January 30, 2008
The city of Miami Beach has long been a famous tourist landmark in the United States.
Its historic Art Deco district has had many tourists gawk with awe at the collection of uniquely designed and colored buildings and structures, and many have also marveled at the city’s wonderful expanse of palm-fringed white sand beaches, exciting nightlife hubs, wonderful restaurants, cafes, museums, and vibrant housing options for families, single folk and retiring baby boomers.
Real Estate Values Have Risen In “The Beach”
The real estate picture has dramatically improved from the old selection of conventional low rise properties to elegant and upscale high-rise condominiums, which range from $300,000 to over 5 million dollars. The real estate properties on the famous South Beach lie in the extravagant Art Deco District, which covers 16 city blocks.
The impressive array of real estate choices in this area is surrounded by an equally impressive collection of historic buildings of distinct styles, consisting of hotels and apartment buildings, and this has inspired the renaissance of this once rundown neighborhood.
How to Make Significant Changes In Your Home’s Appeal
In implementing more significant improvements or changes that would increase
your Miami Beach home’s resale value, try thinking in terms of either expanding rooms, adding rooms, updating bathrooms and kitchens. Paint, whether for interiors or exteriors, serves as an easy, less-costly method of increasing a home’s value. Effecting changes to the home’s landscaping is also another way to quickly improve the appearance and value of a home.
Another way of increasing a home’s value is to advocate for the neighborhood. You could do this by talking to your fellow homeowners and find out if there are properties on your block that are not well-kept, because if this is so, they’ll be able to detract a major part from your own home’s value.
In the Miami housing market, as well as in other areas, some home improvements work wonders in increasing your home’s value , while others have a little effect on a home. In general, upgrading your kitchen and bathrooms are considered smart investments and help add to the home’s overall resale value.
Doing A Renovation Of The Bathroom & The Kitchen Helps
Renovating the bathroom also serves as a nice way of allowing you to yield a return
of something between 85 percent to 90 percent of your home’s value, and bathroom improvements generally start at around $10,000.
However, adding a new bathroom can give you hefty returns of as much as 85 percent, particularly if you only have one bathroom to start with. Adding a second bath can make your home significantly easier to sell. Other key improvements also include installing double sinks, tile floors and new bath fixtures and faucets.
A home’s kitchen also serves as one of the most important rooms in the house, since this is where much of family interaction takes place. The average return-on-investment for kitchen renovations ranges from about 80 percent to 93 percent, with the average costs of kitchen remodeling starting from $15,000 and up. If possible, try adding new tile flooring, replace old cabinets and racks, and/or update appliances by using new energy efficient models.
Undertaking home renovation projects can sometimes be a pesky and tedious task. Larger projects could also include adding a fireplace, building a deck or patio, or adding a new heating or cooling system.
However, you need not spend a considerable amount of money to upgrade the look of your home. Smaller, less expensive renovations could also include changing old doors or installing a ceiling fan. Most cosmetic improvements can go a long way in influencing the minds of prospective home buyers in your area.
January 30, 2008
Planning to go on a vacation with your loved ones? You and your loved ones been busy for quite sometimes and have finally decided to go on for a vacation to get away with all those stressful works, what a great idea!
If you and your loved ones haven’t spent quality time together, it is high time for you to go for a vacation and pamper yourselves, purely relax and enjoy. Do you desire to visit Florida and explore the beauty it possesses? So why don’t you do it and have fun.
Since you and your loved ones haven’t spent quality time together, how the heck you could give your 100% attention if you have to drive and think about parking, directions, and the like. It is quite a hassle for you to do and think all of this, now that all you want to do is relax, enjoy and focus to your loved one.
Everything is settled, you and your loved ones have planned and though about where to go, where to stay and so on. But now, what can make that trip and vacation more memorable and worthwhile? What can you do to make your loved ones happier and more excited? Renting for a limousine service is the answer…
Yes, you can make your loved ones even more excited with the trip knowing that they will have that long ride with a limo. It is an advantage to you too, since you do not have to worry driving, thinking where to park, what directions to make and the likes, since the limo driver will take care of that all. Sounds interesting, right! With a limousine service, all you have to do is relax and enjoy.
