Hurricane Season Funtimes

Wow, Irma was intense!

As we enjoy our first week of normalcy, after that whole Irma incident, we’ve got Jose, Maria and Lee hanging out in the Atlantic Ocean. You guys remember 2004, right? Do the names Charlie, Francis, Ivan and Jean ring any bells? Let’s hope 2017 isn’t a repeat of 2004! So many hurricane Season funtimes to remember! (queue major eyeroll)

2017 Hurricane Names List

There’s really no need to panic. If you’re from Florida, you realize that even though the Official Hurricane Season is from June 1st – November 1st, it doesn’t really get interesting until September-ish. With that said, I’d like to give you guys a list of things you may want to consider.

Features you want to look for when shopping for a new home/ or updating your current home:

  1. Does the home have impact glass windows and garage door and/or a full set of hurricane shutters? Not only is this an investment that will keep you safe, you can also get discounts on your homeowners insurance! Win, win!
  2. Is there lots of big trees on the property? Are you prepared to keep up the landscaping on your own or will you hire a landscaping company? It’s important to keep your landscape safe by having your trees pruned regularly and keep dead branches cut.
  3. Does the home have Gutters and Downspouts? They should always be clean, especially during a storm. Blockages in these drainage systems can cause the water to back up onto your roof and into your attic, causing a lot of damage.
  4. I need to say something about the roofs here. Miami Dade building codes and what to do if the home was built before 1997.
  5. Is the home located in an evacuation area? Most homes on waterways and in low lying areas are. Be prepared to leave, and have to stay gone until the area is deemed safe again, by county officials.

Things to keep stocked, during hurricane season and year round:

  1. Water. I can’t stress enough about having water on hand during and after a bad hurricane. The suggested amount is a gallon per person, per day, for seven days. If you accumulate this over the winter months, you won’t have to worry about the stress that comes with trying to find water right before the storm hits.
  2. It is suggested that you keep at least a three-day supply of items such as candles, batteries, and foods that don’t require refrigeration. (Also, try not to eat all your hurricane snacks before the storm, like my family did. Ha!)
  3. You may be out of power for days or even weeks after a hurricane. Owning a generator can be very comforting when the power is out. There are all different types, from a whole house generator to a small generator that can run the fridge and a few fans. This is another purchase that would be better made before hurricane season. Once everyone knows a large storm is coming, generators sell out quickly! Be sure to do your homework, and get the one that’s best for you.
  4. A battery powered or hand crank radio is also a good item to have on hand, if the power goes out. It can help you stay up to date on whats happening throughout the storm.

Important Links To Help Keep You Up To Date During Hurricane Season:

  1. NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  2. FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency
  3. American Red Cross – Hurricane Prep & Safety
  4. Town Of Jupiter Website
  5. City of Palm Beach Gardens Website
  6. Village of Tequesta Website
  7. Palm Beach County Hurricane Survival Guide
  8. Palm Beach County – Public Safety & Emergency Management
  9. Mike’s Weather Page – My Personal Fave Storm Season Facebook Page

Please let me know what your favorite information resources are as well. I’d love to keep this list current & updated.

Myself and the entire Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would love to answer any questions you may have about purchasing or selling a home in Palm Beach County. We have all lived here our whole lives and are proud to call ourselves locals. We’ve weathered many hurricanes and are happy to share what we’ve learned over the years with you. Please reach out to us, we are here to help!

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! I hope you have a wonderful week! ❤ Nicole

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Jupiter Locals For Texas

Jupiter Locals For Texas

I’ve honestly been glued to the news with the horrible Harvey situation. I can’t even believe how many people have been affected! It’s truly heartbreaking. Us Floridians know the stress and fear that can come from hurricanes all to well. But, Harvey was a whole different beast. No one expected the enormity of it all.

I have been uplifted

by the amount of local folks that quickly sprang into action and started collecting items, raising money and some even headed to Texas! If you would like to help out in some way, here are a few ways to do so:

  1. Ship Much Needed Supplies Directly To Houston From Your Amazon Account: Hurricane Harvey Community Relief Effort
  2. Drop off non-perishable foods, diapers, underwear, baby food, clothing, batteries and any other helpful items to one of several local stores, now through the morning of Saturday, September 2th. Palm Beach Lately | Help For Houston
  3. There is also a huge need for pets of those affected by the storm. Austin Pets Alive | Hurricane Harvey is constantly updating their site with items they need.

There are many more ways to help listed here, by NPR: Here’s How You Can Help People Affected By Harvey

Almost everyone in Jupiter, that I’ve spoken to this week, feels the same way about this horrible event. Many of you have friends and/or relatives living in the affected areas. Luckily my Aunt & Cousins are further north and were spared from the devastation. If there is anything I can do for you or your families, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’m happy to do what I can.                ❤️ Nicole

Awesome Local Instagram Accounts

Happy Friday, Friends! ☀️

I hope you all have had a lovely week. I wanted to highlight some other locals on the blog today. So, I’ve put together a list for you of some awesome local Instagram accounts.

