FURNISHING FLORIDA VILLAS
When our clients have started the process of buying their Florida villa, we point out that there are important choices and decisions to make in respect of furnishings.
Because if you want to rent out your home to cover some or all of the costs, the standard and contents of the furnishings and equipment are likely to have a big impact on the money that you earn. It doesn’t matter if you have bought a 2 bed/2 bath condo or a 6 bedroom pool home, or if it’s new or re-sale – you need to make sure that it’s furnished to as high a standard as you can afford to make it stand out from the crowd.
Here are some of the options that are available when you are furnishing a new home:
- Complete Furniture Packages
In Florida, there are a number of companies that offer complete furniture packages for vacation homes. A designer from the company will help you to choose furniture either in their showroom or from catalogues. They will also talk to you about any definite ideas you may have. Once the basics have been decided and your new home has been completed they will supply and install the complete package which includes bed linens, towels, all kitchen and bathroom items, pictures, plants and ornaments.
- Furniture vouchers
New home builders sometimes offer a furniture voucher which can be redeemed at a designated furniture package company. Often this option is a little more limiting in choice as they tend to have set packages to choose from. However, you can usually upgrade items by paying the extra cost.
- Bought Fully Furnished
At the height of the building boom about ten years ago, some builders offered their new homes complete with furniture, covering all the essentials needed in a holiday home. For some people this was a great option especially if they didn’t have time to spare to pick out their furniture package – but they generally get little or no choice in style, fabric etc. This practice has largely disappeared now but we have seen one or two instances re-emerge recently.
There is another option, and that is to ‘do it yourself’. For more details on this, click here: Furnishing Florida villas – Do It Yourself. That information may be more appropriate for those buyers of re-sale property, where they need to upgrade selected rooms or pieces of furniture.
For some furniture items that are really important for you to consider, no matter how you are equipping your home, click here: Orlando Vacation Homes – Must Haves.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:
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G.K., Kent, UK
You helped us from start to finish and beyond . . . from finding and choosing the plot through to furnishing the house and helping to set up the utilities once we had closed on the home – a “one-stop shop”. You made it all so smooth and trouble free for us. We were so far away in the U.K. . . . I don’t know how anyone does this without your help.
B.R., Derby, UK
Chris helped me to build my real estate holding from 0 to 5 homes worth almost $1 million dollars in just over 3 years, including 3 Disney Orlando Vacation homes. All were sold for a profit, which I give credit to Chris, who knows the Florida Real Estate market so well.
Anne S. Orlando
It looks so easy from the Internet sites. And some other Realtors play down exactly what is involved. What Colin showed us and what he did meant that we were kept informed at every stage. He made sure that we knew what we needed at each stage, from buying through to setting up the home and managing it the most effectively. We want to thank him for everything.
V.B., Exeter, UK
We just want to say how much we value the work that Colin did for us. His advice helped us to avoid what could have been some big mistakes and he showed us how to find the place we were looking for – or rather, the home that best fitted our plans both now and in the future. It’s amazing, looking back, how much Colin’s challenge to our preconceptions changed our thinking. I’m delighted both that we were referred to him and that he continues to give us support when we require it.
R.H., Oxford, UK