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Questions you should ask before signing a lease

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Moving into a new rental property is such an exciting process! Sure, it's also super time-consuming and can be pretty demanding, but finally settling in can bring so much joy. I recently made the move from my college house into a full-on adult apartment and I was giddy with anticipation!

A mug of hot chocolate next to comfy socks and blanket.

Getting your furnace ready for the winter

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Let's admit it, summer is definitely the most cheery season of the year. That warm, sunny weather boosts our mood and allows us to go on adventures wrapped in the warmth of the sun.

Preparing for severe weather

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Try and put yourself in the shoes of those who have gone through a natural disaster, and imagine this: Before a severe weather event hits – you hear the warnings from state officials and your local news, but might not take them too seriously.

Seeking shelter during a tornado

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The images from Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama after this week's devastating storms are the latest evidence of the power of Mother Nature. They're also reminder that disaster can strike quickly, with little warning.

When to show your roof some love

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You may tend to overlook your roof, but it's actually the most important component of your home — and the most vulnerable. It protects you from the elements like rain, snow and sun, but roofs don't last forever!

Things to consider before renting an apartment

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It's no secret that apartment hunting can be stressful. It can be hard to find the perfect one that meets your checklist, and that's within your budget.

A Foremost claims story: Recovering from Louisiana tornado damage

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On April 3, 2017, tornadoes struck the town of Jena, Louisiana, destroying Mary Lee Taunton's home.

Home pool safety

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It's that time of the year — school is out, temperatures are warming up and pools are open for the summer. If you own a pool, you're probably aware of the maintenance and care that's involved. But have you considered taking that extra step to make sure it's safe for your kids?

Know the electrical dangers lurking in your home

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I love electricity. Without it, we wouldn't have Electric Avenue, The Electric Company, the Electric Slide, or Electric Light Orchestra. But as awesome as electricity is, it also causes approximately 53,600 home fires every year.

Children act fast — poison prevention for your kids

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Last night I heard clamoring from our bathroom - not a good sign when you know your one-year-old can pull everything out of the cabinets within 10 seconds. I opened the door about two inches, but found that it quickly became lodged onto the bathroom cabinet.

8 tips for keeping a fire safely in its fireplace

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If you're anything like my husband, you like having a crackling fire in the fireplace on a cold winter's night. Watching the light dance on the walls and enjoying its warmth is one of the most charming aspects of the otherwise cold and harsh season.

Pumpkin carving safety

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There is no Halloween tradition quite like carving a pumpkin! Sticking your hands in to scoop out the slimy guts, carving a scary face or design on the side of the pumpkin, and baking the seeds to eat as a snack later is practically mandatory during this season.

Keeping your home cool in the summer

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I always look forward to the warm weather that summer brings, but when I'm dreaming of sunny days, I usually forget how difficult it can be to adapt to the heat. Rising temperatures can make even those with the sunniest dispositions rather grumpy

Moving in — tips for taking control of your move

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You did it! The key has been given, the contract has been signed and the first payment has been provided. Maybe you'll be staying in your new home for the rest of your life or maybe you'll be moving out in a few months – either way, it's an exciting time of life!

Movin' on out

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Moving is bittersweet. The excitement that comes from changing scenery and beginning a new adventure cannot be denied, but if you've enjoyed whatever living situation you've been in, leaving can be especially difficult.

Preventing slips and falls in your home

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While installing support rails, fixing broken steps and securing lifted corners of the carpet are all excellent ways to prevent falls, there also are some VERY simple things you can do in your own home in an instant to make you less susceptible to injury.

Packing your memories

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Welcome back! In our first blog of this four-part series, Preparing to Move, we settled our various accounts and prepared our home and finances for the impending move. Now that we have everything in check, let's work through the packing process together.

Preparing to move

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I feel like this comic accurately portrays every person's understanding of the moving process. People talk about the difficulties they face while moving across the country, across the world, or across the street, and none of them sound like anything I'm interested in living through.