If you are going for a long ride, you can rent for a limousine with television and DVD player in it, so you and your loved ones and watch movies as you travel. Indeed, limo companies offer different amenities, it actually depends on what you need.
In hiring a limousine, you need to consider the type, so you have to count the passengers in order to determine what type of limo you need. Think of the amenities that you want and discuss it with the limo company.
There are plenty of limousine companies, so if you desire to gain the best service with great price, so a little research. You can use the internet in finding the right limo company that you can book limo service into. Give a little time comparing several limo companies. Contact few companies and ask several questions that can be helpful to you in finding the one that can provide the best service.
When booking a limousine service, make sure to discuss all the important details with them. Make sure to put everything in writing. Read the contract carefully first before signing. Assure yourself that every details written in the contract is true and precise.
With the use of a limousine service, you and your loved ones with truly enjoy your trip. It will definitely be a memorable and enjoyable one.
Eliza Maledevic Ayson
January 28, 2008
Most limousines have a minimum of 3 hours service rental. Usually, an hour rental is not being considered.
If you are planning for your wedding, you will need to allocate budget for your vehicles. Booking limousines services is the best way to make your wedding a perfect and amazing one. Normally, wedding rental package runs from $250-$500 for 3 hours of service and it depends upon the type of limo you choose. There are some exotic vehicles that you can pick for your wedding but it costs much higher. Standard Stretch limos run about $250-$350 for 3 hours service. Stretch SUV can be rented for about $500-$1,000. So it is up to you which limo type you want and need for your wedding.
If you want to use a limo service for your wedding, shop for a limo service 6 to 9 months before the date of your wedding. In order to fid the vehicle of your choice, do not delay your shopping for the right limo you need and want.
Think about your bridal party, will it fit in a limo? Counting the people who will ride the limo is important in order to know what type of limo you need to book and how many limos you need to rent. In a wedding, definitely, you and the other passengers will be wearing formal attires, so you definitely do not want to squeeze in a single limo.
There are plenty of limo companies, so contact few of these companies, inquire, ask all the necessary questions and decide from there. Pick a company that can give you the best service you need for your wedding. Do not simply go to a particular limo company and book a limo, it s best to visit or contact few and compare. In doing so, you can pick the one that can give you great rate and great service.
Definitely, you will spend money in booking a limo, so you have to assure yourself that you are getting the best out of your money.
Planning a wedding requires a lot of work, so take your time in arranging everything to make it perfect. If you are thinking of a wedding date, it would be better to pick a date that doesn’t fall in the spring time. This is the prom season, so the demand for limo service is high. So if you want to gain lots of options and can find the limo that you want, it is advisable to stay away from this dates.
But in case it falls in spring, the limo service options require 8 hours minimum and the rates are 30% higher. So it is recommended to shop for limo service 1year before your wedding date.
When booking for a limousine service, discuss all the important details with the company. Make sure that you will be provided with a contract. Before signing, read and understand the details written and assure that it is precise.
Eliza Maledevic Ayson
January 28, 2008
Broward County is located in the U.S. state of Florida, and according to 2000 census figures, has a population of approximately 1,623,018, which makes the county the second most populated county in the state. Its county seat is Fort Lauderdale, and it is also the fifteenth most populous county in the US.
The county is a tourism and business powerhouse in the state, and boasts of many notable attractions such as The Museum of Science and Discovery, located in Ft. Lauderdale, The International Swimming Hall of Fame, The International Game Fish Association, Flamingo Gardens, Butterfly World, Sawgrass Mills, as well as multiple entrances to the Everglades parks.
Why Getting A Limo Rental Here Helps
Depending on the type of occasion or event you’re in, you would probably need to get a limousine rental service to make traveling to Broward County a truly memorable and comfortable experience.When we decide to hire a limousine to go around the many sights in Broward County, most rental service providers here offer uniform rates, and may only differ in some aspects and types of services.
You may find a limo rental service provider here by checking on the county’s local yellow pages, or in the many local newspapers here. You could also browse on the Internet, and find the limo service here that best suits your needs and vehice preferences.
Remember To Book In Advance
For customers, when you usually make last-minute bookings for a limo rental, particularly if it’s for a special occasion, you will always end up paying more than you expected for, way beyond the regular, listed price. However, if you start researching and making comparisons on the many rental services here, you may be able to locate those rentals that offer great bargains, packages and other extras.
