When it comes time to sell your condo it is important to take every measure possible to show buyers a beautiful home at its potential. Even in hot condo markets such as Washington, DC, efforts to clean, organize and upgrade will go a long way toward attracting the right kind of buyer who will be willing to pay top dollar for your condo.
Here are a few tips for prepping your Washington, DC condo for sale:
De-clutter and de-personalize
One of the easiest and most effective improvements you can do in your home is to eliminate all clutter and pieces of personal flair you may have around the home. When showing the condo to potential buyers it is important that they are able to visualize themselves living there. Items such as family photos, gadgets, knickknacks and other personal mementos that are on display can be distracting for the buyer and will take away from the great features of the home. Going through and getting rid of a few of these items will also make your life a little bit easier when it comes time to move.
While you sort through your DVD collection and other items, break out some rags and cleaning products. Your home needs to be absolutely immaculate for buyers to really appreciate it. An interested buyer will instantly place a negative connotation on a home upon coming across a dirty surface or unkempt closet. If you are having trouble finding what needs to be addressed, call in a professional cleaning service to take care of some areas that you may overlook.
Make necessary upgrades
Sometimes after living in a condo for so long you stop seeing the outdated fixtures and hardware around the place. Buyers will surely notice these items so make sure to go through your home and replace any light or faucet fixtures with something that is updated. If you’re really strapped for money, a cheap and easy upgrade is to replace the pulls and handles on your cabinets and drawers in the kitchen and bathrooms. This is a simple way to give a larger unit a more modern and stylish look.
One of the most important rooms you should address when it comes to upgrading your condo is the kitchen. This is the heart of the home and these days home owners want newer, top-of-the-line appliances. If your kitchen’s major appliances are more than three years old, you may benefit from having them replaced with stainless steel ones that give kitchens the modern touch condo buyers are often looking for.
Another easy and inexpensive way to spruce up your condo is to put a fresh coat of paint on the walls. Use a neutral color to make the place seem even bigger than it is. Giving a home buyer a “blank slate” will also help them to envision their own furniture and sense of style incorporated throughout the home.
If you are considering buying or selling a condo in Washington, DC, please contact me today. I’d love to lend you my expertise to make the experience a simple and enjoyable one.