Monthly Archives: November 2017

2017 Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade

Only 25 shopping days left until Christmas. But the holiday celebrating starts earlier than that. Next weekend, the public is invited to watch the 2017 Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade navigate its way through the Naples Bay. Whether you’re a participant or a spectator, you’re most definitely going to have a great time.

Whether you watch or participate in the 2017 Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade, you're assured to have a fantastic time!

What: 2017 Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade
Where: Naples Yacht Club
When: Saturday, December 9th, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: Marine Industries Association of Collier County (239) 682-0900 or via email

2017 Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade

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The 2017 Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade really kicks off the holiday season in a manner befitting the area. Owners dress up their boats with sparkling lights and other Christmas finery. Then, they set sail from Marker 18 all the way up to Pincher’s Crab Shack. But they’re not just showing off their decorating skills. These guys compete for bragging rights and their portion of $3000 in cash and prizes.

Do you want to compete? It’s free to enter. Simply fill out an entry form at the Marine Industries Association website here. All captains must attend a mandatory meeting at Pincher’s Crab Shack on December 6th at 6:30 pm. All you need is a boat, a healthy imagination to participate, and a few good crewmates to get the job done.

Best Places to View the 2017 Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade

Make your dinner plans at any of these great restaurants and you’ll have a front-row view of the parade as it passes by:

  • The Boat House Restaurant
  • Kelly’s Fish House
  • Pinchers Crab Shack
  • Riverwalk Restaurant

Other great viewing locations include Naples Landing as well as Bayview Park. Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and get there early to scout a good location.

Ricky King Children’s Fund

While the parade requires no participation fee, donations are always greatly appreciated. Proceeds from the 2017 Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade benefit the Ricky King Children’s Fund. This fund helps provide much-needed equipment and services to children with physical disabilities living in Collier County. So far, the parade has managed to raise $100,000 over the past 10 years for the Ricky King Children’s Fund.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Home for the Holidays in Lely Resort of Naples

Michelle Thomas proudly presents…

 
 

 

With over $175,000 in custom upgrades, this immaculately maintained premium cul-de-sac end lot offers magnificent lake views and a spacious Montessa floor plan. Lush tropical landscaping and custom lighting surround the outside of this beautiful residence. Spanning over 2,200 square feet of living area with three bedrooms and a den, this impeccable home presents an array of upgrades such as a newer washer and dryer, recently custom-painted interior, newer tile in the baths and upgraded faucets. Tile, volume ceilings, upgraded lighting fixtures and two designer chandeliers decorate the inside. The great room, formal dining room and expansive lanai offer the perfect setting for intimate gatherings or elegant entertaining. Access the paver lanai from the great room or master bedroom, and enjoy your private saltwater swimming pool and spa area. The kitchen boasts granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, pantry and dry bar area. Additional features include remote keyless entry system, impact glass throughout, alarm system and Nest remote thermostat. Only minutes from downtown Naples, beaches and marina, an extraordinary lifestyle is waiting for you in Lely Resort.

What Your Need to Know About Your Home Inspector

“A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. (Wikipedia )”

 

A home inspection is an important part of the home sale process for both for buyers and sellers. Here’s what you need to know about a home inspector.

What You Need to Know About Your Home Inspector

You Can Choose – Your Realtor is a valuable resource for reputable home inspectors and can recommend one to you. You can, however, choose any home inspector you like. Get references before hiring them. It’s important that they are highly-trained to spot current and potential problems before you buy or sell your home.

Spotting Big Problems – A home inspector is skilled at spotting issues based on the integrity of home-safety, the electrical work, foundation, and more. Cosmetic issues like the color of the walls or distasteful light fixtures are not a part of his inspection.

The Inspector’s Report – The home inspector’s list has a lot of items on it. It mainly focuses on damage, needed repairs, etc. Make sure you read the report and understand it completely. Your real estate agent will help you with this.

The Inspector’s Code of Ethics – The inspector is actually working for the party that pays his or her fees. However, the inspector’s integrity and code of ethics will only allow him/her to write a report based on true facts regarding the home. They will not intentionally omit information about the home that is not true. Although the report is a private matter between you and the inspector, the seller must disclose any issues that the inspection finds.

Home Inspector’s Liability – It’s great news when a home inspector doesn’t find any problems in a home. It’s important to know, however, that the inspector cannot be held liable for any issues that occur down the road.

As you can see, the home inspector plays a vital role in the purchase of a home. Your Realtor® is a skilled and trusted ally in making sure you are protected.

Contact me if you have any questions about home inspections or need a recommendation for a reputable home inspector.

5 Do-It-Yourself Home Inspections

Pride of ownership means inspecting your home on a regular basis.  This ensures that small maintenance issues don’t become big, expensive and overwhelming disasters.

