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  • 12 Jun 2019 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


     If there is one good thing to come out of the Sunday storms, it’s that all that damage might make us look at our homeowner’s insurance. 

    Multiple surveys by Marshall & Swift/Boeckh over the years have found that as many as 60% of homes are under-insured. Chances are your home costs more to replace than it did when you bought your insurance policy and stuffed it into a drawer.

    “Insurance is not sexy. You want to put it on autopay and be done with it," Michael Turner of Classic Urban Homes said. 

    But he knows why you shouldn’t put your insurance on autopilot. We recently toured one of his custom home job sites. 

    He pointed to a pallet of limestone: “In ten years, the cost [of that] has doubled."

    Just about every construction material he works with has gone up in price. We admired the wooden plank ceiling inside the home as he estimated, "for the kitchen and dining room area, that is probably a $1,500 increase...[over] five years."

    We went into a room being painted, where Turner told us that roughly 10 years ago, the paint cost $5. 

    "Now that same gallon of enamel is probably $30.”

    Then, there are the laborers. There’s a shortage of them, so they cost more, too.

    “They are like free agents and can pretty much name their prices and what they want to make," Turner said. 

    In fact, Turner said just about every week, someone stops by one of his construction sites trying to poach his workers for their own construction projects.

    To illustrate how much labor has gone up, Turner points back to the pallet of limestone that has doubled in price in the last decade. He says in roughly the same period of time, putting that stone on a house has gone up even more.

    “Used to be around $7 a square foot for labor…it can be $15 to $20 per square foot for labor."

    Turner said material and labor costs have been rising by about 10% a year. So if you haven’t increased your property insurance coverage in five years or more and you suffer tremendous damage, Turner said you may be able to rebuild half of your house.

    He knows from experience. He ignored his own home insurance policy for almost a decade.

    “I looked at it and said, 'There is no way we can rebuild this house, even me in the business with zero profit margin.' So we basically doubled our coverage on what we had."

    According to Tony Daniels with Hippo Insurance, you should update your coverage every one to two years, and maybe more frequently if you have updated your home.

    Daniels showed us a client’s home with granite countertops in the kitchen. “These countertops alone in this house are probably going to [add] between $4,500 and $5,000” to replace if they are part of a casualty claim, he said.

    Daniels said it’s a great idea to walk through your home and record a video of all your possessions and major features of the home. That can be a tremendous help in a situation where there are many homes damaged and insurers are trying to sort out what was in each property.

    He also advised that you spend a little extra and opt for replacement cost coverage for your things — not actual cash value.

    “The actual cash value is only going to pay you the depreciated amount," he said.

    You really need to know your coverage and what it means. You don’t want to just rely on your insurer, says Amy Bach of United Policyholders.

    “All the commercials, we’re going to put you back to where you belong and you’re in good hands...they engender trust. And consumers believe it and don’t read the fine print. And even if they do, it’s so gobbeldy-gook and legalese," she said. 

    Her organization has a website full of insurance advice for homeowners, including help for homeowners needing to file a claim in Texas.

    A few other entries of significance:

    Bach says we have to get into the habit of vigorously questioning our home insurance coverage.

    "I am going to say for most people it is about 25% that they are short," she said.

    She has seen it time and time again with disaster survivors.

    "And every one of them says, 'My gosh, I thought I had full coverage and if someone had told me I didn’t I would have done something about it because my home is my most valuable asset'…I am not going to put it at risk on purpose."

    The stormy weekend was just a warning. Most of us didn’t suffer a total loss this time. If we had, many of us would’ve lost our homes and tens of thousands of dollars.

    Author: Jason Wheeler

    Published: 11:09 PM CDT June 10, 2019

    Updated: 5:39 AM CDT June 11, 2019


  • 12 Jun 2019 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    A half hour of torrential storms did a lot of damage to the trees of Dallas Sunday afternoon. After the 70 mph winds subsided, photos began to circulate on social media of large trees completely uprooted, branches strewn on the streets, and cars and homes crushed under the weight of massive trunks. And, on top of that, more than 200,000 people are without power 24 hours later and it could be days before it’s turned back on.

    Janette Monear, the president and CEO of the nonprofit Texas Trees Foundation, said it’s hard to know exactly how many trees were lost in the storm, but she estimates hundreds, if not thousands. Matt Grubisich, Texas Trees’ director of operations and urban forestry, says the storm highlights the need for better urban forestry management in Dallas to avoid planting trees in sensitive areas, like next to power lines.

