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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”

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A 5-Point, “Road Ready” Checklist For Collector Car Agents And Enthusiasts

Now that the weather is nice, collector car owners everywhere are itching to take their showpiece for a joyride. Before they do, here are a few tips you can share with them to make their first cruise of the season one they will remember – in a good way!

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Working from Home: Making It Work for You

For several weeks, most of the country has been on lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The change was swift and furious, so workers had only a short time to respond. One day everyone was sitting in rush hour traffic, and the next day those same individuals were scrambling to find a workspace at home. Now social media feeds are full of photos of people working from their basements, garages, and kitchen tables. And if that isn’t enough to paint a vivid picture, check out one of the myriad video conferences taking place from homes everywhere. You’ll hear dogs barking, kids running through the house, and deliveries at the front door. This, of course, is the new normal.

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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”

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A 15-Step Guide to Preparing Your Motorcycle For Spring

Spring is in the air, and those motorcycle enthusiasts stuck in colder states are itching to take their bikes out for that first-ride-of-the-season cruise. If your bike has been in storage all winter, follow these steps to make sure it’s ready to hit the road.

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7 Steps to Get Your Classic Car Ready for Spring

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

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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”

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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.

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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”

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Energy Efficiency for Small Businesses

Appropriate temperature control is frequently a challenge for businesses. Heating and cooling systems are frequently running at a greater capacity than required when the building is not occupied: heating is used to prevent water pipes from freezing, while cooling is used to prevent the growth of mildew and mold. Fortunately, there are thermostats that are designed to help your business reduce excessive heating and cooling.

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