Visit Vizcaya Museum & Gardens: In Person or Online!

Visit In Person:

Located in Miami, Vizcaya is a beautiful waterfront property that is rich in history and nature. There are 2,000 specimens of orchids in their gardens and many other beautiful sites to see. Besides the 10 acres of formal gardens, certain areas of the first floor of the main house are now open to visitors!

Temporary Hours of Operation:

Vizcaya is open to the public Thursday through Monday beginning at 9:30 a.m.; last admission is at 4:30 p.m. Visitors may enjoy select areas on the first floor of the Main House until 5:00 p.m. and the gardens until 5:30 p.m.

Vizcaya is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Contact:

3251 South Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida 33129
Telephone: 305-250-9133

Visit Online:

  • Secret Doors Video Tour – Leading you through different hidden doors and passages throughout the estate: formerly an exclusive member perk! (Price: )
  • Online Guided Meditation – Three guided meditation sessions from different areas of the estate: The Garden Mound, Barge, and the Courtyard. Each session is 10 to 20 minutes and is led by instructor Arianne Traverso from Om for All Yoga. (Price: )
  • Orchid Workshop – This workshop teaches how to care and work with orchids. (Price: )
  • Vizcaya on Spotify – Join the Playlist to listen to popular records from James Deering’s era! (Free)
  • Vizcaya Insider – A virtual tour of different rooms with stories of the spaces…includes details you might not see when visiting in person!
  • Coloring Book – Download the PDF and print coloring pages from archived and present-day photos of the estate!

MANY more free options can be found here!

Come Enjoy Art at the Salvador Dalí Museum!

Come visit the world’s second largest collection of art by Salvador Dalí in St Petersburg, Florida. The museum has been open since 1982 and houses over 2,000 of his works. The building itself is a work of art, with massive bubble-like skylights and wall-lights.

The museum has recently changed their hours and added health measures as well as a special Seniors Only admission time. Please be aware, masks are required for entry. Dalí-inspired reusable masks are available for purchase.

Visitors 65 and older can enjoy the Museum from 10-11am on Wednesdays and Thursdays and save $2 on adult admission to the Museum anytime.

Galleries are open to all Wednesday-Sunday from 11am-6pm (until 8pm on Thursdays and Fridays).

Where:

One Dalí Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Real Estate That Never Loses Value

Keeping the value of your home or even adding to the value of your home may not require a gigantic effort on your part. Simple things such as a tidy yard and garage, freshly painted exterior, building a car port or installing a modern kitchen are all ways to keep the value where you want it to be. After all, buying your property is a large investment of time and money.

Financially, if you rent out your property and are commanding more rent because of the improvements, this is reflected in the overall value of the place. You may also save money with tax deductions for your expenses related to improving the property. Larger equity from an improved home that will enable you to comfortably borrow more money for other investments.

Some factors which affect the value of your property over time, and may not be obvious are:

  • Safety – homes in cul-de-sacs and areas safer for children.
  • Location close to desirable schools.
  • Limited availability – in a nice neighborhood, limited construction is allowed, causing values to rise over time.

Top property appreciation tips:

  • Keep the property’s interior and exterior in good condition
  • Do regular yard maintenance
  • Take care of plumbing and gutters
  • Bathroom and kitchen renovation as necessary
  • Replace the roof

How To Choose a Property That Will Increase in Value

  • Research the Neighborhood
    Are there problem areas? Is there any flooding or structural issues with the house? What future property development might occur?Use expert help and advice. An hour with a pro will save time and money.
    The best people to help you are a property inspector, a good real estate agent, a handyman, an insurance representative and an attorney.
  • Inspect the property. Make sure there are no deteriorating roofs, termite infestations, or outdated electrical systems.
  • Avoid overpaying for your property.
    You may end up crippled by debt or with a property that is worth considerably less than what you paid for it.

Another way of getting hold of a property that will appreciate in the short term is to acquire an undervalued property and quickly sell it for a profit. Some people will buy and sell a property in the same condition it is in, seeing the opportunity in the low price. The enemy here is a bad market which could leave the property on your hands. Other flippers renovate the property and add value before selling. This additional investment does slow down the appreciation.

There are some lower-cost ways to improve the value of your home:

  • Plant a tree. Landscaping adds curb value.
  • Add a money-saving luxury. A water filtration system is an excellent idea: not only does it purify the water, but it will lower grocery bills
  • Improve the air quality in the home. One way is to get rid of carpets and replace them with tile, laminate, or vinyl flooring.
  • Popcorn ceilings are dated. It’s actually fairly easy to scrape the popcorn away and replace it with a softer texture.
  • Replace closed draperies with vertical blinds or shutters. Sunny rooms look bigger
  • Small bathroom updates can help: replace wallpaper with paint or old lighting with a new fixture.
  • Energy-efficient fixtures help increase house value. A ceiling fan can not only add lighting but help cut the cost of cooling your home.

