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Lightning safety tips

A severe thunderstorm has many damaging and life-threatening perils, such as wind, hail, and lightning. Lightning strikes the United..

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Four smart ways to save dollars on your home’s remodeling costs

This year, many homeowners will start a home remodeling project of some kind. Whether you’re tearing down your kitchen and starting from..

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Get the most out of your grill by cleaning it regularly

For some, Memorial Day is considered the unofficial start of the grilling season. However, if you’re like me, you enjoy grilling out..

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Stay safe while digging in your yard

If the spring weather has motivated you to do some DIY projects in your yard, it’s best to think through your project before jumping..

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Important home safety tips for older adults

Buying a home is probably the biggest purchase you’ll make in your lifetime. Once the purchase is made, it doesn’t end there...

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Five yard care tips to improve your home’s value

First impressions are everything, especially when it comes to your home.  And if you’re looking to increase your home’s value, it’s..

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Tips for your first motorcycle ride of the season

When the first nice spring day arrives, you may be inclined to pull off the cover, jump on, and go for a ride. However, before you do..

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Umbrella coverage – Do you need it?

Do you know what umbrella coverage is? Like an umbrella that covers your head to protect you from the rain, an umbrella policy extends..

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Get your lawn mower in tip-top shape this spring

As the arrival of warmer weather gets closer each day, you’re probably starting to think about yard work and outdoor projects you want..

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Don’t let unwanted water in your basement turn into a costly mess

While spring showers bring May flowers, they can also bring unwanted water into your basement or cause water backups through your sewers..

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Underground Service Line Coverage

If you own a home, you know that if something breaks or fails, it can  cause unexpected and devastating expenses. Underground lines that..

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What are the common causes of water damage?

Life just isn’t possible without water. But for all its life-giving benefits, water can also be a very destructive force of nature. If..

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Tips to help you rent and enjoy a vacation home

No matter where your travels take you, renting a vacation home is a nice option to consider. Having a home with multiple bedrooms and..

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Three things people wish they knew before buying a home

The majority of homeowners will tell you that the homebuying process is exhausting, but also quite exhilarating at the same time...

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Tips for saving money while traveling

Traveling, whether it’s for work or leisure, can be pricey. When you're going on vacation with friends or family or visiting a client..

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Tips for taking care of your jewelry

Whether you’re newly engaged, celebrating a milestone anniversary, or the recipient of a Valentine’s day gift, insuring and caring for..

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Protect your property and yourself with these snow shoveling tips

Whether you’re a homeowner, landlord, or renter, shoveling snow may be a chore you don’t enjoy. However, in areas where snowfall is..

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Tips to protect your car from winter damage

Burr, it’s cold outside. If you live in an area that’s cold and snowy, your car might look a bit rough by now. Cold temperatures, road..

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Cyberbullying: what is it and who is most at risk?

Believe it or not, one in three middle-school and high-school students has been bullied over the last few years. As if this wasn’t bad..

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Common winter sports injuries and prevention tips

Every year, people enjoy activities that only winter can offer. Activities include skiing, skating, sledding, snowmobiling, and many..

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Snowmobile safety tips for all experience levels

Snowmobiling is a thrilling and fun hobby to enjoy during the winter season. It’s a great way to satisfy your need for speed as well as..

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Winter tires offer huge benefits

If you dislike winter driving, or worse, it creates significant anxiety every time you hear a big snowstorm is about to hit, you’re not..

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Tips for surviving winter weather watches, advisories, and warnings

If you live in an area that experiences cold and snow this time of year, it may feel like a routine nuisance. Drive times increase as..

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Unexpected benefits of getting a pet for your child

If you’re reading this blog, chances are your child has either asked you for a pet or your family is considering getting one. 

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Winter driving tips for new teen drivers

Letting your new teen driver navigate the roadways alone for the first time, is one of the scariest things you’ll do as a parent...

