Many homeowners dream of having a pool. But when the day finally comes that they move into a new home that has one or they have their..Read More
Are you disappointed with how your lawn looks this spring? Do you have bare spots? Harsh winters, insects, animals, and disease can..Read More
Having your perfect wedding and buying your dream home are both exciting milestones, full of new adventure and hopeful possibility...Read More
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. As the weather begins to improve, more motorcyclists will bring their motorcycles out of..Read More
Warm spring days are a nice preview of what’s to come as we approach summer. However, spring weather is also very unpredictable...Read More
Spring typically conjures up images of running barefoot through the grass. But who wants to run barefoot or roll around in poison? True,..Read More
Now that spring’s here, it’s time to give your home a post-winter scrub down. While it feels great opening the windows and letting the..Read More
As the weather improves, you may be thinking about getting your bicycle out of storage for the first ride of the season. Whether you..Read More
After a long, cold winter, many of us yearn for the transition to spring. More daylight, chirping birds, increased outdoor activity, and..Read More
If winter 2019 was your first winter with a teen driver, you’re probably relieved spring is here. Hopefully no more ice, sleet, snow, or..Read More
Buying a new vehicle can be very exciting. I remember purchasing my first brand new vehicle. Ahh, that new car smell.Read More
Just when you think you’ve seen your last snowfall or cold spell, Mother Nature plays another trick on you. Winter weather can make it..Read More
With several weeks of winter left, and then the transition to spring, salt could still play a big part in keeping your property safe...Read More
After a quiet December, Mother Nature has really created a ruckus in Wisconsin the last several weeks. From significant amounts of snow..Read More
Here in Wisconsin, the weather is consistently throwing us for a loop. Anticipating snow and ice is something we all should do.Read More
Holiday traditions often make the holiday season the favorite time of year for many people. Those traditions include:
In today’s society of long-term college careers and high-debt range after graduation, there’s been a drastic increase in the age to..Read More
Holiday songs fill the airwaves on the radio, neighborhoods are full of bright lights and holiday cheer, and shopping malls are full of..Read More
Rodent infestations can cause all sorts of destruction in your house, from messy droppings to structural damage and more. Unlike your..Read More
Recently, my youngest daughter, McKenna, passed her driver’s test. She absolutely loves her newfound freedom. Sometimes, a bit too much!..Read More
Picture this. You’re driving through town in your 1969 Pontiac Firebird and everyone you pass is stopping and staring as you go by. Now..Read More
For many, the fall season is a busy time of year. High school, college, and professional sports are in full swing. Kids are..Read More
If you’ve watched the news lately, there has been significant coverage on wildfires, severe storms, and most recently, Hurricane..Read More
Last week’s blog identified areas of your property you should inspect after a severe storm. Some of those areas include roof, siding,..Read More
Severe weather can pop up in your neighborhood quickly. If severe weather strikes, your first priority should be taking cover and..Read More
Going on vacation with your family can be exciting, but it can also involve a lot of planning, depending on where you’re going. While..Read More
If you’re like me, you carried around paint samples and fabric swatches for weeks before finally settling on the choices. Now that my..Read More
Surprises are great — but not when you’re closing on your new home. Even if a house passes a pre-close inspection, environmental hazards..Read More
While summer is a great time to enjoy many outdoor activities, it can take a toll on our pocket books because of increased utility..Read More
Most parents would agree that the safety of their family is a top priority as they make purchases for the home. Smart home devices are..Read More
Recently, my wife and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary. Every year we look at our photo album together and chuckle about how..Read More
Depending on where you live, spring may have sprung. For some of us in the Midwest, we’re still waiting.Read More
Spring has officially arrived! While many people breathe a sigh of relief because winter driving has ended, spring driving can also pose..Read More
Owning a home is a dream shared by many. Home ownership provides many benefits, such as financial security and stability, the pride of..Read More
According to Tom, West Bend claims manager, March, April, and May are typically heavy volume months for sump pump claims. Significant..Read More