5 Do It Yourself Home Inspections

 

Do your own home inspections on these five household items:

Smoke Detectors – According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ps://www.fema.gov, smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month.  Check your batteries at least twice a year.  A good way to remember when to change batteries is to choose a special holiday or occasion; New Year’s Day, Daylight Savings, your birthday, etc.

Be sure to test your carbon monoxide detectors, too, if you have them.

 

Electrical Outlets – To test your electrical outlets in your kitchen and bathroom, plug in a small appliance like a mixer or hair dryer.  Push the “test” button.  If it’s working properly, your appliance will shut off.  It not, call your electrician to fix it.

 

Fire Extinguisher – Every home should have at least one fire extinguisher per floor.  It’s also recommended that you keep one in the garage.

Your fire extinguisher should be inspected and certified annually by a fire protection equipment company.

 

Staircases – Wear and tear occur on staircases and banisters.  Regular checks on stairs and banisters ensure that they are maintained.  Loose railings on staircases can cause serious personal injury.

 

Water Quality – Test your tap water for contaminants by purchasing a test kit at your local Home Depot or another home store.  The water test kits are simple to use and will let you know whether or not your drinking water is safe.

 

These five do-it-yourself home inspections will help you keep your home well maintained and safe for many years to come.  Contact me for more suggestions.

Calling All Naples Florida Area Food and Wine Lovers

Calling All Naples Florida Area Food and Wine Lovers

Paradise Coast Food and Wine Tasting Event

Calling All Naples Florida Area Food and Wine Lovers - Paradise Coast Food & Wine Experience

Calling all food and wine lovers!  Mark your calendars for the Paradise Coast Food & Wine Experience. This is a must-attend event!

What: Paradise Coast Food & Wine Experience

When: November 11, 2017, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Where: 5th Avenue South, Naples, FL

Cost: $85 for Grand Tasting and $120 for the VIP Grand Tasting, $25 add-on to Meet Martha’s Experts; Thomas Joseph

Tickets:  Go to http://protixonline.com/events/details/?event_id=668 to purchase tickets.

This is a great opportunity to sample the culinary delights offered by some of the most renowned chefs and mixologists in the country.

Choose Your Ticket:

$85 Grand Tasting includes unlimited culinary delights including spirits from local restaurants.  You’ll also be able to see chef demonstrations and seminars.  National and local culinary experts will participate in panel discussions.

$120 VIP Tasting allows you avoid the long lines with a one-hour early-access.  Enjoy private wine and other drink tastings in the VIP Lounge.  This is in addition to what’s available in the Grand Tasting.

Need a little more of the Paradise Coast Food & Wine Experience?  For a $25 add-on Thomas Joseph, Martha Stewart’s Culinary Director will demonstrate his best tips and techniques.  A one-year subscription to Martha Stewart Living Magazine and Naples Daily News or The News-Press digital subscription.

This event promises to be a fun-packed thrill event for foodies of all experience and talent.  It’s more than the usual food tasting event.  It’s the full experience.  An exciting few steps beyond.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District and the USA TODAY Network publications.

Bring your appetite!  This event is going to be a lot of fun.

Easy and Economical Ways to Make Your Bathroom More Energy Efficient

Looking for ways to make our homes more energy-efficient? The thought of going through the whole house and making changes can be overwhelming.  Your bathroom can be the easiest place to start working on creating a more energy-efficient home.

Easy and Economical Ways to Make Your Bathroom More Energy Efficient

 

Here are just a few energy-efficient bathroom ideas:

Low-Flow Shower Head – Start by installing a low low-flow shower head. A conventional shower head uses between 3 and 4 gallons per minute while a low-flow showerhead uses about 2 gallons per minute. That’s a lot of water and money savings.

HomeTips.com provides some excellent tips for purchasing a low-flow show head.

Low Flush Toilet – Install low-flush toilets. They use significantly less water than the standard toilets in most homes. They were designed in the 1990s to address energy concerns.

Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs – Replace those energy-guzzling light bulbs for energy-efficient LED lightbulbs. LEDs make a difference in your bathroom and your wallet.  Take a look at this cost-comparison.

Light Bulb Energy Savings

Fix all Leaks – When you hear the drip, drip, drip of your sink or bathroom faucet, fix it right away. It can be as simple as making a little repair. Or, it can mean replacing the fixtures altogether. Immediate fixes will save time and conserve energy in the long run.

Go to your local Home Depot to get suggestions for “greening” your bathroom. Ask if they have homeowner classes to help you learn more ways to make your bathroom more energy-efficient.

If you’re not the do-it-yourself type, no worries. Just contact me and I’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.