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Eco-Friendly Holiday Tips

Did you know that Americans produce more trash during the holidays than any other time of year? 25% more, to be exact. If you're trying to produce less waste and recycle more, here's a few easy ways to be more environmentally friendly this holiday season!

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Wildfire Safety

Wildfires are fast-moving natural disasters that typically happen without warning. If you know your neighborhood is at risk, there are steps you can take to protect your home and keep your loved ones safe!

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Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

Last year alone, over 14 million consumers became victims of Identity Theft. To put that into perspective, that's about one in 15 people.

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Decorating for Fall on a Budget

Changing up your home décor is always fun reminder to enjoy the seasons changing, and can make your space feel a little cozier. Here's some easy and inexpensive ways to brighten up your home for autumn!

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Portable Generator Safety Tips

Whenever you use your generator or if you decide to invest in one, keep these tips in mind to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and other serious issues that can happen with the misuse of generators.

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Plan for those with special needs

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.

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Cold weather pet safety

If your pet is anything like mine, it probably loves the snow and being outside in the cold weather. Just like humans, all pets are different, so their cold tolerances vary.

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Eight tips for being the best landlord

There is a common misconception that being a landlord is a great, easy way to make some money, but that is often not the case. Renting out a property can be a time-consuming and energy-draining task, but it has its' perks.

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Snow removal: Is your landlord responsible?

If you have a lease that doesn't specify whether your landlord will take care of snow removal, the responsibility may fall on you. If you live in a snowy state, this is definitely something to negotiate in your lease before signing, especially if you don't love heaving the white stuff!

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Recycling during the holidays

Did you know that Americans produce more trash during the holidays than any other time of year? 25% more, to be exact. Between the wrapping paper, disposable plates and silverware, Christmas trees and cards, holiday lights and plastic shopping bags — it's hard to keep track of everything you dispose of during those busy months.

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How to survive holiday traveling

This time of the year is always hectic, especially when you add traveling into the mix. Between standstill traffic on the roadways, packed airports, crying kids and canceled flights — it can put a damper on your holiday spirit. To avoid all the craziness, we put together some tips and tricks to get you to your holiday destination safe and sound.

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Pet safety tips for the holiday season

The holidays are an exciting time of year for all members of the household, but especially for your four-footed friends!

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What to do after a flood

Anyone who's been through a flood knows that recovering after this kind of disaster isn't easy. You're forced to accept that irreplaceable family treasures and memories may be gone forever, your furniture is destroyed, potentially along with your home.

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What to know about buying a vacant home

Before you purchase a vacant home, here are a few things to do and watch out for.

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Vacant home insurance: What to ask about

Homes become vacant for many reasons. Whatever the cause, there are some insurance risks that you should keep in mind.

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Preparing for hurricane season

Hurricanes. Just the thought of them can make a person tremble in fear. Whether you've experienced a hurricane yourself or you've just heard about their destructive patterns, these bad boys know how to make their name heard.

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Preparing for severe weather

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.

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Do you know your flood risk?

According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), floods are the number one natural disaster in the country. Good thing that this week is National Flood Safety Awareness Week.

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Keep your pets safe in the heat

Summertime means spending long days in hot, sunny weather with your furry loved ones by your side. It's the perfect time for you and your pet to be more active. However, having a fur coat can pose some risks for your pets if they are in the sun for too long.

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Earthquake safety: Before, during and after

Earthquakes are natural disasters that come without much warning-if any! According to the California Integrated Seismic Network, warning times can be anywhere from a few minutes to just seconds.

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Things to consider before renting an apartment

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.

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Tornado safety: Before, during and after

Last year, according to Statista, there were 1,154 tornadoes reported in the United States. And you might be surprised to learn that a lot of these didn't happen in Tornado Alley.

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How to make a flower garden

If you have been wanting to start a garden, now is the time! The long, sunny days are a great source of energy for plants, making summer the perfect season to start growing flowers.

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Grilling safety tips for your cookout

Happy Independence Day! If you are planning a cookout at your house this Fourth of July, it's important to be extremely cautious and alert at all times!

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Understanding the tiny house takeover

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

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Mobile home window replacement

If the frame on one of your mobile home windows is warped or severely weather damaged, replace it. Even if the frames aren't warped or damaged, windows that seem to constantly need repair or adjustment should be replaced. A new, efficient window keeps cold drafts out of your manufactured home and saves you energy dollars in the long run.

