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Setting Up Your Home Office

by Michelle Chenault

With more people working remotely, a home office is common in many homes today. For some people, they are fortunate to have an extra room or spare bedroom to repurpose for their office. However, you can create your own office space even if you don’t have a dedicated room.

Move into the Attic or Basement

If you have unfinished space, it wouldn’t take much to finish it out for an office. You wouldn’t need to add plumbing, which could be a major expense. Just hang drywall and add insulation and extend the electrical to this area. You could even install a window or wall air conditioner and portable heater if you don’t want the expense of expanding the ductwork.

Take Over a Closet

An spare closet might make a great office. Install a wall desk that either fits in the space or folds up when the door is closed. You can even hang baskets for folders and accessories and add a shelf for the printer or other electronics.

Build a Desk to Fit Your Space

All it takes are a few pieces of wood and you can build a desk that fits into whatever space you have. It might be a corner of the dining room or bedroom or you might even want to move your desk out to the back patio on nice days. Add wheels to the legs and you have a portable desk that fits where you want to work.

Take Over a Cabinet

If you have more kitchen cabinet space than you need, you could repurpose one of those cabinets as a desk. Add a tall stool that fits under the counter and you will be ready to work Add some under cabinet lighting to give you extra light when you are working.

Creating an office space doesn’t have to be hard. There are lots of office options that require minimal space yet offer you exactly what you need. You can create a workspace wherever you need it if you aren’t afraid to get a little creative. Look at your rooms with fresh eyes and see what they could be instead of just what they are.

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
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AmeriLife Fun ‘n Country

by Michelle Chenault

AmeriLife Fun ‘n Country will take place at Clearwater’s Coachman Park on Saturday, April 29 

beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Various acts will perfect all day including A Thousand Horses, Runaway June, Aubrey Wollett, Chase Rice and Billy Currington.

Come enjoy the show at Coachman Park

When: Saturday, April 29 from 2:00-10:00 p.m.

Where: Coachman Park, 301 Drew Street, Clearwater, FL

For more information about AmeriLife Fun ‘n Country, click here.

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
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Home Maintenance You Can Perform without a Professional

by Michelle Chenault

Do you prefer to maintain your home yourself or hire a professional? Hiring a professional is definitely the easier way to go but it can be expensive and sometimes challenging to find someone to exactly capture the look or style you are after. There are many things you can do yourself to maintain your home without having to hire an expert.

Paint

It can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to paint the interior or exterior of your home. The majority of that cost is in labor. Want to save some money? Buy a few buckets of paint, a paint brush and roller and do the work yourself. If you want to paint your entire home, this may take some time, but if you just need to paint a room or two, you should be able to accomplish this in a weekend.

Clean the Gutters

Many homeowners hire someone to clean out the gutters of their Clearwater Beach home in the spring and fall, but this is one job you can do yourself. You just need a solid ladder, and a friend to hang out just in case you need help. Cleaning the gutters is important preventative maintenance that helps prevent roof and foundation problems.

Trim the Landscape

If you have trees or bushes, sooner or later they will look overgrown if you don’t keep them trimmed. Instead of hiring a landscaper to do the work, this is one project that is easy for homeowners. All you need is a cutting tool and a ladder. Don’t worry if you cut off more than you should or if the result doesn’t look as professional as you would like. The branches will always grow back out in time.

Replace a Light Fixture

It’s common for homeowners to hire an electrician to update light fixtures around the house, but this is actually a DIY project that most people can handle themselves. Instructions come with a light kit, and the job is safe if you shut off the electricity to the fixture. Since the wires are color-coded, they are easy to match up. The result is a brand new light fixture that helps to update your home.

Don’t be afraid to try some of these projects on your own whether you’re selling your home or just freshening it up for your own enjoyment. Anytime you want to talk about an update you are considering or have a big job and need the name of a trusted professional, contact me.

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
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Make Sure Your Home Sale Makes it to Closing

by Michelle Chenault

According to data from Trulia, the percentage of failed home purchases has increased from 1.5 percent two years ago to 4.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016. These numbers are concerning for both buyers and sellers, but understanding the most common reasons homes don’t close can help you avoid many problems.

