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7 Ways to Add Elegance When Selling Your Home!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Help your Suncoast home stand out from the crowd by adding elegant touches throughout your home! A more expensive looking home will increase buyer interest and help you get a higher price! Here are 7 tips to make your home look more elegant and expensive when selling!


1. Choose an elegant paint color. Painting is your first step to prepare your home to sell. It can instantly make your home look fresh and clean. Choose neutral colors that will appeal to a wide variety of home buyers. Add some elegance by adding colors with a slight sheen to them.

2. Declutter. Clean and declutter all rooms in your house. Once they are decluttered, you can choose a single focal point for each room to highlight the space and unique architectural features.

3. Remember Small Details. Fixtures can easily date a room. Update light, plumbing, and other fixtures throughout your home to add some instant style.

4. Invest in Kitchen Appliances. The kitchen is often one of the most important rooms for homebuyers. Make it a major selling point in your home by purchasing stainless steal or brightly colored appliances that are often found in higher end homes.

5. Update Window Treatments. Replace all dated window treatments. Choose neutral or bold colors and avoid patterns. Focus on drapes, blinds, or Japanese shades for elegance. Make sure that your treatments let in the maximum amount of light.

6. Add Crown Molding. Classic details like crown molding can add elegance to your home.

7. Purchase a new Garage Door. Curb appeal is vitally important when you sell your home. Your garage door takes up a large portion of the outside of your home. Although this is a more costly upgrade, it does offer a good return on investment and adds elegance to the outside of your home. Invest in new garage doors




Interested in Selling your Suncoast home? Give the Flerlage Real Estate Group a call today!

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Lighten Up Your Suncoast Home!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Keep your home looking fresh and airy all year round by lighting up your living space. Feel like you are living in a cloud, bathed in that bright Suncoast sun every time you step through your front door. Follow these 5 home owners tips for creating a lighter living space today!


White paint. Instantly brighten up the space (and make it appear larger) by adding fresh coats of white paint. Look beyond the walls and consider lightening up the hardwood floors as well.


Declutter. Open up your space and let more light in by minimizing the amount of stuff you have sitting out. Spaces get lighter with smooth lines. Remove clutter from surfaces, minimize furniture, and add hidden storage systems throughout your home.


Mirrors. Mirrors have long-since been a go-to trick for opening up a space. Create the illusion of more space by adding mirrors. Along with wall mirrors, consider mirrored back splashes or accessories, such as trays, glass top tables, or crystal decor.


Light linens. Create a cozy, breezy spot for you and your family by adding airy curtains and crisp white throws and pillows throughout the space.


Grays and blues. Add some subtle pops of color throughout your home with soft shades of gray or blue.


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How do you decorate for the holidays when Selling your Venice Home?

by Nick and Beth Flerlage



December might not be the most popular time of year for home buying, but as a seller, you can use that to your advantage! Buyers in the winter are motivated to be settled in a new home before the new year. Put potential buyers in a festive spirit by adding some seasonal decor to your home. Just make sure that you decorations help make your home look stylish and inviting. Follow these decorating tips for selling your Venice home this holiday season!


Clean and Stage Your Home. As is the first step whenever you are selling your home, you need to do a thorough cleaning of your home. Once the home has been cleaned, stage every room as you normally would.


Declutter. Remove all non-essential items. Depersonalize your home by storing personal photographs and collectibles. Make sure that countertops are cleared off. Only keep furniture in the rooms that help make them look their best. You want home buyers to be able to picture themselves in your home.


Be Mindful of Your Palette. Use decorations that match your home’s current decor. Pick items that complement the paint colors you already have in order to avoid any clashing. Use rich tones with earth colors or soothing colors with blue tones.

Less Is More. Avoid filling your home with too many decorations. This can distract potential buyers. Instead focus on ways to accent your home’s best features with your holiday decor.


Trim the Tree Thoughtfully. Although personalized ornaments are part of the fun of Christmas, wait until you are celebrating in your new home to use them. Instead, use a cohesive theme on your tree. Also, be mindful of the size of your tree. Make sure that it does not overwhelm the space.