You also need to remember that limo services are usually hired by the hour and you may want to take note that you nee to give the a chauffer tip or gratuity. Even if the rental service states that the charges are inclusive, the drivers make most of their income from tips, and the gratuity may be part of the service charge.
Check On The Rates In Advance Too
Customers of limo rental service firms in Broward also need to check on the service rates in advance, especially in case if you have to return the limousine later than the time stated on the contract, as these instances happen at some time, and you’ll never known when you get an hour late or need to delay it because you need to do other important stuff.
You also need to ask the rental service provider a lot of vital questions, such as what are the firm’s cancellation policies, late return charges, regulations on serving alcoholic beverages on the vehicles, and other factors like replacement of defective vehicles, passenger accident insurance and other safety regulations.
In order to make your trip to the county a truly memorable one, make sure that you check on the quality of your firm’s chauffeur, as some limousine rental services don’t provide the usual uniforms for the driver, and you may be taken aback when you see someone who wears casual clothes, when you and your party are dressed formally.
Vanessa Arellano Doctor
January 25, 2008
Have you ever dreamed to be like those actors and actresses who were being driven around in a stretch limousine? Do you feel like doing it as well?
If you think that all you can do is dream, you are wrong. You can experience that cool moment as well. It is not that hard to be like that actors or actresses. Limousines are more affordable than you think. You can rent one for any of your special occasions such as prom, wedding, graduation, Christmas, New Year, personal trip, business trip and a lot more.
There are lots of limousine services out there. You can check out some few of them in order to compare and get the best service.
Definitely, you want a limousine service that will arrive at your home on time, the chauffeur is dressed properly and neatly, will knock on your door and escort you to the waiting limousine. The chauffeur will open the door and seat you and your guests in a comfortable and neat limousine. Inside the limousine you will find a TV with DVD player with lots of selection of the newest DVD, so you can watch some movies while traveling. After watching a movie, you can listen to music that pleases you, since there is a personal stereo system that you can use. You want a limousine to have custom climate control system which can keep the cool or heat the way you want it. Absolutely, you want to seat in a soft leather seats with plenty of head and legs room in order for you to relax comfortably. In having a stretch limousine, you can gaze the sky and starts at night since it have a moon-roof.
Of course, you would want a limousine service that can give all of these feeling and comfort, but you can make sure to have all of these if you find the right limousine service that can provide all of these things to you.
There are easy way to find the right limousine service for you. You can check out your yellow pages and list the contacts of several limousine companies. Checking out the internet is one of the smartest ways to find the right limousine service. Yes, there are heaps of websites that offers such services, so you can lists few of these websites, but make sure that the websites are reliable and reputable enough to get best deal.
Soon as you gain the contacts of lists, you can contact these limo companies and ask several valuable questions that can help you decide which one to choose. Check out the rates, the features of the limousines, types of limo available, the services they provide and lot more. In doing so, you can easily decide which limousine service can suit your needs and wants.
Of course, you want your special occasion to be perfect and this can be achieved if you make sure to find the right limousine service that can provide you the best service and can suit your needs and wants.
Eliza Maledevic Ayson
January 25, 2008
Limousine is derived from the French word Limousin. A limousine is a long luxury card which is traditionally comes in black and white. But nowadays, there are also other colors that are being offered such as pink, magenta and blue.
Typically, limousines are being driven by chauffeurs and associated with the wealthy. But these days, there are limousine services that are affordable, so anyone can rent or hire a limousine service for their special occasions.
If you have special occasion, you definitely want it to be perfect and memorable. So you want to have the best rate, service and limo out of your money. Continue reading this article to gain tips on how to rent the best limousine service.
Before looking for limousine service, you have to consider the type of event that you are planning. Usually, limo companies charge customers based on the type of events. There are several events that limo companies cater such as weddings, birthdays, prom nights, nights out, airport transfers, concerts, transfers from a to b, business meetings and special events.
Prepare and list down all the things that you are looking for. You have to decide how many hours you need for your special event. Determine the numbers of people who will ride with you in the limo since this is important in finding the right type of limo you need.
