Residential

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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Prepare Your Pool for Child Safety

by American Modern May 03, 2022

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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Your Guide to Summer Maintenance

by American Modern May 03, 2022

With the first day of summer approaching, there's no better time to start tackling some home maintenance projects. There are all sorts of things you can do to...


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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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11 Pool Safety Tips to Help Avoid Accidents

by American Modern April 25, 2022

As the days get longer and the temps continue to rise, one thing is clear: Summer fun is right around the corner. For people who own pools and...


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Dos and Don’ts to Safeguarding Your Home While on Vacation

by American Modern April 24, 2022

"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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Pet Tips for Apartment Living

by American Modern March 26, 2022

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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Your Guide to Spring Maintenance

by American Modern March 10, 2022

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 March 05, 2022

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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Spring Flood Protection: How to Secure Your Home

by American Modern March 03, 2022

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...


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

by American Modern February 19, 2022

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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Heat Up Valentine’s Day Without Burning Down Your Home

by American Modern February 02, 2022

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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Why Skirting is a MUST For Manufactured Homes

by American Modern February 02, 2022

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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Tie-Downs are Crucial for Manufactured Homes

by American Modern February 01, 2022

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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How Much Snow Can Your Roof Handle?

by American Modern February 01, 2022

With several storms hitting the country in the past few weeks there might be quite a bit of snow on your roof.  The question: Can your roof handle...


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6 Advantages of Manufactured Homes

by American Modern February 01, 2022

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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10 Tips for Space Heater Safety

by American Modern January 04, 2022

People use space heaters every day to keep their homes warm when the air furnace is not heating properly, if the central heating is too costly, or even...


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Prevent Frozen Pipes

by American Modern January 03, 2022

Freezing temperatures. Whiteout storms. Icy roads. And, worst of all, frozen pipes. While you’re probably going to have to tough out the first three, with a little know-how...


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9 Christmas Tree Pet Safety Tips

by American Modern December 05, 2021

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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How To Keep Your Home (and Santa) Safe from a Chimney Fire

by American Modern December 01, 2021

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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Your Guide to Winter Maintenance

by American Modern December 01, 2021

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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End-of-the-Year Insurance Checklist

by American Modern December 01, 2021

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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Seasonal Cheer without Fire Fear

by American Modern November 18, 2021

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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6 Tips to Help Prevent Theft During the Holidays and Beyond

by American Modern November 17, 2021

“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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5 Easy Steps to Help Winterize Your Home

by American Modern November 08, 2021

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


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Turkey Deep-Frying Safety

by American Modern November 08, 2021

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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Thanksgiving: How Not to Be Gobbled Up by Thanksgiving Day Fiascos

by American Modern November 07, 2021

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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Halloween Hacks that Protect against Rental Property Nightmares

by American Modern October 13, 2021

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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Earthquakes Can Happen Anywhere. Are You Ready?

by American Modern September 10, 2021

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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Wildfire Emergency Evacuation Checklist

by American Modern September 01, 2021

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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8 Tips to Help You Prepare for a Wildfire

by American Modern August 26, 2021

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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Help Protect Your Home with Fire-Resistant Landscaping

by American Modern August 05, 2021

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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6 Wildfire Evacuation Preparation Tips

by American Modern July 14, 2021

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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Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Tiny Home

by American Modern July 14, 2021

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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The Ultimate Lake House Safety Guide

by American Modern July 14, 2021

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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Safety Tips to Keep in Mind this Labor Day

by American Modern June 25, 2021

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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4th of July Safety Guide

by American Modern June 16, 2021

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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Keep Grilling Safe this 4th of July

by American Modern June 15, 2021

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 14, 2021

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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Secure Your Home this 4th of July

by American Modern June 12, 2021

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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6 Grilling Safety Tips

by American Modern June 10, 2021

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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Create a Five-Foot Buffer to Help Protect Your Home from Wildfires

by American Modern June 04, 2021

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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Rethink The Word “Valuables”

by American Modern June 02, 2021

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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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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Thanksgiving: How Not to Be Gobbled Up by Thanksgiving Day Fiascos

by American Modern November 16, 2020

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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Fire Prevention Week: Kitchen Fires

by American Modern October 04, 2020

Did you know that October 4th  through October 10th  is National Fire Prevention week? While it may not be something you’re going to actually celebrate, it’s a great...


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Rethink The Word “Valuables”

by American Modern July 19, 2020

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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6 Smart Devices to Protect Your Home

by Shannon Lewandowski July 13, 2020

Summertime is vacation season. But being away can cause extra worries when it comes to home security. Whether you’re gearing up for the beach, heading to the lake,...


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Smart Thermostats: Heat-beaters and Money-savers

by Shannon Lewandowski July 12, 2020

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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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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Earthquakes Can Happen Anywhere. Are You Ready?

by American Modern March 10, 2020

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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5 Easy Steps to Help Winterize Your Home

by American Modern November 18, 2019

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


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Halloween Hacks that Protect against Rental Property Nightmares

by American Modern October 23, 2019

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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Your Guide to Fall Home Maintenance

by American Modern September 22, 2019

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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Stay Free (from Danger!) this 4th of July. Part 4: Grill Safety.

by American Modern June 27, 2019

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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Stay Free (from Danger!) this 4th of July. Part 3: Sun Safety.

by American Modern June 27, 2019

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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Stay Free (from Danger!) this 4th of July. Part 2: Home Safety.

by American Modern June 26, 2019

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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Stay Free (from Danger!) this 4th of July. Part 1: Firework Safety.

by American Modern June 25, 2019

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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Don’t Get Burned this 4th of July

by American Modern June 11, 2019

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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