Keep It Neutral. Remember that people celebrate different holidays during the season. Try to avoid overtly religious decorations to avoid putting off some buyers. Focus more on neutral, seasonal decor.


Make It Cozy. Create a warm atmosphere in your home with festive scents. You can also add subtle decorations such as pinecones and evergreen wreaths. A glowing fireplace also helps make your home extra cozy.


Accentuate the Exterior. Use simple string lights to draw attention to the outside architecture of your home or to the landscaping. Make sure to keep it simple outside. Avoid using over the top light displays and decorations this year to maintain beautiful curb appeal.



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Staging your Venice Home to Sell! Top 10 Tips!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Get top dollar for your home and help get the competitive edge by staging your Venice home to sell! Staging helps your home look its very best and stand out from the other properties currently on the market. You don’t have to spend a fortune to help increase the value and appeal of your house to prospective buyers. Here are our Top 10 Tips for Staging your Home!

Remove Clutter. After spending years in your home, you have undoubtedly accumulated a lot of stuff. Buyers need to be able to focus on the bones of the house and not on the items filling up the space. Your first step in staging your home is to remove all items that you do not immediately need. Do not have too much furniture in each room. Keep kitchen and bathroom countertops clear. Make closets appear bigger by leaving 20 to 30 percent open space and organizing the items that you still have in there. For the items that you do not want to keep in your home, pack them into boxes and store neatly in the garage or rent a temporary storage unit.

Arrange your Furniture into Groupings. You can make rooms appear larger and more open by creating furniture groupings. Instead of pushing furniture up against the walls, utilize the space in ways that create conversation areas and help make the traffic flow of the room more obvious. Symmetry and pairs can help living spaces more appealing.

Repurpose that Extra Room. Show off the functionality of all the areas in the house. Turn that room that has become the storage area for items you didn’t know where else to put into an office/library or guest bedroom. For open areas on stair landings or elsewhere, create a reading nook. This allows prospective buyers to see how to utilize the spaces throughout the home.

Keep Rooms Well Lit. You want your home to be bright and inviting. Improve the lighting throughout your house. Increase the wattage of your bulbs. Make sure that there are multiple light sources in each room, including the overhead lighting as well as ambient lighting from lamps. You don’t want to forget about natural lighting, especially in the Sunshine State! Keep drapes and blinds open to let in the sunshine. Use lightweight, neutral window treatments.

Paint Your Walls. Instantly update the look of your house by adding a fresh coat of paint. Avoid bright, bold colors that might not be appealing to all. However, that doesn’t mean that all your walls need to be white either. Focus on sophisticated neutral colors. For bedrooms, use colors that are relaxing and gender neutral. You can also create the illusion of larger rooms by painting adjacent rooms the same color.


Accessorize. Add accents throughout the rooms of your house by accessorizing. Hang art in interesting patterns to show off the space and make it more visually appealing. Group accessories in threes based on size, texture, or color. Although you want rooms to be a neutral color overall, add fun pops of color with accent pillows. It is important though to make sure that you remove personal items though. You want home buyers to be able to visualize themselves in the space so take down family photos.



Raid your Garden. Adding plants to a space can make it more inviting. Instead of spending money on expensive plants from a florist, look no further than your yard. Use local, seasonal plants. Make a room instantly brighter by adding a vase of colorful Florida flowers, such as beach sunflowers, canna lilies, or blanket flowers.


Create Relaxing Spaces in the Bedroom and Bathroom. Master bedrooms and bathrooms are important areas for prospective home buyers. Help make the bedroom inviting by using soft colors and luxurious linens for bedding and drapery. You can make your bathroom feel like a spa by adding rolled up towels, candles, and decorative baskets.

Clean and Deodorize. One of the easiest and most important staging tips in cleaning. Although you want your home to look lived in, you also want it to always homey look maintained and spotless. Always pick up items after you use them during the day. Clean windows, floors, and counters. Not only do you want your home to look the best but you also want it to smell its best. Make sure to remove all pet odors. Use air fresheners throughout the home. You can make your home extra before showings by baking some cookies!