Why Contracts Fail

A home sale can fail for many reasons. Sometimes it is due to the buyer failing to obtain a loan. Other times, it is due to an issue with the house itself. Sellers can take steps to protect themselves in both cases.

When it comes to accepting an offer, choose only a buyer who has been preapproved. While this isn’t a guarantee that the transaction will close without a hitch, a buyer with a preapproval is more likely to close on a home than one without. Also, try to close the sale as quickly as possible because a buyer’s status can change. A delayed closing for one reason or another can increase the risk that it will fall through.

To prevent issues with the house causing a real estate transaction to fail, get an inspection.

Make sure you know of any problems with the home and the make the buyer aware. Don’t wait for the buyer to walk away when their home inspection shows something they don’t like. Having a home inspection in advance will give you the opportunity to make repairs and accurately portray issues with your home while it is for sale. Then, when you get an offer, it’s from an informed buyer who knows what they are getting into.

There are numerous inspections for a home, and you won’t need to do them all. An experienced real estate agent will know if you need to have a termite or radon inspection based on the age of the home, the geographical area and other factors. If something is found, it could impact the salability of the property or the buyer’s ability to obtain a loan on the property.

A knowledgeable and experienced real estate agent can help you understand the home selling process and how to prepare your home best to avoid these common pitfalls. Contact me today and I can help you get your home sold the first time.

Michelle Chenault

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

by Michelle Chenault

Kenny G will be in concert on Friday, April 21 as part of Fun ‘n Sun Clearwater. The concert will take place at Coachman Park beginning at 8 p.m.

This concert is being presented by Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Road. Kenny G will be joined by ukelele artist Jake Shimabukuro, an equally outstanding musician that is sure to delight you.

Both artisits have received high acclaim for the musical talents and will undoutedbly provide an enjoyable night of entertainment. Tickets begin at $24.

When: Friday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m.

Where: Coachman Park, 301 Drew Street, Clearwater, FL

For more information about Kenny G and Jake Shimabukuro in concorert, click here.

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
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New Smart Gadgets for Your Home

by Michelle Chenault

Technology is changing every day and infiltrating all parts of our lives. Everyone has a smart phone now and we are using them for so much more than texting and email. Modern technology is showing up regularly in today’s home gadgets, allowing you to control them when you are at work or elsewhere. Tech devices continue to advance to enhance the quality of life or to make your Clearwater Beach home more comfortable, enjoyable or functional. Here are some home gadgets to consider.

Security Cameras

The latest security devices make it easy to view your home even when you’re away. You can easily connect to the internet to monitor your home or even check up on a babysitter. Some of these systems will notify you by email or text message if there is activity at your home so you can quickly log in and check on things.

Garage Door Opener

The Chamberlain MyQ opener makes it easy to open and close your garage door. All you have to do is tap on the display screen on your device and the door will adjust. There are plans to include sensors which will be able to tell when you have parked and automatically shut the garage door with no input from you.

Door Lock

KwikSet, the king of home door locks, has developed an electronic lock that actually uses your keys to unlock a house door. You just have to put in a two digit code to prevent access by burglars. An alarm will sound if someone tries to get in without a key or passcode.

Cookware

Do you have a chef making dinner while you are out? Now you can even do your cooking when you aren’t home, thanks to Belkin’s WEMO Smart Slow Cooker. Use your smartphone to adjust the cook time, temperature or to send a reminder about what you have cooking. Not quite a chef but

Bed

Sleep Number is famous for creating a customized sleeping environment by allowing a person to select a number for firmness. Now the Sleep Number IT bed tracks heart rate and other physical factors to help improve sleep. It also connects to thermostats and other smart home and health apps for a completely custom sleep environment.

New gadgets are showing up every day to make your life easier and more enjoyable. Are you using smart gadgets in your home?

 

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
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Choose the Right Location for Your Next Home

by Michelle Chenault

You may have heard it said that when it comes to buying a house, location means everything – you will find few people that will argue that point with you. An absolutely perfect house will not feel perfect if it’s in the wrong location and that will never change. So, if you are looking for a house to buy, the first step is selection a location you want to live in.

