Homeowners

Million-Dollar Red Carpet Gems Require Unique Protection

This Sunday movie A-listers from around the world will promenade down the red carpet for the 91st Academy Awards, sporting garments created by a who’s who of designers, established and ascending. Designers and dealers vie for the coveted honor of outfitting celebrities with their jewelry and watches. One report estimated the total value of jewelry and…

California Wildfires’ Impact Felt Throughout Insurance, Real Estate Markets

The impact of wildfires that raged across California the past two years will force one of the state’s largest utilities to file for bankruptcy protection later this month, but has also limited access to Homeowners Insurance policies statewide. Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. (PG&E), found at fault for some 2017 wildfires, now faces additional liabilities…

Protecting Your High-Value Holiday Gifts From Theft, Damage

‘Tis the season of giving — and high-value gifts Consumers were projected to spend more than $720 billion over the holidays this year, according to the National Retail Federation. While the majority of that spending likely falls into the stocking stuffer category, The Robb Report listed a $6 million pair of pear-shaped Jacob & Co….

Turkey Frying Missteps Can Be Disastrous

With Thanksgiving this week, it’s time to talk turkey. Frying a turkey, that is. Colonists and Americans have been celebrating Thanksgiving with a turkey dinner for centuries, but the practice of frying a turkey for dinner is a recent one. “There’s not a juicier, more flavorful turkey anywhere,” said Bill Gatewood, Corporate Vice President and…

Increasing Frequency of Dog Bites a Reminder of Costly Liability for Businesses and Pet Owners

In Pennsylvania last month, an employee filed a lawsuit against Home Depot and her supervisors alleging the defendants failed to maintain a safe work environment after she was bit by a dog brought in by a customer. Earlier this month, a toddler in North Carolina was hospitalized after he was bit by a dog. Another…

Why Renting Out Your Swimming Pool Might Not Be Worth the Risk

Renting out your swimming pool can provide additional income given the opportunities provided by today’s sharing economy. The website Swimply functions like the aquatic equivalent of Airbnb or HomeAway for pools. It offers a digital marketplace for homeowners to rent out their pool by the hour. Rentable pools are available in at least 18 states….

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$1 Billion Spent on Weekend Weddings Shows Need to Cover the Big Day

August 18 marked the peak of wedding season in the U.S. with more than 28,000 expected to have been married that day, a sought-after date given 8-18-18 is a palindrome. More marriages are coming soon: September and October are the most popular months for weddings. More than $1 billion overall was spent for August 18…

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Wildfire Forces Evacuation, Leaving Homeowners to Face Daunting Property Damage and Reconstruction Costs

Burning near the western edge of Yosemite National Park, the Ferguson forest fire has burned tens of thousands of acres, injured several firefighters and forced the evacuation of residents in the area. Wildfires are also forcing evacuations in Southern Oregon. In the wake of a wildfire in California that shows few signs of slowing down,…

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Thai Cave Rescue: How Volunteers & Organizations Can Reduce Risk of Lawsuits

The rescue of 12 youth soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand captivated the world this week. The boys, ranging in age from 11 to 16, and their coach were exploring the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex in northern Thailand on June 23 before they became trapped inside following heavy…

Vacant Homes at Risk: Cleveland Explosion a Reminder of Vulnerability

A recent explosion at a vacant Cleveland-area home ended in tragedy—resulting in the death of one woman, critically injuring a man, causing five nearby residences to be uninhabitable and damaging nearly 100 other homes. Police say four individuals were stealing metal from the home and likely caused a natural gas leak. Over the past 20…