Is White-Boxing the Way to Go When Selling Your Naples Home?

For most sellers, home staging plays a huge part in how quickly their home sells as well as for how much. But a trend we’re beginning to see with higher-end homes like those in Naples and Marco Island is something called “white-boxing”. That’s the complete opposite of home staging. So, is white-boxing the way to go when selling your Naples or Marco Island home? It just might be.

White-boxing is a new trend we're seeing in higher end Naples and Marco Island homes. Is this the right strategy to use when selling your home?

What is “White-Boxing”?

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White-boxing is the absence of furniture or furnishings of any kind. This provides buyers with a truly blank slate. Only white walls and blank floor space. No artwork, books, area rugs, dishes…nothing. Your Naples/Marco Island home is simply a “white box” filled with infinite possibilities.

What Makes White-Boxing Popular?

Today’s luxury buyers want to go in and put their personal stamp on a place. No matter how lovely of a home it may be, they want to tear down walls, rip up flooring and customize the space to fit their lifestyle. When a seller uses white-boxing, it allows the buyer and their designer to better see what they’d like to change instead of focusing on the furniture and fixtures. For designers, this blank canvas makes it easier to render their design concepts for the buyer to visualize once customization has been completed. Plus, buyers feel less guilty about gutting a home to redesign it if it’s already empty. In fact, these buyers may pay more for a white-boxed home than a staged one.

Does White-Boxing Work for Every Home?

No. It may seem odd, but many rooms actually look smaller without furniture in them. White-boxing works best when you have large rooms and a fabulous view. Otherwise, this might not be the best strategy. Determine who your buyers are before you list. Talk this over with your Naples REALTOR® to decide whether or not white-boxing is a good selling plan for your home.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos 

Naples Food Angels Need Volunteers

Did you know that one in six people in the United States goes hungry every single day. This includes men, women, and children. It affects families living right here in the Naples area. That’s heartbreaking and should never happen in a country as rich as our own. Places like the Naples Food Angels help feed these families in need every week. But they need your help.

What: Naples Food Angels
Where: The Current Community Center (13510 Tamiami Trl N #5, Naples, FL)
When: Every Saturday 10:30 am to 12 pm & Every Wednesday 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Contact: First Christian Church of Naples (239) 529-3977

Naples Food Angels Need Volunteers

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Naples Food Angels are looking for volunteers to help them with their food distribution efforts. Twice a week (Wednesday evening and Saturday morning), they open up their facility and allow local families in need to shop the shelves for free. Items they choose from include fresh produce, meat, baked goods, personal care products, and other available items. What began with service to just eight people four years ago has grown to serve over 1,000 people a month. As you can imagine, that means the Naples Food Angels need more hands helping pick up, pick through, and organize the bi-weekly distribution efforts.

How to Volunteer for the Naples Food Angels

With the Naples Food Angels, everyone is welcome. Age doesn’t matter. In fact, bring a service hours volunteer form from your school and receive credit for all duties performed as part of the Naples Food Angels family. Public service looks excellent on college applications, by the way. Currently, the “angels” need help with bakery pickups, retail rescue pickups, delivery of leftover perishables to St Matthew’s House, and distribution of food at the center every Saturday. They also need assistance with pickups at various donor locations as well as sorting and stocking the shelves of the facility at the community center throughout the week. In addition, the Naples Food Angels prepare bags for homeless teens going to two Naples area schools. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Dara Albert, volunteer coordinator with the Naples Food Angels, at (719) 304-9961.

Of course, donations are always welcome as well. The Naples Food Angels rely on donors as well as volunteers to fulfill their promise to bring good, healthy food to those less fortunate members of our community. If you’d like to donate food or personal care items in person, feel free to drop them off at the Current Community Center between 10:30 am and 12 pm any Saturday of the year. Or, you can donate money online as a one-time-only or regular recurring donation. All money raised is used to purchase food and personal care items for the families serviced by the Food Angels. Thank you and God bless.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos 

Home for the Holidays in Lely Resort of Naples

Michelle Thomas proudly presents…



With over $175,000 in custom upgrades, this immaculately maintained premium cul-de-sac end lot offers magnificent lake views and a spacious Montessa floor plan. Lush tropical landscaping and custom lighting surround the outside of this beautiful residence. Spanning over 2,200 square feet of living area with three bedrooms and a den, this impeccable home presents an array of upgrades such as a newer washer and dryer, recently custom-painted interior, newer tile in the baths and upgraded faucets. Tile, volume ceilings, upgraded lighting fixtures and two designer chandeliers decorate the inside. The great room, formal dining room and expansive lanai offer the perfect setting for intimate gatherings or elegant entertaining. Access the paver lanai from the great room or master bedroom, and enjoy your private saltwater swimming pool and spa area. The kitchen boasts granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, pantry and dry bar area. Additional features include remote keyless entry system, impact glass throughout, alarm system and Nest remote thermostat. Only minutes from downtown Naples, beaches and marina, an extraordinary lifestyle is waiting for you in Lely Resort.

Luxury Living in Award-Winning Fiddler’s Creek Golf Community in Naples

Fiddler’s Creek is one of Naples most desirable communities, and it’s easy to see why! Championship golf course, pro shop, tennis, state-of-the-art fitness center, resort-style pool, casual and fine dining, boating and beach memberships…the list of amenities and things to do go on and on!

One of the premier Southwest Florida builders – Ashton Woods Homes – has built this fantastic Spanish Colonial Revival-inspired home on an 80-foot lot. Over 4,700 sq ft of elegance, comfort and style!

Offering privacy and a golf course setting, this three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home with a den is truly an estate home of unsurpassed splendor. Featuring the Pontevedra floor plan of open-concept living with architectural details, this home includes vaulted ceilings with beam treatment, maintenance-free tile flooring in a wood-grain look and multiple French doors. A modern kitchen, that is well-equipped with a center island, Shaker-style cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, is flanked by a spacious and bright dining area with built-in buffet to create memorable gatherings. The home’s accommodations are no less luxurious. Master suite offers a sitting area and bath with dual sinks, stand-alone soaking tub and expansive shower with frameless glass door. The home features a covered lanai area with a swimming pool and spa with spill-over water feature. Located in the renowned community of Fiddler’s Creek, residents enjoy access to award-winning recreational and social activities that include tennis, fitness, resort-style pools, spa services, a fine dining restaurant, a poolside bar and grill and multiple clubs. Optional golf, marina and beach memberships are available.

For more information about this home or about living in Fiddler’s Creek, contact Michelle Thomas at 239-860-7176