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How to protect yourself from fraud

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prevent-fraud

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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Wildfire: Suppression tips may help keep homes standing

By 100 feet, agent, airborne, damage, defensible space, destroy, eaves, embers, External, fire-retardant, fireproofing, frequent, fuels, harden, home, Home Protection-Fire, house, independent, Insurance, landscaping, prevent, protect, sprinkler, structure, suppression, tips, wildfire
wildfire-threatens

When a house is still standing after a wildfire destroys neighboring homes, observers often wonder how the home survived. While not every wildfire can be avoided, several factors are key to preventing damage or saving a structure from destruction.

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Wildfire: Suppression tips may help keep homes standing

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wildfire-threatens

When a house is still standing after a wildfire destroys neighboring homes, observers often wonder how the home survived. While not every wildfire can be avoided, several factors are key to preventing damage or saving a structure from destruction.

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Entrust storm repairs to honest contractors

By agent, catastrophe, construction, Consumer Tips, Contractor, copy, coverage, damage, FEMA, fire, flood, Home Construction, hurricane, independent, Insurance, license, payment, repair, roof, scam, Spring Storms, storm, tornado, vigilant, wildfire, writing
house-underinsured

When businesses and homeowners are desperate for help to repair and rebuild after a disaster such as a hurricane, tornado or wildfire, they seek assistance from anyone who will offer help. Unfortunately, there are scammers who prey on those emotions and take advantage of good people in their darkest hour.

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The Three Little Pigs and the price of a stick house

By 2020, 2021, 2022, agent, cost, coverage, COVID, craftspeople, damage, expense, Home Construction, house, increasing, independent, Insurance, labor, loss, lumber, Pandemic, prices, rebuild, reconstruct, reconstruction, rising, shortage, skilled, stick, Three Little Pigs, Valuation
lumber-yard

Growing up, I loved reading the tale of “The Three Little Pigs,” never thinking much of how the story could ever relate to my adult life. As an occupational hazard, I often think now of the second little pig: “How is he going to rebuild his house of sticks that the wolf blew down?”

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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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Recycle batteries to stop fires, help planet

By agent, batteries, blaze, damage, danger, e-cigarettes, environment, fire, Fire Prevention, garbage, greeting cards, hazardous, household, independent, Insurance, laptops, lithium-ion, mail-in, mini explosion, prevent, protect, recycle, recycling, stream, trash, truck, waste
lithium-ion-batteries

Lithium-ion batteries store lots of power in a small, lightweight format, making them a popular component of consumer products from laptops to e-cigarettes. Unfortunately, few of us consider how to dispose of batteries when we are finished with them, and the results may be fueling one of the biggest emerging problems in the world of waste: fires.

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Coping with loss in a catastrophe: What to do

By agent, assess, auto, business, calm, catastrophe, claims, company, contact, damage, disaster, drowning, earthquake, electrocution, emergency, family, flood, hail, home, hurricane, hurt, independent, injure, injured, Insurance, loss, medical, number, people, personal, power, prevent, property, protect, Spring Storms, storm, survey, tornado, water, wildfire, wind
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Protecting yourself and your family is your first priority in the aftermath of a catastrophic event. When your auto, home, business or personal property is damaged or destroyed by a tornado, hail, flood or other destructive event, focus on people first.

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Make a generator part of your emergency backup plan

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emergency-generator

Does your emergency preparedness plan include a generator? Whether you’re facing a public safety power shutoff in California due to red flag wildfire conditions or an ice storm, heavy snow or hurricane that downed power lines or another manmade or environmental emergency, it’s a good idea to be ready for power outages.

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Vacation nightmare… times two

By agent, basement, break, damage, dehumidifier, dishwasher, drywall, floor, heater, Home Protection-Water, independent, Insurance, leak, mess, pipe, prevent, protect, shut-off, sink, toilet, washer, water
water-in-kitchen

They say that homes that experience one water loss are likely to experience more. After experiencing two separate water heater leaks in our home while my family was away on vacation, I guess it’s true.

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