How to Increase Home Value

With more than 80 years of combined experience behind us, we know a thing or two about increasing the value of your home. The road to selling your home can be a long one and the best plan is a proactive one. Being prepared before you put your home on the market is the best approach and we’d love to share some tricks of the trade with you. Making improvements that positively affect the value of your home DOES NOT have to be costly. There are many ways to make changes on your own with minimal out of pocket costs and we’ve listed a few ideas here that range in price from as low as $100 to under $1,000. Check these ideas out and feel free to reach out to us for more ideas or for a private consultation before putting your Sarasota or Bradenton home on the market. Happy reading!


Seasoned Realtors have seen it all and are excellent resources for suggested improvements. TEAM BUKY will come to your home for a free, private consultation to help guide you on areas where you may be able to make some small changes that result in big increases in value. You could also consult a local designer for a walk through and typically the hourly fee is low.  Even small suggested improvements, such as paint colors or furniture placement, could go a long way toward improving the look and feel of your home.


Hiring a licensed Home Inspector prior to listing a home for sale can save time and money down the road. Not every home improvement is cosmetic and some repairs can be significantly less expensive to complete if you find them sooner, rather than later.


Paint is always a low cost, big impact change that we recommend. If you are considering putting your home on the market, brightening up a room or making it a more neutral tone can go a long way. This is a project that can also be done yourself for a savings. Freshly painted rooms look clean and updated — and that spells value.


One of the most difficult steps for homeowners in preparing their property to go on the market is cutting the clutter. Your home is by definition very personal. So this part can be hard, but it’s worth it for the effect it’ll have on selling your home. By freeing up the spaces in your home and putting away family photos, for example, you are able to get more into the head of a buyer. When looking for a house to make your home, seeing less of someone else’s personal items will make it easier to picture living there. It’s a small step, but a crucial one in preparing to sell your home.


First impressions are everything.  Not only do you want to have great curb appeal for your professional listing photos, but you need the exterior of your home to grab the attention of passers by and prospective buyers at showings as well.  An overgrown or poorly maintained yard will cause your home to stand out — in a bad way. The good news is that cleaning it up and creating a fresh new landscape is an easy fix. For a few hundred dollars, hire a lawn service company to trim your lawn and shape your hedges. Or – for those with a green thumb, take it on as a weekend project! Your curb appeal will go from messy to maintained without blowing your budget.


For more tips and tricks, or for your one on one meeting regarding your home, contact Team Buky for expert advice!

Anna Maria Island – A Place to Call Home

Anna Maria Island is one of Florida’s best-kept and most enjoyable secrets. This quiet 7-mile island is home to 3 cities – Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Anna Maria – each with their own little personality. It’s the combination of Old-Florida living, the worlds best beaches and a calendar packed with family friendly events that makes this idyllic barrier island a dreamy place to call home.

Here – you’ll find some of the freshest seafood around, local fine dining, a free trolley around the island, relaxing beaches, live music at venues fishing pier and more.

Whether your speed is a rustic old Florida bungalow, or a million dollar beachfront oasis, you can find it here on Anna Maria Island. Just be sure to bring your flip flops!

Don’t just come to visit – come to stay!


What’s Happening in SRQ!

Last weekend, Sarasota played host to it’s second annual Sarasota Music Half Marathon. This popular event sold out to 30,000 runners who looked forward passed by 20 live bands, a girl scout cookie station and even a beer garden at mile 12. Though only in its second year – this race is fast becoming a big draw for locals and visitors alike.

To find out more about upcoming events in this beautiful gulf coast city, check out a full calendar here!  Everyone in the family is sure to find something of interest. Activities and planned events range from arts festivals, film festivals and speed boat races to charity runs and more.

Interior Designer – Sara Story

Internationally influenced designer Sara Story shares her inspiration and her take on home style and design in the latest feature on Previews Inside Out. From her travels to Asia and Copenhagen to her experience as a a member on a championship elephant polo team, this rare glimpse into her story is sure to inspire some design changes in your own home.

Check out the full story here.

Team Buky Closes on $7m Mansion

A 7,568-square-foot mansion, built on speculation in 2014 at 3475 Gulf of Mexico Drive on Longboat Key, sold this month for $7 million.

This stunning Longboat Key beach house, listed by Gabe and Charles Buky has five en-suite bedrooms, five bathrooms and one half-bathroom, 151 feet of beachfront, and luxury amenities that include a six-car garage, game room, exercise room, a refrigerated, walk-in wine cellar that can hold 500 bottles, and an elevator.

See the full story on this impressive sale here!