Grooving in the kitchen with your kids

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Some people seem to be naturally good at incorporating their kids into cooking. In fact, some of my friends look like they come right out of a family and food magazine they do it so well. Me on the other hand, all I think about is the mess that my kids will make, the extra time it will take to put the meal together, how the crackers can't touch the dip display, and the fact there may be a finger poke or two in the brownies by the time we serve them to our guests.

The menace of the mower

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Every Saturday morning as a child, I would wake to a list of chores my mom had set out on the kitchen island for me and my sisters to complete. Often times, I would just skim through the list and pick the easiest and least time consuming jobs to complete, but there was a catch!

Ice dam cometh?

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I have a weird fascination with icicles. During the winter, I like to travel around certain neighborhoods and scope out the size of icicles hanging off of houses. While they can appear to be "beautiful," I recently learned how truly ugly they can be. Not only are icicles a sign of inadequate attic insulation, it could be a start of a serious problem - ice dams.

Mastering the art of insulation

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Insulation plays a leading role in keeping a house cool during hot seasons and warm during cold seasons. This protection from radiant heat and cold drafts helps you to save energy and money in the long run.

Understanding the tiny house takeover

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The tiny house movement refers to the social and architectural movement that encourages living simply, efficiently and sustainably in small homes.

Keep your home healthy with gutters

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Every time I'm in my house and hear the rain start to pound on my roof, the only thing that goes through my mind is — gutters. Were you expecting me to say, lush greenery or a beautiful rainbow? The fact is, my home doesn't have rain gutters and it needs them, badly.

Don't let the bed bugs come home

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Good night, sleep tight. We all know the rest of the rhyme. When I was little, my dad used to say that almost every night before I went to bed. What used to be a silly poem to me is now a serious fear when traveling. If you've encountered bed bugs while traveling, like my family has, you become paranoid of the little creatures and will do anything to avoid bringing them home.

Radon: The silent danger

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In January 2008, my husband and I were "this close" to purchasing our first home. There were only a few real issues we would need to address — cracked sidewalk, broken light fixtures — and then we got the results of our radon test.

Don't let your winter season heat up! How to prevent home fires in the winter

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Fire is not the first thing I think about when I think of cold mornings and snowy nights. But, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season. What, you say? I was surprised too, but as I thought about it, it became clear.

'Tis the season for haunted homes

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Do you believe in ghosts? Haunted homes? 'Tis the season since Halloween is right around the corner. It seems to be a scary subject with many people, but surprisingly I'm not one of them.

Pledge to be prepared, disasters can happen to you

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If you're like many people you probably think a natural disaster will never happen in your town. You say things like, "I've lived here for X number of years and it hasn't happened yet."

Playground safety 101. Keep your children safe

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A playground is a great environment to let your kids explore, develop motor and social skills and blow off some steam before bedtime. Am I right parents? It's important to teach your children how to be safe and act responsibly on a playground, which is what Playground Safety Week is all about.

National Window Safety Week; Keep your family safe with these tips

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As a mom and a safety crazy blogger, I am always concerned about the safety of my home. I have had many daydreams (or nightmares would be more appropriate) about the windows in my home and fires in relation to my three year old.

Frozen pipes: How to take the chill out!

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Are we in the midst of an "arctic hurricane" like the media describes? I'm not so sure. Even at 0 degrees with a -30 wind chill, it seems like it always gets this cold during the winter in Michigan. Nonetheless each year we see the same dilemmas that happen when the weather gets chilly.

Spiders! Making your home their home.

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I'm guessing I'm not the only one who doesn't want to share their home with eight-legged strangers. When I see those creepy spiders crawling across my floor I immediately feel like I need to check under every chair, table and rug for the rest of their families.

Preparing your walls for painting

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A good paint job is at least 50 percent preparation.

Window treatments

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Giving your windows a fresh look is easier than ever thanks to an astonishing array of high-tech shutters, shades, blinds, fabrics and decorative hardware in all sorts of colors, styles and finishes.

How to hang pictures

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Although selecting artwork and pictures for your home reflect personal taste and style, hanging them correctly is just as important as the theme and color.

