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Hollywood Awards Night at Tampa Theatre

by Michelle Chenault

If you are enjoy watching the Oscars, head out to Tampa’s own Hollywood Awards Night at Tampa Theatre on Sunday night. Dress in your finest for your turn on the red carpet. A limo will give you a ride around the block before you make your red carpet entrance to paparazzi and fans.

When you step past the ropes, enjoy games, prizes, popcorn, soda and hair and makeup touchups while watching the preshow and awards ceremony. If you make it until the end of the awards show, you will be rewarded with doughnuts and coffee at the conclusion of the televised awards show.

When: Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin Street, Tampa, FL

Michelle Chenault

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Landscaping to Sell

by Michelle Chenault

No matter how much landscaping you have done in the past, most homeowners need to spruce things up when you are ready to sell. If it’s been years since you touched your lawn other than to mow, it’s definitely in need of some updating. How do you decide what to do? Here are some ideas. Your curb appeal will determine if buyers come inside so you want to make a good first impression.

Clean Up

Before doing anything else, clean up your yard and clear out the overgrowth and clutter. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference you can make just by trimming trees and bushes, removing dead weeds and getting rid of excess stuff.

Look for Bare and Boring

Once you’ve cleaned up your yard, look at it to see where it needs help. Focus on areas that seem bland or empty. You don’t have to figure out what to put in those spaces, but identify them for later. You’ll also want to see if there are any hardscape areas that need repairs. This includes the driveway, sidewalks and fences.

Plan Your Budget

Figure out how much you have to spend on your landscape before you start shopping. Once you have the total, calculate the cost of repairs first. You want to make what you have look good before you worry about adding more. A coat of paint on the border fence or filling cracks in the driveway is a sound use of your money.

Focus on the Big Picture

Look for items you can add that will have a big impact on the entire area rather than trying to spread out a lot of plants over your landscape. For instance, a tree or bush will do more visually than a few flowers. On the other hand, you don’t want to try to do the entire area if you only have limited funds. It would be better to put your focus on the entry or the sidewalk to the front door rather than putting a few plants around the perimeter of the yard.

Add Color

Bright colors and big plants will make a huge difference. Add visual impact with red and yellow flowers that break up all the green in your space. However, if you have a dry landscape, a few pieces of greenery could add the “wow” factor.

If you aren’t sure what to do with your lawn, hire a professional to provide ideas. It will be well worth the cost as you increase your home’s value with the right landscape updates. Contact me to talk about your landscaping and other things you might want to address before you sell your home.

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
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Using Solar in Your Home

by Michelle Chenault

While solar panels still aren’t being used in every home, they are definitely becoming more common. The investment it takes to install solar panels has gone down significantly in recent years making this an option for more people. If this is something you have never considered, now might be the time to give solar a look if you want to capitalize on the beautiful Clearwater Beach sunshine for your energy needs. In addition, greater demand for the product has made it easier to find an experienced solar contractor.  

Benefits of Installation

Homeowners who choose to install solar panels on their homes will benefit in many ways. You may be eligible for tax credits and other rebates. In addition, you will save on the cost of electricity over time, which will pay for itself if you own the home long enough.

For those selling a home that has solar panels, the property may can command a higher price because of the savings that is passed on to the buyer through lower utility bills. The buyer won’t have to pay for installation, but they will still appreciate the benefits.

The Challenges of Solar

A homeowner who is selling their home should make sure the appraiser includes the solar panels in the assessment. While you may think this would be obvious, not all appraisers include it, especially if there are very few homes in the area with solar for comparison.

If the seller factors in the solar panels in the price but the appraiser doesn’t include it in their value estimate, there may be a significant difference.

Buying a Home with Solar

If you want to buy a home that already has solar installed to save you the hassle, make sure you ask the right questions. First, find out who the manufacturer was request copies of all paperwork on the system in case you have issues or need to contact the company about a warranty.

You also want to know if the panels are owned or leased. If leased, you may assume a monthly cost, which will impact the monthly payment on the home. You will also want to know the installer, which may not be the same as the manufacturer. The installer should carry a warranty as well for the work in case of problems with the roof.

Make sure you know what kind of warranty is on the solar panels and who to contact if you need to find out about repair or replacement.

As solar panels become more mainstream, you may want to take some time to educate yourself if you are considering this option for your home. Contact me if you have questions about who to call or the impact solar will have on your home value.

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
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Sea-Blues Festival in Clearwater, FL

by Michelle Chenault

The Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival takes place this weekend at Coachman Park in Clearwater. The event will take place Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19 beginning at noon each day. The festival includes two days of music and seafood. 