Remember Curb Appeal. Sellers always think about staging the interior of the home but you also need to remember that the first impression of your home happens outside! Make sure to maintain your landscaping, clean your gutters and driveway, power wash and paint your siding, and any other updates that might be necessary after your home has been exposed to the Florida elements. Also stage outdoor spaces! With the beautiful year round weather, homeowners spend a lot of time outside on patios so add outdoor furniture to show off how to utilize these spaces.

You've made the big're going to put your home on the market! BRAVO! It's a fantastic time to take advantage of the incredible Venice housing market. Now you have a few key decisions to make; what do I need to fix and what do I negotiate in the sale of the home, before actually finding the BEST Real Estate Agent/Team to list my home?

First of all, it's very easy to miss the everday wear and tear that a home takes over the years, so don't think you're alone at having to do some work on the cleaning and repairs before putting your home on the market. You're going to want to walk through your home with a critical by room...with a notepad, taking down detailed notes from floor to ceiling.  We also would recommend finding that "awesome Real Estate Team" on the front end. Simply because a great Real Estate Team is extremely helpful in guiding you through this process and knowing what are the critical elements that need to be upgraded or repaired, and what may just need to be negotiated later. After all, we all have a budget we must stay within so having a trained eye as a partner is a huge plus at the START of this process!

Keep in mind, the repairs or upgrades we are going to suggest here WILL put money in your pocket at the close of the sale of your home!  Here are the Top 7 Most Important Repairs to Make Before Selling Your Suncoast Home:

A Fresh Coat of Paint- This is by far one of the cheapest and easiest ways to update, refresh and even change the look of your home or room, before you sell...and you don't even have to hire a professional! Just remember a few basics;  choose lighter, neutral tones so that your new buyer can make the home their own, it's not important to paint every room- just the ones that really need it. Lastly, if you do have wallpaper in your home- REMOVE it! You may love how it looks, but do your new homeowners a favor and give them a clean slate to create their own look.

The Kitchen- You've heard it a hundred times..."The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home". It's true in many ways. Most people are looking for the 'ideal' kitchen- spacious counter space with lots of cabinets and state-of-the-art appliances. If you don't have all of this, don't fret, most of us don't. But don't go for a major kitchen overhaul either! A few tweaks here and there can make major differences. For instance; swap out your hardware on your cabinets. Paint outdated cabinets, put in new faucets or fixtures. If you have a little money to spend, put in granite countertops. And by all means make sure you have cleared your counters completely before you ever show your home!

Bathrooms- The throne, that's right. It's still a major draw and will always be. So what can be done here? Deep cleaning for starters! Scrub that grout, make sure tubs, sinks and toilets look brand new! Then check for leaky faucets and replace if necessary. This is one room that lighting is critical. If lighting is dull, replace immediately. Have a little extra cash? Again, go for a good counter top- granite or even marble are a great choice for the bath!  Side Note- When staging your bathroom, try using white or light neutral colored towels. It reminds people of a spa and looks crisp and clean.

Nail Holes & Spackling- We know it sounds like common sense but it really does bear need to go room by room and fill your nail holes, cracks, etc. Spackle, sand and paint. Every room should look like it is brand new. A potential buyer should not walk into a room and think "wow...we've got a lot of work to do in here!" If that happens, you're sales price goes down.

Adequate Lighting- When showing your home you want each room to show like a 'showroom'. However, poor lighting can often sabatoge a home's potential sale. Make sure that each room has adequate lighting so potential buyers can see what each room has to offer. This should include the natural lighting each room invites as well. Since it's summertime, make sure your window dressings are appropriate for the season. If you have a heavy drape, ditch them for a cotton one or just a blind for the season. Make sure your closets have adequate lighting too!

Hardwood Floors- So many of our homes have gorgeous hardwood floors today. These can be a blessing or a curse depending on where you live, if you have pets, children, high traffic areas and more. If you have hardwood and they are looking very distressed, it's definitely in your best interest to get those floors refinished...or at the very least buffed and polished. Nothing looks better than entering a home and seeing gleaming hardwood floors!  That is a CLOSER right then and there! 

