Even in a hot real estate market, today's condo buyers want move-in ready homes that wow them from the start. Even if you think your place is ready for its close-up, it's still a good idea to sit down with your real estate agent and discuss any necessary improvements before your listing goes live. Believe it or not, staging doesn't have to be costly or time-consuming—but it can make a big difference in the long run!
1. Start with the Basics
Here are a few things you should do before your home goes on the market—your agent can provide even more advice!
Add curb appeal
If you live in a condo or townhome, you won't have to do much to spruce up your curb appeal. If you can, set out a welcome mat near your front door or hang a tasteful wreath.
Make some upgrades
Certain upgrades—like quartz or granite countertops, on-trend fixtures, and a new coat of paint—can completely transform your space. Ask your agent about which improvements are worth the investment!
Tackle lingering repairs
If you live in a condo, most repairs are handled for you. But before you list your home, contact your HOA to discuss any issues, such as a leaky roof or drafty windows. Any indoor repairs—like a leaky faucet—are up to you to fix.
2. Do Some Cleaning
No buyer wants to step into a dingy space! Here are a few cleaning tips to get your condo looking spotless.
Do a deep clean
Even if you keep your home tidy, do a thorough scrub-down before your agent starts showings or takes listing photos. You'll want to clean every nook and cranny, like ceiling fans, appliances, and baseboards. Don't be afraid to go overboard!
Everyone has a little bit of clutter, but that doesn't mean buyers want to see it. Take some time to get rid of anything you don't need—you can do this by clearing out your closets, getting rid of imposing furniture, or even renting a storage unit.
If you have pets, you could be oblivious to some of the odors lingering in your home. Be sure to hide pet supplies during a showing, take out the trash, and ensure your home is free of mold, mildew, or other strong scents.
Hire a professional
If you don't have the time to do a deep cleaning, it's worth hiring a professional to help you out. After the initial scrub-down, you could even schedule regular services to ensure your space is always primed for buyers.
3. Add the Final Touches
Sometimes, the last little accents can turn your house into a home for buyers. Take a look at some of our recommendations.
While you might love that bright accent wall or collage of personal photos, they can prevent buyers from picturing themselves in your home. Remove any personal touches to create a more welcoming environment.
Let the light in
When you live on New Jersey's Gold Coast, you'll want to maximize the spectacular views as much as you can! Throw back the curtains, show off your outdoor space, and make sure to turn on lights before a showing.
Open up spaces
Large furniture can make rooms appear smaller than they actually are. If you can't get rid of any furniture, try floating pieces away from the wall to make your space feel more open.
4. Appeal to the Senses
Buyers tend to respond well when you appeal to their senses. You can do this by playing soft instrumental music during a showing, leaving light refreshments like water bottles or packaged snacks, setting out lightly scented potpourri or candles, and incorporating welcoming decor. Fresh flowers or seasonal touches always do the trick!
5. Keep Things Looking Fabulous
After you've done all this work to prep your home, you'll want to maintain it until you lock in a sale. Create a regular cleaning schedule, as well as a list of tasks that should be completed before a showing. Ensure that all beds are made, the trash has been taken out, and any clutter is hidden away.
Ready to Sell Your Hudson County Home?
Selling a condo in Hudson County requires the help of an area expert. And when you work with the Eddie Perez Group, you'll receive the five-star service you deserve from start to finish! Give us a call with any staging questions—we'd love to show you what we bring to the table! You can also check out our resources below for more selling advice.