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Preparing to move

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.

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Know the electrical dangers lurking in your home

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.

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Inspecting your home after winter

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year, and as a new homeowner, I am starting to observe new things on my home that I need to inspect, and projects I want to tackle this summer.

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Snow shoveling tips, tools, and techniques

Shoveling may seem like a no-brainer, but many people don't complete the task as effectively or as safely as they should to reduce the risk of injury!

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Frozen pipes: How to take the chill out!

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.

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Mobile home tricks to survive the winter

Here are a number of tactics to help you survive the cold and keep your toes warm in your mobile home this winter.

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Radon: The silent danger

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.

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Tips to Heat Your Home Safely

Almost half of all families in the United States use alternate heating sources in place of or in addition to a furnace. However, heating equipment can be dangerous if not used properly.

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New Year's resolutions for your mobile home

Having a fresh start for the New Year always feels good and exciting. Typically, people write down New Year's resolutions that relate to healthy eating, budgeting, volunteering, but what about improving the place you call home?

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A Foremost Claims Story: Hurricane Michael in Marianna, FL

On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael violently made landfall on the Florida Panhandle. During the storm, a tree fell and crushed Linda Smith's mobile home, making it unlivable

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Checklist for snowbirds heading south

Are you a snowbird? If you flock to a warmer climate during winter, you know that preparing your home before you leave is a tedious, sometimes difficult task. However, creating a thorough winter checklist can help protect your house against theft, water damage and other unwanted surprises.

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Bring the holiday magic to your home

Is it your turn to host the holiday gathering? Maybe you just look forward to the joy of the season, with all of the sparkling decorations and twinkling lights. Regardless, with a little imagination, you can make your home festive and welcoming.

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Keep your home healthy with gutters

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.

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8 tips for keeping a fire safely in its fireplace

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.

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Fall safety for your pets

Between the sudden drop in temperatures, holidays and first few months of school, there are plenty of environmental factors to keep in mind when it comes to protecting your furry friends.

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Keep Halloween a fire-free fright fest

Do you have a great Halloween costume planned for this year? How about for your kids? Or your pets? Why do I ask? According to the National Retail Federation, 71.5% of Americans plan to celebrate in a spooky fashion.

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Winterizing your seasonal home

It's a necessary task for any seasonal home owner, and you still have time to get it done: preparing your seasonal home for the rigors of winter. Properly planning now can help you avoid damage and expensive repairs in the spring.

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Is a condo right for you?

The time has come…do I keep renting, or do I buy? I've been renting various apartments for most of my life because it's been easy and convenient.

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Labor Day safety fashion tips

Labor Day is the last day it is considered fashionable to wear white pants and seersucker suits. While seersucker is a more forgiving material, white, regardless of the fabric, is not. So with that in mind, I present to you a list of ways to safely celebrate this Labor Day weekend and preserve your cherished white trousers so they may rise again next Memorial Day.

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New school year, new bedtime routine

Summer is over, and for kids and teens the days of staying up extra late and waking up at noon are long gone. Getting back on a good sleeping schedule is easier said than done, but it's important to implement healthy sleeping habits to ensure success in the classroom.

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10 things to do before summer ends

It's hard to grasp that summer is already coming to an end. Seriously, where did the time go? I always start to panic this time of the year and think, "Did I accomplish everything I wanted to this summer?"

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When to show your roof some love

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!

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Back to school, what your child needs to start the new school year

Foremost compiled a list of some of our favorite school supplies for your viewing pleasure and in case you need a little help in packing your child's supplies.

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Home pool safety

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?

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Preventing slips and falls in your home

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.

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Considerations for vacant dwellings when the lights are on but nobody's home

There are lots of reasons that homes become vacant, but there are some things that need to be considered no matter why the home is unoccupied.

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Keeping bugs away from your summer parties

What's better than an outdoor summer party with friends and family? A summer party with friends and family - minus the bugs! It can be done and it doesn't have to involve toxic methods.

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What those big words mean: Tips for buying your first home

Buying your first home can be a great experience, but mine has been … complicated, to say the least. The market in West Michigan (where I live) is bursting at the seams with young dreamers hoping to make their first home...