Having worked in the insurance industry for most of my career, I’ve talked to many people about the benefits of a West Bend insurance..Read More
This year’s flu season has grabbed our attention. Hospitalization for people infected with the flu has increased for the first time..Read More
A few months ago, I purchased a new car. Because my previous car was 10 years old, it didn’t have all the safety technology that’s..Read More
Howling winds, drifting snow, and cold temperatures make it challenging at times to leave the comfort and warmth of our homes. Snuggling..Read More
Cold winter weather can take its toll on our homes, cars, and bodies. Frozen pipes, dead car batteries, and bodily injuries, are common..Read More
Hoarding has not only become a popular topic for media coverage, it's also a trending topic in the insurance industry. Because it's more..Read More
Currently, many of us are frantically buying and wrapping presents in time for Christmas. When Christmas morning arrives, our kids are..Read More
Is your neighborhood filled with the sounds of delivery trucks? Mine definitely is. ‘Tis the season! I’ve seen delivery trucks in my..Read More
Insurance 101: You own it, you insure it! Most people understand that when they own something, they must insure it. When people co-own..Read More
It’s happened to all of us at one time or another, whether we’re in a hurry to get to work or on a family road trip. All of a sudden, a..Read More
Now that fall is officially here, it's time to prepare your home for the cold weather like putting on the storm doors, cleaning your..Read More
Shorter days, blowing leaves, and cooler temperatures are reminders that winter is coming. If you’re like me, you’re scrambling to get..Read More
Halloween is a fun and festive time of year. Stores are stocked with tons of decorations, costumes, and of course, my favorite,..Read More
This time of year, a trip to the pumpkin farm is a must for many people. Whether it’s a field trip for school or a weekend trip with..Read More
Do you like the new car smell or the shine of new paint? Buying a car can be exciting and stressful at the same time. Negotiations and..Read More
In today’s world, everybody is looking for a good deal. Whether it’s on groceries, a new car, or insurance, we always feel better about..Read More
Is it just me, or is it hard to believe Labor Day is almost here? For many, Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. Many families..Read More
Soon, kids will be heading back to school. No matter what grade your student is in, there are always mixed emotions. While some parents..Read More
A growing number of individuals today, especially Millennials, choose not to own an automobile. Auto loans and the costs of maintaining..Read More
It seems like just yesterday we moved our daughter into her dorm for the start of her freshman year. In a few short weeks, she’ll be..Read More
When warm weather is here, many look for ways to enjoy our time outside. One of those ways is to get on a bicycle and go for a ride...Read More
Too often in the news, we hear about people dying from their injuries because of being ejected from their car during an accident. In..Read More
Are you going on a trip of a lifetime or a well-deserved family vacation this summer? If so, it can be both exciting and stressful...Read More
Pools and ponds can make for fun in the sun for you, your family, and friends, but they can also be a liability hazard and attract..Read More
Another sign that warm weather is here is the roar of a motorcycle as it drives down your street. It's always been my dream to own a..Read More
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer. The school year is winding down and vacation plans are being made. Sunny days and..Read More
Losing a home to a fire or tornado is a devastating life-changing event. If your home were destroyed, would you have enough coverage on..Read More
While operating a lawn mower is a common task this time of year, it can be dangerous. Flying debris, moving and hot parts, and errors in..Read More
The electrical load on a household has significantly increased in the last 50 years. Today most people have at least one computer,..Read More
Picture this. You're outside in your yard enjoying a beautiful spring day. As you feel the warm, gentle wind start to get a little..Read More
Is tax season your favorite time of year? Do you enjoy filling out those forms? The answer for most of us is a resounding "NO!" If your..Read More
There are millions of dehumidifiers in homes across the country. A dehumidifier takes the moisture out of the air and keeps our homes..Read More
If you live in a cold weather climate, spring break can be the highlight of your year. Traveling to a warmer climate for some rest,..Read More
In the Midwest, coming out to a car covered in snow and ice is a common occurrence. For me, it's one that never gets any easier.Read More
Do you have a new furry member in your family? Is this your first winter with them? If so, winter weather can be challenging for both of..Read More
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Now what?
