Appearance is Everything

September 15, 2012 - Updated: September 15, 2012

No one knows better than you what you love about the condominium development you live in, your own suite, and the neighbourhood it’s located in. When it comes time to sell, part of the preparation for listing your condo should be a list of the features you’ve enjoyed during your time there.

You may have also invested in upgrades that you now take for granted but that a new owner will be influenced by. Before sitting down with your listing agent, review these elements yourself so that you can provide a concise and accurate accounting of what items will enhance the sale of your condo. Include a list of fixtures you will be leaving as part of the sale, itemize the fixtures you will be taking with you, and how much you’ve enjoyed living in your neighbourhood, even though you’re now preparing to leave. It’s best to clearly state everything you can think of that will help the real estate agent promote the sale of your condominium.

There are other considerations as to how to prepare and maintain the interior of the condo for showings. Think clutter-free; this is vitally important. From the entryway right through to a secondary bathroom, it’s essential that your home provide the optimum appearance of tidiness, cleanliness and spaciousness.

To create a tidy and clutter-free environment, consider storing off-site anything that takes up too much space and that you can live without until you move. A mammoth antique armoire may have stunning eye appeal but will be a detractor if it appears to minimize the living space in the prospective buyer’s mind.

Crucial rooms to keep an eye on are the kitchen and bathrooms. Countertops should be free of anything that isn’t decorative or immediately perceived as useful. Spotless is how they should look at all times. If there’s a convenient space in the immediate vicinity of a countertop – be it kitchen or bathroom – have a decorative catchall ready to stuff clutter into when you get the call that a showing is imminent. 

Try to present the overall image of everything in its place and a place for everything. Beds need to be made daily, clothes picked up, laundry rooms kept tidy, and bathtubs, shower stalls, toilets and sinks should shine. If your budget allows for it, you may want a cleaning service to help out while your condo is listed for sale.

During the time your condo is up for sale and being shown, consider upgrading the wattage of your lighting so as to present a bright and welcoming feel throughout all rooms. As you may already know, the listing agent can instruct all other agents to turn lights off at the end of a showing to conserve energy.

It’s a strong real estate market and everything that you can do to enhance the attractiveness of your condominium helps your real estate agent, and you in the long run.

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