15 Quick Tips for Making Your Home Market-Ready

February 23, 2014 Updated: February 23, 2014

You have made the decision to sell your home. You have lined up a trustworthy real estate agent, decided on the listing price, and are all set to begin showing your apartment. 

Here are 15 easy tips to get ready for your very first showing. 

1. Clean
Scrub everything until it shines like new. Get that grime off the stovetop. Take a rag to that refrigerator. Windex those glass table tops. Mop your floors with a cleaning agent that will make them sparkle. Dazzle your buyers with a fresh perspective. 

2. Mind the Windows
Wash every single window in your apartment. Don’t let dirt be in the way of that fantastic view!

3. Water Damage
Check your ceilings for signs of water damage, mildew and other deterioration. Take the necessary steps to remove these before anyone views your home. 

4. Fix
Walk through your home and look for any cracks or holes in the ceiling. Repair, repair, repair!

5. Paint
Repaint your walls with a commercial double coat of flat white and ceilings with eggshell white. Darker colored walls can make a space feel much smaller. 

6. Wallpapering
If you have designed any area of your home with wallpaper, make sure it is in good shape and is not in need of repair or replacing. (Or get rid of it and paint the walls.)

7. Tiles and Tubs
Re-grout wall tiles. Take it one step further and reglaze your tub. A spic and span bathroom says a lot.

8. Bathroom Fixtures
Take a look at all of the bathroom fixtures and make sure they are in working order. 

9. Curtains
Add a fresh look to the bathroom with a new shower curtain, rod and hooks.
Open and close all of your kitchen cabinets and drawers, making sure they are functioning properly. 

10. Hinges
For an added touch, upgrade the cabinet hardware. 

11. Bright Lights
Lighten up your apartment by increasing the bulb wattage in existing fixtures. (Make sure your light source can safely handle the increased wattage!) 

More important, be sure all of the lights work.

12. Ventilate
Get rid of odors. Remove the garbage prior to every showing. If you have pets, conceal that litter box as best you can.

Throw a cinnamon stick in a pot of boiling water, bake a batch of cookies or put out an elegant flower display. 

13. Closet Space

Keep your closets well organized and remove a good portion of the clothes. Either invest in a storage space or simply keep more apparel in a dresser. 

By thinning out the closet clothing, it will give the visual sense of expanding the closet size.

14. Glass
Replace any broken windowpanes or mirrors.

15. All Systems Go
Make sure the doorbell and intercom systems are in working order.

Happy selling!

Brad Malow is the founder of BuyingNYC.com and an agent with Rutenberg Realty. He has been helping buyers and sellers navigate NYC’s complex real estate market for over 10 years. Visit the BuyingNYC Blog for more advice or contact Brad at bmalow@crrnyc.com.

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