Monthly Archives: September 2018

Marco Island Photo Contest for New City Website

When people come to visit you on Marco Island, where do you take them first? What are your favorite local haunts? Where do you hang out the most? Share your love for the city by entering the Marco Island photo contest. The City needs photographs to add to its soon-to-be-released new website. And they’re asking for the public’s assistance.

Enter your own photos of your favorite locations/events/places around the city in the Marco Island Photo Contest for use on their new site.

What: Marco Island Photo Contest
Deadline: 5 pm on October 15th, 2018
Entrance Fee: FREE
Contact: City of Marco Island Submission Form

Marco Island Photo Contest

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Do the winning photographs take home a cash prize of some sort in the Marco Island Photo Contest? No. But photographers achieve local celebrity status of a sort when their name accompanies their photo on the new website (where possible). The City wants photographs of local landmarks, celebrations, people, and vistas. If you do take photos of people, please make sure you get their written permission to allow the release of their likeness in case the photo is used on the website. Otherwise, it might not even be considered for inclusion on the website. Also, please leave out any alcohol, tobacco, profanity or nudity. Make sure your photographs remain family-friendly and showcase Marco Island’s unique lifestyle.

Marco Island Photo Contest Rules

Contestants in the Marco Island Photo Contest may enter up to five photographs total. Digital photos only, please. Hard copies will not be accepted. Both color and black and white photos are allowed. Only submit your own work. Any photograph taken by you during the last three years (2016, 2017 or 2018) can be submitted. Made it to a Marco Island 2nd Tuesday or two over the past few years? Did you take foodie photos during the Marco Island-Naples SWFL Restaurant Week earlier this year? Been out on your boat or at the beach lately? Have you taken photos of shops around town decorated in their holiday finest in the past couple of years? Submit them into the Marco Island Photo Contest. Organizers want to see photos from any season throughout the year, not just right now.

How to Enter the Marco Island Photo Contest

All you need to do to enter the Marco Island Photo Contest is to visit the City’s website and fill out the online submission form. If you want to submit your photos in person, bring the digital photos via USB stick or CD to the City Hall’s front desk. They’ll also need you to fill out a paper form to accompany the photos. All photos submitted automatically become the City’s property. They will not return any photographs to the original owner. So, if these are photographs you want to keep at home, make copies or print them out before you submit the original. All entries need to be received by 5 pm on October 15th, 2018.

Get out there. Go find your favorite locales, landscapes, and events. Take lots of photos. Then, select the best four or five and enter them into the Marco Island Photo Contest. Good luck!

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

Fall Home Maintenance Tasks to Complete Right Now

So, fall technically doesn’t begin for 12 more days. However, responsible Naples/Marco Island homeowners start getting their properties in shape for the change of seasons as soon as possible. Complete the following fall home maintenance tasks right now. Then, you’ll be ahead of the curve if you need a service call.

Save yourself the headache and expense of a larger problem by tackling these fall home maintenance tasks right now.

Fall Home Maintenance Tasks to Complete Right Now

Gutters

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We might not experience the bone-chilling cold here in the Naples/Marco Island area that other parts of the country feel. However, that doesn’t mean we should neglect cleaning out the gutters as part of our fall home maintenance tasks. Rain falls quite a bit here, as you know. In fact, our summers experience the most precipitation out of the entire year. Wind brings all sorts of foliage to our rooftops that can then settle into the gutters. If the gutters become clogged, water won’t drain properly from the roof. Pooling water creates a myriad of problems, from roof rips and tears to rot and leaks. The majority of these problems can be solved by simply clearing out your rain gutters routinely.

Fireplace

Another one of the fall home maintenance tasks to pay attention to right now is cleaning out your fireplace. We may still have a couple of months before you actually light a fire in your fireplace, however, you should make sure it is in proper working condition right now. Creosote builds up in the chimney, creating a fire hazard. Leave the cleaning to the pros. Experts recommend a good chimney sweep after every 50-70 fires. One professional cleaning per year (either early fall or in the spring) should be enough for more Naples/Marco Island homes.

Roof

Next item up on your fall home maintenance tasks list should be to inspect your roof. As I said before, wind brings all manner of things to the rooftop. It can also cause severe damage to tiles or other roofing materials. Repair or replace damaged areas as soon as possible. I highly recommend paying a roofing company to come out and look at your roof. Inspections typically cost about $100. But it could save you thousands of dollars down the road if a potential problem is spotted and resolved in its early stages.

Doors/Windows/Walls

When the weather starts to change, animals like to find warmer places to nest. Don’t allow them to lay claim to your Naples/Marco Island home. The final one of your fall home maintenance tasks to tackle right now is to walk around the perimeter of your home looking for small holes in the walls. Check the eaves as well as the foundation. Mice and other critters look for ways inside and they don’t need much of hole to do it either. Most mice fit through a whole the size of a dime. Even vents provide access points. Also, keep cold, wet weather out and warm temperatures in during the winter by sealing up doors and windows. Replace worn or cracked caulking or weather stripping. This helps reduce your energy usage and costs as well.

Complete these fall home maintenance tasks as soon as possible. Some might require the services of a professional. As the weather gets cooler, these professionals’ schedules fill up. Then, the consumer (you) gets charged more. Save yourself the headache and expense of a larger problem by tackling these chores right now.

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

Is White-Boxing the Way to Go When Selling Your Naples Home?

For most sellers, home staging plays a huge part in how quickly their home sells as well as for how much. But a trend we’re beginning to see with higher-end homes like those in Naples and Marco Island is something called “white-boxing”. That’s the complete opposite of home staging. So, is white-boxing the way to go when selling your Naples or Marco Island home? It just might be.

White-boxing is a new trend we're seeing in higher end Naples and Marco Island homes. Is this the right strategy to use when selling your home?

What is “White-Boxing”?

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White-boxing is the absence of furniture or furnishings of any kind. This provides buyers with a truly blank slate. Only white walls and blank floor space. No artwork, books, area rugs, dishes…nothing. Your Naples/Marco Island home is simply a “white box” filled with infinite possibilities.

What Makes White-Boxing Popular?

Today’s luxury buyers want to go in and put their personal stamp on a place. No matter how lovely of a home it may be, they want to tear down walls, rip up flooring and customize the space to fit their lifestyle. When a seller uses white-boxing, it allows the buyer and their designer to better see what they’d like to change instead of focusing on the furniture and fixtures. For designers, this blank canvas makes it easier to render their design concepts for the buyer to visualize once customization has been completed. Plus, buyers feel less guilty about gutting a home to redesign it if it’s already empty. In fact, these buyers may pay more for a white-boxed home than a staged one.

Does White-Boxing Work for Every Home?

No. It may seem odd, but many rooms actually look smaller without furniture in them. White-boxing works best when you have large rooms and a fabulous view. Otherwise, this might not be the best strategy. Determine who your buyers are before you list. Talk this over with your Naples REALTOR® to decide whether or not white-boxing is a good selling plan for your home.

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