Home Tips

The latest headlines from not only The Philadelphia Contributionship but the Homeowner’s Insurance industry as well. Here you will find updates from our partners along with industry updates and announcements.

2022

Fall is Here: How to Adjust to this Chilly Season

October 5, 2022

There is not debating that Fall is a great time of the year – the changing leaves, football is back , apple picking and pumpkin spice-everything. But for your home, Fall can actually be one of the busiest seasons. It is really important for homeowners to take advantage of the more moderate weather to reset their home after Summer and repair any damages before the first frost of winter sets in. Use our easy tips to prepare your home for Fall inside and out!

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Grill Safety 101

August 18, 2022

When you think of Summer, what is one of the first things that come to mind? Trips down the shore, hot weather, not school …. And barbeques! Summertime is perfect for grilling hamburgers, hot dogs and veggies. While summer BBQ’s are a great excuse for friends and family to get together, it is important to understand that is does come with one large risk: house fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), grills are the cause of more than 10,000 house fires each year, on average — resulting in $149 million in property damage. To help you stay safe during your next family or friend cookout, we’ve put together a list of ways to keep you, your grill and most importantly your home, safe.

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Vacation Home 101

June 30, 2022

School is out and summer is officially in session. Living on the east coast means summer also brings lots of trips to the Jersey Shore, the Poconos, to the Chesapeake, etc. And many families choose to spend their time at a vacation home or secondary home. Here are some tips and precautions to be aware of as you arrive and also some tips to make sure things remain secure at your primary residence while you’re away.

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Summer Home Prep in 5 Steps

June 21, 2022

Happy 1st Day of Summer! With a new season, comes new - and important - home tips. These tips will help lower cooling costs, prevent hot-weather mishaps and make sure you and your family are prepared for the hot weather. Summer is a time to embrace the heat or hide away from it in the AC - either way you should enjoy your home, not sweat over it. So here are 5 tips that take preventative action to help your home withstand the hot, humid days to come.

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Spring Cleaning 2022

March 22, 2022

Whether you live in a house or an apartment, in the city or the suburbs, setting aside time for spring cleaning is a must. Not only is it important for the upkeep and maintenance of your home, but spring cleaning is the perfect time to renew your space and your spirit. The Philadelphia Contributionship has been writing policies and caring about homes since 1752 and a large part of caring for a home involves understanding its upkeep. We have put together a Check List that covers the basics of Exterior Spring Cleaning and Interior Spring Cleaning and why it is important to your home. Then you will be ready to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather of spring!

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2021

10 Quick Fixes For A Drafty House

October 16, 2021

The last week we have all started to feel the fall chill in the air! It may not be time to turn on the heat but there is definitely a slight chill outside – and you definitely do not want that chill finding its way you’re your home. Here are 10 quick (and inexpensive!) ways to seal drafts and keep the cold fall air out of your home all fall and winter long.

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The Ultimate Guide to Fire Extinguishers: 5 Questions and Answers

October 1, 2021

How many people have ever thought about using their fire extinguisher before a fire actually occurs? Not many we would assume. It is important to practice this in case of an emergency! Don’t wait until the fire has sprung up to wonder about fire extinguishers. Here’s what smart homeowners (and renters) need to know.

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1st Day of Fall: 8 Simple Steps to Get Your Home Ready for Fall

September 22, 2021

Happy 1st Day of Fall! While you may be ready for pumpkin picking, warm lattes, and flannels, do you know if your house is as ready as you? If you don’t know the answer, then follow our 10 tips to help transition your home for the wetter autumn weather —and try to save some money too!

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Hurricane Preparation: 7 Important Steps to Follow

May 13, 2021

The National Weather Service has designated May 9-15 as National Hurricane Preparedness Week. And when it comes to natural disasters, nothing causes damage and destruction like a hurricane. It is important to know if you live in the path of a hurricane because as scary as it sounds, it’s nearly inevitable that you’ll experience some type of damage to your home or property. This is where working with your local agent and picking the correct policy and endorsements comes into play. With some basic preparation and a couple steps, you can help reduce the impact of the storm on your home and keep your family safe.

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Preventing Damage After Flood

April 30, 2021

Sometimes, even with all the preparation water can still find its way into your home. And something as small as an inch of water in the home can cause extensive - and expensive - water damage. The most dangerous issue that can be caused by water? Mold. And curious to find out the answer from the quiz we posted on our social media pages? Read the post to figure out how quickly mold can start growing after a flood!

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