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Contact Kim: Proactive home protection

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Making a plan ahead of any home damage can help save you time, stress and ultimately cash if the unexpected happens. Making a plan ahead of any home damage can help save you time, stress and ultimately cash if the unexpected happens.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

When you are a homeowner, it seems there are endless home improvement projects or something in need of repair. With this winter's unseasonably cold weather, your heating unit is definitely getting a workout. But if it goes out, you could be out – of a lot of cash.

Having a plan now could keep the home fires burning – and more money in your pocket.

This winter has been bitterly cold, and in some cases unpredictable, with temperatures dipping into the single digits. The last thing you need is encountering a weather-related emergency and having no one to call.

"We really encourage people to take a proactive approach for the potential of burst pipes or your heating unit going out. If you are prepared, you can make quick phone calls and get someone out to your house so you won't suffer so much," said Michele Mason with the Better Business Bureau.

Mason said it is advisable to do your homework ahead of time. "You can visit the BBB website and look up companies that you are thinking of: plumbers, heating and air companies; or, you can visit our accredited directory and find companies that have been evaluated by the BBB and meet our standards," she said.

Sometimes the best way to find reputable companies is to start at home – ask your friends and family for a recommendation. "Even though they have had a good experience with them doesn't mean that overall there haven't been any issues. Just check and see if we have additional information to add that can let you have more peace of mind or let you know there are some things that have not been addressed," said Mason.

Bottom line, it is best to be prepared. "It's great to build a list now and that way you are ready should an emergency situation come up," she added.

For additional information on how to proactively protect your home, click here.

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