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Beware of Fake Emergency Websites!

While internet scams are common, even government sites like FEMA are not immune.  Read this interesting blog about Fake FEMA sites and Phishing Scams. FEMA is a federal agency that partners with local groups and communities to prepare and respond to disasters.  You won’t find nation-wide emergency alerts from FEMA, but the article does share…..

READ MORE »Posted on February 22nd, 2012 in category: Preparedness Tips


Include Your Pets in your Preparedness Plans

In the event of an emergency, your pets need care and attention. View this video with tips on how to add your pets to your disaster preparedness plans. Remember to have a preparedness pack of food, treats and medications to help keep your pet calm after a disaster. Also visit FEMA’s website for a…..

READ MORE »Posted on February 17th, 2012 in category: Pet Safety Tips


Screening a Contractor’s References

Here is an interesting article about 12 Important Questions to Ask Home Renovation Contractor References. The author includes questions and a to-do list to help you with the often awkward task of calling the references your contractor gives you. Your time will be well spent, and your approach to these past clients can gain you…..

READ MORE »Posted on February 16th, 2012 in category: Contracting Service Tips

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Part 4 of 4 – Tips on Hiring a Contractor After a Disaster

Make sure to get an accurate estimate and an agreed upon scope of work. If your home has been damaged or destroyed by a disaster, you will be faced with the task of getting accurate estimates to repair or replace what was damaged prior to the disaster.  This usually requires multiple contractors to provide detailed…..

READ MORE »Posted on February 7th, 2012 in category: Contracting Service Tips

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Part 3 of 4 – Tips on Hiring a Contractor After a Disaster

Pro’s and con’s of hiring a “preferred contractor” vs. your own contractor After a disaster, you may be faced with selecting a contractor to perform the repairs.  In some cases your insurance adjuster may recommend one or even bring one with them to provide estimates and/or agree on the scope and cost of the repairs……

READ MORE »Posted on January 21st, 2012 in category: Contracting Service Tips

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Part 2 of 4 – Tips on Hiring a Contractor After a Disaster

How do you screen a contractor? Selecting the right contractor to work on your home, especially after a disaster can be a daunting task. When you start the interviewing process, everyone looks and sounds so good with the nice pictures, brochures, and videos.  How do you determine which one is a better choice than another? …..

READ MORE »Posted on January 9th, 2012 in category: Contracting Service Tips