Stick a Fork In It! Microwave Oven Maintenance

Microwave Maintenance Tips

Thanksgiving has passed, and Christmas is on its way. What could this mean except… LEFTOVERS! Seriously, who doesn’t love a good turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes, gravy, and cheese melt on rye? Okay, okay, you might not include ALL of that, but chances are your microwave is getting a workout this holiday season. Don’t forget […]

What is a Home Warranty? Let’s Talk.

What Is a Home Warranty? Let's Talk.

First Things First Home warranties and homeowners’ insurance are two different things. Homeowners’ insurance is essentially hazard insurance—it covers damages to your property as a result of external forces (i.e., flooding, fire, etc.). A home warranty, on the other hand, is a service contract—it offers coverage for failures of your major home systems and appliances due […]

Are You THAT Kind of Holiday People?

Electrical Maintenance

There are two types of holiday people: Those who decorate, and those who DECORATE. Either way, lights are involved. Our question to you is this: When was the last time you really inspected your home’s electrical? Better yet, when was the last time you had it professionally inspected? Is it safe? Use your holiday decorating […]

Stove & Oven Prep for Thanksgiving

Don't set your oven on fire this Thanksgiving: Cleaning Tips

When the season means more time in the kitchen, the last thing you need is for your stove or oven to quit on you—or worse, start a fire. Semi-regular maintenance can go a long way toward ensuring they will work when you need them most, like when the whole family is over for Thanksgiving! Keep […]

APHW Sponsors 2 Teams for JA ‘Crazy Bowl’ 2019

APHW Sponsors 2 Teams for the JA of the Michigan Edge Crazy Bowl

America’s Preferred Home Warranty (APHW) proudly sponsored two bowling teams for the Junior Achievement (JA) of the Michigan Edge ‘Crazy Bowl’ held Saturday, Nov. 9 at Hillside Lanes in Hillsdale, Michigan. JA received 25 team sponsorships in total (including 10 youth teams). In between bowling with their feet, spinning in circles, and skipping hand in […]

How to Winterize Your HVAC A/C Unit

Winterize Your AC

Most of the northern states are already covered in snow, but we’re expecting a warm-up to melt it all away by next week. Take advantage of that melt-off and winterize your HVAC air conditioner, if you haven’t already. Why winterize it? Simply put, preparing your unit for winter can save you money in repairs. It […]

Keep Your Holidays ‘Safely’ Electrified

String of Jack-o-Lantern lights w/ Title: Is Your Yard Safe for Trick or Treaters?

When do you start getting into the ‘holiday’ season? November 1 is commonly accepted, though Halloween enthusiasts might disagree. Regardless, there’s a common thread between all of them: Electrical decorations. Who doesn’t want a giant inflatable jack-o-lantern/turkey/snowman in their yard? Besides the big stuff, well-lit walkways and candle alternatives are important for the safety of […]

Open House? Pumpkin Pie!

Recommendation to Real Estate professionals to try using fresh baked pumpkin pie at open houses

Sometimes coming up with new ideas for an open house can leave you with a ‘been there done that’ feeling. You’ve done the fresh baked cookie smell enough to start hating cookies. Why not mix it up? Try catering your ‘fresh baked’ concept to the season with Pumpkin Pie Bites from SugarApron.com*. These mini-pumpkin pie […]

There are Holes in Your Roof!

Man fixing roof while onlooker comments from below, "Not what I meant by Ventilation, honey."

Okay, okay, the TECHNICAL term might be ‘ventilation.’ But there are multiple reasons why you should take a look at your roof anyway (or have a professional do it) before the snow starts flying: Clogged gutters can cause ice dams and water damage Shaded areas may have streaking (fungus, moss, mildew, or algae growth) Overhanging […]

Don’t Get ‘Fired Up’ Over Lint

Dryer Home Maintenance

Seriously though, did you know that lint can be a fire hazard in your home? You may already know to empty the lint trap between dryer loads, but the trap doesn’t catch everything. And what happens when the filter clogs up over time with the tiny stuff, like leftover soap or dryer sheet residue? That’s […]