    Homeowners may not think too much about the trees on their property until one collapses in their yard or on their roof. But there are precautions to ensure trees on properties remain sturdy during high winds and are dealt with properly should they fall.

    1. Don’t Let Just Anyone Remove the Fallen Tree in Your Yard

    “People with a pickup truck and chainsaw will come to this area offering to do this work for very, very cheap,” Grubisich said. “If something goes wrong, they’re going to be back in their pickup truck.”

    If you have a fallen tree, always hire a qualified, insured company to take care of it. If the tree is pruned incorrectly, it might hold up worse in the next storm that rolls through. Also, if someone uninsured causes more damage to your home or gets hurt during the process, that could be a homeowner’s claim on you. An insured company, on the other hand, will cover any further damage incurred.

    “If a person falls off your roof, he can make a claim against you as the homeowner,” Grubisich said. “If it’s a reputable company, their insurance will cover that.”

       2.  The City is Only Responsible for A Fallen Tree Until Your Property Begins

     If a tree on your property has fallen and is blocking a road, it’s the city’s responsibility to clear it, but only up to your property line. Beyond that, it’s up to you. So contact your insurance right away.

      3.   Hire an Arborist for Your Trees

     If want to maintain the trees on your property and ensure they are more sturdy in strong storms, hire an arborist to correctly prune them once a year. According to Grubisich, areas like the Meadows, where trees are better maintained, suffered little damage on Sunday.

    The difficulty with assessing the storm damage and working on efforts to replant comes with the fact that many trees lost were on private property. Educating people on how to take care of their own trees is a central focus for Grubisich, and he says it can prevent the loss of trees in future storms.

       4.  Don’t Cut Down Your Trees

    “This is not a time to cut down trees because they can cause problems,” Grubisich said. “Trees are still an asset to your property and you should invest in them just like you would work with a professional on anything else in your house.”

    BY SAKSHI VENKATRAMAN PUBLISHED IN D Magazine.

  • 13 May 2019 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It's FINALLY here... the WYNNEWOOD WANDER!

    By Kristen Hensley

    Many have asked and I am so proud to officially announce that we have a date and 3 host homes for the Wander! I hope you're all as excited as I am. MUCH more information will be forthcoming but what I wanted to give you now are the most important details - date and homes! The event will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2019 starting at 6 p.m. Our gracious, wonderful, generous hosts (to whom I owe so many favors now) are:

    HOUSE 1- Jennifer Parvin and Mary Anne Reed - 325 S. Manus

    HOUSE 2- Jan Rainey and Jamie Labar - 711 Monssen Parkway

    HOUSE 3- T.J. Lymenstull & Ben Egbert - 525 Woolsey Dr.

    Please watch for more details about this event via NextDoor, WNNA.ORG, Facebook and email. Remember that the event is capped at a certain number of attendees so you will want to buy a ticket as soon as possible.

    That being said, at present, I am accepting cash or check (tickets are $40 each). Please contact me as soon as possible (email, call or show up at my door) to get your tickets.

    You can also purchase tickets here.

    We will likely sell out quickly so act fast!

    Get ready for one of the most fun Wynnewood North events!!!


  • 09 May 2019 1:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Monday May 13th 2019 at 12noon to 1pm

     at the Belo Mansion

     2101 Ross Avenue Dallas Texas 75201

    Eric Johnson and Scott Griggs will meet for a one-hour debate on Monday, May 13, noon at the Belo Mansion. Moderated by Gromer Jeffers, of the The Dallas Morning News. RSVP to jsmith@dallasbar.org.

    This is open to anyone. Public invited. Free to attend. Lunch buffet available for purchase at the event for $14.95.


    Co-sponsored by the DBA Public Forum/Media Relations Committee, League of Women Voters, and the Dallas Friday Group.

  • 18 Apr 2019 12:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Congrats to 619 Woolsey Drive for being selected as April 2019 Yard of the Month!


  • 15 Apr 2019 3:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On March sixth and seventh, Lynn Sulander, Barb Nunn, Cynthia Michaels and Mary Scherer participated in the Senior Games Golf Tournament which was held this year at Stevens Park Golf Course.

    Please congratulate Barb and Mary for representing us well! A good time was had by all. 


    Barb Nunn won 2nd place in age division [60-65].

    Mary Scherer won 3rd place in age division [65-70] (FYI-she beat out Cynthia by two strokes) and also won closest to the pin on Hole Number 12.

    From left to right: Lynn Sulander, Barb Nunn, Cynthia Michaels, Mary Scherer. These ladies participated in the Dallas Senior Games. The sun was shining, but temperatures and our Wynnewood team were cool.