General admission for the festival is free but there are reserved seating and VIP packages available. Each day has a full lineup of music including JJ Grey & Mofro on Saturday night and Walter Trout on Sunday night. Find more information about the festival here.

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017 and Sunday, February 19, 2017 Gates open at 12:00 PM both days.

Where: Coachman Park 301 Drew Street Clearwater, FL

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
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For Sale: 818 Harbor Island, Clearwater Beach-$899,000

by Michelle Chenault

Come home to Island Estates and this exquisite home with so much to offer. This beautiful home has a Western exposure and is just minutes away from the top-rated Clearwater Beach.

The property offers three bedrooms and three full bathrooms in 2,666 square feet. Relax in your master suite with a view of the water, two walk-in closets, double sinks and an opening to the patio.

The home is packed with special features and updates to enhance your lifestyle. Hurricane shutters on the windows and patio, two water heaters, an LG refrigerator, Nest Eco-Friendly AC control, tile roof, water softener, central vacuum system, enclosed pool and hot tub, boat dock with electric lift and so much more.

The spacious open floor plan along with the beautiful outdoor amenities create a great space for entertaining. Tropical landscaping provides great curb appeal and is easily maintained with the installed irrigation system.

 

The Island Estates location will enhance your desire for this home even more. Convenient beach access, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a shopping center, bank, restaurants, service station and a new grocer store coming in fall of 2017.

For more details and additional pictures, please click here.

 

 Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
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Florida State Fair in Tampa, Florida-February 9-20, 2017

by Michelle Chenault

The 2017 Florida State Fair takes place from February 9-20 in Tampa. The fair will be open each day with varying hours depending on the days of the week and weather.

The fair offers various activities that will satisfy everyone that steps in the gate including rides, games, entertainment and food.

A few things you will definitely want to check out when you go to the fair are:

 

  • Hollywood Racing Pigs-See the pigs race around the track to win a treat but watch out for pig pileups during these entertaining races. There are multiple show times each day.
  • Meet two of the Shopkins characters-Kooky Cookie and Apple Blossom will make daily appearances at the fair to greet their fans.
  • Welde’s Big Bear Show-See these big bears interact with humans while learning about preservation and conservation of all bear species. There are multiple show times each day.
  • Circus Hollywood brings the best of the circus with multiple show times each day of the fair. A trapeze show, chair balancing act, clowns and animals are just some of circus acts you will enjoy at this performance.
  • Don’t miss Sweet-The Tasty journey featuring a life-sized Candy Land game, Beanboozled taste test challenge along with candy-inspired art work.
  • The Elvis Extravaganza will take place on February 14, 15 and 16 to determine the best Elvis impersonator.

This is just a sampling of what the Florida State Fair has to offer. Every day of the fair is packed with entertainment that will engage all of your senses.

When: February 9-20 at various times each day.

Where: Florida State Fairgrounds 4800 US Hwy 301 North, Tampa, FL 33610

For more information about the Florida State Fair, click here.

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
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Fight Allergy Causing Irritants in Your Home

by Michelle Chenault

​It seems like 2017 just started but with February upon us, unfortunately, allergy season won’t be far behind. There are many allergens you can’t avoid if you leave the house regularly but there are many things you can do inside your home to help reduce the sneezing, wheezing, itching and coughing caused by your allergies.

First, a warning: Some of these allergy-fighting projects might be harsh to those performing them. Wear a dust mask and plastic gloves to protect yourself and take a shower and wash your clothes in hot water after you're done.

Bedrooms
Since you spend more time in your bedroom than anywhere else in your home start there.

  • Keep the windows closed.
  • Vacuum carpets twice a week with a HEPA-Filter vacuum.
  • Wash bed linens once a week in hot water, and blankets and mattress pads twice a month.
  • Wash curtains and blinds once a month, or replace them with shades.
  • Cover beds and pillows with dust-mite and allergen-impermeable covers.
  • Dust with a damp rag - you want to capture dust particles, not stir them up into the air!
  • Keep pets out. Pets are magnets for dust and they'll undermine all your other efforts if you let them in the bedroom.
  • Change your air filters every four to six weeks.

Kitchens

  • Replace carpet in the kitchen with tile or hardwood floors.
  • Scrub the garbage can and deodorize your garbage disposal to avoid attracting bugs.
  • Don't leave food or dirty dishes out.
  • Clean refrigerator spills right away to avoid mold
  • Run the exhaust fan when cooking to reduce moisture.