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Taking care of your drains doesn’t have to be draining [Infographic]

Homeowners already have packed home-maintenance checklists. Understandably, “taking care of drains” is far down on the to-do list. For..

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Helpful apps that every pet lover needs

With technology being at the forefront of most people’s lives now, it’s no surprise that a large number of apps have been developed to..

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Five new ideas you can use to keep your carpet clean

Sometimes when you’re cleaning your house you just need a few new ideas to keep yourself motivated. If you find the thrill of trying out..

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Health and insurance considerations when Alzheimer’s strikes

Did you know that November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month? In 1983, president Ronald Reagan created this important observance which is..

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Understanding your headlights can improve your drive

Daylight Saving Time has ended and winter is just around the corner. Now’s the time of the year, we start doing a lot more things in the..

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Five tips for staying mindful when transitioning to fall

Transitioning seasons can be a difficult time in many people’s lives. It’s even more strenuous when going from warm, sunny temperatures..

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The positive and negative effects of technology on children

Children these days aren’t referred to as “digital natives” without reason. In fact, a report from Common Sense Media revealed that, in..

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Don’t burn your house down when converting to LED lighting

LED lighting technology has been available for many years. However, compared to incandescent light bulbs the price tag was originally..

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Tips for practicing fire safety all year

Did you know October is Fire Prevention Month? The purpose of this month is to raise awareness and to share safety tips that can keep..

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Choosing the right homeowners insurance policy: a guide for beginners

Some people consider homeowners insurance as a luxury when, in fact, it’s a necessity that every homeowner should have. Without it, you..

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Tips for storing your boat this winter

For many, Labor Day signals the end of summer. However, summer doesn’t officially end this year until September 23. If you’ve made the..

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Five important smart tech devices for senior safety

How many times a day do you have to call to ensure that your mom or dad has taken their meds? Probably five or six times. Sometimes,..

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Tips for keeping unwanted pests from entering your home

Are you starting to see bugs or rodents enjoying the comforts of your home? As we transition from summer to fall, many pests are..

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Tips for test driving a new car

Right now, car dealerships are running commercials promoting their year-end clearance events. If you’re in the market for a new car,..

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Tips for monitoring your children’s smartphone usage during the school year

For many kids, the transition from summer to the new school year can be difficult. The days of staying up late playing games, listening..

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Nine tips for parents to beat back-to-school stress

Another summer is ending. It’s hard to believe how fast it went by. I hope you’ve enjoyed time with your family and friends and found..

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Understand your tenant rights before renting an apartment

If you’re heading off to college or you’re a recent college graduate, renting an apartment is another step into the journey of..

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Fire safety tips to keep college students safe

Sending children off to college for their first year, is an exciting time for families. College allows kids the freedom to make their..

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Rental car coverage questions and answers

Every year millions of people travel the globe to visit and explore. No matter your destination, renting a car may be a part of your..

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Tips for keeping your family and pets safe from the summer heat

As summer temperatures begin to rise, keeping your family and pets safe should be your top priority. If you live in a climate that..

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Protecting your gifts and money during your wedding day

I’m sure you’ve heard the stories of people whose gifts or money have been stolen at their wedding reception. You’re probably thinking,..

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How to stay calm through the chaos of preparing for a move

Did you know, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, that nearly 35 million people pack up and move each year? Whether you’re relocating..

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E-bikes and Insurance [Video]

Do you remember your first bike? I remember mine very vividly. My neighbor and I had matching his and her bikes. I also remember many..

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4th of July pet safety tips

More cats and dogs go missing on the 4th of July  than any other day of the year. While pet parents look forward to the cookouts, music,..

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Pool safety: four mistakes new pool owners make

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..

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13 Tips for having a successful garage sale

Whether you’re doing some spring cleaning, decluttering, or moving to a new home, having a garage sale can help you get rid of unwanted..

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Understand insurance coverage for your move

So, you've arranged a moving-in date for your new home; cleared out your junk; organized transfer of your cable, mail, and utilities;..