The net thing you should do is to decide which type you need. There are different types of limos that are available for you such as Sedans, 6 passenger limos, 8 passenger limos, 10 passenger limos, 12 passenger limos, SUV, Hummer, and so on.
For you to have the limo that you want and need, reserve early. Call few weeks or months in advance for reservation. Now, before you make any reservation with a particular limo company, you have to do some research first. Use the internet in searching for few limo companies and compare.
Lists some limo companies and contact each. Listen on how they respond to your requests and questions. In doing this, you can also find the one you is reliable one and give attentions to their customers. If is better to call each companies on the lists and ask for rates which includes gratuity, cancellation fees, how much for an extra hour and the likes.
After gaining information, decide which limo company that you think will be on time and can give you best rate, service and limo and of course with the best chauffeur. Book with the limo company you choose.
When booking for a limousine service, make sure to let the company put everything in writing. Before signing, read all the details written on the contract, make sure it is precise and accurate. Ask for a copy of contract.
Before your special event, about 2 to 3 days, you have to call the limo company to confirm your reservation. It is better to ask for the chauffeur’s cell phone number. Take time to know if the limo company knows all the details needed for your event. In doing all of these, you are assuring yourself to have a perfect special event.
Eliza Maledevic Ayson
January 24, 2008
The owner of a Welsh limousine firm which transports revellers on nights out has been convicted of supplying them with alcohol.
In what is seen as the first such prosecution in Wales, Mario Polledri, of Marpol Vehicles, appeared in court after a chauffeur unwittingly offered three bottles of wine to undercover trading standards officers. Polledri said today: “I wasn’t aware of the law and we stopped supplying drink the day they contacted us.”
Rhondda Cynon Taf council was tipped off that the firm, based in Cwmbach, Cynon Valley, was providing passengers with complimentary alcohol, despite not having a licence.
The authority first sent local limousine companies letters reminding them of the need for licences if they wanted to supply revellers with drinks. However, officials in Cardiff, the destination for many night-time limousines from the Valleys, informed RCT officers Marpol appeared to be giving out drinks without permission.
Trading standards set up a sting operation and booked a vehicle for a trip from Aberdare to Pontypridd.
They were told alcohol would be supplied during the journey and arrangements could be made if more was needed.
As expected, while in transit, officers were presented with three bottles of wine in the limousine – and Polledri, of Highland Place, Aberdare, was charged.
Vanessa Arellano Doctor
January 24, 2008
Limousines are long luxury vehicles, which are normally manufactured or remodeled based on a standard vehicle that is available to the public. Since these types of vehicles are no longer than the standard vehicle types, they are also known called or referred to as stretched limos.
According to industry experts, the Lincoln Continental is perhaps the style that is generally associated with the vehicle. Most limos sport traditional colors like black or white, however there have been newer color variants introduced, as there are pink, or yellow colored ones, and these have been in high demand recently. Other vehicle types have also been modified and stretched into limos like the Hummer H2 and H3 series, as well as several types of MPV’s and SUV’s.
Who Generally Owns These Types Of Vehicles
Many limos cruising the roads today are either owned by government agencies and organizations, private corporations and private individuals. These vehicles are an expensive lot, and generally symbolize wealth and influence. There are also many independent limo rental companies that supply these types of vehicles to individuals on a contracted lease agreement.
In this business, the rental firm will guarantee the use of a vehicle for a period of perhaps one year, and this allows clients to use these vehicles as their main form of transportation, while avoiding the expense of directly buying one, along with spending for maintenance expenses.
The Limo Rental Business Has Grown Through The Years
The business of leasing limos for different types of occasions has grown in popularity over the years, and is now a truly profitable and booming industry that continues to flourish, as many individuals wish to emulate the wealthy and powerful that they usually associate with when they use these vehicles.
Many of today’s rental services offer short term leases for occasions ranging from special occasions; proms, weddings and airport transfers. The booming trade in the demand for these vehicles has motivated vehicle manufactures to develop newer and more innovative designs, such as a pink Hummer limo series.
Popular Limousine Models Today
Many newer vehicle designs, like the Audi A8L, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 760li, Hummer H2, Leyland Miracle, Lincoln Town CarL Edition,and the Cadillac DTS are popular with limo rental companies and clients.
