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Older homes: Hidden gems, or hidden pitfalls?

By agent, air conditioning, basement, buy, charm, electrical, equipment, exterior, failing, flooring, foundation, furnace, home, Home Maintenance, hydrostatic, independent, inspect, inspection, Insurance, materials, mechanical, obsolete, older, pitfalls, plumbing, pressure, Risk Management, roof, water, water heater
older-homes

Buying an older home can be appealing for many people. Older homes are usually found in established neighborhoods, have an abundance of character and are often one of a kind. However, hidden expenses could accompany all that charm.

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Contractors caught in post-COVID volatility

By agent, business, buyout, commercial, construction, Contractor, cost, COVID-19, economic, economy, force majeure, freight, global, home, homeowner, independent, Insurance, interwoven, lumber, materials, Pandemic, predictable, price, project, quality, risk, safety, shipping, unforseeable, volatile
contractor-construction-site

Whether you are a homeowner building a deck or a commercial contractor building multimillion-dollar projects, the soaring costs of construction materials is not new news. Even as lumber prices begin to retreat, what might be surprising is the length of time it might take for prices to stabilize overall or at least become more predictable.

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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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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

By agent, assess, building, caution, claim, construction, Contractor, crane, damage, delivery, emergency, employees, hurricane, independent, Insurance, landfall, materials, meeting, National Weather Service, officials, prepare, prevent, protect, removal, safe, safety, site, storage, storm, Storm Prep, supplier, supplies, tie, water, weather, workers, workplace
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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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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COVID-19: Have a project restart strategy

By agency, agent, construction, contract, Contractor, costs, document, employee, employment, engineering, expenses, financial, independent, inspection, Insurance, labor, materials, momentum, Pandemic, pay, permit, pool, project, restart, shutdown, startup, supply chain, time, trade, worker, workforce
group-teleconferencing

Construction projects that shut down production in the short term deserve careful consideration when it’s time to restart operations. Contractors must recognize the need to create a plan for resuming work after restrictions imposed during the pandemic are lifted.

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Are you covered? Don’t be caught underinsured

By age, agent, claim, coinsurance, construction, cost, deductible, demand, disaster, earthquake, equipment, expense, fire, flood, home, homeowner, independent, Insurance, labor, loss, materials, older, personal, Personal Insurance, protect, rebuild, reconstruction, resources, risk, scarce, scarcity, site, umbrella, wind
house-underinsured

Does your homeowner policy have sufficient coverage limits to help you recover fully after a loss and avoid incurring serious financial burdens? It’s a question many people don’t ask, and if they have a claim, it can leave them with unexpected expenses.

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Personal insurance: Trends in construction costs

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construction-trend

Reconstruction cost – or replacement cost – is the cost of hiring a contractor to replace your home as it is, using materials and design of the same or similar quality. This amount is not the same as market value, which is the value of comparable homes that have sold in your area. Your home’s current reconstruction cost could be very different from its market value.

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