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Tips for reseeding bare spots in your lawn this spring

Are you disappointed with how your lawn looks this spring? Do you have bare spots? Harsh winters, insects, animals, and disease can..

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Auto liability insurance limits explained [Video]

Do you remember buying your first new car? Or how about adding a teen driver to your policy? These experiences are often exciting and..

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Staying organized when planning a wedding and a move simultaneously

Having your perfect wedding and buying your dream home are both exciting milestones, full of new adventure and hopeful possibility...

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Motorcycle awareness month safe driving tips for all drivers

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. As the weather begins to improve, more motorcyclists will bring their motorcycles out of..

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Do you know how insurance covers your fence, deck, and swimming pool when Mother Nature damages them?

Warm spring days are a nice preview of what’s to come as we approach summer. However, spring weather is also very unpredictable...

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Common chemicals to avoid in your lawn care routine

Spring typically conjures up images of running barefoot through the grass. But who wants to run barefoot or roll around in poison? True,..

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Often forgotten things to clean in your home this spring

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..

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How to prepare for your first bicycle ride of the season

As the weather improves, you may be thinking about getting your bicycle out of storage for the first ride of the season. Whether you..

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Understanding water damage claims and your insurance policy

After a long, cold winter, many of us yearn for the transition to spring. More daylight, chirping birds, increased outdoor activity, and..

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Help your teen driver steer clear of springtime driving challenges

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..

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Keep your pets safe from common household items

If you have pets in your household, you understand the benefits they bring to your family. Their inquisitiveness, unconditional love,..

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Power strip safety tips for your family

Power strips and surge protectors are a necessity in many homes today. With smartphones, tablets, streaming media devices, and gaming..

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Don’t get stuck paying for a car you no longer drive

Buying a new vehicle can be very exciting. I remember purchasing my first brand new vehicle. Ahh, that new car smell.

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How winter weather affects your car and things to watch for

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..

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The different types of sidewalk salt and when to use them

With several weeks of winter left, and then the transition to spring, salt could still play a big part in keeping your property safe...

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When hiring a snow removal service, don’t forget about insurance

After a quiet December, Mother Nature has really created a ruckus in Wisconsin the last several weeks. From significant amounts of snow..

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Make sure you’re prepared to deal with your icy driveway

Here in Wisconsin, the weather is consistently throwing us for a loop. Anticipating snow and ice is something we all should do.

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5 tips to keep your pipes from freezing

Extreme cold temperatures put your home or business at risk for frozen pipes. As water freezes, it expands and puts pressure on pipes...

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Common winter injuries and tips to avoid them

During the winter months, Mother Nature can stir up a variety of weather conditions. Howling winds, drifting snow, and freezing rain..

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Smart home technology for pets

From smart food dispensers and surveillance systems to ingenious toys and crafty crates, tech-savvy pet products are a booming market...

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Protect your family from the dangers of radon gas

For many, buying a home is a dream come true. However, if you’ve been through the process, you know it’s not an easy task. You must..

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Eleven tips for enjoying the holidays with your family

Holiday traditions often make the holiday season the favorite time of year for many people. Those traditions include:

  • Picking out the..
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Insuring your adult children: When do insurance coverage gaps arise?

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..

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Ten tips for protecting yourself against holiday theft

Holiday songs fill the airwaves on the radio, neighborhoods are full of bright lights and holiday cheer, and shopping malls are full of..

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When you’re away – and even when you’re home - the rodents will play!

Rodent infestations can cause all sorts of destruction in your house, from messy droppings to structural damage and more. Unlike your..

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Common heating mistakes to avoid this winter

‘Tis the season for tossing logs into the fireplace or cranking up the furnace. While winter hasn’t officially arrived, it’s close!

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Home buying for a future family

There are plenty of elements to consider when making the decision to buy a home, but those considerations shift slightly if a buyer..

