January 25, 2018
Home Sweet Home Part 2: The American Modern® Guide to Seasonal Maintenance

Make no bones about it, American Modern® strives to keep your home’s value intact and rising. In addition to weekly and monthly maintenance, we’ve come up with a comprehensive list of chores that should be done seasonally. Our suggestions will certainly help you stay organized and on schedule t...
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January 18, 2018
Home Sweet Home Part 1: The American Modern® Guide to Year-Round Maintenance

If you’ve given yourself endless New Year’s resolutions to tackle all of your home’s needs at once, you’ve set yourself up for a daunting task. But, preserving the value of your home doesn’t have to be overwhelming. American Modern® has tackled this vast list of chores for you and your fa...
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December 20, 2017
End-of-the-Year Insurance Checklist

At the end of each year, we are whisked through a series of holiday celebrations, all leading up to the most contemplative day of the year: New Year’s Eve. Whilst reflecting on our accomplishments and goals, it’s easy to forget about the logistics of updating our home insurance policies to inclu...
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December 13, 2017
9 Christmas Tree Pet Safety Tips

If you have seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, you probably recall the tragic scene where Clark goes into the living to room to find the string lights on the Christmas tree are out. After noticing the plugs are disconnected, he then goes to plug them back into the outlet, and unbeknownst ...
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December 6, 2017
11 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Holidays

It’s likely you are revving up for this holiday season’s festivities with as much spirit and drive as Santa himself. You’ve found the perfect tree. The holiday bins and boxes are being pulled out of storage, filled with all the lights, tinsel, ornaments, and décor that will transform your hom...
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December 4, 2017
LivingWise Guru |
Seasonal Cheer without Fire Fear

This year, Rockefeller’s storied Christmas tree tradition continues with a 75-foot-tall Norway spruce that's 80 years old and weighs almost 12 tons. It was found by Rockefeller Center's head gardener, Erik Pauze, who, amongst keeping the grounds and gardens of Rockefeller Center in tip-top shape y...
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December 1, 2017
LivingWise Guru |
7 Tips to Help Prevent Theft During the Holidays and Beyond

More than 103 million Americans—the most on record—are expected to travel for the 2017 year-end holidays, according to AAA. Moreover, insurance claims peak toward the end of the year, mostly due to holiday travels and all of the valuable gifts left behind at home. By following these mischief-def...
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October 27, 2017
10 Safety Tips To Follow During Halloween

The apples have been bobbed, the pumpkins are carved, the cobwebs are hung, and the spooky movie marathon has been viewed, leading up to one of the most anticipated nights of the year for both kids and adults: Halloween.   But some Halloween statistics can be pretty frightening. According...
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August 9, 2017
Do’s 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,” packi...
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July 31, 2017
Sit Back and Unwind This Summer with American Modern’s Pool Safety Guide

Now that summer is in full swing, it’s likely you and your family are spending a lot of time cooling off by the pool. American Modern® knows it’s important to create poolside memories with your family and friends, and that’s why we’ve created this essential summer guide to keeping your bac...
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June 28, 2017
Tiny Homes Thrive with Innovative Smarts

When American Modern finished our very own LivingWise smart home, we set out to discover if and how smart technologies could fit into an even smaller footprint, say between 100-400 square feet. The tiny home movement is now more mainstream than Elvis, who coincidentally was born in a tiny two-roo...
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April 20, 2017
The Secret to Safeguarding Your Gadgets? Be Your Own Hero.

We are increasingly living in the age of gadgets-as-gifts, where sentiment and technology go together like marshmallows and hot chocolate. Let’s face it: most of us are either too giddy or paralyzed in food comas during the holidays to stop and think about safeguarding all of our new tech gifts...
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March 9, 2017
How I Keep My Teenagers Safe by Minimally Annoying Them within our Smart Home

  Having two teenage daughters is simultaneously a father’s proudest achievement and worst nightmare. A double-edged sword that is a blessing and a curse all packed into one shining symbol of authority and protection. On one end, a hope to shape young women to be kind, smart, and independe...
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November 28, 2016
LivingWise Guru |
5 smart devices to protect your home during the holidays

If you're like me, my studies, you're gearing up for the holiday shuffle, hopping from one home to the next and soaking up as much holiday cheer as possible. Since so many of us travel during the holidays and because home thefts tend to increase this time of year, now is a great time to think about ...
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September 28, 2016
LivingWise Guru |
Valuable Lessons in Preventing Water Damage

After two-and-a-half hours, 416 gallons of water, and several million paper towels, we finally wrapped our flood test. So, slip on your galoshes my studies, and let's take a closer look. Check out this video to see how we flooded the house and the kind of damage it caused. I'll give you a hint; i...
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September 13, 2016
LivingWise Guru |
Opening the flood gates

I crave peace and tranquility, my studies, so when I heard the news that we were planning an experiment to see how the house's building materials and sensors reacted to water, it nearly knocked me off my bare feet. They weren't referring to the serene trickling fountain in my meditation garden ei...
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June 29, 2016
LivingWise Guru |
Chance to win a $500 gift card.

Share FORTIFIED Home™ On the Go for a chance to win a $500 Home Depot Gift Card. We are very excited to tell you that Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. (“Munich Re, US”), has just launched a new iPad app—FORTIFIED Home™ On the Go. It’s free from the iTunes Store for homeowners, contrac...
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June 28, 2016
LivingWise Guru |
What Is a FORTIFIED Home™? And why would want one?

Fortified comes from the Latin word for “strong” and that’s just what homeowners get with a FORTIFIED designation—assurance their home will be better able to withstand extreme weather events. In essence, FORTIFIED is a set of superior construction standards developed by the Insurance Inst...
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March 24, 2016
Shannon Lewandowski |
The Big Reveal: Our Finished LivingWise Home

It's been many months, my studies. We've learned much together: how to engage with our surroundings in smart, sustainable ways, how to build structures that reduce our environmental footprints, and how  to look at the world around us with fresh eyes. Today, we're happy to show you the LivingWise...
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March 10, 2016
Shannon Lewandowski |
Tips for Making Site Clean-Up Simple

Good day, my studies. Ready for today's learning? Come in. Sit down. When we began our LivingWise journey together all those months ago, we set out to build a home for the 21st Century — one built with an eye toward environmental responsibility — using sustainable materials, smart technology ...
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