Functional Appliances- Lastly, go through your home and make sure all your appliances are working properly and you have all your warranties pulled together for your realtor. Nothing is more embarrassing...or shows a lack of maintenance of the home to your potential buyer, as when appliances or any item around the home is NOT in working order.

For more helpful Home Selling Tips give the Nick Flerlage Team a call at 941-882-2229 or visit our website at

Spring Home Buying Tips For Venice FL


It’s definitiely a competitive Home Buying season, especially in Venice FL.  Inventory is low and demand is high!      

Lack of preparation is the number one reason people lose their dream home, so here are some tips to keep you ahead of the competition.  

Close your laptop!  Get out of the house and look the old fashioned way

Using Real Estate sites to search for your home is the norm.  90% of people search for listings online during their home-buying process, which isn't bad in itself. Starting your search online is a good idea, but don’t get so caught up that you forget there is a real world outside too.  Inventory, in most markets is expected to be tight, so you want to get out and look as soon as possible.  Remember when demand outpaces the inventory of homes, buyers need to be ready to move quickly.  So get pre-approved, know what you are looking for and when you find it, be ready to move quickly

Another thing to remember is that photos online are taken to make the home look it’s absolute best, so it may not accurately represent what you see when you pull up, rather just what the Seller wants you to see.  So, use the internet as a tool, not your whole strategy.  

Some sites let you select certain neighborhoods and then receive alerts when new homes become available, this is the perfect use of the internet, you become alerted and then you can schedule a time to tour the home for yourself.

If you live in a warm state like Florida, you definitely want to start early. The hunt in sunnier locations like Venice FL ihas already gotten HOT, Home searches in the area are already up 22% over the national average.  So get out NOW and find your Florida Dream Home

Educate Yourself .  Know the Market Values and Market Trends

Rely on your Realtor for this.  The best source of information is a well connected Real Estate Agent.  They’re the expert and have a wealth of information to share with you.  Ask questions and be sure you really understand the bigger picture.  You can also check out sites like for trends in particular areas and to see where new inventory is popping up.  

Everything isn’t always exactly as it appears.  There could be “micro trends” which are little trends unique to a certain area in your region that could affect prices.  Things like, maybe new homes are selling at a premium to older ones or the demand for condos outpaces the demand for single family homes.  These things will affect your price.  Be aware, too, that there could be micro-trends in your region that 

BUY NOW.  Snag A Low Mortgage Rate—Now

Mortgage rates are at historical lows RIGHT NW!  So it's an EXCELLENT TIME TO BUY! Take advantage of the low interest while you can.  

Home Buyers are getting a lot more bang for their buck and at payment levels that will be affordable for decades.  Mortgage rates are so low right now that monthly payments are lower than rent in a lot of markets.  

It’s predicted that these low interest rates will stay through the spring.  Home Buyers received another gift recently, when The Federal Housing Authority, which backs loans for borrowers who make low down payments, lowered the annual insurance premium required from 1.35% to just .85%.  It’s estimated that this will save more than 2 million FHA homeowners about $900 a year.  

What this means: It’s a prime time to jump on a home loan. Mortgage rates can be unpredictable—and a decision by the Fed to raise interest rates mid-year, as many economists predict, could cause them to spike.

Build A Home Buying Dream Team…Then Make A Bid

To be a serious contender in the Home Buying game, you need to be organized and ready, especially if a bidding war begins.

You will need a savvy real estate agent obviously, but you’ll also want your lender, inspector and attorney to be ready so you can move fast.  

Complete your mortgage application and get your loan amount determined in advance.  Things move faster today and if you are not 100% pre-approved, you probably won’t get the house.  Some people, the most successful buyers are even going one step further and getting fully approved before purchasing.  Not all lenders offer this, but some do, and if they do, it’s a way to ensure you are the top contender.  And the better known your lender is locally, the more likely you’ll win the confidence of the seller.  Lenders from the Internet can seem sketchy in the eyes of Sellers and their agents.  It’s always best to use someone who is known locally.  

Don't Be Afraid To Sweeten The Deal

So, what if you are stuck in a bidding war with an equally qualified buyer?  How do you win?  