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Twelve driving tips for parents with new teen drivers

Recently, my youngest daughter, McKenna, passed her driver’s test. She absolutely loves her newfound freedom. Sometimes, a bit too much!..

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Tips for maintaining, storing, and insuring your collector car

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..

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Prepare your home for winter with this fall home maintenance checklist [Infographic]

For many, the fall season is a busy time of year. High school, college, and professional sports are in full swing. Kids are..

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Top ways new riders can stay safe

Autumn is a great time of year to enjoy your new motorcycle license. Enjoying the vivid colors and sights of the season helps riders..

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Five high-tech ways to reduce fire risk

House fires are something most homeowners live in fear of, but today’s technology can help you ensure the safety of you, your family,..

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Keep your chimney in shape by having it inspected

As the days get shorter, and the leaves start changing, you may be tempted to light a fire in your wood burning fireplace. While it’s..

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How will comprehensive and collision insurance coverages fix damage to your car?

If you’ve watched the news lately, there has been significant coverage on wildfires, severe storms, and most recently, Hurricane..

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Tips to survive the mosquito explosion

Swat, splat, bang. These are common sounds at my house. The reason for these sounds is mosquitos are invading us. I don’t recall them..

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If Mother Nature knocks over a tree in your yard, do you have insurance coverage?

Last week’s blog identified areas of your property you should inspect after a severe storm. Some of those areas include roof, siding,..

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What type of damage to look for after a storm goes through your neighborhood [Infographic]

Severe weather can pop up in your neighborhood quickly. If severe weather strikes, your first priority should be taking cover and..

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Nine tips to make the first day of school easier

In just a few short days, our children’s alarm clocks will be ringing and hectic school schedules will become a part of our routine.

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Eleven tips for getting your family back into a routine after vacation

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..

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Rental Car Coverage Q&A

One frequently-asked question we receive from our policyholders and agents is: Are rented vehicles covered by the personal auto policy?

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Sunblock for Your Home: What You Need to Know About Sun Bleaching

If you’re like me, you carried around paint samples and fabric swatches for weeks before finally settling on the choices. Now that my..

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Testing, Testing: Health Evaluations for Potential Homes

Surprises are great — but not when you’re closing on your new home. Even if a house passes a pre-close inspection, environmental hazards..

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Solutions for an Inclusive Home

There is a lot we can do to ensure our family’s health and safety. In our daily lives, we can encourage healthy habits and identify..

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Protect your home from theft this summer

For many families, summer vacations are the highlight of their year. Hectic schedules are put aside for rest, relaxation, and quality..

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Eleven tips to save on your utility bills this summer

While summer is a great time to enjoy many outdoor activities, it can take a toll on our pocket books because of increased utility..

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Celebrate America’s birthday safely!

Every year millions of Americans enjoy celebrating America’s birthday with family and friends. Back yard barbeques, pool parties, and..

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Twelve flight attendant travel tips

Traveling with your family is a great way to create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether traveling to a new destination or a..

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Using smart devices to protect your home and your family

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..

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If wedding bells are in your future, it may be wise to protect your investment [Infographic]

Recently, my wife and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary. Every year we look at our photo album together and chuckle about how..

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Eight ways to keep your home safe during showings

As a child, your parents may have taught you never to talk to strangers. As an adult hoping to sell your home, not only are you going to..

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Eleven road trip survival tips

The unofficial start of summer is here! This means many families are making plans or final arrangements for this year’s summer road trip.

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Tips for helping your kids cope with final exams

If you have kids in high school, final exam week is just around the corner. Year-end projects are nearing completion, which leads to..

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Beginners’ tips for riding a motorcycle

Is learning to ride a motorcycle on your bucket list? Now that the weather is getting nicer, you’re closer to making this dream a..

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Twelve tips to open your cottage or summer home

The grass is turning green, trees are beginning to bud, and the temperature is rising. It’s time to open your cottage or summer home!

