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How to protect yourself from fraud

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Whether you’re planning a much-anticipated remodeling project or facing repairs to fix damage from a storm, hiring a contractor can be a daunting and nerve-wracking task. While most contractors are trustworthy, some are guilty of taking advantage of vulnerable homeowners – especially when the repairs involve an insurance claim.

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3 myths about hurricane wind risks

By activity, agent, area, breakage, claim, damage, debris, direction, doors, facing, flying, glass, Home Construction, hurricane, impact-rated, independent, Insurance, intrusion, loss, mitigation, myths, opening, prevent, protect, safe, season, shutter, storm, water, wind, windows
hurricane-shutters

The 2020 hurricane season was one of the most active seasons in history, and weather experts predict 2021 will be similar. While hurricanes continue to be among the most catastrophic weather events, the good news is that homeowners have effective and affordable options to help reduce damage.

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Sprinklers protect your home from biggest threat: Fire

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home-sprinklers

One of the most significant threats to your home, its contents and those living there is a fire. If you’re building a new home or planning a major renovation of your existing home, consider installing or retrofitting with a fire sprinkler system. Sprinklers save lives.

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The cold is setting in; 5 tips to keep warm

By agent, auto, blizzard, claim, cold, emergency, extreme, family, freeze, frost, heater, home, ice, independent, insulate, Insurance, kit, loss, melt, outage, pets, pipes, power, prevent, protect, safe, safey, snow, warm, weather, wind, Winter Prep
cold-weather

As temperatures drop and winter takes hold in many parts of the country, now is a good time to prepare for the winter chill and to be reminded of how to stay safe during spells of cold weather.

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5 questions to promote quality in construction management

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quality-in-construction

Quality is king in construction. Reputations hinge on excellence, which is why most contractors work hard to ensure they produce quality products. The more robust the quality management process, the better. If you want to test your quality assurance operations, check out these five questions every contractor should consider – and some answers for success in quality.

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5 questions to promote quality in construction management

By agent, building, business, claim, construction, Contractor, document, drawings, electrical, independent, inspect, inspection, installation, Insurance, masonry, materials, mechanical, meeting, notes, photos, plumbing, produce, production, project, punch list, quality, testing, verify
quality-in-construction

Quality is king in construction. Reputations hinge on excellence, which is why most contractors work hard to ensure they produce quality products. The more robust the quality management process, the better. If you want to test your quality assurance operations, check out these five questions every contractor should consider – and some answers for success in quality.

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Prepare your construction site before a hurricane hits

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construction-hurricane

Just as you would prepare your home and family for an impending hurricane, you’ll also want to prepare your construction job sites. The steps you take could make a significant difference in how well your construction site fares during the hurricane and how soon your workers can return afterwards.

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Be ready for lightning storms

By agent, claim, cost, electrical, energy, fire, homeowner, independent, indoors, inside, Insurance, lightning, lightning protection system, loss, prepare, prevent, protect, shelter, Storm Prep, strike, striking, surge, thunder, thunderstorm, weather
lightning-storm

Thunderstorms can develop rapidly and without warning – often accompanied by lightning. When thunderstorms form in your area and you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm.

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Home’s value, replacement cost not interchangeable

By agent, building, claim, code, conditions, contractors, cost, historic, home, homeowner, house, independent, Insurance, labor, loss, market value, materials, older, Personal Insurance, price, reconstruction, registry, replacement cost, sales, savings
market-value-vs-replacement-cost

When shopping for homeowner insurance, you may hear the terms “market value” and “replacement cost” multiple times. It’s important to have a grasp of the difference. They are not interchangeable.

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