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Questions you should ask before signing a lease

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!

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Don't let the bed bugs come home

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.

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A Foremost claims story: Mobile home fire

On February 24, 2017, Elizabeth Manuel's mobile home caught fire. It was devastating, completely destroying the property and leaving her without a home.

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Getting your furnace ready for the winter

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.

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Vacation home weekend wrap up routine

Keep your vacation home in tip-top shape by taking care of it before you leave! You'll thank yourself when you arrive next time.

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A Foremost claims story: Recovering from Louisiana tornado damage

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

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Mobile home spring cleaning tips

Keep your mobile home in tip-top shape by cleaning up after a harsh winter! Do you have any tips or tricks you'd like to share with us?

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Children act fast — poison prevention for your kids

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.

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Staying sane when stuck at the airport

The holidays are a great time to travel home to see friends and family or to get some rest with a much-needed vacation. Unfortunately, the winter season also brings snowstorms and other adverse weather conditions that make traveling a challenge.

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Preparing your home for the holidays

Garland, ribbons and candles come to mind when thinking about prepping your home for the holidays. While I would love to talk about how I attempt to decorate my home like a magazine, this article is not about what will look best on your front door or how to set your table perfectly for the holidays.

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Pumpkin carving safety

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.

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Keeping your home cool in the summer

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

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Moving in — tips for taking control of your move

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!

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Movin' on out

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.

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Foremost means s'more - 5 fun facts about s'mores

Lately I've been striving to be a better cook. I want to impress my friends with my mouthwatering homemade meals. I want to beat out my cousins for the title of "Favorite Grandson" with the exquisite dishes I bring to family reunions.

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"Pretty colored trees" — Fireworks safety and precautions for the 4th of July

"Pretty colored trees - that was my 3-year-old daughters' description of fireworks last year. Indeed, they are pretty; they may look like little trees and are undeniably popular. Bursting in all different shapes, sizes and colors, annual fireworks will light up the skies in recognition of America's independence this July weekend. Because safety is our mantra here at Foremost Insurance, we want to educate you on the precautions that should be taken when handling these "pretty colored trees."

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Packing your memories

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.

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Grooving in the kitchen with your kids

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.

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Tax tips for accidental landlords

Here are three tips to help steer you in the right direction as you file your taxes as an 'accidental landlord' this year.

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Mastering the art of insulation

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.

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What's lurking below your mobile home?

Do you remember when you were young and had to check under your bed for monsters before you could go to sleep? I sure do!

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Trick-or-treating safety tips

Long gone are the days of trick-or-treating for me, but I still remember the excitement of dressing up in a cool costume (my favorite was a homemade pirate outfit) and touring the neighborhood to fill up my oversized pillowcase with candy. Parents, check out these six safety tips.

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'Tis the season for haunted homes

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.

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Pledge to be prepared, disasters can happen to you

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."

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Playground safety 101. Keep your children safe

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.

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

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.

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Colder weather is approaching — Will you fly south?

Summer ended months ago and fall is beginning to fade away quickly. Wouldn't it be nice to escape what's up next?

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Spiders! Making your home their home.

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.

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Preparing your walls for painting

A good paint job is at least 50 percent preparation.

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Window treatments

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.

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How to hang pictures

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.

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Home decorating resources

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!

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Spring cleaning checklist

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

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Managing clutter

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

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Reclaim your kitchen space

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

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Home storage solutions

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.

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How to get your closets organized

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.

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Big ideas for small spaces

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.

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Create a homework station

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

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Modular desk furniture for homework corner

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.

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Desk lighting for homework station

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.

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Desk chair selection for homework station

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.

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How to make a butterfly garden

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

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Herb garden basics

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

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Small vegetable garden

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.

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Hummingbird gardens

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

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Lawn maintenance for your modular home

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.

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Dividing perennials plants

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

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Flower bulb planting guide

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

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How to transplant shrubs

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.

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How to attract birds to feeder

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.

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Do it yourself mobile home awning

Get quick tips on how to install a new awning, carport, or sunroof to your mobile home from Foremost Insurance.

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Mobile home roof coating guide

Your mobile home roof coating needs to be updated frequently. Look to our guide for materials needed, as well as the steps you should take to coat your roof.

