Getting Ready to Sell.. Then you must read these three Articles
Things to Do Before you Sell
5 Ways to Speed Up Your Sale
Ways to Make Your Apartment More Salable

Things to Do Before You Sell

1. Get estimates from a reliable repair person on items that need to be replaced soon, such as worn carpeting, for example. In this way, buyers will have a better sense of how much these needed repairs will affect their costs.

2. Make repairs before buyers become concerned.

3. Gather together warranties and guarantees on the appliances, and other items that will remain with the apartment.

4. Fill out a disclosure form provided by your sales associate. Take the time to be sure that you don’t forget problems, however minor, that might create liability for you after the sale.

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5 Ways to Speed Up Your Sale

1. Price it right. Set a price at the lower end of your property’s realistic price range.

2. Get your apartment market-ready for at least two weeks before you begin showing it.

3. Be flexible about showings. It’s often disruptive to have a showing on the spur of the moment, but the more often someone can see your home, the sooner you’ll find a seller.

4. Be ready for the offers. Decide in advance what price and terms you’ll find acceptable.

5. Don’t refuse to drop the price. If your apartment has been on the market for more than 30 days without an offer, be prepared to lower your asking price.
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Ways to Make Your Apartment More Salable

1. Get rid of clutter. Throw out or file stacks of newspapers and magazines. Pack away most of your small decorative items. Store out-of-season clothing to make closets seem roomier. Clean out the garage.

2. Wash your windows and screens to let more light into the interior.

3. Keep everything extra clean. Wash fingerprints from light switch plates. Mop and wax floors. Clean the stove and refrigerator. A clean apartment makes a better first impression and convinces buyers that the home has been well cared for.

4. Get rid of smells. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Open the windows.

5. Put higher wattage bulbs in light sockets to make rooms seem brighter, especially basements and other dark rooms. Replace any burnt-out bulbs.

6. Make minor repairs that can create a bad impression. Small problems, such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, or a dripping faucet, may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression that the home isn’t well maintained.

7. If you have a balcony or garden:Keep it tidy. Cut the grass, rake the leaves, trim the bushes, and edge the walks. Put a pot or two of bright flowers near the entryway

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Reprinted from REALTOR® Magazine Online by permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Copyright 2006. All rights reserved. www.REALTOR.org/realtormag

 
The Barshay Team
Barshay Brokerage Real Estate Group, LLC
Ph: 212.645.8866  -  Fax: 212.645.8809
275 Seventh Avenue 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
www.barshay.com

 

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