APPENDIX A

DEALING WITH DISASTER

Why do bad things happen to good homeowners? We don’t know why, but when they do happen we can’t call the super or landlord to bail us out; we must handle it on our own.

Although there are thousands of things that can go wrong, the following five are common problems millions of homeowners encounter every year. Also included are some suggestions to help you get started thinking about how to keep bad things from happening.

BAD THING #1: DEALING WITH A FIRE

You’re on your way home from a late afternoon shopping trip when you round the corner of your street and see the flashing red lights of emergency vehicles in front of your home. Fire hoses snake from a hydrant down the street and two heavy-jacketed and helmeted ...

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