    We invite all golfers within the senior age bracket come join us next year. Date and location to be determined. See Dallas Senior Games or contact Cynthia Michaels for more information.


  • 10 Apr 2019 9:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us for the Annual Spring Fling & Easter Egg Hunt!

    When:  Saturday, April 20th | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

    Where: Greenbelt at the Corner of Mayrant & S Manus

    Bring: Comfortable Chairs, A Potluck Dish, & Plastic Eggs for Your Child 

    Eat: Dogs, Chips, & Soda (Provided by Neighborhood), Potluck from Neighbors

    Hunt: For Eggs at 1:00 (Special Visitor will be Around for Photos)

    Play: Bounce in our Bounce House


  • 09 Apr 2019 11:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us early (at 6:30) for the Cookie Social. Or come just for the association meeting (at 7:00).  Directions and agenda are located here

  • 08 Apr 2019 1:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    BY STEVE ASBELL

    Win and woo your next-door friends with a little neighborly know-how.

    If you want good neighbors, you’ll first have to become one yourself. Master these seven techniques, and even you (yes, you!) can win the approval of your entire neighborhood.

    1. Good neighbors bring cookies

    Whether you’re new in town or haven’t kept in touch, a delivery of freshly baked goods is a perfect way to break the ice and let neighbors know that you’re thinking of them.

    If cookies can keep Santa returning year after year with a bag full of loot, then surely they can train your neighbors to do your bidding. Consider the following scenario.

    “Honey, somebody’s robbing the neighbor’s house again.”
    “Wait, Janet. The ones who brought cookies yesterday?”
    “Exactly. This time I’ll call the cops.”

    2. Good neighbors rarely gossip

    If your neighbor seems to know the dirt on everyone within a two-block radius, you can count on them to keep tabs on your personal life as well.

    The next time Nosy Nellie gleefully describes the contents of the Rickenbacker’s trash again, move the conversation along by refocusing the conversation on her. “So, what are you growing in your garden this year?”

    You aren’t in high school anymore, so preserve relationships with your neighbors and avoid the gratuitous gab fests.

    3. Good neighbors share phone numbers

    For such a connected age, you should really question why you don’t have your neighbors’ phone numbers. After all, what if they receive your package by mistake? What if the house floods while you’re on vacation? Worse yet, what if you need a babysitter?

    If you feel uncomfortable bringing it up, ask during one of your cookie deliveries (you are following rule number one, right?) or right before a trip. Jot down your name, number and email address on a piece of paper and ask if your neighbor is comfortable sharing theirs.

    4. Good neighbors help before they’re asked

    The neighbor who says, “Let me know if you need anything,” probably isn’t going to help whenever you actually need something. You, on the other hand, are a good neighbor and genuinely want to help out.

    To get ahead of the meaningless small talk, anticipate their needs. If they have kids and you’re comfortable babysitting, tell them up front. If they’re clearly struggling to mow the lawn during a heat wave, ask for the best time to stop by with your lawnmower.

    5. Good neighbors are tidy

    Even if you lack self-respect, respect the sensitive tastes of others and clean up your act.

    Keep the ironic lawn ornaments to a minimum. Keep trash receptacles hidden in the side yard, or better yet, the garage.

    Whenever you’ve finished gardening or landscaping for the day, put away your tools and bags of unused mulch. Rake the leaves and clean up grass clippings and all the other stuff your dad used to bug you about.

    And if it’s not too much trouble, pressure wash and paint your house periodically.

    6. Good neighbors mow the lawn

    An unkempt and weedy lawn is embarrassing for your neighbors, so it should be embarrassing for you as well. Keeping it mowed every week or two is a good start, but it will take more than that to win the approval of the locals.

    Trim the edge of your lawn regularly, fertilize on schedule and keep weeds to a minimum. Keep your foundation plantings simple, neatly trimmed and topped off with mulch.

    If your neighborhood allows it, go the no-lawn method by planting swaths of low-maintenance, drought-tolerant ground covers. Crucially, don’t overdo it on the sprinklers — especially when it’s raining.

    7. Good neighbors communicate

    That old “good fences make good neighbors” quote had to come up at some point, right? A good neighbor must respect boundaries. That said, they should also be crossed when the fences themselves start losing pickets and falling over in a storm.

    Even if it’s technically their fence, you might not be happy with the shoddy workmanship and resentment that you’ll have to live with when they get around to fixing it themselves.

    Address shared interests like fences, drainage ditches and troublesome trees ahead of time so that you can work out a plan that both parties can agree to.

    Oh, and don’t forget to bring cookies.


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