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Miami Winter Events for Families

Miami Winter Events for Families

Being blessed with sunny winter, Miami boasts many winter events for families, especially for kids and kids at heart. If you are in Miami or are visiting Miami this time of year, here are some Miami winter events for families you and your kids can look forward to.

New World Symphony’s Sounds of the Season

If you and your family enjoy listening to music, especially the orchestra, this event is for you. Happening on December 15 at the New World Center, this concert performed by the renowned New World Symphony will surely fill your hearts with delight. Sit back and relax as you listen to Christmas carols and other songs of this wonderful season. This year, the group will include ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, some selections from The Nutcracker and many more.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Coming on its 28th holiday season production, Miami City Ballet brings you The Nutcracker. This reinvention of the classic fairy tale is happening from December 15 thru December 24 at the Adrienne Arsht Center of the Performing Arts. Bring your kids and let them experience the beauty and elegance that come with a ballet performance.

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

Around this time, Miami gets to host a new neighborhood: Santa’s Enchanted Forest. One of the largest holiday theme parks in the world, Santa’s Enchanted Forest houses hundreds of rides, shows, games, and other attractions. Fill your nights with bright and shiny lights (more than two miles!) Hop on to some of fun rides, including the largest travelling ferris wheel in the country.

This theme park is located at the heart of Miami at Tropical Park and is open until January 7, 2018 from 5pm to midnight, including holidays (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day).

A Visit to the Coral Gables Museum

Even if kids are on their winter holiday break, they shouldn’t stop learning. Take your family to the Coral Gables Museum and let them see and experience art.

Every month, on the second Saturday, the museum celebrates Family Day on Aragon from 2 to 5 p.m. This joyful event offers complimentary museum admission. They also have fun arts and crafts activities your kids will surely enjoy.

Strawberry Picking

Fruit picking is always a nice and fun family bonding activity. Especially if you have kids who have not yet done fruit picking, this is the time to do it. Winter season is the time for strawberry picking! In Miami, there are several places to U-Pick. Try Knaus Berry Farm, Sam and Philly’s, Burr’s Berry Farm and U-Pick Kendall.

Santa Mall Visits

Have your kids been naughty, or nice? We sure hope they have been nice because Santa Claus is coming to town! Have your kids’ picture taken with Santa at the following venues:

The Falls                            November 4 – December 24

Aventura Mall                    November 12 – December 24

Shops at Merrick Park      December 4 – December 23

This season is truly the most wonderful here in Miami. If you are planning to move to this city, make it smoother by trusting Joe’s Moving and Storage Inc. Whether you are moving to, from, or inside Miami, we have you covered. Contact us now for your moving and storage needs.

Miami Fall Events for Families

Miami Fall Events for Families (7)

Living in sunny South Florida, we are practically unaware of season changes. However, the fall season has officially arrived and there are events all over the city that you and your entire family can enjoy. Here is a list of fun events happening in Miami this fall:

South Beach Seafood Festival

The annual South Beach Seafood Festival is back this October. This 5-day event runs from October 17th to the 21st and is expected to attract over 13,000 people. Come taste delicious and fresh seafood from Miami’s most iconic seafood restaurants including Lobster Bar Sea Grille, Rusty Pelican, and Cibo Wine Bar. The event will have live music by iHeart Radio DJs, games, and culinary demos by the Whole Foods Market Culinary Showcase. On Friday, do not miss out on the ultimate VIP chef competition where you will be the judge. Tickets range in price depending on the day you attend. For more information check out their site.

Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Carnival

Halloween is just around the corner. A great way to celebrate with the little ones is to attend the Pumpkin Patch Festival in Coconut Grove. Activities at the carnival include pumpkin decorating, cornstalk mazes, shows, and scarecrow dress ups. This event will only run for two days, from October 21st to the 22nd, so it is important not to miss it. For tickets and information visit the Pumpkin Patch site.

Grovetoberfest

To celebrate this year’s Octoberfest with the adults of the family, head over to Peacock Park in Coconut Grove for Grovetoberfest. This event, also known as the Miami Craft Beer Festival, is happening Saturday, October 14th. There will be over 500 beers to choose from, with the largest selection of craft beer in all of South Florida. The event will feature live music and plenty of games and entertainment. Tickets range in price from $44 for general admission to $89 for VIP tickets. For more information, make sure to check out the official page.

ZooBoo

If you are looking for a safe Halloween event to take the kids, look no further. ZooBoo is Miami’s premier Halloween event for kids and families at Zoo Miami. This event will take place on October 28th and 29th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy trick-or-treating for the kids, costume contests and special performances throughout the day. There will be live music and games with prizes. Kids will also have the chance to see the zoo animals get special Halloween treats of their own. For more information about this fun Halloween event, check out the Zoo Boo site.

Downtown Halloween Block Party

On October 29th, you have to see Downtown’s Halloween Block party on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 1.am on East Flagler Street. There will be activities for kids, including trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, and face painting. Do not forget to come dressed in your Halloween costume to be eligible to participate in the costume contest. For adults, there will be a wide variety of bars participating in the event that will offer special drinks, costume contests, and other activities. At this event, you will also enjoy live music from DJ Laz and other popular Miami DJs throughout the night.

