How-To Guide

HOW-TO PLAN… A STAYCATION

Get to know or reacquaint yourself with the charming ambience, unique dining experiences, recreation/leisure activities, and welcoming waterfront of downtown Punta Gorda — beach, sunsets, palm trees, and tiki bar included; car optional. When you stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside, the city’s must-see venues, scenic Charlotte Harbor, and a tropical vibe await just outside the […]

HOW-TO ADDRESS… HEARING LOSS

Now hear this! Dr. Ricardo Gauthier knows how to help you or a family member or a friend with hearing issues. He has the wisdom and experience to diagnose and prescribe courses of treatment. Dr. Gauthier completed his undergraduate training in communication sciences and disorders at the University of Florida in 1991. Later he pursued more rigorous and in-depth training, […]

HOW-TO CHOOSE… A CLEANING COMPANY

Let’s face it: Housecleaning is the last thing you want to be doing right now. Scrubbing toilets is downright yucky, mopping is just as bad, and you can’t help but wonder why the dog or the cat isn’t bald, given the amount of hair on the floor, the couch, your bed. You clean, the house is spick and span but […]

HOW-TO CHOOSE… THE RIGHT LOCATION AND HOME BUILDER FOR YOUR PRICE POINT

Sure, homes might be more expensive than they were a year or a few months ago, but prices are still significantly less in Southwest Florida than the Northeast and other parts of Florida. That, plus favorable interest rates, creates the perfect storm of homebuyers with a bull’s eye centered right here on our region. “Whether our market is considered reasonable […]

HOW-TO NAVIGATE… YOUR REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION

Escalation clauses. Flood insurance issues. Leaseback options. Say, what? Welcome to Florida real estate 2022, a complicated ever-changing marketplace with checkpoints, caveats, terminology all its own, and safeguards protecting buyers and sellers — terminology often only known by real estate professionals. Navigating this maze without an agent can lead to little snags and major obstacles that might force buyers or […]

HOW-TO CLOSE… ON YOUR HOME WITH CONFIDENCE

Congratulations, you’ve found your dream home! Now what? Heaps of paperwork, loads of research, and the near-herculean task of rounding up documents and information needed to finalize the sale. Don’t worry. A title company is about to become your new best friend, a master communicator and superhero of sorts guiding you to closing day and uncovering potential issues like unsatisfied […]

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DECORATIVE LIGHTING TO UPDATE YOUR HOME

The right lighting has more influence on your home’s wow factor than almost anything else, including new furniture, finishes and fabrics. Only a fresh coat of paint is lighting’s equal, says Jacki Johnson, who co-owns The Local Lighting Shop in Punta Gorda with lifelong friend Jamie Reynoso. “Most people don’t realize how important lighting is and the impact it has […]

HOW-TO CHOOSE…

THE RIGHT FURNITURE FOR YOUR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA LIFESTYLE

Whether you’re a recent arrival to Southwest Florida or a long-time resident who has recently spent a lot of time at home only to realize your environs are long overdue for a refresh, Bacon’s Furniture & Design is the place to start. With the motto “We’ve Got it All” and 100,000 (yes, five zeros) square feet of showroom space, the […]


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