Bathrooms

  • In bathrooms, the key is to eliminate moisture. Here, the problem is mold.
  • Make sure you run the fan when you shower.
  • Eliminate wallpaper. It's a perfect place for mold to hide.
  • No wall-to-wall carpet. Wash bath mats once a week
  • Wash bath towels once a week in hot water.
  • Wash shower curtains once a month.
  • Clean your toothbrush holder! 

An added bonus to all of this work is that if you want to sell your home, many of these things will make it look better when potential buyers come to look at it.

For more help and advice, follow these links to the Mayo ClinicBetter Homes and GardensHow Stuff Works and This Old House websites. When it comes time to sell, contact me and we'll work together to present potential buyers with all of the benefits of your home.

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
michelle@michellechenault.com

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Top 5 Things You Need to Know to Make an Offer on a Home

by Michelle Chenault

Are you thinking about buying a home in the Clearwater Beach Area? When the time comes for you to purchase a home, you need to be ready so you can move quickly if needed. Here are some things you should do now so you are ready when you find the perfect house.

1. Be prepared to act fast. If you see a home that you like, there is a good chance someone else saw the same house before you or shortly after you. Be prepared with all of the necessary information you will need to make an offer and don’t delay in doing so. Thinking too long before you make your offer may allow another buyer to get ahead of you

2. Find a knowledgeable and professional real estate agent to help you find and purchase your dream home. An experienced agent will work with you to determine the best course of action to reach your real estate goals.

3. Make a strong offer. Everyone wants to get a great deal on their house but making an offer for significantly less than the property is worth is not a good idea. It can be frustrating to the seller and make them thing you aren’t serious making them less likely to take negotiations seriously when you make a legitimate offer. Rely on your agent to guide you using recent sold properties to help determine the value of the home you want to buy.

4. Get preapproved for your mortgage so you know how much home you can afford and don’t waste your time looking at homes you can’t afford. A good lender will help you select the right price home for your financial situation.

5. Don’t expect your initial offer to be accepted. It is very common in the real estate market for negotiations between the buyer and seller to go back and forth a little bit. A strong offer can help with this but it is still unlikely for your initial to be accepted exactly as it is written and that’s ok.

Remember, the ultimate goal is to get you the home you desire at a price that fits into your budget. Being prepared ahead of time and working with a skilled agent are the best things you can do to help achieve your dreams.

Contact me when you are ready to begin the home buying process or if you have questions about things you can do now to start preparing for you are ready to buy.

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
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Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest-Saturday, February 4 at Tropicana Field

by Michelle Chenault

The Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest will take place on Saturday, February 4 at Tropicana Field. The event is scheduled from 11 am to 4 pm but Rays season ticket holders will be admitted beginning at 10 am.

More than 60 current and former major league baseball players and coaches are expected to attend the event. The Rays Fan Fest will offer many fun activities for the team’s fans including photos in the Rays dugout (for the first time ever), tours of the clubhouse facilities and autographs opportunities.

Fans will also have the chance to play against Rays players in assorted tailgate games including 22-player foosball, pop-a-shot, air hockey, giant Jenga and ping pong. A charity yard sale will give you the opportunity to purchase Rays items for just $5. All proceeds from the charity yard sale will benefit the Rays Baseball Foundation.

There will be many activities for kids throughout the Rays Fan Fest. Sign up for the free Rays Rookies Kids Club, Speed Pitch, Big League Batting Cages and Home Run Derby presented by Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital. There will also be youth baseball clinics and a chance for kids to run the bases.

See the list of current and former players and coaches that will be present at Rays Fan Fest. Head out to Rays Fan Fest and enjoy this fun event before the Rays season gets started later this month.

When: Saturday, February 4 from 11-4
Where: Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg
For more information about Rays Fan Fest, click here

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
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Many Great Clearwater Beach Properties Available Today

by Michelle Chenault

Wow! 2017 is flying by already. February is here, which means spring is right around the corner. What are your goals for 2017? Maybe they include losing weight, exercising more, saving money or buying a house in Clearwater Beach.

Whether you are looking for a permanent resident, vacation home or an addition to your investment portfolio, I will make buying a home a simple process for you.

The market is strong and there are many great properties to choose from. Whether you are looking for a low maintenance condo or a beach house with a view, I have properties that will meet your needs.

Take a look at this magazine for an assortment of properties that are currently available. I am sure you will find one that is right for you. 

Contact me today and let me help you reach your real estate goals in 2017 and beyond! 

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
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