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Larry Rivers, Home Buyer in Cape Coral, FL

Furnishing a short term rental home

Asked by Larry Rivers, Cape Coral, FL Tue Jun 8, 2010

I am not familiar with this area and I am considering buying a home with the intention of renting short term. Where would you suggest are the best places to get good quality furnishing at at the best prices? What style of furnishing is the most popular among short term renters. Especially the European summer visitors.

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Good Morning Larry,

Firstly, be sure to look in Southwest or Southeast Cape for homes. This is a great area for seasonal rentals.

My suggestion is to go look at some homes for sale that already have rental income as well as visit some homes that are for rent. This will help you visually see what others are doing. Be sure to chat with companies that specialize in seasonal rentals. They may have some buying opportunities as well. You could possibly buy a home already furnished! =)

I really like American Signature for my furniture. If you drive down 41 in fort myers, you will find some going out of business sales or sales on holiday weekends.

Hope that helped

Have a Great Day!

A.J. Ackerman
Century 21 Sunbelt Realty
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 29, 2011
Dear Larry,

Think about your area and why would someone want to have a short term rental there. You are in Florida the furnishings shoud reflect that, make it bright and the furniture sturdy but open. Check your newspapers, ask people for their suggestions and then, even with the price of gas, get in your car and drive the main streets. And don't forget to ask the stores if they have a complimentary decorating service to work with you?

Even Europeans don't want to see dark, heavily uppolstered furniture, in a summer envoronment.

Good Luck to you.

Agnes tabor, REALTOR
239 564-0384
ABR- accredited Buyers Representative
Naples, Florida 34102
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 28, 2011
In addition to Bill's advice, make sure that you buy good quality furniture. And furniture that will hold up well. It'll get a lot of wear and tear, and you want the furniture to last--and remain in good, functional condition--as long as possible.

Regarding style--again, in addition to Bill's advice--you might go online and see what sorts of furnishings you see in European vacation homes.

Hope that helps.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 8, 2010
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Burke, VA

Furnishing a short term rental isn't as much about "style" as it is good taste and cleanliness. Buyers of rental property in Florida enjoy a great supply of reasonably priced and good condition furnishings that can be found easily at consignment and secondhand shops.

Light colors and the tropical look are always popular with Florida renters......and you can never go wrong with birds, fish, boats and golf accents.

Good luck

0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 8, 2010
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