Residential

Pet tips for apartment living

by American Modern April 01, 2024

According to the LA Times, more than 70% of apartment renters own pets, with cats and dogs being the most popular types. Regardless of whether you’re a cat-...


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5 window safety tips

by American Modern March 29, 2024

Everyone loves a warm summer breeze coming in from the window. Maybe you’re working or relaxing, or simply enjoying the nice weather. However, it’s always important to remember...


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Spring flood protection: How to secure your home

by American Modern March 29, 2024

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...


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Your guide to spring maintenance

by American Modern February 28, 2024

After this cold and gray winter, you’re surely looking forward to brighter days, spring blooms, and lots of sunshine. With warmer temperatures approaching, it’s time to gear up...


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5 steps to cut your water heating bills

by American Modern February 28, 2024

Did you know that heating water for your faucets, showers and appliances can consume up to 20% of your home’s energy? That’s a big slice of any homeowner’s...


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12 tips to prevent kitchen fires

by American Modern February 20, 2024

Burning dinner can be something to laugh about. A burning kitchen? Not so much. More fires start in the kitchen than in any room of the house.1 Which...


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6 advantages of manufactured homes

by American Modern January 18, 2024

As housing prices continue to increase, many homebuyers are expanding their search beyond traditional houses.  Manufactured homes present a viable option for potential homeowners. They’ve come a long...


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Heat up Valentine’s Day without burning down your home

by American Modern January 17, 2024

Candles and romance go hand in hand on Valentine’s Day, but what starts as a warm glow could escalate into a dangerous fire. Although candles account for a...


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Tie-downs are crucial for manufactured homes

by American Modern January 16, 2024

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...


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Rethink the word “valuables”

by American Modern January 12, 2024

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...


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How much snow can your roof handle?

by American Modern January 11, 2024

With winter weather fast approaching, you might be expecting quite a bit of snow on your roof. The question: Can your roof handle it? The answer: It depends....


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Why skirting is a must for manufactured homes

by American Modern January 10, 2024

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...


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Protect your pocket from costly home repairs – like HVAC and appliances

by American Modern January 09, 2024

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...


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10 tips for space heater safety

by American Modern January 05, 2024

Space heaters are pretty popular for a reason. When the furnace is on the fritz or when heating the whole house simply costs too much, they can take...


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Beat the deep freeze: How to prevent frozen pipes

by American Modern January 04, 2024

Freezing temperatures. Whiteout storms. Icy roads. And, worst of all, frozen pipes. You can’t do much about winter’s “wonderland,” but you can take steps to keep your pipes...


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End-of-the-year insurance checklist

by American Modern December 12, 2023

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...


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Your guide to winter maintenance

by American Modern December 11, 2023

Although winter officially begins with the Solstice on December 21st, many states have already experienced their fair share of freezing temperatures and snowfall. Before the weather becomes even...


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How to keep your home (and Santa) safe from a chimney fire

by American Modern November 01, 2023

The tradition of Santa Claus entering people’s homes through the chimney goes back to pre-Christian times when European folklore characters were believed to use the chimney to deliver...


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9 Christmas tree pet safety tips

by American Modern November 01, 2023

If you have seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, you probably recall the tragic scene where Clark goes into the living room to find the string lights on the Christmas...


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5 easy steps to help winterize your home

by American Modern October 24, 2023

Winter is right around the corner, follow these 5 simple home winterization steps to help save money and energy. (more…)


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Seasonal cheer without fire fear

by American Modern October 23, 2023

Many of us take Christmas tree traditions very seriously. It is no wonder that trees are the centerpiece of our holidays and add a touch of magic and...


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8 turkey deep-frying safety tips

by American Modern October 22, 2023

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s no doubt that you have already started putting together a grocery list for the perfect holiday dinner. While sides like green...


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6 tips to help prevent theft during the holidays and beyond

by American Modern October 21, 2023

“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 Planning on...


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How not to be gobbled up by Thanksgiving Day fiascos

by American Modern October 20, 2023

So, you’ve offered to host Thanksgiving this year. Hats off to you! Now for the fun part…a long list of holiday to-dos like braving the grocery store, ordering...


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Earthquakes can happen anywhere. Are you ready?

by American Modern September 21, 2023

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...


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Fire Prevention Week: 12 tips to prevent kitchen fires

by American Modern September 20, 2023

Did you know that October 8-14 is National Fire Prevention week? While it may not be something you’re going to actually celebrate, it’s a great time to refresh...


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Your guide to fall home maintenance

by American Modern September 20, 2023

Fall is finally here! Most of you are probably excited for cooler weather, and various fall season activities: pumpkin patches, hayrides, corn mazes, haunted houses, apple picking and...


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6 wildfire evacuation preparation tips

by American Modern September 14, 2023

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...


