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If you’re giving thought to listing your New York apartment, the good news is that it’s a great time to sell. Chances are, though, you’ll probably have to spend a little time and cash sprucing up your pad, if you haven’t already.
Prepping your digs for real estate showings is at the top of the list when it comes to selling quickly and getting an offer close to asking price. Note these suggestions when getting your apartment ready to sell.
Tighten things up.
Keeping your apartment clean is a given (and it should be sparkling clean), but what about getting rid of the clutter? Depending how you live, finding a place for your tchotchkes and those items with sentimental value could take some time. You might need to rent a storage unit outside your apartment. Tossing everything in your closets (or oven) for a clean, orderly space isn’t the answer, either, which brings me to the next point.
Organize your closets.
Potential buyers will open your closets, and if they’re packed to the gills, your apartment will give the impression that it’s not large enough. As tough as it sounds, try to part with unnecessary trinkets and seasonal items. Keep those knick-knacks and accessories that you must, and send the rest to storage. Every single item should have its place in your closets, and those necessities that don’t fit should find a home elsewhere.
Look at your floors.
Floors are crucial in the sale of any home. Most likely, you have hardwoods or parquet floors in a New York City apartment. Be sure that the wood is in good shape. If you have holes, cracks, or uneven spots, call in a specialist and consider filling and possibly refinishing depending on what the expert recommends. If redoing the floors isn’t possible, consider purchasing area rugs to cover the worst spots.
Touch up the paint.
A fresh coat of paint can do wonders. Touch up walls, baseboards, doors, trim, and ceilings, as needed. If you choose the bargain route and do it yourself, be careful not to drip paint on the floors in the process.
If you have any dark or bold colors, you might consider painting a lighter neutral in its place before you list your apartment on the market. Lighter colors will not only give the illusion of a lighter space but can make the rooms feel larger.
Add fresh flowers.
Flowers breathe life into the dullest interiors. Add flowers to your living room, dining room, and perhaps a little greenery in the bedroom, as well. Rather than choosing large arrangements, select small vases and group together with the same flowers or similarly colored buds. Try and color coordinate flowers with your room if you can, and if color isn’t your forte, creamy white works with most anything.
Eliminate the dog or cat smell.
Living in a pet-friendly building is often considered an amenity to dog and cat owners, but you don’t want to smell a dog or cat when you enter your home. Be sure to keep the litter box extra tidy, and bathe your dog if he needs it. Use air fresheners, candles, and home fragrances to keep your nest smelling fresh for any lookers or buyers.