Why Skirting is a MUST For Manufactured Homes

When choosing a manufactured home that fits your style and needs, it’s important to remember to buy and install the skirting. Not only is the skirting used to give the home a more finished look and to tie the whole exterior together, but it is also necessary for the well-being of your home.  Continue reading “Why Skirting is a MUST For Manufactured Homes”

6 Wildfire Evacuation Preparation Tips

The 2017 wildfire season was one of the most devastating on record, and totaled  more than $18 billion in damages. While wildfire season often occurs during the summer, a wildfire could start at any time if the conditions are right. With how unpredictable and fast the wildfires are, surviving begins with being prepared to evacuate. Here are 6 evacuation tips to keep in mind when fire, or any natural disaster threatens.

1.  Know where to go. Have a destination in mind, and know how to get there. Let family and friends know your plans and how to reach you. Don’t just rely on your GPS, take a map as well. Keep the car fueled and ready to go.
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7 Safety Tips for Pet Owners During Hurricane Season

Let’s be real, if a situation is dangerous for you, it’s going to be dangerous for your pets too. This is especially true during hurricane season. Hurricanes, as well as floods, brushfires, tornadoes, or any other natural disasters, are frightening conditions to be caught in the middle of for both people and pets.

According to The Washington Post’s Karin Brulliard, “One 2006 poll found 44 percent of people who chose not to evacuate during Katrina did so because they did not want to abandon their pets.” We love our pets, and Katrina confirmed the need to protect them like family in a natural disaster. In fact, the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act was created after that storm, which requires that response plans “account for the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals before, during and following a major disaster or emergency.” Continue reading “7 Safety Tips for Pet Owners During Hurricane Season”

Tie-downs are crucial for manufactured homes

Tie-downs are crucial when it comes to the safety of any manufactured home. Because manufactured homes are very lightweight, strong winds are more likely to get under and lift the home. If your mobile home is not tied down, it could get rolled or flipped in a tornado or severe windstorm.  Continue reading “Tie-downs are crucial for manufactured homes”

Rethink The Word “Valuables”

Cash and jewelry aren’t the only items on thief’s must-have list. There are a lot of “soft” targets you may not have considered, too. Check out this list and do your best to secure anything that’s easily targeted – inside and out! Continue reading “Rethink The Word “Valuables””

Dos and Don’ts to Safeguarding Your Home While on Vacation

“We live on the most boring street in the whole United States of America, where nothing even remotely dangerous will ever happen.”

– Buzz McCallister, Home Alone

Over the course of this summer, half of the American population are setting their emails to “out-of-office,” packing their bags and embarking on vacations. While you’re jotting down a list to remember everything from sunscreen to passports, we have prepared a list that will help prep your home for security while you are away. Even if you think you “live on the most boring street in the whole United States,” following these tips will help you feel better about leaving your home. Continue reading “Dos and Don’ts to Safeguarding Your Home While on Vacation”

6 Simple Steps Can Help Minimize Your Exposure to Wildfires

Wildfire risk used to be seasonal, but in many states, it is now a year-round risk. Brush and forest fires cause extensive damage every year, and it’s not just the Western part of the country. Any home situated on the edge of grasslands, or near brush or trees, is vulnerable. Taking the following steps can reduce a home’s vulnerability to any exterior fire. Continue reading “6 Simple Steps Can Help Minimize Your Exposure to Wildfires”

5 smart devices to protect your home while you are away

Summertime is vacation season for many families. But, being away can cause extra worries about the security of your home.

Whether you’re gearing up for the beach, heading to the lake, or hopping from one home to the next during the summer, there are amazing smart home products that can give you the advantage against burglary.
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Smart Thermostat: Beat the Heat and Save Money

Summer is here and, in many areas of the country, the temperatures continue to rise. Looking for new ways to beat the heat? A smart thermostat might be the right solution: it can help cool off your house and save money on your electric bill.

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The Classic Car Hobby & Hurricanes: What Your Customers Should Know

In Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath, classic-car collectors learned some valuable lessons.  American Modern® wants to impart those lessons onto all of our agents so you can help your customers plan ahead as the two most critical storm months, August and September, approach. The following tips will guide your customers to better protect their rides from hurricanes that may barrel through.

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