Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Officer, Credit Repair Advisor
The Michael Group - Dallas Business Journal Top Ranked Realtors
With a lot of competition in Oak Ridge Meadows you need to make sure your home shows well. On top of being super clean and tidy, paint rooms to a neutral color, repair any little dings that you can find, and remove as much clutter as possible. This includes removing personal items. As much as we all have great memories that we display they can be a distraction to a buyer. You want them looking at the home not at your pictures.
Hope this helps..
You have an end unit which is has more natural light - that is a natural positive you can use to your advantage. Make sure your windows are clean and allow as much light in as possible. This goes along with decluttering and minimizing your contents. You might have to store items in a storage unit to make your unit look as spacious as possible.
Your unit is almost 11 years old, and unless you have been making updates all along, there is probably a few things that need to be done and will cost you pennies. Take a REALLY good look at your woodwork. If it's painted, it probably needs a fresh coat. If it's a natural finish, find a varnish or urethane to match your wood color and touch up all the scuffs and scratches.
There are many inexpensive resources for paint, flooring & upgrades in Lee's Summit & Kansas City. Let me know if you need a list.
P.S. a few personal photos are fine, it lets a buyer see that people live here but please just a few.
You want your condo to look upgraded and updated, freshly painted in current colors, or at least some accent walls in deeper impressive colors, flooring is always a good thing, but since we do not know what you have at the moment hard to tell. Nice kitchen appliances and counter tops are usually looked for....
But at the end it really comes to the financial situation when did you buy, how much do you owe the bank, what is your real equity if any, how quickly do you want to sell, and will you buy or rent once you sell?
In general the price will bring the buyers in, the condition or let's say how well your condo shows to the prospective buyer will sell it...
Do not spend more money than you can afford, Paint is usually inexpensive, unclutter, stage well, your Realtor or a professional stager could help with that, make it most pleasing and spacious looking to the next owners...
Take care and good luck to you... Also if your home is ready sooner than next Spring, you may consider putting it on the market earlier, when there is less competition, but have your Realtor check on that since
all areas are a little different - but the less condos you have to compete with the better for you.
Discuss all of the above issues with an area Realtor...
Take care and good luck
Edith YourRealtor4Life~! and Your Chicago/Northshore Connection
Working always in the very Best interest of her clients
First of all, curb appeal. Make sure that when buyers are waiting to get into your door that the area around the front and especially within the front stoop area are clean and appealing. A potted plant, a clean and appealing entry mat, a cute pottery barn type of statuary or decorator item that shares a sentiment like "Welcome" or "Happy Home". Make sure shrubs, bushes are neat and trimmed and healthy looking. Make sure your door is clean and does not look tired and beat up. Replace your door handle and dead bolt is they are looking beat up or flaky. If you have a mailbox and doorbell, make sure they are also freshly painted or new. Just look around the area standing at your front door and say what could be cleaner, neater, more appealing.
The next big upgrade you can make that makes the most significant impression is fresh paint inside with beautiful modern earthy colors. Stay neutral but don't be afraid to add some color. The best color choices that are popular today are browns, tans, greens and grey. Make it interesting but not risky.
The other is de-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter. Remove personal items and pictures as much as possible. Kitchen counters cleaned off. Refrigerator clear (I know this is hard when you are have kids with such great artwork). You can change the whole look of your home, just by de-cluttering and cleaning thoroughly and maybe re-arranging your furniture to give the appearance of more space and better flow. Try some different things here with rearranging furniture in living area and bedrooms.
Finally, flooring is the next big upgrade - get your carpets cleaned. If they are really old, consider replacing. There are so many great cheap flooring options available that anyone can install.
Kitchens are #1 - make sure it looks sharp. Try things like replacing knobs and pulls, updating light fixtures and faucet to a quick and cheap makeover. Would a new back splash make a difference. Also, quick,easy, and do-it yourself project.
Don't let beat up furniture turn your buyer off - we are trying to help your buyer see themselves in the space. Have beat up furniture can be a buzz kill. Try slip covers for a quick easy fix to get those couches and kitchen chairs updated.
Best of luck to you - Please feel free to contact me personally for more ideas if you have a specific area that needs a facelift!
These are just basic things that will go along way. I can also send you a list of things if you send me your email address. It is a great time to sell b/c it's a great time to buy. Listing in February is a good idea, because all the shoppers that want to move in spring will start coming out of the cracks.