Home decorating resources

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We have gathered a list of home decorating resources we thought would be helpful in giving ideas or inspiration for your next project. Happy decorating!

Spring cleaning checklist

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Nothing gets spring off to a good start like a thorough spring cleaning. Here are the big jobs to tackle.

Managing clutter

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Is clutter overpowering your manufactured home? Here's a list of some things you can do to optimize the space you have.

Reclaim your kitchen space

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Is your hard-working kitchen getting cluttered and unmanageable? Chances are you can reorganize and reclaim more storage than you ever thought possible.

Home storage solutions

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Storage space is at a premium for nearly everyone these days. The good news is that every home, no matter its size, has potential storage space that goes unnoticed. These simple but creative solutions can help you gain extra storage in unexpected places.

How to get your closets organized

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To maximize all the space you have, you want to make sure you're using every cubic inch in your closets – but that means you need to be really organized.

Big ideas for small spaces

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Although today's manufactured home rooms are more spacious than ever before, finding enough space for a homework corner could present a decorating problem. Here are a few other ideas to maximize your child's study area.

Create a homework station

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Creating a homework station corner for your child is easier than you think — even if you have limited room.

Modular desk furniture for homework corner

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Buying modular desk furniture is another choice for a homework corner. Just be sure to select a desk surface that's big enough to serve your child all through school.

Desk lighting for homework station

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Make it easier on your child's eyes by providing a well-lit and glare-free homework station. Popular choices include gooseneck, dual head, banker's light, swing arm and adjustable desk lamps.

Desk chair selection for homework station

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Do you know what to look for when shopping for a desk chair for your child's homework station? Let us help you get some basic knowledge on what to look for.

Study corner sources and links

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Use our gathered resources to help your kids get the most out of their study corner from Foremost Insurance.

How to make a butterfly garden

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Add beauty and life to your garden with a butterfly garden. Use our quick how to create a butterfly garden to get started.

Herb garden basics

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Flavorful herbs are attractive, tasty and aromatic. Learn a few of the basics for growing your own herbs from Foremost Insurance.

Small vegetable garden

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Don't have room for a large garden? Consider a small vegetable garden with containers. What is the right potting mix? Which veggies should you choose? Learn here.

Hummingbird gardens

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Improve your chances of attracting beautiful hummingbirds to your garden with our tips on flowers, hanging baskets, window baskets, and more.

Lawn maintenance for your modular home

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Don't miss an opportunity to renew your established lawn during autumn months. This is the best time of year to introduce healthy blends of new grass seed to your lawn.

Dividing perennials plants

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Keep your garden looking good by dividing your perennials with our quick how to guide.

Flower bulb planting guide

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Learn what you need to plant your favorite flower bulbs in your garden, as well as when to do it.

How to transplant shrubs

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It may seem the fall gardening season is coming to an end, but you're not finished until you tend to your larger landscape greenery. Most shrubs, trees and evergreens benefit from transplantation now because they receive two seasons of root growth before next summer's heat.

Backyard playground ideas

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Get ideas for backyard playgrounds and considerations for buying versus building.

How to attract birds to feeder

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Bird feeders offer an eye-catching glimpse of nature right in your own yard. Whether you love watching wildlife or you just want to add a decorative element to your yard, a birdfeeder creates a charming interest point. Learn the basics of bird feeding with these ideas and helpful tips.

Water heater maintenance

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A leaking water heater can do a lot of damage to your home. Make sure you don't end up with any expensive surprises by doing regular water heater maintenance.

Furnace safety

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Regular furnace maintenence can keep your home comfortable and safe. Use this furnace safety tips as a guide.

How to thaw frozen pipes

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Frozen pipes in the winter can be costly and leave you without water. Follow our methods for thawing your frozen pipes here.

Recognize the signs of water damage

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Recognize the signs of water damage with our tips on what to look for, and preventative maintenance that can save you money.

Preventing water damage to your home

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Know the signs inside and outside of your home for water damage, as well as preventative maintenance that will save you from big repair bills.