One way is to include an escalation clause, which is an amount that you are willing to pay above a competing bid.  

For example, if you included an escalation clause of $3,000 to your bid of $200,000 and the second offer came in at $205,000, then your bid would get bumped to $208,000. 

You can also consider removing contingency clauses.  Contingencies are terms of a contract that must be met or the buyer or seller can walk away from the deal; home inspection, appraisal and financing contingencies are among the most common.  All of these presents a certain level of risk, so consult with your Realtor and team before removing any.  These can often be removed just by doing due diligence.  For instance, you can remove the financing clause if you get fully approved.  Also, be sure to conduct a pre-inspection prior to making your offer, this way, you won’t have to include an inspection contingency.  

There are also smaller but nice gifts you can use to entice a Seller.  Find out what date the Seller prefers to close, then use that date in your contract.  You can also offer to close as quickly as possible, and offer to accept rent payments from the Seller until their planned move date. Adding these little perks can mean a lot more than you think.  There have been times my seller ultimately went with a lower bid, simply because it had NO CONTINGENCIES. Many Sellers prefer NO RISK as opposed to a few extra bucks.  

Most of this has to do with preparation and knowledge.  Don’t get caught off guard and lose your dream home because you weren’t properly prepared.  This starts with your Realtor.  Find a trusted expert and then work hard with them!

If you're looking for more information or Home Selling or Home Buying tips in Venice FL, call The Nick Flerlage Team, experts in the Venice Real Estate Market, making the home buying process an enjoyable one.  

"Best Buy" Markets For 2016 Housing: North Port is #12

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Ok, so Forbes recently came out with a list that has everyone in Florida (especially Northport) excited.  

Forbes teamed up with North Carolina-based data company Local Market Monitor in order to answer this one question: Where should real estate investors put their money in 2016? After the numbers were crunched, it was pretty clear to see who the winner was...We dominated the list! 7 of the Top 20 Housing Markets To Invest In, in 2016, are in FLORIDA!!! 

 According to Forbes, Florida offers good values "where investors get the best bang for their housing buck, and where aspiring homeowners have the best prospects of making an economically sound purchase." Yeah, we know this!  Now everyone else does too!

Orlando came in at 2nd place, followed by six other cities in the Sunshine State, including #12 Northport.

Of those, average home prices were highest in #19 West Palm Beach at $285,000 and lowest in #14 Tampa at $193,000. Though it's worth noting that these averages have been accelerating consistently at a rate of 9-14% in ALL FLORIDA cities.  #12 Northport came in between those two, with $245,010.  With Northport's population growing at 5.6% and Annual Job growth of 2.8%, more people need homes in the area and many more are looking to upgrade, combine that with the recently stabilized economy, and Real Estate Investors have the perfect recipe to make some money, especially considering the estimate for three year home price growth is 27%.  So, in just three short years you could be making some serious ROI.

What does this mean for Home Buyers...well, if you're considering a move to Florida, now is the time to do it.  Prices are expected to climb steadily over the next three years.  AND if you are selling your home, there will be no shortage of buyers for the foreseeable future!  All good news.  Whether you're looking to Buy or Sell, Now is clearly the time.  Call the Nick Flerlage Team and let us help you into your Florida Dream Home.  Check out our Featured Properties for more information on some of the great communities and homes in Florida! 

Forbes full list of The Top 20 Cities For Real Estate Investors 2016:

1. Grand Rapids

2. Orlando, Florida

3. San Antonio, Texas

4. Charlotte, North Carolina

5. Salt Lake City

6. Dallas

7. Austin, Texas

8. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

9. Seattle

10. Cape Coral, Florida

11. Indianapolis

12. North Port, Florida

13. Nashville, Tennessee

14. Tampa, Florida

15. Charleston, South Carolina

16. Denver, Colorado

17. Madison, Wisconsin

18. Jacksonville, Florida

19. West Palm Beach, Florida

20. Boise, Idaho

Staying Organized During the Venice FL Fall Sports Season!

by Bloggerhead

ORGANIZATION! A word that haunts many homeowners, especially active families; when football cleats, hockey sticks, and various balls of shapes and sizes start invading your living room, But family and organization don't have to be contradictions. Here are some simple home organization tips to help stay organized during your child's season. The key here is variety and adaptability. All of these storage tips can be easily modified, allowing you to adapt to your child's growing needs.