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Insurance tips for new college graduates

In just a few short weeks, college students will put on their caps and gowns and celebrate graduation. For many, graduation will be..

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Keep your home in tiptop shape with these spring home maintenance tips

Depending on where you live, spring may have sprung. For some of us in the Midwest, we’re still waiting.

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Eleven tips to declutter your home with ease

Whether you’re spring cleaning, downsizing, or preparing to move, getting rid of your unnecessary personal belongings can be a big..

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Eight tips for helping your kids cope with moving

Moving from your home to another can be a daunting task, especially if you’re moving to a new city. Personal items can get lost or..

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The safest window treatments for furry friends

Cats and dogs add endless joy to our lives. They’re cute, cuddly, and unconditionally love us. However, pets also scratch, claw, break,..

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Avoid the dangers of spring driving with these tips

Spring has officially arrived! While many people breathe a sigh of relief because winter driving has ended, spring driving can also pose..

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Benefits of a home water flow monitoring/detection system

Owning a home is a dream shared by many. Home ownership provides many benefits, such as financial security and stability, the pride of..

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Tips to make sure your sump pump is ready for spring [Infographic]

According to Tom, West Bend claims manager, March, April, and May are typically heavy volume months for sump pump claims. Significant..

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Getting an insurance quote doesn’t have to be overwhelming

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..

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Kill seasonal influenza (flu) in your home with these cleaning tips

This year’s flu season has grabbed our attention. Hospitalization for people infected with the flu has increased for the first time..

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Understanding your car sensors and tips to keep them clean

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..

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Staying Secure While Staying Connected

Smart home technology use is a rising trend. From connected appliances to Wi-Fi lightbulbs to automated environmental controls, smart..

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Tips to prevent your home from starting on fire this winter

Howling winds, drifting snow, and cold temperatures make it challenging at times to leave the comfort and warmth of our homes. Snuggling..

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Eight winter safety tips to protect seniors from injury

Cold winter weather can take its toll on our homes, cars, and bodies. Frozen pipes, dead car batteries, and bodily injuries, are common..

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Thirteen ice fishing safety tips you need to know

During the winter months, frozen lakes host a flurry of outdoor activities. Anglers, ice shanties, and recreational vehicles are a..

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Sneezes, Coughs and Sniffles oh my! [Infographic]

Whether at work, the grocery store, or school, it’s very common to hear sounds of the season. Unfortunately, I’m referring to sneezes,..

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The dangers of hoarding and how it affects insurance coverage

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..

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How to Maximize Privacy on Winter Nights

Let's face it – winter presents many problems for homeowners. From cold temperatures that make heating systems work overtime, to snow..

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Keep your kids safe with these battery safety tips

Currently, many of us are frantically buying and wrapping presents in time for Christmas. When Christmas morning arrives, our kids are..

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Nine tips to keep your packages safe during the holiday season

Is your neighborhood filled with the sounds of delivery trucks? Mine definitely is. ‘Tis the season! I’ve seen delivery trucks in my..

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Don’t become a statistic this holiday season!

The holiday season is officially here! Now comes the hustle and bustle of the season, as well as fun family traditions. Families are..

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Additional Insured vs Additional Interest: Do you understand the difference?

Insurance 101: You own it, you insure it! Most people understand that when they own something, they must insure it. When people co-own..

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Tips on when to review your insurance policy

Each year in November, I receive my home and auto insurance renewal policy. In my house, my wife looks at how the premium changed and..

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Vehicle warning lights and their meanings [Infographic]

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..

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Where there’s smoke, there’s fire … including your garage

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..

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Halloween fun facts and safety tips [Infographic]

Attending a Halloween costume party and trick-or-treating, are traditions for many families. I still remember some of the costumes and..

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Five tips for selecting, installing, and maintaining your furnace filter

Shorter days, blowing leaves, and cooler temperatures are reminders that winter is coming. If you’re like me, you’re scrambling to get..