Newer types like the limo bus, and the SUV limos are also popular with people who prefer riding in more modern and less-formal, yet comfortable and high-tech vehicles. Many stretched vehicles today have built-in comforts like fully-stocked bars, surround sound TV and audio systems, GPS trackers, revolving seats, and even disco lights and other entertainment enhancements.
Limousines are generally designed to carry from around 6, 8, 10, or 12 passengers. Customers should ask their rental service providers the year and make of the limousine. In addition, clients need to also consider the size of their entourage when hiring a limo. Most rental firms also have a three hour lease minimum, and the rates usually range from $45.00 to $65.00 per hour.
Vanessa Arellano Doctor
January 23, 2008
You have to start thinking about the basics. If you are planning your special occasion, you have to think about the hours you plan to rent a limousine. Make a head count, you have top know how many passengers who will ride the limousine with you. There are different colors and types of limousine, so you have to pick one that is good enough for you and your event. Stretch limousines, SUV limousines, party bus limousines, vintage cars are few of the limousine types that you can choose from.
Check out few limo companies and compare rates. In doing this, you will have approximate average of what each companies is charging. There are several things that can make price of limousine varies such as the model, year, accessories, and size.
If you need few limousines for your event, you can ask the limo company if they can provide you any discount. Feel free to ask about discount. You also have to ask what are in the package, if they will provide you with free champagne and the likes.
Usually, limo companies have websites, so check out few of these websites, ask about their services and view the testimonials that they provide, in doing so, you will gain the idea in which website can give you the best services that you need.
Having a limousine service for your event can make it memorable and perfect. Imagine the smile that you can put in the faces of your family and friends as a limousine pull up in their driveway and a driver waiting to escort them. Limousine is the best way to celebrate any occasion that you wish to be memorable and terrific.
If you are hiring a limousine for your wedding, you can make your event a perfect and outstanding one. It will be with lots of excitement as you travel in luxury and style.
There are companies that book for limousine in order to transport VIP customers and guests. Usually, they use it to escort VIP or special guests from the airport to the hotel. The limousine can also be use in business meetings and discussions. In using limousine to escort guests and VIP, you are making them feel secure and you are showing them that you value their presence and you are enjoying their company.
If you want to go out with friends, using limousine service is the best way to do it. You and your friends will certainly enjoy your night. Imagine you travel in a limousine. Head will definitely turn as you go in and out of the limousine.
In you want to make your special event memorable, you have to book for a limousine ahead of time. But before booking, make sure that you have found the best limo company that can give you great services.
Eliza Maledevic Ayson
January 23, 2008
A Parking Authority proposal to raise city taxi fares by an estimated 8 percent drew mixed reviews yesterday from factions of the city’s taxi industry.
Spokesmen for several taxi fleets, dispatch companies and medallion owners said the increase is fair and justified by higher costs – including gas, more stringent maintenance requirements, license and inspection fees, and the heavy fines handed out by the Parking Authority for safety or maintenance violations.
But the Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania – representing 1,200 cabbies who generally rent their cabs and medallions by the day or week – opposed the boost.
Its leader, Ron Blount, claimed that business already is declining because rates are too high, and that dispatches have dropped off because of faulty equipment mandated by the Parking Authority. He predicted that taxi and medallion owners would gobble up the proceeds of a fare increase, allowing little money to stay with the drivers.
Jim Ney, director of the Parking Authority’s taxicab and limousine division, said that he’d review the testimony and make a final recommendation to the authority’s board, in time for action at next month’s meeting on Feb. 25.
Ney is responsible for the proposal, which would keep the initial flag-drop charge at $2.70, incorporating what’s now a 40-cent fuel surcharge. The distance charge would climb from $2.10 to $2.30 a mile, and waiting time would go from $20 to $22 an hour.
The flat-rate charge between Center City and Philadelphia International Airport would rise from $26.25 to $28.50.
“Now that we’ve professionalized service for the public, it’s time to give something back to the drivers,” said Timothy O’Brien, chairman of a volunteer taxi and limousine advisory board, which was set up by the Parking Authority and which has endorsed the increases.
While the industry factions split on raising fares, there were many protests about the credit- card/dispatch/GPS devices installed in every cab under orders from the Parking Authority.
Vanessa Arellano Doctor