Hurricane Preparation Made Easy

The best time to prepare your personal emergency plan and make sure it is up to date is before you need it. This doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are some easy ways to be prepared for the next hurricane:

The first step to being prepared for a Hurricane is to know the common terms used in forecasts. A “Watch” means that a hurricane or tropical storm are possible. A “Warning” means that the storm is expected. Hurricane warnings usually are issued 36 hours in advance of tropical storm force winds.

The eye of the storm is a clear, sometimes well-defined center of the storm. While there are calmer conditions in the eye, this doesn’t mean the storm is over. The area surrounding the eye is where some of the most severe weather is with the highest wind speed and largest precipitation.

Rain bands come off the storm and produce severe weather conditions, such as heavy rain, wind, and even tornadoes. A storm surge is the result of ocean water swelling as a result of the storm. This causes quick floods on the coast and even sometimes further inland.

Once you understand the terms, the next step is to prepare your home and an evacuation plan. We’ll cover evacuation plans later.

Preparing your home can be done in three steps:

ONE: Create your hurricane kit (plan for at least 3 days)

  • Non-perishable food
  • Water
  • First-aid kit (including prescription medications)
  • Personal hygiene items and sanitation items
  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • Battery operated radio with extra batteries
  • Waterproof container with cash and important documents
  • Manual can opener
  • Lighter or Matches
  • Books, magazines, games
  • Special needs: Pet supplies, baby supplies
  • Cooler & ice packs

TWO: Secure your home.

  • Cover all of your windows with either hurricane shutters or wood. Tape does not prevent the window from breaking
  • Secure straps or clips to fasten your roof to the structure of your home
  • Trip all trees and shrubs and clear rain gutters
  • Reinforce garage doors
  • Bring in outdoor furniture, garbage cans, decorations…in other words, if it’s not tied down, bring it in!

THREE: Prepare for power outages.

  • Make sure your gas tank is full far in advance of an approaching storm. Make sure you have enough for cars and generators well in advance: otherwise, the gas station may run out before you get yours
  • Have extra cash on hand in case ATMs don’t work
  • Charge your cell phone, have backup chargers charged, and limit cell phone use after power is out
  • Cover up windows on the inside in order to reduce the need for Air Conditioning
  • Fill your bathtub and large containers for washing and flushing only
  • Follow this guide for food safety: https://www.foodsafety.gov/food-safety-charts/food-safety-during-power-outage
  • Follow this guide if your power goes out: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/poweroutage/index.html

Finally, remember the cycle of a hurricane: Approach, Arrival, and Aftermath. We advise you follow this guide and listen to the officials for directions. Remember to plan ahead for evacuation, and if you’re advised you need to go: follow the plan!

How to evacuate:

  • Plan how you will leave and where you will go.
  • Check which shelter spaces are available for the year. Be warned: Covid-19 might have changed your community’s plans!
  • If you evacuate to a community shelter, follow the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People over 2 years old should use a cloth facial covering. Be sure you bring face coverings, soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, or even household cleaning supplies. Also, be sure to maintain at least 6 feet between you and those not in your immediate family.
  • Identify several places you could go in an emergency, just in case space in shelters are limited.If you have a pet, make sure your evacuation plan includes them. Most public shelters only allow service pets.
  • Take your pets.
  • Be familiar with alternate routes away from your area.
  • Come up with a plan in case your family gets separated.
  • Prepare a bag with supplies: snacks, cleaning supplies, games, etc.
  • If you have a car, make sure there’s a full tank of gas if evacuation seems likely. Otherwise, keep a half a tank minimum. Make sure you have a portable emergency kit in the car. If you don’t have a car, plan how you will evacuate if needed.
  • Unplug electrical equipment such as radios, televisions, and small appliances. Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there’s a risk of flooding.
  • Leave a note telling others where you are going and when you left.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that provide protection.
  • Check with neighbors: they might need a ride!
  • Watch for road hazards and don’t drive into flooded areas.
  • When you return, please remember: only use generators outside and away from your home!

Tagging Ads with Keywords

The following guidelines for tagging ads with keywords will help you sell your stuff faster:

  • separate tags with a comma
  • a tag should almost never be more than two or three words
  • tag with both specific and general words like “swimming pool” and “pool”
  • use singular rather than plural (leave off the “s” at the end) unless its necessary for a word like “parts” or “plants” or you would normally search for the plural form
  • don’t use punctuation
  • always tag breed & features that are likely to appear in other ads
  • limit to about 3 to 5 tags
  • don’t tag common words that aren’t specific to your item
  • capitalize the first letter of proper names and brands
  • double-check your spelling
  • don’t use all caps unless it’s an acronym
  • also tag abbreviations such as “VW” for “Volkswagen”
  • tag with “wanted” if you are looking to buy something
  • tag with “trade” if you are willing to trade
  • tag with “free” only if the item is truly free without having to buy anything else
  • don’t repeat the category in the tags
  • tag colors, materials, etc.
  • don’t tag locations if you have already entered them in a location field