Homeowners Be Aware

Homeowners Be Aware

Your home represents your most significant investment, and we're here to equip you with everything you need for successful homeownership. Whether you're a seasoned homeowner or this is your first purchase, "Homeowners Be Aware" will help you navigate the unpredictable world of homeownership. Host George Siegal is a homeowner and documentary filmmaker with over 40 years of expertise. George's profound passion for homes and extensive knowledge make him the ideal companion as you navigate the triumphs and tribulations of owning or renting a home. Join us weekly as "Homeowners Be Aware" brings you captivating guests from diverse backgrounds, each sharing their stories of success, challenges, and invaluable lessons learned. From architects and interior designers to contractors and fellow homeowners, George and his guests are here to empower you with practical solutions, insider tips, and crucial warning signs to ensure you make well-informed decisions. Take advantage of valuable insights! Tune in every Tuesday morning for new episodes of "Homeowners Be Aware" and subscribe now to start your Tuesdays right.


February 27, 2024 42 mins

February 27, 2024

124. From Devastation to Preparedness Floodplain Consultant Del Schwalls helps you Get Ready

This week we delve into a topic that's often overlooked until disaster strikes: the risk of flooding. With a blend of expert insights and personal experiences, including a firsthand account of Hurricane Michael's impact on his family's home, Floodplain consultant Del Schwalls talks about the importance of...

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February 20, 2024

123. Disaster Prep Essentials for Every Homeowner with Roy Wright

In today's eye-opening episode, we dive deep into the critical importance of preparing homes to withstand the wrath of severe weather and wildfires. George Siegal's guest is Roy Wright, CEO of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. Roy talks about practical steps homeowners can take to fortify their homes against natural disas...

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February 13, 2024

122. You Could Be Saving Big Bucks on Your Heating and Cooling with Dennis Stinson

Industry expert Dennis Stinson shows us the world of energy-efficient home comfort systems. Learn ways to save money without having to spend a fortune. From demystifying heat load analysis to uncovering the benefits of zoning techniques and ductless heat pumps, there are ways to transform your living space into a cozy oasis while...

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February 6, 2024

121.  Trees in Your Yard Can Be A Major Problem with Thomas Hall

In this podcast episode, delve into the intricacies of tree management with Tampa's renowned tree expert, Thomas Hall. Thomas shares invaluable insights into the significant impact trees have on property safety and legal compliance. From dispelling common myths to navigating pruning protocols, he provides actionable advice for maintaining...

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January 30, 2024

120. Sanibel's Story of Survival and the Road to Recovery with James Evans

Hurricane Ian left its mark on Sanibel Island, and today, we're diving into what comes next with James Evans, CEO of the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation. 

Through personal narratives and community resilience, we explore the challenges of rebuilding post-disaster. From redevelopment disputes to the emotional...

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January 23, 2024

119. You'll Love Lucy After She Teaches You to Organize

Professional organizer Lucy Milligan Wahl shares invaluable insights on conquering the chaos of home organization. Lucy's no-nonsense approach begins with tackling paper clutter, urging listeners to scrutinize documents with suspicion and create a system for easy retrieval. Transitioning to garages, she prompts a thoughtful evaluation of item rele...

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January 16, 2024

118. Reducing My Flood Risk with Jack Krolikowski

Explore the complexities of homeownership in the face of increasing flood risks in our latest podcast featuring Jack Krolikowski from the American Flood Coalition. In this episode, we delve into the financial challenges and highlight the importance of proactive data and clear communication during home sales. From the impact of home elevation strategies on communi...

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January 9, 2024

117.  You Thought You Were Covered with David Murray

In this episode, attorney David Murray spills the beans on the wild world of home insurance claims. Murray doesn't just scratch the surface; he dives deep into the emotional rollercoaster homeowners face post-disaster. Murray articulates the profit-centric motives shaping insurance policies, underscoring the importance of understanding your policy well bef...

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January 2, 2024

116. The Secret to Homes that Last with Barry Capps

In this week’s podcast, we discuss how to create homes that look great and stand strong over time. Tampa builder Barry Capps gets into the core of home construction, focusing on quality and smart choices for long-lasting homes. Barry talks about the significant issue of flood risks and the importance of being upfront about it when buying a house. Barry shar...