Winter is here, and that undoubtedly means we’ll get snow. While it can create a winter..Read More
This is the time of year when ponds and lakes are frozen. Soon you’ll be getting ready to get your vehicle out on the open, frozen water..Read More
The holiday season can be overwhelming and demanding. It can also be filled with high expectations. Children, young and old, are busy..Read More
Every year in the United States, consumers purchase approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees. Live Christmas trees offer several..Read More
With the Thanksgiving feast behind us, it’s time for many people to start decorating their homes for Christmas. This year, the..Read More
Have you ever jumped into your car, turned the key, and nothing happened? If so, did thoughts like this start racing through your head?Read More
Over the years, my daughters have repeatedly asked my wife and me for a pet. Unfortunately for them, the answer had always been “no” for..Read More
Because the days are getting shorter, we start doing a lot more things in the dark. Walking the dog, running or biking, last-minute yard..Read More
When the kids go back to school and the leaves start changing colors, we start seeing news reports about fire safety. We see..Read More
It’s that time of year ... kids are back in school! It’s the perfect time to review the correct status of your youthful drivers with..Read More
Purchasing insurance can be overwhelming. Definitions, conditions, coverages, exclusions, and endorsements can definitely cause..Read More
If you’ve ever been to a college town, it’s common to see bicyclists and moped riders everywhere. Both forms of transportation make it..Read More
Being an insurance geek, I observe things others do not. For example, when I drive through a neighborhood, I don’t look at the front of..Read More
When the weather gets hot at this time of year, you tend to hear people say, “The dog days of summer are definitely here.” When I was..Read More
Owning a home is a big investment. Unfortunately, Mother Nature and Father Time can damage your roof and siding.Read More
If you’re building a new home, remodeling your existing home, or you recently built a new deck, you may be staining the new woodwork..Read More
Suppose you’re driving your “company-furnished” vehicle on a personal errand to the grocery store and are involved in a very serious..Read More
Now that spring is here, neighborhoods are starting to come back to life. More people are walking, kids are riding their bikes and..Read More
Many families enjoy going on a spring break vacation. A vacation to a warm location is a nice reprieve from winter this time of year.
As our weather patterns change and we move from winter to spring, flooding is a common phenomenon. Unfortunately flooding can happen..Read More
After enduring months of snow and cold, people can’t wait to get away on a spring break vacation. Even though this winter has been mild..Read More
It has been awhile since I have had to think about childproofing my home; however, as my younger cousins begin having children, and friends..Read More
Valentine’s Day is that special holiday where you can show somebody how much you care. Spending this Valentine’s Day is expected to..Read More
It’s been several years since I’ve had to put my girls in their car seats; however, I do remember that during the winter months, they..Read More
Those of us in the Midwest face many types of driving conditions during the winter months ... rain, sleet, ice, hail, and snow,..Read More
Pets are a big part of many families. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), more than 43 million households..Read More
Retailers love this time of year when consumers venture out in droves to do their Christmas shopping. This time period can make or break..Read More
As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season approaches, people begin visiting local retailers looking for that good deal or special..Read More
As Thanksgiving approaches, holiday decorations will begin lighting our neighborhoods. With the dark days of winter here, I enjoy the..Read More
If you live in the Midwest, you probably noticed a flurry of activity in your neighborhood. Neighbors are busy raking leaves, preparing..Read More
In 2015, many news stories focused on automobile recalls. One of the major stories still in the news is the recall of vehicles with..Read More
In a few weeks, kids in costumes will be roaming your neighborhood on a mission to fill their bags with goodies. While this is a fun..Read More
Fall is officially here and the days are definitely getting shorter. If you’re like me, you’re trying to savor the remaining warm days..Read More
Tomorrow my wife and I will move our daughter into her college dorm. We’re all excited for this new adventure, and due to my wife’s..Read More
If you’re sending your child off to college for their first year, it can be an emotional and overwhelming time in your life. My wife and..Read More
From the importance of sportsmanship, to the ups and downs of winning and losing, sports and recreational activities offer children..Read More
During the year, popular events may come to your city or a nearby city. These events may bring thousands of visitors to your area,..Read More
If your son or daughter is graduating from high school, this time of year is very hectic. Not only do you have many high school..Read More
Parents often want to continue to help their grown children by providing them with a vehicle and/or insurance coverage even after that..Read More
Are you renting a car for spring break or a summer trip? I’ve found the rental car experience is seldom an enjoyable one. Everyone is in..Read More
If you live in an area of the country that experiences cold and snow, signs of spring are a welcome sight. This is also the time of..
