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How Smart Home Technology is Influencing Home Insurance

By now, most Americans have grown accustomed to smart devices. Whether it is a smartphone or a smartwatch, we interact many times a day with some sort of smart device. These gadgets have changed the way we live providing unprecedented convenience and productivity. Smart devices in the home are no different. Over the last few years, smart home devices and the internet of things (IoT)...

An Overview of Home Inventory Apps

Keeping a home inventory has come a long way from the polaroid pictures of the 90s. These days, keeping an inventory of the items in your home is much easier and more reliable. While your pictures and lists of belongings could easily get damaged, destroyed, or lost, a home inventory app opens up a world of security and cloud-based memory that ensures your home’s contents...

5 Things to Ask During a Virtual Home Tour

The world has become a less accessible place during the COVID-19 pandemic. This causes many day-to-day inconveniences, but in some situations, it can cause major life issues. Moving to a new home, for example, is not typically a process you would voluntarily undertake when you can’t tour homes. But unfortunately, people sometimes have no choice. Fires, water damage, and many other disasters can befall a...

Home Modifications for Short-Term Rental Properties

Short-term rentals are the new wave for travel-enthusiasts. They’ve offered more options for people interested in experiencing the true feel of new places and they offer a much larger range of prices that make travel accessible to a broader audience. However, in the wake of COVID-19, the travel industry has been hit hard by new safety concerns. Short-term rental landlords are struggling to find ways...

Indestructible Homes: How Disaster Resistant Building Practices are Mitigating Losses

Following Hurricane Michael little remained in Mexico Beach Florida. Destruction was the only obvious landscape feature surrounding this beautiful beach community. In surveying photos of the damaged community, however, one thing sticks out. In the middle of the massive destruction stands one large house, known as the Sand Palace. This home is a three-story, four-bedroom, and four-and-a-half-bath vacation rental. The obvious question remains… why did...