Follow these awesome local Instagram accounts and enjoy some amazing photos in your feed, every day!

www.instagram.com/jupitersupmermaid – A local featuring manatees, turtles, SUP and more in her awesome feed!

www.instagram.com/surfzach – Florida photographer showing off the gorgeous creatures living just off the coast in Jupiter.

www.instagram.com/tewkibear – This furry local gives us an inside look at a dog’s life in Jupiter, Florida.

www.instagram.com/southflpaddle – Making me jealous daily of her time spent with local manatees, dolphins and our gorgeous South Florida sunsets!

www.instagram.com/thelocalninja – A variety of local images underwater & above ground, mixed with travel photos from around the globe.

www.instagram.com/jackbatesphotography – Beautiful South Florida imagery from the ocean, the air and on the shore.

www.instagram.com/tulasendlesssummer – Two adventurous locals sharing their summers on a boat.

www.instagram.com/localgypsies – A newer account with some lovely, local photos.

www.instagram.com/jupiteroutdoorcenter – Featuring photos of turtles, manatees and lots of happy locals.

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends!

Do you have a favorite local you follow on Instagram? Let me know in the comments. I’m always looking to connect with awesome locals!

You can follow me on Instagram too, www.instagram.com/nikolina100 – Let’s be insta buddies!

Please Keep Me In Mind

If you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling a home in the Northern Palm Beach County area, I’d LOVE for you to Contact Me! Let me help you have an enjoyable real estate experience! ❤️ Nicole

Newly Listed Jupiter Florida Home

Happy Tuesday, friends!

I’ve got a gorgeous, newly listed Jupiter Florida home to show you guys! Just listed by myself and the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team, this home is not to be missed!

You Will Love The Curb Appeal

This immaculately maintained Jupiter Florida home offers 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2-car garage, and an outstanding designed floor plan. Most noteworthy, from the front yard to the back, this home has been exquisitely landscaped.

Beautiful Interior Features

Impressive high volume ceilings, designer wood flooring, upgraded bathrooms, a large interior laundry room, new interior paint, and a stunning gourmet kitchen are just some of the impressive interior features.

Perfect For Entertaining Family and Friends

Relax in the adjoined family room, with abundant space for your large furnishings and media components. With the split floor plan, the family room provides a separation of the master suite and the guest bedrooms.

Plenty of Space

A large master bedroom offers plenty of space for your furnishings. The en-suite master bathroom has beautiful travertine porcelain tile floors, brilliant high hat light fixtures, a luxury height granite vanity, a separate roman tub, and a separate seamless glass and tiled shower.

The Outdoor Features In This Home Are Amazing

This lanai is big enough to lounge on a hammock, and still have extra space available for your other large patio furnishings. For additional privacy, a botanical garden wraps the backyard.

Location, Location, Location

Enjoy the non-HOA community in Jupiter, Florida, known as the Heights of Jupiter. With grade “A” schools and multiple amenities to choose from, this location is awesome. You’ll be close to the community park, as well as multiple public parks and recreational facilities.

If you would like more information on this newly listed Jupiter Florida Home or any others in the North County area, please contact me.

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! I hope you all have some amazing, South Florida week!

❤️ Nicole

Events For July 4th: Jupiter Florida

Celebrate America’s Birthday – July 4th: Jupiter Florida

There are actually quite a few things going on around town. Here’s a handy list of local events, to help you get the most out of America’s birthday!

Sunday, July 2nd

  • Paddle With Sea Turtles in the Wild – Jupiter Outdoor Center has created a new experience that will practically guarantee guests an unforgettable wildlife adventure. Turtle Time will send guests on a paddle experience to the best spot in town for viewing turtles in their natural habitat. Grab you tickets HERE and head out to enjoy our beautiful waterways.
  • Head to the top of the Jupiter Lighthouse – Allow 2 hours to visit site and trail. Tours leave approximately every 30 minutes throughout the day at the top and bottom of the hour. The last lighthouse tour begins at 4pm. Plan your trip HERE.

Monday, July 3rd

  • Mega Bash – Roger Dean Stadium: Featuring fireworks, a MEGA Kids’ Area and great minor league baseball action! Click HERE for tickets.
  • Live Music At Harbourside Place – 6PM:  Enjoy a live, 45-piece orchestra from the Air National Guard Band of the South. Enjoy this FREE event, down by the water at the amphitheater.More details HERE.

Tuesday, July 4th

  • 4th of July Block Party – 4PM – 9PM: Featuring live music by local band, The People Upstairs, kids activities, food and a Cornhole tournament. The celebration takes place at Downtown Abacoa, Town Center Drive, Jupiter. Free.

  • Mega Bash – Roger Dean Stadium: Featuring fireworks, a MEGA Kids’ Area and great minor league baseball action! Click HERE for tickets.

A Little Local Love

One of my favorite locals (and one of the Jupiter Local’s original featured local) is celebrating the 2nd anniversary of her amazing lettering business. Please visit Ink Letter Love to get to know Corey and grab yourself some of her amazing goods!

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! I hope it helps you get the most out of Celebrating July 4th in Jupiter Florida.

Please keep me in mind

If you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling a home in the Northern Palm Beach County area, I’d LOVE for you to Contact Me! Let me help you have an enjoyable real estate experience! ❤️ Nicole