March 18th, 2008 10:39 AM by Ron Mastrodonato
HOW FAST CAN YOU SAVE MONEY?Florida's My Safe Florida Home (MSFH) program wants to get the word out, and will do so in many state markets by advertising on TV and radio. And the message will be funny. The commercials will ask: "How fast can you save money?" and then use satire to compare the ease of signing up for a free home inspection with money-saving techniques that don't work nearly so well. The MSFH program has provided more than 172,000 free wind inspections to Floridians, more than 70 percent of whom saved an average of $224 - without making a single improvement - because the report confirmed that some mitigation already existed and their current insurer dropped the rates. Floridians whose homes have received free wind inspections from the MSFH program may also be eligible to apply for matching tax-free grants of up to $5,000 to make improvements. Floridians in single-family, site-built homes are eligible. The MSFH program has also partnered with local governments and the Volunteer Florida Foundation to offer low-income homeowners an opportunity to strengthen their homes against natural disasters. For more information, visit www.MySafeFloridaHome.com or contact the program toll-free at (866) 513-6734.