CATEGORIES / Innovative
January 25, 2018
LivingWise Guru
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 throughout the year when it comes to advanced tasks like re-calking your bathroom shower or inspecting your septic tank. With a little planning, this list will be as effortless as a Spring breeze.   Seasonal Maintenance Once a year, you will be responsible for tackling a few big-ticket i...
January 18, 2018
LivingWise Guru
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 family with our two-part series, Home Sweet Home. We’ve customized a set of laid-back tips for maintenance that you can do regularly throughout the year and seasonally to keep your home in flawless order. Now, you can toss your resolutions out and replace them with these manageable solutions perfect...
December 20, 2017
LivingWise Guru
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 include all of the newly acquired belongings in our lives and evaluate what’s new or old in our homes. American Modern® has created a seamless checklist to make this process a breeze, so you can focus on ringing in 2018 knowing you’re prepared for any surprises that life has in store in the upcoming...
December 13, 2017
LivingWise Guru
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 to him, Aunt Bethany’s cat (which she brought as a gift) has the other end of the lights under the chair. This conundrum brings an ill-fated finale to the furry feline, for comedy’s sake. However, there is often truth in comedy, and this scene reveals the actual added dangers the holiday and all...
Pet Holiday Safety Infographic
December 6, 2017
LivingWise Guru
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 home into a glittery wonderland. And just like Santa’s reindeer, your pets want to play a role in the magic of the season. To keep your holiday prep stress-free and packed with fun, American Modern® has made a complete list (and checked it twice) for keeping your furry family members safe among all ...
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-deferring tips, you can protect yourself and your belongings this holiday season. From twelve drummers drumming to a partridge in a pear tree, American Modern has you & your gifts covered. 1. Lock it up. In other words, hide the bundle of toys. Does anything compare to the magical excitement of wa...
August 9, 2017
LivingWise Guru
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,” packing their bags, and embarking on well-thought-out vacations. While you’re jotting down a list to remember everything from sunscreen to passports, American Modern® has prepared a floor-to-ceiling list that will prep your home for security while you are sipping out of coconuts or slipping into water...
July 31, 2017
LivingWise Guru
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 backyard pool oasis secure and safe.   With drowning being the leading cause of accidental death in young children between the ages of 1-4, there are easy steps you can take to keep your children and others safe while enjoying summer’s favorite pastime. The following tips will make all the...
Protecting your home and family with smart technology
June 28, 2017
LivingWise Guru
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-room shotgun house no more than 15 feet wide. In America, tiny homes have a rich, but uncelebrated history (unless the home happens to be the birthplace of Elvis Aaron Presley). But we know Elvis left his humble shotgun childhood home and grew into a superstar, moving into the super-sized lavish Gr...
April 20, 2017
LivingWise Guru
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. But it’s finally time to ask, “Have you taken the best measures to protect your shiny new gizmos?” American Modern, ever the technology enthusiasts, brings you simple, yet hardcore advice so that you can be your own hero when it comes to keeping your gadgets secure. Insuring your gadgets ...