If you’re getting ready to sell your condo, you’re going to need to invest some time, money, and a little elbow grease before putting it on the market. Everything you do to prepare your condo to go on the market will influence the final sale price. The following are a few important items to focus on before you try and sell your condo.
Get Rid Of The Clutter
Clutter makes your home look messy and unattractive. Cleaning up the clutter doesn’t just make your home look more attractive to potential buyers, it can also add over $2,500 to your home’s value. But instead of taking your clutter and just hiding it out of sight, take the opportunity to sort through everything and get rid of the stuff you don’t need. A good general rule is if you haven’t used an item in the past six months, get rid of it.
Fix Everything That’s Broke – Even The Small Stuff
It’s easy to focus on fixing the big stuff, like home appliances and HVAC systems, but the small things need attention too. For example, change the burnt-out lightbulb in the closet you’ve been ignoring. Also, get that leaky faucet fixed. The idea is to not give buyers any reason to suspect your condo might be a “fixer-upper.” Making all those little repairs before you put your condo on the market will help give potential buyers a great first impression.
Make Your Condo Boring
You want every potential buyer that walks through your condo to imagine themselves living there. But that’s hard to do if too much of your personality is showing. Take down your family photos because it prevents buyers from seeing the home as their own. The same goes for trophies, children’s artwork on the refrigerator, and any other mementos you have laying around. Replace these items with some tasteful paintings on the walls and a vase of flowers on the table.
Spruce Up The Place
Sprucing up your condo means fixing any cosmetic problems it might have. This includes painting any walls that are scuffed and scratched, getting your carpet steam cleaned to remove those old stains, cleaning the windows, and so forth. Yes, this will take some work on your part but it will make a huge difference
Timing Is Everything
If you know you’re going to be selling your condo, make a list of things to do and get started on it right away. You don’t have to get it finished in a weekend, even a little each week can make a big difference. But if you need to sell your condo in a hurry, don’t be afraid to ask for help.