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Ten tips to enjoy Halloween and keep your pets safe

Halloween is a fun and festive time of year. Stores are stocked with tons of decorations, costumes, and of course, my favorite,..

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Tips for selecting a home fire extinguisher

In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week. According to the National Archives and Records..

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Health and safety tips for your trip to the pumpkin farm

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..

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Understanding bullying in today’s world

School has been back in session for a few weeks. I hope you and your family have adjusted to this more hectic routine.

If your child is..

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New car safety features may lead to insurance discounts

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..

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Winning tactics for a safe school year

Another summer has ended and kids are back in school. Homework, bedtime routines, and chaotic schedules are again, part of our lives.

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Don’t get trapped by these common insurance mistakes

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..

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Alert: Don’t let a wire grill bristle injure your family

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..

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Does your personal insurance protect your college student?

Soon, kids will be heading back to school. No matter what grade your student is in, there are always mixed emotions. While some parents..

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Why do I need auto insurance if I don’t own a car?

A growing number of individuals today, especially Millennials, choose not to own an automobile. Auto loans and the costs of maintaining..

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Ten tips to help your college student rent an apartment

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..

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Does your personal insurance policy cover motorized bikes?

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...

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A personal story. Seat belts save lives all year round

Too often in the news, we hear about people dying from their injuries because of being ejected from their car during an accident. In..

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Understanding your artificial intelligence (AI)

If you use Siri, Cortana, or Alexa on a daily basis, you’re like many people who rely on artificial intelligence (AI) to help make life..

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Eleven tips to protect your campsite this summer

 

Camping is a favorite past time enjoyed by many. Early morning walks, fishing, and making S’mores over the campfire can create many..

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Vacation planning: Ten Tips for selecting a kennel for your pet.

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...

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Navigate the roadways safely this summer

During the summer months, drivers face many different road conditions and driving situations. Weather patterns can change quickly,..

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Pools vs. Ponds: Protect yourself from a liability claim

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..

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Essential safety tips for sharing the road with motorcycles

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..

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Tick invasion: What you need to know

It's been reported in the news that the 2017 tick season is going to be worse than usual. If you're wondering why they're anticipating..

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Tips to keep you safe Memorial Day through Labor Day

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer. The school year is winding down and vacation plans are being made. Sunny days and..

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A blanket can be soothing after a devastating home loss

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..

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How to Safeguard Your Roof From Hazardous Weather

Nothing puts you on edge like a big storm. Whether it’s pounding rain and crashing thunder or a blizzard that knocks out the power for..

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Eleven simple tips for using your lawn mower safely

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..

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Is there an unknown fire hazard in your electrical panel?

The electrical load on a household has significantly increased in the last 50 years. Today most people have at least one computer,..

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Prevent garage hazards from harming your family

With nicer weather on the way, we'll start seeing a flurry of activity in our neighborhoods. Neighbors will begin walking/running,..

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Car Infotainment Centers: Safety Feature or Distraction?

On your drive home from work, are you reviewing your evening activities on your calendar, texting your friend, or speaking with your..

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Storm damage to your trees or shrubs - Is there coverage?

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..

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What everyone should know about tornadoes

In the early morning hours of April 4, 1981, a F4 tornado unexpectedly struck West Bend, Wisconsin. The tornado caused 3 fatalities, 53..

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Don’t get tricked by these identity theft tax scams

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..

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Dehumidifiers can overheat and catch fire. Do you have one?

There are millions of dehumidifiers in homes across the country. A dehumidifier takes the moisture out of the air and keeps our homes..

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What to know about protecting your identity when traveling

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,..

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Thinking of buying an older home?

Do you plan to buy an older home because it has character or as an investment? In either case, make sure you pay attention to the type..

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Five common appliances that cause house fires

Our homes today are filled with electronics and appliances that make our lives easier and provide us with entertainment. DVD players,..

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Looking to earn a little extra spending cash?

