Sarasota FL Real Estate Blog

There's Gators in Them Thar Waters!

Aggressive AlligatorFlorida is famous for many things: the Everglades, white sand beaches, and great weather are just a few. But something a bit more sinister is also synonymous with our fair state: alligators. Recent news stories describe horrific incidences of alligators swallowing human limbs whole, hands and arms specifically. But how dangerous are these creatures in actuality? Read on for some stats about Florida's famous freshwater 'gator and to get tips on admiring these beasts from a safe distance.

From 1948 to 2005, alligator attacks on people in Florida numbered 391. That sounds like a big number, but it actually averages out to one death every five years and just over six injuries per year. That's drastically less than all of Florida's workplace fatalities in 2010 alone. However, there's no denying alligators are dangerous animals, especially given the recent attacks getting airplay on the news. A teenaged swimmer in the Caloosahatchee River recently lost his arm to a 'gator, and an airboat captain had his hand bitten off.

So, how did these unfortunate attacks happen? Well, some say it's the victims' own faults. Many long-time Florida residents will tell you it's foolish to swim in freshwater, no matter what part of the state...

Onwards and Up(holstery)wards

If you've just bought your first home, or you've upgraded to a larger living space, selecting new furnishings can be a daunting task. First, there's the size of the pieces to think of. How many? What style? What wood, colours, fabrics, textures, and patterns appeal to you? With so many changes to consider, even apart from your interior design, it's very easy to get overwhelmed, especially with the cost of it all. No matter what your stage in life, it's likely that budget is going to be a fairly big consideration when it comes to buying furniture. So how do you make sure your unique piece of furniture has staying power for years to come? Consider reupholstery!

Ugly CouchNow that we have access to cheap furniture made overseas, furnishing a living room, dining room, and/or bedroom isn't so painful on the pocketbook, but this kind of furniture also doesn't last as long. There is a time and place for this kind of furniture: it works well for growing kids, the rec room, short-term homes, and rentals. However, if you're seeking something to withstand life in a busy home for years, or a more unique look, an investment piece might be just what you need. You can often find older pieces at yard sales, antique stores, and even thrift shops, for a modest sum. These can be reupholstered for the cost of buying an entirely new piece,...