Protect Your Pocket from Costly Home Repairs – like HVAC and Appliances

In today’s world, we are all looking for more customizable options. Whether you’re building your computer’s system, picking out a band for your fitness tracker, or deciding if you want guacamole on your tacos (it’s extra), individualizing your purchases to make them fit your lifestyle better reigns supreme. Continue reading “Protect Your Pocket from Costly Home Repairs – like HVAC and Appliances”

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”

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”

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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Where is the Collector Vehicle Market Going and How Can You Help Your Clients Navigate the Perfect Plan?

The collector vehicle market is as strong as ever amongst older collectors and becoming more mainstream with younger generations too. To understand this distinct market and know how to navigate the proper coverage plans, listen to the experts in the collector vehicle industry. They know the state of the collector car market best and what the near future holds.

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Prepare Your Pool for Child Safety

Now that summer is in full swing, it’s likely that your customers are spending a lot of time cooling off by the pool. Here are some pool safety tips you can share with them to help keep their backyard oasis secure and safe. Continue reading “Prepare Your Pool for Child Safety”

Another Active Hurricane Season is Coming, Are Your Clients Ready or Not?

Since 1984, Colorado State University (CSU) has released its initial predictions for the upcoming season, which is fast approaching and spans June 1st to November 30th. Their reputable forecast is expecting a total of 14 named storms, of which 7 are expected to become hurricanes (and 3 are expected to be major hurricanes), which is slightly above the long-term average. That’s also 14 reasons to prepare your clients now before a storm strikes.

With hurricane winds blasting at 74 mph or higher, they form undetected over warm ocean waters and strike on land in an instant, pushing walls of ocean water ashore. One thing every American Modern® agent should be skilled at is managing surprises before they turn into catastrophes.

So, why are hurricanes such a huge menace anyway?

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