Total father’s day gift ideas


We enjoyed a beautiful day on mother’s day, and wish the same for father’s day!  In addition, we put together a few fathers day gift ideas for dad. Whether he’s the handyman type or an introvert who talks to himself, we got you covered. Maybe your family is not into gift giving, so here’s a few sites to consider cards from or 

1. Bradley Smoker® 625W Electric Food Smoker (The cooking dad)

One of the best aspects of warm weather = grilling time! Once this Midwest weather makes up its mind, you can spend time with pops smoking  meat! This featured smoker has over 500 sq. inches for smoking a rack of ribs and vegetables! This is the perfect partner to any gas/charcoal set-up, but even more so with its electric start capabilities. This gift will be the one that keeps giving for years to come!


Company back story: Grilling and cooking is a common thing at the TRC headquarters whether it’s ball game company tailgate, safety day breakfast, and this Friday (May 22nd) our staff will be smoking some Wall-eye from a recent company fishing trip to Ohio!

Company Fishing Trip

Wall-eye fishing on Lake Erie

($219.00 at Menards)

2. Xtend & Climb 785P Aluminum Telescoping Ladder Type I Professional Series, 15.5-Foot $$$ (The handyman type dad)

THE PERFECT tool for any handyman. This ladder can be stowed away in a small closet and without sacrificing storage space. This model allows you to reach 15.5 foot (1 story home, garage storage, light bulbs, and more) and it weighs less than 25 lbs! This might be the perfect addition to leave at your lake house or if dad’s short. Save him the trip from struggling with his 8′ aluminum folding ladder the next time he clean’s the gutters!

Xtend and Climib.jpg

($229.00 on Amazon)

3. 1 Gallon 18 V CORDLESS Air Compressor by RIGID  $$$ (The beach type dad)

They say battery technology is making everyone a big SOFTEE! However, I guarantee the baby-boomers prefer these battery attached devices rather than rummaging for that “one extension cord they seen earlier”! A lot of our installers utilize the new equipment whether its their circuit saws, weed trimmers, leaf blowers, and currently air compressor’s.  The device is practical and easy to transport, also helps save dad from buying a tool he might not personally. Allow him to maintenance his own car tires (save him $2.00 from BP 😉 or bring it on his next trip/beach trip with the kids!

Ridid Air Compressor 2

($189.00 at Home Depot)

4. Google Home  $$$ (The techy dad)

This device almost missed the cut, however it’s a great tool for anyone’s garage or man cave. This device will allow you to play music on command, ask questions about cars, and tell dirty jokes.. The only requirement is a solid WiFi connection. To be honest, the capabilities are endless with this voice in the box as AI gears up.  Don’t allow dad to be alone when you cannot help, allow him to have GOOGLE there. We use ourselves everyday at the office for weather forecasts throughout the Chicago-land and Northwest Indiana areas!

Google Home($129.00 online)

5. Gift Card’s (Home Depot, Menards, Lowes, or the local ACE Hardware) $ to $$$$$ (The dad “that’s tough to shop for dad”)

The obvious go-to. We understand sometimes it’s a lot easier to let pop’s grab the items he needs.

And just remember quality time with your dad will trump any of these presents. However, asking Google Home about recipes as you smoke some ribs is enjoyable too!

Additional Tips:

  1. Great Local Meat Shop for smoking: Rob’s Meat Deli 2123 Northwinds Dr, Dyer, IN 46311
  2. Great gift card shop: CARDPOOL.COM This website is gift card broker, which means you often can get 4 to 10% more in value if you purchase the giftcard on their website.

(BONUS with item 3 every air compressor should come with a pool inflatable)


“Homeowner’s Insurance Policy” information that will give you $50 of value/information


We put together a list of 5 insurance policy items to check and have on your policy! If you have 15 to 30 minutes to review your policy please do so.  If you have difficulty finding them ask your agent or contact a local public adjuster for a review! WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS, because these items could provide you upward to $500 to $100,000 pending an insurance claim. In 2017, 1 endorsement netted a client $33,000 (Had Law & Ordinance Clause) and the lack of knowing their policy also lost a client $27,000 (Had an ACV Policy). So it is critical to consider.

These items are specifically to ensure proper protection for your homes exterior products from common Midwest weather patterns! This week alone in Illinois over 30 towns were hit with hail and Crown Point, Indiana received pea-size hail. As, this Indian summer continues it’s critical to be properly protected & insured.

1. Law & Ordinance endorsement

This is extremely valuable if you live in an older subdivision! Many homes throughout northwest Indiana and the south suburbs of Illinois were built-in 1960’s to 70’s, which means many building practices are outdated. A lot of municipalities and building departments abide by 2009/13 residential building codes. It’s not rocket science to understand that 60’s version of framing is not equivalent for today’s standards. If you don’t have this endorsement, YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COST. A reputable contractor will not reinstall a product back to its original condition, because they could face fines from the village or worst lawsuits.



Vapor Shield – is required by many villages/townships = $$$ for you


2. RCV Policy (Replacement Cost)

Pay the extra $$$ on your monthly premium. The difference of $15 to $45 dollars a month for your premium to receive the full amount of recovery IS WORTH IT. The average roof in 2018 dollars was $11,000, which equates to 733 payments of $15 (48 years of premium). So what is a RCV policy 1st?  A replacement cost value policy is a policy in which the insurance pays you the real-time cost and factors no depreciation into your cost. Whereas an ACV policy includes depreciation, for instance if your roof is 10 years old, the insurance companies will deduct 10 years from the value of the replacement cost = less $$$.



This church had a RCV policy = receiving the full amount for replacement


3. Wind & Hail Endorsement

This is exactly what it says. Specifically covers wind & hail damage. Without this endorsement it’ll be VERY difficult to make a claim, because you’re not paying for the ability to claim wind & hail. We advise checking every year, because in storm heavy areas it’s known that clients have “mysteriously” had this endorsement left off.

4. Color matching Clause

EXTREMELY important for premium siding products and older homes. Every insurance provider is different in how they “describe” color matching peril. Example: if your home is 30 years old and only 1 side is damaged, it’ll be very difficult to find a color match for the 3 opposing sides. One company: Nationwide does have a color match clause and will indemnify for matching siding, which is fantastic for the homeowner. Be aware not all companies have this, but can assist in making your home aesthetically better looking without out-of-pocket expenses

5. A reputable insurance company

Do your research and align yourself with an organization with credible history of paying when their at fault. Ideas such as reading consumer reports, ask your neighbors about their experiences, and thoroughly research the internet. A company is only as good as their services!

We featured a recent blog pertaining to companies, in which we’ve worked with and have had good experiences on behalf of our clients! Check it out!

We hope this adds value to your life and possibly your wallet!