Tupperware and Avon gained popularity in the 1940s and have been going strong ever since. Today you can pick from any number of direct..

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The importance of insurance on Valentine’s Day!

Today many of us will be giving a Valentine’s Day gift to the one we love. Whether it’s chocolates, jewelry, flowers, or apparel, it's..

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Eight tips to avoid the dangers of black ice

Mother Nature has thrown a variety of different winter conditions at us this year, including warm/cold temperatures, snow, rain, and..

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Eight unique tips to keep your car rolling this winter

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.

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Nine tips to keep your pet comfortable and safe this winter

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..

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Burned out with shoveling snow?

Are you tired of shoveling snow this winter? Were you injured while cleaning up after a big storm? If the answer is yes, it may be time..

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Are you covered if a neighbor falls on your snowy sidewalk?

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..

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Will your vehicle sink or swim if it falls through the ice?

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..

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Six tips to teach your kids gratitude this holiday season

The holiday season can be overwhelming and demanding. It can also be filled with high expectations. Children, young and old, are busy..

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Ten tips for handling holiday demands

Heartwarming traditions often make the holiday season the favorite time of year for many people. Those traditions include:

  • Picking out..
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Five tips to keep your Christmas tree from going up in flames

Every year in the United States, consumers purchase approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees. Live Christmas trees offer several..

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Seven tips for getting your Christmas tree home safely

With the Thanksgiving feast behind us, it’s time for many people to start decorating their homes for Christmas. This year, the..

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Don’t get stranded: Tips for jumpstarting your car

Have you ever jumped into your car, turned the key, and nothing happened? If so, did thoughts like this start racing through your head?

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Eight things to consider when your child asks for a pet

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..

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Car Choices, Home Choices, Insurance Choices

When it comes to making a purchase, there are typically many items to choose from which leads to making decisions and choices. Sue..

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Seven tips for making driving at night easier and safer

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..

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Eight tips to protect your home and pet from a fire

When the kids go back to school and the leaves start changing colors, we start seeing news reports about fire safety. We see..

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Back-up cameras: Not as safe as you think

Isn’t technology great? Every day we see new technology that makes our lives better, more efficient, and safer. Cellphones have facetime..

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A faulty dehumidifier could burn your house down

There’s been a lot of information on the news recently about auto recalls that involve faulty ignition switches and airbags. Even with..

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10 tips for your next trip to the pumpkin patch

When I was growing up, one of our family traditions was a trip to our local pumpkin patch. I always loved trying to find the best..

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Good student discounts can reduce auto insurance premiums

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..

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Protect yourself from today’s high tech crimes

Today’s thieves have found creative ways to steal our personal information, as well as our property.

For instance, you may have seen..

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Eight tips for choosing the right insurance company

Purchasing insurance can be overwhelming. Definitions, conditions, coverages, exclusions, and endorsements can definitely cause..

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Help millennials avoid insurance mistakes

Earlier this year I did a brief presentation to accounting and finance students about the importance of renter’s insurance. It seems..

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Keep your college student safe with these moped safety tips

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..

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The truth about distracted walking: It can be deadly!

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..

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OWN VS RENT? Don't forget to insure!

As we recover from one of the worst national real estate markets on record, young millennials are again being enticed to buy homes...

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Eight tips for setting up your child’s dorm room

After moving your child into a dorm room, you may think your job is done. Nevertheless, as a parent you quickly realize your job is..

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Twelve tips for moving your child into a new dorm

Whether you’re moving your son or daughter into a dorm for the first year of college, or if you’ve been down this road before, it can..

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Is your central air conditioning handling the heat?

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..

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Roadside Assistance: Do you really need it?

Have you ever been stranded on the side of the road because your car stopped working or you had an empty gas tank, flat tire, or dead..

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What you need to know about roofing and siding options

Owning a home is a big investment. Unfortunately, Mother Nature and Father Time can damage your roof and siding.

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