Most of us grew up with spring cleaning…. that time of the year in which you spent a whole weekend cleaning walls, cabinets, drawers, etc. A weekend you’d have much rather spent doing anything else. Now, with Spring approaching, you may already be preparing your summer toys for usage. Washing and waxing boats, RV’s and Jet Skis will help protect and keep them in good condition. Be sure and change the oil, plugs and any filters too. This is important for pulling them out of storage and before putting them away for the winter.
If cleanliness is next to godliness, how often should you clean various household and outdoor items?
Many of us have a weekly or monthly routine where the most used and/or high traffic areas of our homes get cleaned on a regular basis. But what about those deep-cleaning things like cabinets, walls, mattresses, etc.?
Let’s take a look at the different items and levels of clean.
Some folks say jeans can be washed every other month or less by putting them in the freezer to kill germs, unless of course, something is spilled or splashed on them. Hmmmm, I don’t know so much about this one.
Towels, washcloths, dish rags…those get washed after one or two uses.
Shoes, boots, and other footwear need regular cleansing and/or polishing to maintain their look and performance.
Bedding is another story altogether. Some say weekly for sheets and quarterly for comforters and pillows. I say as often as you feel the need. Most of us go to bed clean so sheets can wait a couple of weeks. Once or twice a year is good for pillows and other bedding items –vacuum & refresh your mattress too–unless you or someone you sleep with has been ill then it’s always a good thing to wash and disinfect right away.
Computers, I-pads, phones, and other electronics should also be cleansed often, daily, or weekly at best.
Cabinets, walls, drawers, carpets, furniture, and closets deserve a deep clean at minimum once each year, but twice is better and remember, decluttering helps you stay calm and focused, especially if you incorporate Feng Shui into the process.
Oven, dishwasher, microwave, and vehicles can be on your monthly list or at the very least, quarterly.
These are standard household/personal items. But what about things you don’t see or even think about daily?
Dryer hose and vents, AC unit and vent covers, shower heads, stove vents & filters, windows, curtains and blinds, ceiling fans, light fixtures and lamp shades, baseboards, molding and woodwork, toasters, and other small appliances? How about on top of or behind your refrigerator and/or stove? Items such as these can be part of your annual or semi-annual cleaning sprees. Waxing your AC vents will help keep the dust from collecting on/in them between cleanings.
Cleansing and repairing your window screens on a regular basis will help keep the sun shining in all the time. While you’re at it, does that house and/or patio (furniture?) need a good pressure wash? What about that shop or garage?
For tips, tricks and checklists check out Pinterest.
Until next time, take care and remember preventative maintenance goes a long way in your vehicles or toys maintaining their value.
Oh and, while we’re talking about keeping things clean and routine maintenance, any time is a good time to review your insurance policies and be sure your recreational vehicles (boats, jet skis, camper/rv, etc.) are properly covered!
Not sure? Give us a call 337-433-1683.
Tommy Curtis & Staff
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*previous printing Thrive Magazine 2016; Used with Permission
Many States have enacted a moratorium preventing insurance companies from cancelling and non-renewing policies for non- payment to the insurance carriers during the Covid-19 crisis.
DON'T LOOK AT THIS AS FREE INSURANCE!
The insurance carriers are only delaying your payment due date. This does not apply to automatic payments via bank draft/EFT. Know also, delaying your payment due date does not mean you won’t have to pay at all. What it may do is cause a “balloon” payment to be due when you least expect it. Any unpaid amounts could eventually be turned over to collections if not paid when expected.
Don't let your credit history take a hit.
What can you do to keep your insurance affordable and still pay on-time?
Look at a reducing your insurance coverage. With auto insurance, you must (at least) have minimum liability as required by most state laws. If your vehicle is financed, you must secure the lien holder’s interest by having comprehensive & collision coverage. However, you can increase your deductible on these coverages. The higher the deductible, the lower the premium. Talk with your insurance carrier or insurance agent about possible options.
If you can't afford the EXTRA coverage and are not required to have it, do without during this time. You can modify your coverage when you are back on your feet and financially able.
What about the young drivers on your policy who are home-bound during this quarantine period? You can contact your insurance carrier to see about excluding drivers who are NOT driving during this period of time. Be careful with this option though. If your young driver is behind the wheel at any time, they need to be listed and removing them then letting them take the vehicle somewhere is not a good idea! Also, remember to change them back from an excluded to rated driver once the stay-home order is lifted and life returns to normal.
These are strange and scary times but whatever you decide, protecting what’s important should be top on your list of priorities. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you can get by without proper insurance on your auto(s), home or even life!
Until next time, take care, be safe and stay informed!
Tommy Curtis & Staff
DIsclaimer: NOT everyone will fall under this moratorium. You can still be cancelled for nonpayment if your new policy effective date is during the moratorium. In doubt, always talk with your insurance carrier to see if you qualify for this moratorium. You will also be cancelled or non-renewed for fraud and/or misrepresentation.
As we move into the second month of 2020, there are so many things to consider when thinking about your insurance.
We're going to take a moment and direct you back to some of our most important and most informative posts throughout the past couple of years.
Our office will be closed Monday, Dec 24th & Tuesday, Dec. 25th as well as Monday, Dec. 31st and Tuesday, Jan. 1st in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays.
We will resume normal business hours (9am - 5 pm) on Wednesday, Dec. 26th and Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.
As we move through the holidays and into a new year, we hope you'll take some time to browse the many blog posts we've shared over the past year or so and that you'll find a wealth of information beneficial to your life, home, auto and/or Medicare insurance concerns.
When faced with life, home or work changes, we certainly hope you'll give us a call and let us service your insurance needs. It's especially important to insure those new toys you got for Christmas! (ie; boats, jet skis, ATV's, jewelry, artwork, etc.)
Meanwhile - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
We look forward to serving you in 2019 and beyond....
Tommy Curtis and Staff
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” This quote was made famous by Dr. Wayne Dyer, PHD and it is true in so many ways.
Of course, Dr. Dyer was talking about people, places, things and circumstances in your life, but let’s examine this advice in light of insurance.
Most finance companies will require boats to be insured throughout the length of the loan. However, many folks discontinue their insurance once that is paid off and some who buy their boat outright never think to insure it.
Many people operate under the misconception that between their auto and home insurance, their boat, motor, trailer and contents are covered.
Once they purchase the required insurances, most people get comfortable and don’t think about reviewing their coverage unless there is a huge rate increase (or, even worse, if they have a claim!), then they start shopping. That’s fine, but there are times when an insurance review is in order.
Here are a few examples….
Welcome to the official blog for Curtis Insurance of Louisiana located at 509 7th Street in Lake Charles, Louisiana. As you can see, we are a full-service agency, looking to fulfill the Insurance needs of our friends in SW Louisiana. Whether you’re in need of Auto, Home, Renters, Life, Medicare or insurance to cover your RV, Boat, ATV or other items, we can help!
If you’re a landlord in need of dwelling or a property liability policy – we’ve got that too!
Not sure what you need? Give us a call and let us help you figure it out: 337-433-1683
Meanwhile, enjoy your visit to our website.
Until next time, drive safe!
Tommy Curtis and Staff
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Lake Charles, LA 70601
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