Maybe the easiest way to stay organized in places like your garage, and still making it easy for the kids to grab balls or equipment in a hurry when they're late for practice is this phenomenal Bungee Storage system! A Super easy & simple DIY project, but a great garage organizer too!


One of the keys to an organized garage is shelving! Lots and lots of shelving. So, nothing beats a great cubbie system. You can make it even more convenient by using various sized cubbies; storing balls, bikes, helmets, bags, anything your little heart desires!


This little guy is a life saver for all the hockey moms out there. If you have a hockey player living in your home, you know that you'd rather keep that stuff outside, due to the stench it will leave in your home for days after every practice & game. What's worse, is that if equipment doesn't dry completely, bacteria will grow on your child's pads, making them smell worse and lead to rashes and other health risks. Not to worry, the problem has been solved. Invest in a rack drying system! If you're a really crafty parent, these can easily be made cheaply with some PVC and some ingenuity. Here's a guide to a DYI Drying Rack.


The thing about child athletes is...they grow and so do their interests. After a few seasons, you almost have enough equipment to open your own used sports store. The answer to this is simple, a peg board! It can constantly adapt to your child's growing arsenal of balls and equipment and coincidentally it's another easy DIY project. DIY Pegboard.


For equipment used most frequently this Rollable Storage Bin is the perfect solution. It allows you to organize equipment by sport (soccer, tennis, baseball, etc.) and because it is on wheels, you can move it whenever necessary. The Container Store has a few great options.

Hopefully this list helps lower the stresses of a busy fall sports season, allowing you to put all your effort into cheering on your little athlete!

For more Home Improvement & Organizational tips checkout my Facebook Page & my website. If you're interested in Real Estate in the Venice FL area, please give us a call! We'd be happy to show you around our fantastic community or meet you and answer any questions you may have. 

Get your Venice FL Home Ready to Sell!


It's Home Selling time in Venice Florida!  If you're thinking of putting your home on the market, is it in the best possible condition to get you the highest price you deserve?  For many homeowners, coming to the decision to put their home on the market was already an emotionally difficult one and they haven't thought about the home itself and what might be needed to ensure it's at it's "red carpet" best to present to potential home buyers. With that said, here are some fantastic and inexpensive ways to add value to your Florida Home...Before putting it on the market, to help you get the price you want, and deserve, from the sale of your home.

1. The first part of your home the public is going to see (Internet Photos excluded) is the exterior of the home. Believe it or not, people are still going to drive by your home, so Curb Appeal is critically important! This doesn't have to be expensive either, think about a pop of color to your porch with some great flower pots or freshen up your planters,  wreath on the door and new welcome mat or fabulous outdoor rug. Make sure the greenery is manicured, grass is cut and walkway is in good condition. If you need to replace a walkway think of using a paver brick;  these come in a variety of colors and styles and are easy to install and look fantastic!

2. Brighten up your home! No one likes a dark space, so freshen your home with a new coat of paint to each room that needs it. This is so inexpensive and easy to do. Just stick with  a neutral or bright color (stay away from "very trendy colors). You may also want to add some additional lighting in rooms that don't have sufficient light sources. Add some can/recessed lighting in kitchens & bathrooms while dimmer switches with simple light fixtrures in other rooms are great.

3. Remove paneling and old popcorn ceilings. You may like what you have, but if you still have either of these in your home it will be in your best interest to take them out. Paneling & Popcorn Ceilings scream..."I'm an OLD house"! That begs people to start second guessing everything about your home and asking questions about everything! Once that starts...the price they're willing to pay goes down!

4. Update your Flooring. If you have flooring that has been in the home for a long time, or still have door to door carpeting, this is something you may want to replace. Right now hardwood or engineered wood flooring is one of the top features many people are looking for in homes, second best; tiled floors- whether ceramic, porcelain, slate, limestone, travertine or even marble. This is an area that you definitely recoup your costs.

