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Insurance Fraud: Ghost Broking

The advent of the internet and social media has made doing business easier than ever, but has also emboldened the dishonest and unscrupulous to utilize new ways to defraud unsuspecting victims.  One form of insurance fraud, already pervasive in The United Kingdom, is now gaining traction here in The United States:  ghost broking.   Ghost brokers pose as legitimate insurance agents.  They will advertise too-good-to-be-true...

Do-It-Yourself Plumbing

Do-it-yourself home improvement was and still is big business.  According to Statista, “In 2013, the value of the global DIY market was approximately 31.9 billion U.S. dollars. In 2014, home improvement stores in the United States generated a revenue that amounted to about 144 billion U.S. dollars.”   Statistics show a renewed interest among homeowners to make their own repairs.  Comfy Living reported:  “1. Millennials...

Air Conditioning Maintenance

July is a scorcher, as Middle Tennessee residents will readily testify.  In a press release from the Secretary General of the United Nations in 2019, he stated, “According to the very latest data from the World Meteorological Organization and its climate centre– – the month of July at least equaled if not surpassed the hottest month in recorded history…   All of this means we...

Seven Grilling Safety Tips

Grilling out is one of America’s favorite pastimes.  According to a study by The Hearth, Patio, & Barbecue Association, “seven in 10 U.S. adults own a grill or smoker, and in Canada, ownership is 8 in 10; more than a third (35%) of U.S. adults plan[ned] to purchase a new grill or smoker in 2017.”  However, backyard barbecuing’s popularity is exceeded only by its potential...

Safer (and Funner) at Home

Even though 2020 will most likely be remembered as the year of the virus, there are so many good things that can come during our times at home, things we've never tried, people we otherwise may not have called, or things we never had time for - like planting a rose garden or baking fresh bread. YES- even with all of our current difficulties there...