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4 safety tips for fertilizing your lawn

Posted by Scott Stueber on Jun 3, 2014 8:25:00 AM

At this time of year, we spend a lot of time and money working in our yards in an attempt to bring them back to life after a long winter season. One common job is applying fertilizer. If used correctly, fertilizer can turn a brown winter lawn into a green and thriving lawn.

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Your roof and your insurance rates

Posted by Scott Stueber on Apr 8, 2014 9:17:00 AM

Many of us have heard the expression, “Having a roof over our heads” in reference to having a home. Having a good strong roof makes sense on many levels. Bonnie Pesch, a veteran personal lines underwriter with West Bend, will discuss how your roof ages and the role insurance plays if your roof is damaged.

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Now is the time to prune!

Posted by Scott Stueber on Mar 18, 2014 11:38:00 AM

With the warm temperatures we enjoyed here in Wisconsin last week, our snow cover melted significantly. Now that I can see parts of my yard again, I’ve begun thinking about what projects I need to do in order to get the yard ready for the growing season.

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Can you see what’s going on in your house?

Posted by Scott Stueber on Jan 21, 2014 9:22:00 AM

Have you purchased light bulbs lately? If not, you’re probably like me and unaware of the changes that ‎have been coming. Before Christmas, I bought brighter bulbs for my exterior garage lights. I didn’t ‎realize what I was getting myself into and how different light bulbs have become.

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Did your pipes freeze?

Posted by Scott Stueber on Jan 14, 2014 8:05:00 AM

Last week, much of the country experienced extremely cold temperatures. These cold temperatures were not only uncomfortable, they were very dangerous. They wreaked havoc on our cars, homes, and our poor pets when they needed to go outside.

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Ice Dams – Causes and Prevention

Posted by Scott Stueber on Jan 7, 2014 10:37:00 AM

During this time of year homes in the Midwest are exposed to cold temperatures and large amounts of snow. These weather extremes can cause damage to our homes. Unfortunately, many homeowners learn too late.

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11 tips to help you survive the end of Daylight Savings Time

Posted by Scott Stueber on Nov 5, 2013 9:07:00 AM

Daylight Savings Time has ended and Old Man Winter is lurking around the corner. Time spent wandering around my yard, watering plants, and talking to neighbors is over.   Here are 11 tips you can follow to help survive the dark and cold days of winter, and to keep you and your family healthy and safe. Remember Daylight Savings Time returns Sunday, March 9, 2014.

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Prevent heating fires in your home

Posted by Scott Stueber on Oct 29, 2013 10:34:00 AM

Colder temperatures are here which means many of us will begin using our fireplaces. There’s nothing more relaxing than settling in front of a warm fire with a good book on a chilly fall night. Before you light your first fire for the season, however, you should have your fireplace inspected. A proper inspection will identify potential defects, as well creosote buildup.

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Tips for pool and spa safety during the off-season

Posted by Scott Stueber on Sep 24, 2013 10:02:00 AM

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 202 children drowned this year between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That horrific statistic equals 67 drownings per month.

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Throwing good money away on bad contractors

Posted by Scott Stueber on Jun 11, 2013 8:14:00 AM

Years of claim experience still haven’t prepared me from what can become the hardest and saddest property claim nightmare for a homeowner – the bad contractor. Whether the contractor is hired for maintenance, renovations, or to repair damage from a covered claim, turning a home or business property into the hands of an incompetent or downright fraudulent contractor is a homeowner’s worst nightmare. In the worst-case scenario, the result could be that significant funds are spent, the project is incomplete, AND additional damage is done to the home. Homeowners policies do have exclusions for faulty or defective workmanship. The best prevention is research.

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