Pet Tips for Apartment Living

According to the LA Times, more than 70% of apartment renters own pets, with cats and dogs being the most popular types. Regardless of whether you’re a cat- or a dog-person, keep these tips in mind to make life easier for you and your four-legged roomies. Continue reading “Pet Tips for Apartment Living”

Earthquakes Can Happen Anywhere. Are You Ready?

People living in earthquake-prone areas are generally more aware of earthquake safety than others. Consider California and its history of earthquakes, for instance. Awareness of the risk is relatively high in the state, according to Munich Re. California’s building construction standards are among the strictest in the world, and many people and businesses participate in International ShakeOut Day, which has become a worldwide day of action and a helpful reminder of how to protect yourself and others during an earthquake.

But even in California and other areas where earthquake awareness is high, the number of people with earthquake insurance coverage is relatively low. In many counties, fewer than 10% of residential buildings are insured against earthquakes, and coverage only approaches 25% in highly exposed metropolitan areas. Continue reading “Earthquakes Can Happen Anywhere. Are You Ready?”

11 Pool Safety Tips to Help Avoid Accidents

As the days get longer and the temps continue to rise, one thing is clear: Summer fun is right around the corner. For people who own pools and hot tubs, that means more time in the water. This, of course, comes with some added responsibility and the need for extra precautions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an average of more than 3,500 people unintentionally drowned between 2005 and 2014 in the U.S. alone. 20% of those victims were 14 years or younger.

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Spring Flood Protection: How to Secure Your Home

April showers bring May flowers – and sometimes a little flooding as well. While it’s true that spring rains are great for new plant growth – which is a welcome sight after a long winter – some storms are capable of unleashing several inches of rain in just a few hours. Add a little snow melt, and the ground quickly becomes saturated, storm drains overflow, and rivers and streams spill over their banks. The resulting flood waters can wreak havoc on everything and anything that gets in the way – including your home. Continue reading “Spring Flood Protection: How to Secure Your Home”

Tips to Make Your Adventure Safer

The weather’s getting better fast and that means there’s just one question everyone is asking: Who’s ready to ride? Of course, lots of great questions follow that one: What’s your favorite destination? What is your favorite route to ride? Who will you be riding with? Continue reading “Tips to Make Your Adventure Safer”

When to Write Collector Vs. Standard Auto

When most people think “car collector,” they imagine someone who loves the classics. But a whole lot of your customers have passion for the newer cars of today that have the potential to become the classics of tomorrow. Manufacturers are currently making some great performance cars and trucks that will likely become future collectibles. Mustang GT, Camaro SS, Challenger SRT8, and Corvettes are all examples of new cars that are making big horsepower, are handling great, are a blast to drive, and look cool, too.  Continue reading “When to Write Collector Vs. Standard Auto”

Your Guide to Spring Maintenance

After this cold and gray winter, you’re surely looking forward to brighter days, spring blooms, and lots of sunshine. And while spring may not have sprung quite yet, it’s time to gear up for the spring cleaning and maintenance that’ll take care of winter’s hardships. So take advantage of the moderate temperatures and get your home in tip-top shape with our spring maintenance tips. Continue reading “Your Guide to Spring Maintenance”

Seven Steps to Showtime!

Before the car-show season gets rolling, follow our maintenance checklist to ensure your ride is running right.

Spring has sprung! That means it’s time to start thinking about getting your classic cars and trucks ready for the season.

Now don’t go running for the garage to fire up those engines just yet. In the Midwest, our cars usually sit for about five months. And that’s a lot of time for bad things to happen.

After not starting it, there’s a list you should check before turning over the engine and another one before heading down the road. It’s critical that you give yourself plenty of time to get your vehicle dialed in before your wheels hit the pavement.   Continue reading “Seven Steps to Showtime!”

How Much Snow Can Your Roof Handle?

With several storms hitting the country in the past few weeks there might be quite a bit of snow on your roof.  The question: Can your roof handle it? The answer: It depends. Continue reading “How Much Snow Can Your Roof Handle?”

10 Tips for Space Heater Safety

While we all hope Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, is right about spring’s early arrival, it’s likely the cold temperatures are still coming our way. People use space heaters every day to keep their homes warm when the air furnace is not heating properly, if the central heating is too costly, or even if the furnace goes out at the worst possible time. Unfortunately, space heaters also pose a significant fire hazard if not used properly. Continue reading “10 Tips for Space Heater Safety”