Know What You Want

Before you begin comparing neighborhoods or buildings, consider what you want. Are you looking for a quiet area or do you prefer something near the bustling nightlife that comes from downtown? If you have kids, a nice park and nearby schools may be important. Do you want to be able to walk to the beach or dock your boat at your house? Once you have the image of the ideal location, you can start searching for a property that is within that area.

Visit the Neighborhoods

While you can do a lot of research online for a home, you can’t get a feel for a location until you visit. Make sure you visit the area at different times of day. Notice the differences between day and not and weekends and weekdays. Notice the different people you see when you visit. These will be your neighbors.

Consider Future Value

Most people move at least once or twice in their adult lifetimes, so don’t think you’re going to live in your new home forever. Consider the area and whether it’s growing or dying. An area with new businesses moving in nearby will attract more homeowners. A neighborhood that is run down and falling apart will continue to lose value unless changes are made. Be careful of where you invest your money for the time when you decide to sell.

Discover What is Around You

Check out the local businesses. Visit that coffee shop one morning or eat dinner at the restaurant on the corner. Research the school and other businesses as well as crime statistics. This will help you determine if this is the kind of neighborhood you want to spend the next five to ten years or longer in.

Remember that your neighbors are like an extended family, and decide if that thought makes you smile or cringe. Take the time to pay close attention to where you plan to live.

Finding a home that makes you happy us about way more than bedrooms and baths so select a location that you will love. Then let’s get busy finding you the perfect home in that location.

Michelle Chenault

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Serving Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Island Estates and Tampa Bay
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Sugar Sand Festival April 14-23

by Michelle Chenault

http://sugarsandfestival.com/The Sugar Sand Festival begins Friday, April 14 and runs through Sunday, April 23. The highlight of the festival is the sand sculptures created by talented sculptors utilizing Clearwater Beach’s famous sugar sand.

The festival will include a variety of fun events including street performers, a children’s play area, artisans and crafters, live entertainment fireworks, sand sculpting classes and speed sand demonstrations. These events take place at various times each day and are free.

The most popular part of the event is The Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit. This ticketed event showcases sand -sculpted art in a 21,000 square feet tent through April 23.  

This event is sure to be fun no matter what day you choose to stop by.

When: Daily at various times from April 14, 2017-April 23, 2017.

Where: Clearwater Beach near Pier 60

For more information about the Sugar Sand Festival, click here.

Michelle Chenault

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

by Michelle Chenault

Are you heading to Clearwater Beach to take advantage of the sunny days? Hop aboard the Jolley Trolley or PSTA between now and April 30 for your ride to the beach and it will be free. This is a great way to not have to deal with the traffic you encounter when driving to the beach or having to walk a long way from where you park. Take a day and relax by the ocean and enjoy beautiful Clearwater Beach.

Jolley Trolley provides local transportation to Clearwater Beach, Downtown Clearwater, Dunedin, Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs 7 days a week.

For more information about the Jolley Trolley in general and riding free through April 30, visit their website

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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Island Estates Block Party-April 8, 2017

by Michelle Chenault

The Island Estates party of the year is finally here. The Island Estates Civic Association will host a free block party on Saturday, April 8 beginning at 5 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. There are lots of fun things planned so you will definitely want to be there. Make sure to find me to say hello at the block party. I am one of the sponsors this year and hope you will come out to enjoy the party.

Food, drinks, fun and live music are all on the agenda. The party will be held on the Palm Island NW cul-de-sac on the middle island of Island Estates.

The Jolley Trolley will provide free rides to and from the event from 4:30-8:30.  Local restaurants will provide food tastings and a variety of local craft beer brewers will be on site as well. Enjoy the live music by Studio 10 Band as you mingle with friends and neighbors at the block party.

When: Saturday, April 8 from 5-8 p.m.

Where: Island Estates Palm Island NW

For more information about the Island Estates Block Party, click here.

Michelle Chenault

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