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HomeAdvisor Announces Homeowners’ Biggest Fears.

Zombie Apocalypse, ghosts, insect infestation and storm damage rank among the top fears for homeowners when it comes to their home.

October 25, 2013 (Golden, CO)  — According to a recent online survey* conducted among more than 1,300 homeowners by Harris Interactive on behalf of HomeAdvisor in August 2013, homeowners’ biggest fear when it comes to home improvement projects is unexpected emergency repairs (25%). HomeAdvisor provides data on homeowners’ biggest fears and explains how homeowners can prepare their house for these ghoulish mishaps.

“Completing annual inspections on the home’s exterior and interior can prevent large unexpected repairs, such as having to replace major appliances,” HomeAdvisor’s CEO Chris Terrill said. “Small tasks, including fixing broken windows and repairing roof shingles prior to a thunderstorm, helps homeowners avoid larger problems, such as water leaking into the house.”

HomeAdvisor shares the top fears for homeowners when it comes to their home and home improvement projects:

  • Storm Damage: Almost half (44%) of homeowners list storm damage as one of their biggest fears when it comes to their home.
  • Theft and Robbery: More than a third (36%) of homeowners list theft/robbery as one of their biggest fears when it comes to their home.
  • Insect Infestation: Almost a third (32%) of homeowners list insect infestation as one of their biggest fears when it comes to their home.
  • Zombies, Ghosts and Hauntings: Five  percent of homeowners list ghosts, hauntings and the zombie apocalypse as some of their biggest fears when it comes to their home.

To view an extended list of homeowners’ biggest fears, download HomeAdvisor’s infographic.

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About HomeAdvisor

HomeAdvisor is a leading website and mobile app provider offering resources for home repair and improvement projects.  HomeAdvisor’s patented ProFinder technology matches homeowner projects to the nation’s largest network of over 85,000 pre-screened, customer-reviewed home improvement professionals. Homeowners can make informed home project decisions using resources including: Pro Reviews, featuring reviews from homeowners who have actually been connected with the service professionals they review; Cost Guide, providing average costs for projects coast-to-coast; Home911, offering dedicated 24/7 emergency home repair support; DesignMine, providing inspiration and collaboration for remodeling projects; as well as robust home trips and project planning tools. Access to all of the site’s features is free for homeowners, with no membership or fees required.  HomeAdvisor is based in Golden, CO, and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).

Contact: Brooke Gabbert
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
Direct: 303.963.8173

*Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of HomeAdvisor, Inc. from August 21-23, 2013 among 2,034 adults ages 18 and older, of whom 1,303 were identified as homeowners. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact The Abbi Agency at