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Halloween hacks that protect against rental property nightmares

by American Modern September 04, 2023

So, you’ve done the hard part and purchased a rental property. You’ve bought deadbolts, security devices, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers to keep your tenants safe. You’ve also...


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Safety tips to keep in mind this Labor Day

by American Modern July 24, 2023

Labor Day is all about having fun in the sun and spending time with family and friends. But vacant homes, fireworks, grills, and even the sun can pose...


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9 tips to help you prepare for a wildfire

by American Modern July 02, 2023

Wildfires happen quickly. Sometimes it's only a matter of seconds from spark to blaze. And once a fire begins, it can spread at a rate of up to...


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Wildfire emergency evacuation checklist

by American Modern July 01, 2023

During an emergency, there may be little or no time to think about what you need to do. This checklist is designed to help you prepare and respond...


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Don’t let your bonfire go up in smoke with these 6 tips

by American Modern June 30, 2023

Whether you’re roasting marshmallows at the campground or hanging out with friends in your backyard, bonfires are a fun way to keep warm and socialize. But fire is...


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Create a five-foot buffer to help protect your home from wildfires

by American Modern June 29, 2023

People living in California are keenly familiar with the risk of wildfire. Of the 4.5 million U.S. homes at high or extreme risk, more than 2 million of...


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Help protect your home with fire-resistant landscaping

by American Modern June 28, 2023

Californians are no strangers to wildfires. In 2019 alone, 8,194 wildfires burned 259,148 acres in the Golden State, according to the Insurance Information Institute. With that in mind,...


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The ultimate lake house safety guide

by American Modern June 07, 2023

Nothing screams summer like packing up the car and heading down to the lake house. Living by the water provides a constant source of entertainment. But while swimming,...


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11 safety tips every pool owner should know

by American Modern June 02, 2023

Days are getting longer, temps are rising, schools are closing. For people who own pools and hot tubs, that means two things: more time in the water, and...


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4th of July safety guide

by American Modern June 01, 2023

The 4th of July is a wonderful time for family, friends, fun, freedom, and fireworks. But, outdoor grills, pyrotechnics, and unattended homes can create dangerous situations. Keep these...


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Smart thermostats: Heat-beaters and money-savers

by American Modern May 23, 2023

Summer’s here and temperatures are on the rise. If you’re looking for new ways to beat the heat, a smart thermostat might be the right solution: It can...


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Dos and don’ts to safeguarding your home while on vacation

by American Modern May 21, 2023

"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...


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Your guide to summer maintenance

by American Modern May 18, 2023

The first day of summer is almost here! Time to start tackling some those home care projects on your list. Home improvement stores are full of warm-weather ideas...


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Prepare your pool for child safety

by American Modern April 20, 2023

Now that summer is in full swing, it’s likely that you and your kids are spending a lot of time cooling off by the pool. Here are some...


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6 grilling safety tips

by American Modern April 19, 2023

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there’s an average of 8,800 home fires annually as a result of outdoor grilling. And more happen in July than in...


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Top 5 reasons to buy a tiny home

by American Modern February 10, 2023

Tiny living is the hot new housing trend that has people of all walks of life permanently downsizing. They’re cost-efficient, energy-efficient, and space-efficient. If you don’t mind sacrificing...


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Keep grilling safe this 4th of July

by American Modern June 28, 2022

4th of July is a wonderful time for family, friends, fun, freedom, and fireworks. But, outdoor grills, pyrotechnics, and unattended homes can also create dangerous situations. This week,...


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Red, white, and burnt: 4th of July sun safety

by American Modern June 27, 2022

The 4th of July is a wonderful time for family, friends, fun, freedom, and fireworks. But, outdoor grills, pyrotechnics, and unattended homes can also create dangerous situations. This...


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Secure your home this 4th of July

by American Modern June 26, 2022

4th of July is a wonderful time for family, friends, fun, freedom, and fireworks. But, outdoor grills, pyrotechnics, and unattended homes can also create dangerous situations. This week,...


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4 tips to keep 4th of July fireworks safe and fun

by American Modern June 25, 2022

4th of July is a wonderful time for family, friends, fun, freedom, and fireworks. But, outdoor grills, pyrotechnics, and unattended homes can also create dangerous situations. This week,...


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Check all your boxes with our insurance checklist

by American Modern May 04, 2022

We know how life can get, so we totally get how easy it is to forget to update your home insurance policies when things change. But don’t worry!...


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Are you a new landlord? You’ll benefit from having a team of pros help you

by American Modern April 27, 2022

Owning a rental property is an investment in your financial future, and managing it is a business. The temptation to save some money by doing everything yourself is...


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6 simple steps can help minimize your exposure to wildfires

by American Modern May 06, 2021

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...


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Stay free (from danger!) this 4th of July.

by American Modern June 28, 2020

The 4th of July is a wonderful time for family, friends, fun, freedom, and fireworks. But, outdoor grills, pyrotechnics, and unattended homes can create dangerous situations. The final...


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