At Joe’s Moving, we are devoted to serving our local community. Joe’s Moving is a family-operated moving company that helps families and companies with their moving needs. If you need professional, local movers, give us a call today.

Best Golf Courses in Miami

Best Golf Courses in Miami

Miami is home to one of the PGA Tour’s World Golf Championships, the Cadillac Championship, and over 20 premier golf courses. The weather is perfect for a game of golf at any time of the year. If you have recently moved to the city and want to hit the greens, we have compiled a list of the best golf courses in Miami:

Biltmore

Located in the heart of beautiful Coral Gables, the iconic Biltmore hotel is home to an 18-hole championship golf course. This course was designed in 1925 by legend Donald Ross, an award-winning golf designer at the time. The course extends 6,800 yards and is frequently visited by the biggest names in politics and show business. Famous people that have played golf at the Biltmore include former President Clinton, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Tiger Woods, and actor Will Smith.

Crandon Golf

Put your golf skills to the test just minutes away from Downtown Miami at Crandon Golf located on the beautiful island of Key Biscayne. Crandon Golf is a championship 18- hole course that is considered to be one of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses in the city.

Crandon Golf was in the top ten golf courses by Golfweek and was named one of America’s top upscale courses by Golf Digest.

Turnberry   

Located inside the Turnberry Isle Resort & Spa in Aventura, the Turnberry golf course claims to be Miami’s most prestigious golf resort in the city. The Soffer and Miller are two 18-hole championship courses redesigned by golf icon Raymond Floyd.

The golf courses are only accessible to Turnberry Isle Resort & Spa guests, so plan a trip to enjoy all of the amenities this place has to offer. Take advantage of the pro shop, private and group lessons, and the professional on-site catering.

National Doral

Just northwest of downtown Miami, you can play a game of golf at the iconic Trump National Doral in one of four uniquely designed courses, including the famous Blue Monster course. If you want to golf late in the evening, the resort offers state of the art LED lights that will allow you to play after the sun goes down.

The resort also offers a short game area for chipping and pitching practice. In addition, True Spec Golf, located on site, can help you find the perfect club to dramatically improve your game.

Normandy Shores

If you want to enjoy Miami Beach with a fun game of golf by the sea, head to Normandy Shores. Normandy Shores is an 18-hole golf course designed by Arthur Hills, a renowned American golf course designer.  

If you want to improve your game, Normandy Shores also offers individual and group lessons for people of all ages and skill levels. Take the little ones as kids play free at Normandy Shores.

At Joe’s Moving, we are proud of our city. If you are moving to Miami, Joe’s Moving can help with your moving needs. Give us a call to speak to a moving expert today.

Tips for Selling a Home in Miami

Tips for Selling a Home in Miami

Are you planning to sell your home in Miami? With a healthy housing market, Miami homes in good condition sell fast. If you are worried that selling your home is a stressful and long ordeal, read on to get tips that can help you in the process of selling your home in Miami. Follow our tips so you can make selling as efficient and successful as possible.

6 Effective Ways to Sell Your Miami Home

  • Work on your curb appeal.

Before you sell your home, amp up its curb appeal. You only have one shot to make a great first impression to potential buyers who are just passing by. Keep your lawn mowed and neat. Groom shrubberies and trees. Plant some flowering plants.

Paint your fences, and your house as well. Getting the attention of buyers looking for a home is your main goal, so do not hold back and give your home a nice makeover.

  • Declutter your home.

Nobody likes crowded homes and unnecessary clutter. Your house should look as spacious as possible.

Give your prospective buyers a chance to imagine their own belongings and furniture in your home. Clean out your closets and cabinets, clear off the kitchen and the living room, and minimize displays of your favorite collections.

  • Stage your home and post great photos online.

You can hire a home staging expert and a pro photographer. A staging company or expert can bring in furniture and décor to spruce up your home while it is on the market.

According to the National Association of Realtors, 44% of home buyers found their homes on the internet. This is a growing trend that more and more home buyers check first on the internet for potential future homes. Make use of technology. Nothing can spread information faster these days than social media.

  • Make sure that everything is working and functional.

Nobody wants to pay for something that they still need to fix. Anything that still needs fixing also affects your asking price. Fix permanent appliances, faucets, and plumbing, and make sure that door hinges and window locks are all secured and operational.

You will want your buyer to see a properly and regularly maintained home to inspire buyer confidence. Assure future buyers that they are buying a home that is fully functional and operational.

  • Learn the art of waiting.

Do not rush. Wait for the perfect timing to sell your home. An agent will know when the best time is to sell your home at the best reasonable price. Rushing to sell your home puts you at risk of selling at a lower price than your home’s market value. Patience is a virtue when it comes to selling.

  • Price your home right.

