(BPT) - The past year has taught homeowners to value their dwellings not just as a place of residence, but a center of social, personal and professional lives. Many will continue to see their homes as a center of work, learning and play, as we continue adjusting to new concepts of ‘normal.’ A person’s home is also a place where they feel the most relaxed, safe and secure, and there are several ways to continue to make the home experience fun, comfortable and productive. From real estate products to home security and at-home technology resources, AARP members have access to a variety of member benefits that can help improve the homeowner experience.

Protecting Your Home

Personal safety is one of the most basic requirements to make the most of spending time at home. Home security systems have grown in popularity in recent years, yet many don’t know how or where to start. AARP members can save 15% on new home security systems from SimpliSafe. SimpliSafe has everything you need to protect your home 24/7 from burglary, fire, flood and more with no long-term contract or hidden fees. You can even control your system from your smartphone in their mobile app with a monitoring plan. While SimpliSafe has its own built-in cellular connection, members can also take advantage of the AT&T Signature Program which saves up to $10 per line per month and gives up to $45 in waived activation and upgrade fees.

Financial safety is essential to prepare for unforeseen events, and AARP members can protect their property with specialized protection from Foremost®. Through the AARP® Mobile Home Insurance from Foremost®, members can get specialized protection designed for nearly every type of mobile and manufactured home.

Changing Your Address

The events of the past year have led to a surge in relocation activity, both permanent and temporary. Moving is one of the most stressful life experiences, and even more so in a pandemic. Fortunately, moving day can go a little smoother with Wayforth Home Transition Management. AARP members can receive a 30-minute free phone consultation with a WayForth team member and a follow-up “Get Started” plan via email. WayForth also offers home transition services, including downsizing, decluttering, storage solutions and home clear-outs. Additionally, AARP members located in WayForth service markets can receive a 5% discount on WayForth services.

AARP members looking to sell or buy a new home can take advantage of their AARP® Real Estate Benefits from Realogy, which gives members access to top-tier local real estate agents from Realogy’s trusted real estate brands — including Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, Century 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Corcoran Group, and ERA® Real Estate — as well as access to a dedicated Realogy Advocate to provide support every step of the way. Plus, you can receive $300-$5,500 in benefits based on the sale or purchase price of your home. There is no fee to sign up, and depending on the location of your home, you will receive your benefits as cash, as a gift card, or as a commission reduction.

Home Repairs & Maintenance

The benefits of home ownership bring with it the need to repair and maintain your property. Most of us have had a time when we needed to attend to a leaky faucet, broken window or some other repair. Finding the right person to do the job can make this process take longer. AARP members have access to the benefits from Porch Home Services, which provides concierge-like assistance to help take care of the little things, from appliance installation to furniture assembly. Members save 5% on small jobs completed by a Porch handyman and get enhanced property protection for both small jobs and major home improvements. Plus, you get complimentary access to a dedicated Porch Home Assistant team that can help you book and manage your projects, assist with moving services and more.

Technology Assistance

Connectivity is critical, and AARP members can take advantage of discounts from Consumer Cellular. Members can save 5% on monthly service and usage charges and 30% on accessories from Consumer Cellular. Talk, text and data plans start at $20 per month per line, require no contract, and include free activation and an extended risk-free guarantee. These discounts are especially useful given that home security systems are increasingly tied to cell phones and landlines are being used less and less.

Distanced from centralized IT support, many of us have also been forced to become our own network administrators so we can stay in touch with others or loved ones. Support is available for those looking to connect with others from home through Norton Ultimate Help Desk. AARP members can save up to 15% on remote IT help, and Norton specialists are available remotely and on-demand to help with IT trouble shooting for computers, laptops, mobile devices and more without members having to leave their homes.

Home is where the heart is — and a lot more. Make sure you’re well-equipped to navigate to new routines and lifestyles, and learn more about resources and savings for AARP members by visiting: https://www.aarp.org/benefits-discounts/campaigns/home/.

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