Fixing Up the Condo

By: Brian Enright

The modern condo is a bit of a different entity from the average home and as such the process of preparing one for sale is a whole new ball of wax. Without having to worry about the external appeal of a condo, this leaves the seller much more time to concentrate on the presentation of the unit and improving the assets that their particular unit possesses. Now many condos are quite different, especially if they were built with the "buyer design" option that has gained popularity rapidly in the last few years. Basically what needs to be done here is an impersonal assessment of the condo and subsequently, what could use some improvement.

If you have bought your condo pre-construction and now is the time to sell then there is very little that you should need to do aside from maybe renting a few pieces of furniture to help showcase the unit.

Any home usually shows better with some furnishings in it. This helps the buyers to get a feel for what will actually fit in the space that you are selling. If the condo is a few years older then the main task will be to make sure that everything is in working order. Take the time to go through the condo and open all the doors and drawers to ensure nothing is sticking. If the unit has carpets have them professionally cleaned. Condo conversions are again a different story as there is usually a bit that you can improve in a conversion, particularly one that was done 10 years ago or more. Take a look at kitchens and bathrooms. Many of the newer developments going up have customized kitchens and bathrooms and that is one of their major selling points. Start with the cupboards. If they are somewhat dated then replacing them can be a great start. New counter tops for both rooms is a popular selling point as they can drastically update the look of any kitchen or bathroom.

Condo selling is more about presentation than average homes as you are dealing with a more confined space. with less space to work with the condo needs to be presented properly in order to impress. Today's condo shoppers know what they are looking for and if they do not find it in your unit there are usually many more for them to choose from. Buyers will usually look at many units in a single day, sometimes even in the same building. Make sure that your condo stands out from the rest.

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