reaching Out for Help Requires a Plan. Low-Tech Solutions Might Save the Day
He Quit a Job for His First True Love — a 1968 Muscle Car
Whether it’s a classic muscle car project or a beloved relative’s vintage wheels in need of a makeover, find out what these pro restorers say about restoration.
You Have to Think like a Bad Guy to Protect Your Home
Security pros say you can help make your home more secure by thinking like the bad guys.
They Stole His Identity and Made Off With $50,000 Before He Had a Clue He'd Been Robbed
Your Home Isn't Selling? It Could Be the Mailbox's Fault
We asked real estate experts about how to best prepare your house for sale. Get their tips and techniques at Farmers Insurance.
Fleeing Disaster, Pet Owners Face the Impossible
Pet owners face a different challenge in disasters: keeping the family pets safe and calm in the chaos. Hear from disaster survivors and animal specialists who have been there.
Roadside Emergency Tips from a Highway Patrol Commander Who Has Seen It All ... At 70 Mph
Living with the Parents Again, but under Your Roof
When Cathy Gallub's mother died in 2012, it didn't take long to realize her 92-year-old father could no longer live on his own.
High Winds Can Cause More Havoc Than You Think. Is Your House Ready?
Experts offer steps to protect your home from potential damage caused by tornadoes, hailstorms and other strong-wind disasters.
Distracted on the Road? It's Like Driving the Length of a Football Field... Blindfolded
My Business Drone “Paid for Itself in a Day”
Learn how some small business owners are using drones, plus some of the rules and regulations governing drones in commercial use.
Dog Showers, Catios (AKA Cat Patios) and More Home Renovations for the Truly Pet-Obsessed
Architects, veterinarians and pet hotel designers share home improvement tips that can make life even sweeter for four-legged family members.
This Guy Helped to Repair and Rebuild a Crucial Part of 22,000 Homes After Hurricane Katrina
Genius Ideas for Disaster-proofing Heirlooms and Mementos in Your Home
Professional conservators and curators offer ideas to help you protect your family's treasures when faced with even the worst calamities.
Five Low- or No-cost Benefits Small-business Employees Love
Why hiring and keeping top talent for your startup or small business may not be as expensive as you think.
The Backyard Disasters That Cause More than $118 Million in Damage Each Year
Grill disaster stories and tips to consider to help make your backyard barbeque safer, from award-winning barbecue pros who have seen it all.
Nine Steps to Hurricane Ready
You may think you know what do in a disaster, but are you prepared? Here are nine manageable steps to help you get ready before the next extreme storm.