Make your outdoor steps safe

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Make your outdoor steps safe for your family and visitors by checking your steps for the factors listed here.

What is Additional Living Expense?

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Additional Living Expense (ALE) is a coverage that may be included with the policy you purchased to insure your home.

Personal property inventory

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Your insurance company will ask you to provide a personal property inventory list if your possessions are stolen, or destroyed. Be prepared with our suggestions for your list.

Before a tornado

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Be prepared in the event of a tornado by having a plan, a disaster supply kit, and know the signs. Learn more here.

What to do during a tornado

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Activate your tornado plan immediately; you may have only seconds to take cover. Knowing what to do can save your life and the lives of those you love.

After a tornado

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You should follow simple safety rules to follow after a tornado to keep you and your family safe. Learn what your next steps should be.

Prepare an earthquake first aid kit

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Prepare an earthquake first aid kit with the items listed as they are essential to survival and recovery.

Earthquake safety supplies and checklist

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What should you do after an earthquake? Be prepared for aftershocks, check for injuries, avoid broken glass, and/or check for fire. Read more.

Earthquake safety tips

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Earthquakes can occur at anytime - with little to no warning. Know what to do to stay safe with our earthquake safety tips from Foremost Insurance.

Earthquake safety for your home

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The most important component in earthquake safety is to create a plan for you and your family prior to the disaster, and to practice it. Be prepared with our key points.

Emergency water storage

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Loss of safe drinking water can be deadly in a natural disaster. Learn how to properly store water in case of an emergency.

What to do after an earthquake?

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Natural disasters are inevitable. The best defense is to plan ahead.

What to do after a house fire

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There are a few things you will want to consider after a house fire. Read on to learn what steps to take.

Home fire escape plan

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A home fire escape plan can save your family's life. Follow our steps to help keep your family safe in the event of a fire.

Simple fire prevention

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Below are some simple fire prevention strategies that you can do to keep your family safe and protect your home from a fire.

Home fire safety tips

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Home fire safety tips for prevention, as well as a fire escape plan to keep your family safe.

Holiday fire safety

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We have put together some important holiday fire safety tips to avoid hazards both inside and outside your home.

Installing smoke detectors

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We recommend at least one smoke detector on every level of your home. Here are some important things to keep in mind when installing smoke detectors.

Storm safety preparation tips

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You can't stop severe weather, but you can prepare for it. Learn storm safety preparation tips for preventing damage to your home.

Emergency kit list for severe weather

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Be prepared before severe weather strikes by putting together an emergency kit that can be grabbed at a moment's notice. We have listed some items that should be included.

Staying safe during a severe storm

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During a storm it is important to act with caution and follow our quick and easy steps to keep you and your loved ones safe.

During a flood

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Flooding can be quick and unexpected, and a few inches of water can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home.

After a storm

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Follow some simple safety rules after a severe storm to keep you and your family safe. Wait for clearance, learn what to take with you, beware of hazards.

After a flood

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The recovery from a flood can be an expensive and intensive process. Here are some guidelines to start the recovery process.

Preparing for winter storms and blizzards

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Play it safe by preparing for a snow storm or blizzard ahead of time. Get your car and home prepared with our tips.

During a winter storm safety tips

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Learn safety tips to keep in mind during a winter storm to keep you and your family safe.

After a winter storm

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Take safety precautions after a winter storm has passed at home and in your car.

Hurricane evacuation plan

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Having a hurricane evacuation plan in place can save lives and reduce the amount of time it takes to get your family to safety.

What to do when a hurricane approaches

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Learn what to do in a hurricane if it is approaching. Get your home ready, listen to the radio, know your communities evacuation plan.

Plan for those with special needs

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Be prepared ahead of time. Make arrangements with friends, relatives, neighbors or your local emergency management office if you'll need assistance in an evacuation.

Pet safety during hurricanes

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Don't forget your pets in the event of a hurricane. Follow some pet safety tips if disaster should hit.

Mortgage calculator

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Learn what you can afford when you purchase your manufactured home with our mortgage calculator from Foremost Insurance.

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