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Mobile home repairs: Drafts and leaks

Mobile home repairs can be costly. We have some quick preventative maintenance tips to prevent drafts and leaks with common sealants.

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Mobile home anchors and tie downs

You must have mobile home anchors to keep your home in place during high winds. Learn about the type of tie-downs, anchors, and basic installation.

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Mobile home roof repair

If you are seeing water stains on your ceiling, you may be in need of a mobile home roof repair. Use our guide to help identify your roof problem.

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Mobile home siding cleaning

Regular maintenance will keep your mobile home siding looking new and last longer. Use our quick tips to keep your siding looking good.

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Metal roof repair

Keeping up on metal roof repairs on your mobile home can save you money. Your guide for DIY metal roof fixes for your mobile home.

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How to install mobile home skirting

Installing mobile home skirting is much easier than you think. Use our DIY for an easy step-by-step guide.

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How to patch mobile home belly board

Learn how to patch your mobile home belly board with our 5 step process from Foremost Insurance.

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Shingle repair for mobile homes

What is the process to repair shingles on your mobile home? On a mobile home, one shingle layer is the limit. Learn fix-it tips here.

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Covering up ceiling stains in your mobile home

Learn some techniques for covering up ceiling stains in your mobile home. Learn tips for small ceiling stains, and steps for painting ceiling tiles.

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Fixing damaged mobile home wall panels

Follow our repair steps for fixing your damaged mobile home wall panels.

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Installing a mobile home fireplace

Follow our safety guidelines for installing a mobile home fireplace. Proper installation and maintenance is absolutely critical.

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Hanging drywall in your mobile home

Use our DIY guide to hanging drywall in your mobile home from Foremost Insurance.

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How to patch a hole in drywall

Follow our DIY for patching holes in your drywall like a professional. Read on to get your materials and tools ready.

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Vinyl floor repair DIY

From a nail polish stain to water damage, there are many ways your vinyl floor can become visibly damaged. Follow our DIY for vinyl floor repair here.

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Replacing a ceiling panel

If you have a damaged ceiling panel, use our DIY guide for replacing your mobile home ceiling panels from Foremost Insurance. Read on to get your materials and tools ready.

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Water heater maintenance

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.

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Furnace safety

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

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How to thaw frozen pipes

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

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How to install heat tape

It is easy to install heat tape and is a good way to prevent major damage to your mobile home. Follow our steps for installing heat tape.

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Spring mobile home inspection

Here is a simple list of items to inspect on and around your mobile home for the spring and summer months ahead. Inspecting your home regularly will save you from costly repairs later.

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Preventing water damage to your home

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.

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Make your outdoor steps safe

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

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What is Additional Living Expense?

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

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Personal property inventory

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.

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Before a tornado

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

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What to do during a tornado

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.

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After a tornado

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.

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Tornado preparation

Protect yourself in the event of a tornado with our tornado preparation for manufactured home owners.

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Prepare an earthquake first aid kit

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

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Earthquake safety tips

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.

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Earthquake safety for your home

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.

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Emergency water storage

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

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What to do after a house fire

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

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Home fire escape plan

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.

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Simple fire prevention

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

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Holiday fire safety

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

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Installing smoke detectors

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.

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Storm safety preparation tips

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

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Emergency kit list for severe weather

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.

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Staying safe during a severe storm

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.

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During a flood

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

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After a storm

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.

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After a flood

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

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Preparing for winter storms and blizzards

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

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During a winter storm safety tips

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

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After a winter storm

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

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Hurricane evacuation plan

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

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What to do when a hurricane approaches

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

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Pet safety during hurricanes

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

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Buying a pre-owned manufactured home

Many features found in new manufactured homes can be found in pre-owned homes, usually at a substantial savings. Although most preowned homes are a good bargain, you can make a better buying decision if you know where to look, what to look for and what to be cautious about.

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Choosing the right location

Buying a manufactured home? There are many options to choose from when deciding what the right location is for you. Communities, private land, and questions to ask.

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Manufactured home buying checklist

Our manufactured home buying checklist identifies some important factors to consider when purchasing your home, and ways to trim your budget.

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Mortgage calculator

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

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Get quick tips on how to install a new awning, carport, or sunroof to your mobile home from Foremost Insurance.

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