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Tips for Cleaning Out Your Garage

When it comes to keeping your home clean, you may tend to forget about the garage area. After all, this tends to be the area of the home where you keep storage, or like many homes, where you keep your vehicles. Regardless of the use of your garage, having it nice and tidy is a great way to keep your home looking its best. If you keep your garage clean, you are probably much more likely to keep the rest of your home clean. Here is a look at two tips you should follow to clean out your garage.

1) You need a trash can in the garage

Even if you rarely use your garage, you need a trash can in it, and you should empty this trash can as often as you do the other garbage cans in your home. Not only does this help ensure the trash in the garage gets taken out, but it also keeps you going in and out of the garage, reminding you that it’s an actual part of your home. 

2) Give away the stuff you don’t need or use

Do you have stuff stored away in your garage that you haven’t touched in years? If so, and as long as these items do not hold any type of sentimental value, you may as well clean them out and give them away. Read that again. Don’t throw them away, give them away. The items you no longer use are likely things some other people would love to have. 

If you would like to learn more about cleaning out your garage and protecting your home with proper home insurance, contact First Florida Underwriters Inc serving the Orange Park, FL area. 

Home Cleaning Checklist for Fall

Fall cleaning is as important as spring cleaning. Besides the need to winterize your home, fall is a good time to do routine maintenance and home cleaning before the winter weather comes. Be sure to check your home insurance with your agent at First Florida Underwriters Inc. to adjust the coverage for changes that happened over the last year and update replacement costs.

Here is a checklist to help remind you of things to do to get ready for winter:

  • Wash Windows – Choose a cloudy day for this job to make it easier to see streaks on the glass. Old newspaper is terrific to use for buffing the glass dry after spraying it with glass cleaner. This job is easier when two people work together. One stays inside, the other cleans the outside window glass at the same time. 
  • Window Coverings – Vacuum drapes using an upholstery attachment. Use a vacuum brush for blinds.
  • Walls – Wipe walls with a dust mop, wash them, and dry them.
  • Ceiling Light Fixtures – Dust off light fixtures. Remove globes and glass coverings to wash them with dish soap.
  • Furniture – Vacuum upholstery and spot clean if necessary.
  • Kitchen Cupboards – Empty the cupboards, wash them inside and out, replace shelf liners with new ones, and reorganize the contents when putting everything back.
  • Refrigerator – Move the refrigerator away from the wall, dust off the condenser coil at the back and clean the area under the refrigerator. Remove contents and wash the shelves. Defrost the freezer section if needed.
  • Carpets – Use steam-cleaning equipment or have professionals do the carpet cleaning.
  • Wood Flooring – Buff out any scratches and apply a new coat of floor finish.
  • Closets – Remove clutter and reorganize contents. Get rid of unneeded stuff.
  • Test Smoke Detectors – Replace old batteries with new ones.
  • Furnace Maintenance – Have the furnace checked for proper operation and replace the filter with a new one.
  • Chimneys – Have a professional sweep the chimneys and clean the flues.
  • Weatherproofing – Check weather stripping and caulk around windows and doors to prevent air leaks.
  • Gutters – Remove debris and clean out the downspouts.
  • Roof – Repair any damage to prevent leaks.
  • Landscaping – Trim trees to prevent damage from falling branches.
  • Patio Furniture – Put outside furniture away in storage.
  • Drain Hoses – Remove water from garden hoses and put them away in storage.

This checklist will help you be ready for winter and have a nice holiday season.

A Guide to Packing from First Florida Underwriters, Inc

If you’re living in Florida, then you are probably aware of the dangers of flooding.  In fact, flooding is the most common and widespread disaster besides fires. First Florida Underwriters, Inc understands the dangers of living in a hurricane and flood prone area and are there to assist you with flood insurance, homeowners insurance and disaster insurance.

First Florida wants residents of Orange Park to always be prepared and to play it safe.  That is why they have compiled a list of effective and fast ways to pack in the event of an emergency.  Read the guide below.

1. Keep a list

Get a notebook and list all the items that you place in a particular box.  You don’t have to itemize every single item.  You can put  ‘baby clothes’ or utensils and dishware in a particular box then label it with a copy of your list. It will come in  handy when you wondering where you put what.r

2. Make an ‘arrival’ box

This is one of the most important packing tips. If you are evacuating because of a flood this emergency box holds all the items you need in a flash. When you arrive to your destination tired and hungry you will be grateful for this box that contains all your immediate necessities.

3. Pack small for books

Books are much heavier than they seem so it’s best not to make the mistake of getting a mammoth size box for them because you won’t be able to lift them.  A box measuring 18” long by 2’ wide by 6” in height is best.  You can move a lot faster with these mini packages.

4. Discard old makeup and medicine

If you didn’t have the will power (or time) to do it before now is your opportunity.  Toss away your old makeup and medicine to  make packing faster.