condo has been a rental since 1981. It is tired and in need of updating. What minor things will help this one sell. Carpets, paint etc?

Asked by Sherri Belluomini, Tiburon, CA Sat Oct 15, 2011

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Toni Abruzzo…, Agent, Greenbrae, CA
Wed Jan 18, 2012
New carpents, paint and new appliance. You can also do knobs on cabinets and door knobs.
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Edith Karoli…, Agent, Winnetka, IL
Sat Oct 15, 2011
Big question, not seeing the unit!
lots of different things can help, but expenses should be in relationship to the expected selling price!!!!!

But paint in modern updated colors, especially some of the darker tones, even if they are only on one wall,
like nice deep red on one wall of the living room, a nice gray tone or milk chocolate color in the entrance
a lovely dark color in the bathroom like a deep blue???? and a bright happy color in the kitchen lovely
sunflower yellow?
And then it comes to appliances, flooring, countertops --- make it bright and inviting fresh and new, but
keep the quality and expense in perspective for a condo new and clean better than expensive and high end...

Good Luck to you!
Edith YourRealtor4Life! & Your Chicago & Northern Illinois Expert
Working always in the very BEST interest of her clients.... :)
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Sat Oct 15, 2011

It's sometimes amazing what can be accomplished with fresh paint, new flooring and updated appliances. These may not be minor by your definition but these adjustments will not go unnoticed.

Additionally, if furnshed, it's often better to eliminate the dated furniture and show it empty. This way the customer gets a chance to see it clean and clear of obstructions.

Good luck

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Don Tepper, Agent, Burke, VA
Sat Oct 15, 2011
Depends on the budget. And it also depends on what's "wrong" with it.

You covered the obvious minor things: Paint and carpet.

And you know that the things that'd really sell it aren't minor: New kitchen and bath.

So, the question is: Beyond paint and carpet, what do you do? And that often comes down to: What needs to be done. Take a look at window coverings, for instance. Maybe consider replacing interior hollow core doors with 6-panel doors. Get rid of the popcorn ceiling (if it has one). Then selectively address the bath and kitchen. For instance, in the kitchen consider replacing the hardware. Maybe--if appropriate--paint the cabinets. In the bathroom, maybe replace the older medicine cabinets with new ones. Look at the lighting fixtures, especially in the bath, and consider replacing those.

Clean and declutter. Make sure that the accessories--pictures, plants, etc., are all contributing to a specific "look and feel." Make sure the furniture arrangement best emphasizes the condo's strengths, or doesn't call attention to its weaknesses. (Overstuffed chairs, for instance. Particularly in a smaller room, they can make the room feel smaller.)

Hope that helps.
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Andrew Huff, Agent, Palm Coast, FL
Sat Oct 15, 2011
You pretty much answered your own question. Amazing what a new coat of paint will do. Plus new fresh carpets are always welcomed by a potential buyer. Consider polishing up the plumbing fixtures, if not replacing them. Also now that the walls are painted look at the switches and outlets do they look dirty and dingy, if so have them replaced as well. Little details go a long way. Try some light staging.
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