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December 26, 2023

115. After You've Lost Everything the story of Trixie Parkes

Hear the heartbreaking story of Trixie Parkes, a Fort Myers Beach, Florida resident, who lost everything during Hurricane Ian.  Trixie vividly recounts the devastation, revealing the emotional toll and challenges she faced after her home, possessions, and even insurance were swept away.  As Trixie navigates the aftermath, she discusses the u...

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December 19, 2023

114. What’s Flood Got to Do With It with Rebecca Jones

What if the house you're about to close on has a hidden secret that could turn your dream home into a nightmare? Join me and my guest Rebecca Jones, owner of EcoAdapt Strategies LLC, for an enlightening conversation that might save your biggest investment from falling victim to flood risks. From understanding your flood zone to asking th...

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December 12, 2023 20 mins

December 12, 2023

113. Built to Last, Not in Southwest Florida

Today we take a closer look into the eye-opening world of homeownership risks, particularly in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Southwest Florida.  My guest is Aris Papadopoulos, a construction expert and my partner in our documentary film, Built to Last: Buyer Beware. As we witness the extensive aftermath of Hurricane Ian, we discuss the shocking disparities in rec...

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December 5, 2023 9 mins

December 5, 2023

112. Lack of House Knowledge Can Be Costly

In this week's episode host George Siegal shares his personal homeowner experiences. From unexpected generator maintenance costs to comical encounters with roofers diagnosing leaks from the ground, George spills the beans on the highs and lows of homeownership. Learn valuable lessons on asking the right questions, avoiding costly oversights, and navigating the...

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November 28, 2023 35 mins

November 28, 2023

111. Be a Smarter Homebuyer with Rachel Oslund

Navigating the intricate world of home buying can be a daunting task, particularly for those stepping into the real estate arena for the first time. Rachel Oslund, an experienced home inspector, shares her mission to empower both buyers and realtors with the knowledge they need to confidently navigate the intricacies of this high-stakes process. Don't let...

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November 21, 2023

110. Are You Prepared for Flooding with Cleighton Smith

Did you know that flooding is the most common natural disaster worldwide? In today's episode, we unravel the hidden truths about flood-related damage and why homeowners’ insurance won't cover it. Water resources engineer Cleighton Smith has over 45 years of experience in floodplain management. He shares eye-opening insights and discusses the...

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November 14, 2023

109. Do You Understand Your Homeowners Insurance with James McKeever

It’s estimated that two-thirds of Americans don’t understand their homeowner's insurance policy. Our guest this week is James McKeever, an insurance expert in Dunedin, Florida.  From the lack of policy understanding to the impact of weather events on premiums, this is a comprehensive guide for homeowners to be proactive, informed, an...

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108. Surviving the Lahaina Wildfire Disaster Preparedness and Human Resilience

Imagine living in a paradise, only to see it engulfed in flames. That’s what happened to the residents of Lahaina, on the island of Maui. In this episode, we sit down with some long-time Maui residents to discuss the widespread disaster's impact, particularly the role of effective communication or the lack thereof. We discuss how an evacuation plan c...

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October 31, 2023

107. Strategies for Improving Home Air Quality with Mike Feldstein

Do you know if the air quality in your house is good, or could it be causing you health problems? In this episode, host George Siegal explores the often-overlooked issue of indoor air quality with guest Mike Feldstein, a specialist in fire, flood, mold restoration, and air quality consulting. 

Mike sheds light on the common misconception...

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October 24, 2023

106. Building Your Dream Garden with Matthieu Mehuys

Where did landscaping rank in your home budget planning? In this episode, you’ll meet award-winning author and landscape architect Matthieu Mehuys, who is an expert in regenerating the health of our planet through sustainable landscaping. We discuss the often-overlooked importance of landscaping in home design and how to budget and plan for better landscaping....

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October 17, 2023

105. What Can We Do to Prevent Disasters with Harriet Festing

Preparing for disasters is a big challenge, especially when the problem you face is outside of your immediate area. Sometimes just fixing your home isn’t enough.  In this episode, you’ll meet Harriet Festing, the co-founder and executive director of Anthropocene Alliance as she talks about the work her organization does to support people navigati...

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