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Millennials Are Seeking Prenups—and It Might Just Be Worth Considering

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How to Pay for Emergency Home Repairs, So You Can Move on ASAP

You might not like to think about it (and frankly, who does?), but when it comes to owning a home, stuff can and will break. Water pipes burst. Roofs cave in. The list goes on.

While you never know precisely when a big appliance or HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system is going to conk out, most products do have expected lifespans. For instance, a hot water heater or a dishwasher lasts about a decade, while an HVAC unit lasts an average of two decades.

So, it’s smart to have a plan for how you’ll manage financially when something big—the furnace, the roof, the plumbing—needs emergency repair. And yes, it is not if, but when.

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