Technology Doesn’t Have to be New to Still be Effective

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According to the Insurance Information Institute 30.2% of all church fires are started by lightning strikes. With that in mind, why don’t more churches have lightning rods? Lightning rods originally developed by Benjamin Franklin in the mid 1700’s still offer an effective method to divert the energy of a lightning strike. (read more) Lightning rods […]

Is Investment Property For You?

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Investment property can serve as an income source and asset builder. Your resources, experience, goals, and tolerance for risk are deciding factors in the type and scale of investment you might make. Financial commitment is a given. Whatever money you put in to the investment is at risk. Be aware you can lose it all […]

Roof Maintenance 101

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Repairing or replacing your roof can be expensive. Spending a few minutes every six months looking closely at your roof can help you identify roof maintenance opportunities that will help prevent costly repairs later. It is also important to periodically check your homeowners insurance to make sure that serious roof damage is covered by your […]

Drip, Drip, Drip…There Go Your Profits

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One drip of water per second wastes 1,661 gallons of water per year according to the Department of Energy. Building owners need to develop strategies to keep consumption and heating costs down. While parts of Northeast Ohio are seeing rents increase, others are seeing decreases. What can a building owner or manager do to improve […]

The Basics of Insurable Interest

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Gino is buying a 14-unit apartment building that is structurally solid, but needs both maintenance and repair work. Three days ago Gino and Toby entered into a purchase contract in the amount of $300,000. Along with signing the purchase contract, Gino also put a $20,000. deposit down on the apartment building. Toby, the current owner […]

Parking Lot Safety and Inspection

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How often do you get to your office go through the rear entrance and not even notice the condition of the parking lot your customers and guests see or not notice gradual deterioration of an item? Having a simple checklist can help. How often do you get to your office go through the rear entrance […]

Apartment Safety Starts With Good Housekeeping

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When you think apartment housekeeping, you probably think of jobs like tenants keeping their units clean, the garbage being picked up from the dumpster and the front of the building’s street appeal. But what about those housekeeping items that, if ignored, could lead to safety issues? Lighting, exits, floors, and stairs, if not properly maintained, […]

Actual Cash Value (ACV) vs. Replacement Cost Insurance

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Small and medium size business (SMB) owners have a multitude of responsibilities and concerns with running their own business. I understand your concerns because I own a business too. And if you own the commercial property your business is in you have (at least) two businesses to worry about. One of the most important decisions […]