If you want your home to sell in a short time, set the right price. You would not want it priced too low, and buyers will not want a house priced too high. You can check Zillow to get an idea on home pricing in Miami, or you can ask the help of a real estate agent.

Are you selling your home and in need of storage for your belongings? Contact Joe’s Moving.

We have over 20,000 square feet of storage facility to help with your storage needs. We will keep the safety of your furniture and belongings. With us, you can have peace of mind that they are in good hands. Call us at 800-796-3963 now.

Best School Neighborhoods in Miami

Best School Neighborhoods in Miami

Miami is home to 7 of the top 100 public high schools in the country according to the most recent reports.  People have come to Miami for the weather and for business, but now they are coming so that their kids get a good education. As part of our service to you, we want to help you explore the area, and make sure your kids are getting the education that they deserve.

Weston

This wonderful area of Miami is tucked up against the Everglades. Many people report a very suburban feel to the city, and we must say that we agree. Weston is in the northern part of Miami, and has around 65,000 residents. Their public high school, Cypress Bay High School, is in the top 300 of all public high schools in the US. If you think that your child is bright enough for AP, this may be the route to go, given that 76% of students are tested.

In addition, Weston is the home of Imagine Weston, a tuition free public charter school. A host of elementary schools can prepare your children for the next steps. Weston schools are safe, and can prepare you for the stages of their lives to come.

Aventura

This part of Miami is in the north, and relatively close to the shore. Residents of Aventura are more likely to have a Master’s Degree and a Bachelor’s degree than the national average, and this city’s dedication to pedagogy really shows in its dedication to public schools.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools administers the Aventura schools. Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School earned a silver medal from the U.S. News and World Report. Recently, the Aventura City of Excellence School has opened. It is a K-8 charter school and has recently excited many in this fast-growing community.

Bay Harbor Islands

The town of Bay Harbor Islands has very few residents, but it feels like a city. This place is always thriving and humming along, and we understand why. Almost every part of this city has a view of the ocean. Despite the fact that this place has fewer than 6,000 residents, Bay Harbor Islands has fantastic schools.

The schools have incredible test scores, which is made all the more impressive because they are constantly improving. The Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center is the most prominent among them, since it beats the state average in English, Math, and Civics. When students matriculate from this learning center, they go to Miami Beach Senior High School which is among the top 750 high schools in America.

Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne is one of the nicest parts of Miami, and this extends to the schools. MAST Academy is one of the top 100 schools in the country. 98% of the students take the AP Exams, and 81% of them pass. The Key Biscayne K-8 Center is also incredibly highly rated.

If you have any questions about Miami or the schools that serve our students, ask us today. Joe’s Moving is happy to help all of those who are moving to or from our city. You will be grooving with Joe’s Moving.

Tips for Setting Up Your Miami Home for AirBnB

Tips for Setting Up Your Miami Home for AirBnB —

AirBnB has accommodated more than 60 million people in more than 30,000 cities around the world, according to their statistics. There were about 15.8 million overnight travelers in Miami, from the Miami Herald.  Both of these facts combined means that setting up your home for AirBnB could be quite the investment. Read more tips below.

1.Ask Yourself What You Want

Some people want different outcomes from their rentals. Some owners want to meet some new people and get some extra money now and then. Others want to have a stable secondary source of income. Another group wants AirBnB to be their main source of income. All of these require different time commitments, and come with different initial costs. If you want to get the most from AirBnB, you need to recognize what you want from it.

2. Safety First

This one is important. It is also important to recognize this as a two-way street. The purpose of the profiles is so that everyone is who they say they are. You are letting this person into your home, or your apartment. The site provides you a platform to communicate with your guests, and ask questions. If you are not comfortable with it, you do not have to accept someone.

At the same time, a potential guest would not want to stay in your place if they thought it was unsafe. When you want to travel, you do not go to the dangerous part of town. A potential guest can check which neighborhood you are in, and see the state of your house.

AirBnB handles all of the money. Since this is the case, you know that things will be transparent. Guests are allowed to rate hosts, and hosts are allowed to rate guests. If someone has done something wrong, you can say so. That applies to both you and then.

3. Know the Standards

When you arrive in a hotel room, you expect certain things. For example, you need clean sheets, clean towels, a clean floor, WiFi, etc. None of these items are free, which is something you need to keep in mind. The addition of something as simple as a coffee maker will direct many potential guests to your page.

4. Presentation Matters

When you put a room, house or otherwise on AirBnB you are selling something. People want to see pictures, they want to know exactly what you have and do not have, and they want to see a full fridge. If you click on a hotel’s website, and you see only dark, awful pictures, chances are you are not going to stay there. In the same vein, you need to take nice pictures and put your best foot forward.

5. Know the Law

If you get money from AirBnB and you do not pay taxes on it, you will be in hot water. In certain cities, AirBnB is not covered in leasing agreements. Landlords ought to be informed when you decide to rent out via the site. AirBnB offers certain guarantees for liabilities to hosts, but that is not to say that everything is covered. Look up pertinent laws before you decide to rent.

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