Steps New York City Sellers Can Take to Ensure a Smooth Sale
Selling your first home presents a whole different set of challenges versus buying your first home. But if you take the steps noted below, you’ll be much less likely to experience significant bumps in the road when you list your place on the market.
Do Your Diligence
If you live in a condo or co-op, work with your agent to get all necessary documents and pertinent questions about building policies answered BEFORE you list your apartment.
If you’re selling a single family or multi-family home, have an inspector come to check it out. This will help avoid serious “surprises” when it comes to the condition of your property. Also, have your attorney check the Department of Buildings to be sure there’s no violations or open permits of which you’re unaware.
Make Updates – But Do It Wisely!
Could a coat of paint brighten up the room a lot? Are the windows hard to open? Could the floors use a light buff to make them look better? Get it done!
But DON’T spend a lot of money on expensive updates! You may not get the return on your money that you’re expecting, especially since buyers want things done to their own taste. If the apartment needs some major or expensive work, you’re better off pricing it to take into account someone wanting to do a renovation.
De-Clutter and Consider Staging
Clear out the space as much as possible so that buyers don’t get distracted or turned off.
If the apartment is vacant, consider staging it. Buyers often have a rough time visualizing how to use an empty space. Including some nice, basic pieces and decorations can really help make your listing stand out! Check out the wonderful folks over at Urban Clarity to see how much of a difference de-cluttering and staging can make – https://www.urbanclarity.net/.
Be Realistic About the Market for Your Property
Work with your agent to be sure you understand what’s happening in your market so that you can have realistic expectations for your sale. The price you want may not be achievable due to prevailing market conditions. Get well informed before moving ahead with your listing to avoid disappointment and wasted time for both you and your agent.
If you’re ready to talk about the possibility of selling your home, then contact me!