Table of Contents
- Latest posts by Tracy Kaler (see all)
- 1. Know your buyer.
- 2. De-clutter.
- 3. Rent a storage unit
- 4. Make repairs.
- 5. Clean up.
- 6. Be sure halls are tidy
- 7. Let go emotionally.
- 8. Buy fresh flowers.
- 9. Light a fragrant candle or use air freshener.
- 10. Adjust temperature.
- 11. Bake cookies or serve something cold to drink.
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If you’ve decided to pull the trigger and sell your apartment, you or your broker will more than likely be hosting open houses on a regular basis until you have a contract. Moreover, you’ll want to make sure your home is in top-notch shape and looking its best, so you stand out above the competition.
You may not have given your place’s appearance much thought, but primping goes a long way when it comes to your living space. While the list below might seem like menial work right this moment, I can assure you it’s necessary. In other words, keep your eyes on the prize –– an asking price offer –– as you check each item off the list and move one step closer to a sale.
1. Know your buyer.
Your broker can help you determine who your market is. If your apartment appears dated and isn’t appealing to the right age group, you’ll need to make a few changes to secure a sale. Knowing your buyer could mean losing grandma’s rocking chair or a few other tchotchkes temporarily, which brings me to number two.
Clean house, and I don’t mean vacuum. That comes later. Your living space shouldn’t be cluttered or crowded, and if it is, pare down to the essentials and store the rest.
3. Rent a storage unit
If you don’t have basement storage or space for a family member, you’ll need to rent an outside storage unit for the duration until your home is sold. Don’t stuff closets and drawers. Potential buyers will open closets and look in every nook and cranny to see how you’ve lived in your apartment, so they, in turn, can imagine themselves living in the space.
4. Make repairs.
That leaky faucet? That floorboard that squeaks? Repair anything in your apartment that doesn’t work well. You’ll want ever last thing in tip-top shape when lookers start traipsing through.
5. Clean up.
Scrub every inch of your apartment. And if you hate to clean or it’s not your forte, hire a professional cleaning service to get the job done right.
6. Be sure halls are tidy
If your public spaces are dirty, ask your super to clean them, or take a broom yourself. Be sure your front door is clean and has a fresh coat of paint.
7. Let go emotionally.
Take down family photos and think of your apartment as an item you’re selling and not your home. It’s best to detach yourself emotionally from the get-go.
8. Buy fresh flowers.
Flowers add color and life to any room, so before each open house, head to the nearest bodega, purchase a bunch and arrange in a pretty vase.
9. Light a fragrant candle or use air freshener.
Everyone wants to live in a fresh-smelling apartment. Light a candle with a subtle fragrance to match the season in which you’re trying to sell.
10. Adjust temperature.
Run the air conditioning in the summer or at any warm time of the year, and if it’s the dead of winter, be sure your digs are warm and cozy.
I don’t recommend turning the oven on if it’s July or August, but nothing makes any home smell better than cookies fresh out of the oven. In warmer months, try serving iced tea or lemonade to your open house guests.
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