Yard signs promote safe driving in neighborhoods

Assure America’s new public awareness campaign is working toward keeping all children safe while they play outside.

Drivers who speed increase both the likelihood of a child being hit by a car and the severity of injuries. The U.S. Department of Transportation notes that in 2016 alone, 245 children were killed in pedestrian traffic crashes. Of those, 55 percent were killed during daylight hours.

To that end, Assure America wants to remind all drivers to “Drive Like Your Children Live Here.” We are proud to provide these yard signs free of charge at each of our office locations. Stop in to pick one up and help keep our communities safer.

Hail damage can lead to increase in contractor schemes

With hail season upon us, it’s important to be aware of out-of-town contractors soliciting to view your roof and home exterior.

The goal of these vendors is to promote damage and secure a written agreement to repair undamaged property or property suffering from normal wear and tear. The contractors usually complete the sales process under the idea that the cost will be taken care of by insurance, which when declined by the carrier leaves the homeowner bound to hire the contractor and responsible for the entire contract cost. This cost can be in the thousands, and failure to pay will result in a lien against your home and subsequent legal action. In addition, some contractors will start the process and never return to finish.

Here are three simple rules to follow:

  1. Never allow soliciting vendors access to your roof.
  2. Never sign a written agreement without consulting your lawyer.
  3. Always seek out a qualified local contractor and secure two estimates.