Our homeowner’s policies are very important because they provide coverage for our personal property. Did you know, however, that there..
Do you pump your brakes? If you have an anti-lock braking system in your car, do you understand how to use it correctly?
Winter driving can present us with a number of unique hazards. Some of those hazards include:
Kitchens are a popular place to spend time with family and friends. Floating islands and expansive counter tops allow us to serve..Read More
Every year when spring rolls around, we find ourselves practicing tornado drills or we talk to our families about fire safety. The goal..Read More
Every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, only about 8% of people successfully complete their resolutionRead More
Did you buy a new car lately? Perhaps you moved into a new home. Or maybe you decided to purchase a boat or a recreation vehicle. Nancy..Read More
Buying a new vehicle is exciting! It’s fun to learn about the latest features and options, figuring out your personal preferences, and..Read More
October is Fire Prevention Month. Every year in the United States, about 3,000 people lose their lives in residential fires. One of the..
In August, my blogs focused on a number of topics parents of school-aged children deal with every year. They were:
If schools in your area haven’t already started, they will be soon. The transition from summer vacation to school can be challenging..
It’s time for college students to migrate back to school! Before leaving home, students should make sure they have adequate insurance..
Have you ever heard of the “summer slide”? No, it’s not spending time in the back yard watching your children go up and down the slide..
My daughter has been driving since April 2013. I am thankful for every day her car is back in the driveway in one piece. I am thankful..
It’s hard to believe after the long, cold winter, summer is here! The weather has finally gotten nice and my family is planning our..
At this time of year, it’s common to see news reports with video footage of tornadoes touching down, destroying communities, and..
As nice weather finally approaches, bicycles will be coming out of sheds and down from garage rafters. Whether it be a ride to work, a..
There’s been much coverage in the media recently about identity theft operations targeting innocent consumers all over the world...
Do you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States? It’s true. Heart disease claims the lives of..
Every year my New Year’s resolution is to spend more time exercising, but, like many, I go overboard and burn out very fast. Based on..
The holiday season is fast approaching. It’s estimated that more than 40 million Americans will be traveling at least 50 miles to..
Daylight Savings Time has ended and Old Man Winter is lurking around the corner. Time spent wandering around my yard, watering plants,..
Halloween can be a fun time of year for kids of all ages; yes, even for adults. There are parties at school, in your neighborhood, and..
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 202 children drowned this year between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That..
The following is a recap of my interview with athletic trainer, Kyle Butters. Kyle has been a licensed athletic trainer with Aurora..
It’s hard to believe summer has gone by so quickly. The back-to-school ads are in full swing, and in my house, the focus has turned..
On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress. This great document declared our independence..
Warm weather brings fun in the sun. One of the most popular summertime activities is enjoying a day at the pool with friends and..
While the greatest number of tornadoes occurs in April, May, and June, tornadoes can occur at any time of the year, day or night...
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Oklahoma who experienced the devastation of last week’s tornado. As a father of two..
I'm not talking about a rain umbrella, but a personal umbrella for liability protection. While you may think an umbrella liability..
Seeing a distracted driver while you are on the road is becoming a common occurrence. According to Distraction.Gov, 3,331 people were..
Back in my college days, I commuted from Fond du Lac, WI to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, a distance of about 20 miles. I was so..
According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) nearly 250,000 children are injured every year in car accidents...
Since I began driving, I was always told to warm up the car before driving. This was especially important when I took out my parents’..
Every year, millions of Americans ring in the New Year with resolutions. One of the most popular resolutions is weight loss which is..
With the holidays upon us, our lives are filled with a lot of hustle, bustle, and holiday cheer. While much time is spent buying and..
The flu season is upon us and the number of cases in certain states has increased over last year. According to a local news report,..
I recently wrote a blog about the things you should know about wood burning fires. One of the tips was about the importance of chimney..
Like many of you, I’ve been watching the TV coverage of Hurricane Sandy. My family and I not only felt empathy for the people on the..
Is Halloween one of your favorite holidays?
Fall temperatures, colors, and smells are here! While fall is certainly enjoyable and beautiful, it also brings with it situations that..
As the temperatures drop and colder seasons approach, many of us enjoy sitting by a cozy fire with our family and friends. To me..