5. Bathroom Upgrades. One of the rooms in the home used most often, but often overlooked. Don't consider adding a bathroom or totally renovating it...just give it a boost! Install new fixtures, re-grout the shower, add crown molding and brighten up the room with some paint. Some people like the cool new wallpaper offerings, we would stay away from adding wallpaper when trying to sell. Let the new homeowners add elements like that, your goal is to make the home great, but leave the personalizing details to the new home buyers. 

6. Update the Kitchen! This is the room of the home you can't go wrong. The kitchen is the most important, #1 area of the home for 84% of home buyers, and let's face it...this is where all the magic of the home happens, so updating here always pays off! Upgrading to stainless steel appliances is always a plus, but not necessary. If you have mismatched appliances, just go with one color scheme. If you can't afford new appliances, check into a used appliance store- as long as they are in great shape & work perfectly, it's a good alternative. If you have older cabinets try painting to give them a fresh new look, or just swapping out some new hardware! Great kitchen counters also change the look of the room and give a great boost to Home Value. Plus there are so many great, durable counter tops to choose from;  granite, quartz, butcher block, glass, marble, soapstone and the list goes on! Have some fun!

7. Take advantage of Outdoor Living Space. One advantage we have living in the south is the ability to use outdoor space all year long. Whether you have a great patio, lanai, or terrific open back yard...use it to your advantage! Create an area that can be considered another "room" to the home. Add fabulous outdoor furniture, create a cozy setting that Home Buyers would love to bring their guests to entertain, have family dinners, or just an intimate dinner or date night for two. Again, this doesn't have to be expensive...check out sales at your favorite stores, second hand shops, yard sales or recycle things you already have at home. Just make it a space that potential buyers cannot resist. 

For more Home Selling Tips check out our Facebook Page and our website or better yet...Give us a call and we'll come to your home and work with you personally! It's the BEST time to get your home on the market. The south Florida Housing Market is booming! Don't let this incredible opportunity pass you by, give us a call today for more information:  941-882-2229.

If you're interested in finding out what your Venice area home is worth, since Home Values have increased so much recently, follow the link below. You can receive a FREE, no obligation HOME VALUE Report INSTANTLY!  Just click this link:    What is my Venice Area  Home Worth?

Items that can't be Moved by Your Venice FL Moving Company!


It's Moving Day, you've waited for this day for awhile and it's finally here! It's early morning and you're armed with your Moving List, breakfast is ready for the family and everything in the house is packed and ready to go. You're super prepared, just like you always's going to be a SMOOTH MOVING DAY!

Just one thing, are you aware of the list of items that are banned by Federal Law from being moved from your home by the Moving Company? Common sense tells you that they won't be able to move things like a Gas Tank, Propane Tank and Ammunition, but the list is actually much longer than that! So we've put together the list for you so you're not caught off guard and left having to make other arrangements for these items at the last minute and taking up valuable time on moving day, or holding up your moving day altogether, until you can take care of these items before you can leave the home.

It's important to pay special attention to this list because your Moving Company WILL NOT move these items, under any circumstances, and you can't just leave them in the home your vacating.


  • Gas Tanks
  • Propane Tanks
  • Ammunition
  • Car Batteries
  • Charcoal
  • ​Darkroom Chemicals
  • Batteries
  • Nail Polish
  • Scuba Tanks
  • Liquid Bleach
  • Household Plants
  • Lawn Chemicals: Weed Killers & Pesticide
  • Pool Acids & Chemicals

* Some Movers will NOT take Lawn Movers or Generator's you'll need to check ahead of time. If your mover does take these, remove as much gasoline as possible before moving day!

** We have provided you with a complete list as it stands within our resources. Because Federal Guidelines change & Moving Companies have their own rules and regulations, it is critical that you check with your Moving Company PRIOR to your move to find out exactly what THEY will and will not move for you.

For more helpful Home Selling and Moving Tips, check out our website and Facebook Page, or give us a call anytime at 941-882-2229.

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