Taking My Own Advice

The five-year plan to get to Treasure Island, Florida has arrived, so we’ve begun the process of selling our home in Naples, Florida. I thought it might be helpful to share the experience and some tips that my husband and I learn along the way.  We had heard that real estate was moving fast in Florida, but we had no idea just how quickly!  Thanks to our expert Realtor Alysia Shivers with John R. Wood Realty, we priced it right and got an offer the first day.  Now that we are in the midst of inspections, appraisals, to-do lists, and the never-ending job of packing, I am so glad we decided to use a Realtor. With all the details, forms, legalities, etc., it’s easy to make a costly mistake.

In the St. Petersburg and Clearwater area, the Pinellas Realtor Organization offers great resources for people relocating.  You can find a Realtor by going to a website called At Home Tampa Bay It will  be the best decision you make.

We’ve been traveling back and forth to St. Petersburg to check on our town home that we will be renovating before we move in. Last weekend we had the pleasure of staying at The Thunderbird, located right on the beach at the end of the Treasure Island Causeway. My brother who often drives the beach route for UPS, suggested that we might need a break and told us to go see his contacts there. What a delightful time we had visiting with friends I’ve known since I was 14 and hanging out at that beach, watching the sunset, dinner at Ricky T’s and karaoke at CJ’s. It was exactly what we needed now.  

On Monday it was back to reality, meeting with A/C technicians, plumbers, electricians and pool cage constructors to bring our 28 year old home up to current codes. It was disturbing to learn that some of these things should have been done BEFORE we moved in 16 years ago. Lesson learned: get a good inspector. In fact, the guy who went through our place was there for 6 1/2 hours and it’s not that big!  He was a bit snarky, though, so make sure you hire someone who will handle himself professionally, too. It will make for a better experience for everyone concerned. And you won’t cry from getting your feelings hurt.


About the Author

Cindy DobynsAuthor of "Moving to St. Petersburg: The Un-Tourist Guide," Cindy Dobyns founded AboveWater Public Relations and Marketing, LLC in Naples, Florida after a whirlwind career first in magazine publishing, then in the hospitality industry that took her from Florida to New York and New Jersey to Washington, D.C. One snowy New Year’s Eve, she and her husband Mike vowed to return to Florida. That was more than a decade ago. The marketing firm has grown to serve clients nationwide from offices in Naples, New Smyrna Beach, and Tampa. Cindy happily flies to northern cities to meet with news media and clients, but she would never want to live there, now that she calls St. Petersburg home again.View all posts by Cindy Dobyns →

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