Category Archives: Seasonal Tips
There’s nothing more American than the Fourth of July. It’s the ultimate celebration of our freedom and the independence of our nation—often celebrated with parties including barbecues, picnics, family fun, and fireworks. If it’s your turn to host guests over the holiday, check out these tips to help you plan a festive and memorable Fourth of July party.
With spring officially here, and summer just around the corner, many of us are opening up the windows at home and at the office to get some fresh air. While this certainly can be pleasant, it’s not the same as actually being outside…and, experiencing a refreshing breeze through a window does not deliver the same health benefits of enjoying activities in the fresh air, either. In fact, by not getting outdoors more, many of us are missing out on important social and physical advantages associated with being outside and breathing in fresh air.
While many of us are highly motivated to spring clean our personal property, we’re often less proactive about having an annual insurance policy review. However, the practice of reviewing your insurance policies and coverage every twelve months is recommended by financial experts as the best way to keep your coverage current and to ensure that you have the protection you need for your assets and your family.
If you’re thinking about making a living (or at least a little extra money) by renting out residential properties that you own, or if unforeseen circumstances (such as higher than expected costs for a vacation home or being unable to sell your home after buying a new one) are forcing you to consider becoming an “accidental” landlord, it is important to do an insurance review to properly protect yourself and your property. Otherwise, you may end up with more hassles and expenses than you bargained for.
Are you and your family planning to depart on a spring break trip soon? If so, you’re likely anticipating all of the fun you’ll have once you arrive at your destination—especially if you’re heading somewhere warm! While you may have spent time planning your vacation, have you thought about how to avoid some of the safety risks that you may encounter during your trip? If not, don’t worry, we’ve compiled the following spring break travel tips to help you avoid them and to keep you and your family safe.
Hindsight is 20/20, so the saying goes, and one of our customers, Bonnie H., recently asked us to share some advice she has after her pipes froze last winter—causing a $39,000 insurance claim. We encourage you to take a moment to read Bonnie’s story and take proactive action to avoid having a similar situation happen to you!
Snow, sleet, freezing rain, and periodic thawing and freezing—these conditions are all part of winter in Michigan and they can add up to icy and dangerous situations on the roads as well as at your home and business. To reduce your risk of damage resulting from ice and snow this winter season, keep the following tips in mind.
Something about the start of a new year often brings on the urge to simplify both our physical surroundings and, for many of us, our life habits. If organization is not your strong suit, it’s important to remember that being disorganized is not a crime—many of the brightest and most creative people are not the most structured beings—however, disorder can rob you of valuable time and increase your stress. So if you have vowed that 2015 is the year that you will reduce the chaos that surrounds you, then these organization tips are for you.
The peak of the preparation period for the holidays has arrived. People shopping for holiday gifts, food, and all of the things that go along with Christmas and other celebrations can put a major strain on businesses—especially those that are relatively small. However, even though things may be crazy-busy at your office or store, now is not the time to let your customer service slip. In fact, research shows that for many people, having a disappointing customer service experience during the holiday period can actually create an even more negative impression of a company than if the disappointment occurs during a regular shopping episode. With this in mind, take note of these tips for helping your team deliver stellar customer service during the holiday rush.
Trimming the tree, shopping for and exchanging gifts, having a celebratory meal, and traveling to see relatives—all of these activities make the holiday season special—but they can also be tough on our planet because they generate extra waste and use additional energy resources. However, by practicing just a few of these simple, earth–friendly behaviors over the next few weeks, you can help to make the festive season significantly greener.