Homeowner's Academy

This is your guide to interesting facts, tips and general homeowner information. We hope you find the information useful - and feel free to share with friends!

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    Are You Paying Too Much for Florida Home Insurance?

    by BROOKE GOLD HASSON | Jun 22, 2015
    You receive an envelope from your home insurance carrier, open your invoice and GASP! You’re sitting there wondering why on earth you pay that much for home insurance? What determines homeowner’s insurance premiums and what can you do to decrease the cost of yours? Take a look…

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    My Florida Home Insurance Expires Soon: What Do I Do?

    by BROOKE GOLD HASSON | Jun 09, 2015
    It’s that time! You’ve received a notice in the mail stating that your Florida homeowner’s insurance policy is about to expire. But what should you do? Where do you start? Should you renew your policy as-is, change coverage levels, or shop around?

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    Smoke the Ribs, Not Your Home – 7 Grilling Safety Tips

    by BROOKE GOLD HASSON | Jun 03, 2015
    According to FEMA, residential grill fires result in an average of 100 injuries and $37 million in property loss each year, with more than half of grill-related fires occur between May and August. Don’t let your next family cookout go down in flames. Take a look at these seven grilling safety tips to keep your family’s summer festivities safe and tasty.

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    What Is "Wind Mitigation" and Why Do I Need It?

    by BROOKE GOLD HASSON | Jun 03, 2015
    Homeowners can receive substantial credits for outfitting their homes with windstorm mitigation features that withstand or are more resistant to high winds. We highly recommend that Florida homeowners, especially those living in more hurricane-prone regions, consider investing in wind mitigation features.

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    Honoring the American Flag on Your Florida Home

    by BROOKE GOLD HASSON | May 29, 2015
    We would like to share several tips for honoring the American flag on your Florida home, whether it’s Flag Day, Independence Day, or one of the other 363 days of the year.

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    Should We Evacuate Before the Hurricane Hits Florida?

    by BROOKE GOLD HASSON | May 21, 2015
    No major hurricane has made landfall in the Sunshine State in nearly ten years ago and thousands of Florida homeowners are unaware of how to prepare for a major storm.

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    Should I Eat That? Hurricane Food Safety Do's & Don'ts

    by BROOKE GOLD HASSON | May 21, 2015
    When a hurricane strikes, the safety of our food supply may be in jeopardy. The CDC estimates that approximately 1 in 6 Americans get sick from foodborne illnesses every year, but what are the chances of exposure during a major storm?

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    Reducing Children's Fears When a Florida Hurricane Hits

    by BROOKE GOLD HASSON | May 21, 2015
    Children rely on the structure of daily routines to feel safe. A natural disaster, such as a hurricane, may require your family to leave home and stray away from daily routine. This can cause children to become anxious, confused or frightened.

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    Hurricane Shutter Installation Tips From The Experts

    by BROOKE GOLD HASSON | May 21, 2015
    We asked the Rapid Response Team’s Kevin Walton, Jason Coben, Steve Berman, and Bryan Jeffords about installing Florida storm shutters. Here are their expert insights.

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