How to Improve Your Apartment Before You Sell It


Most people do not want to buy an apartment that looks like it needs a lot of work done on it before they can even move in. You need to distinguish your apartment from the competition when selling. Here are the five most cost-effective ways to repair and freshen up your apartment so that you can get the highest sale price possible.

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Every surface should be wiped down, including windows and screens. Professional cleaning can cost $500 and up, and it can take several days depending on the size of the apartment and how much construction, if any, was done.

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If your walls are dark, paint them white or a cream color. You do not want your personal preference for a certain color to scare off potential buyers. Light-colored walls make an apartment look bigger. Expect to pay $3,000 or more to hire someone to do it, and allow for as many as ten working days.

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It’s okay if potential buyers think your bathroom is dated. It’s not okay for them to think the bathroom is dirty, crumbling or otherwise falling apart. Re-grout the wall tiles and floor tiles. For an average-size bathroom, expect to pay about $1,250 for a top-notch job. Completely re-grouting may take three or four days.

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Renewing your floors will make the apartment look clean and attractive. It will permit a buyer to move in right away without the inconvenience of re-doing the floors. Expect to pay $3.50 a square foot for a good job that will take five to seven working days.

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Patching and painting gives cabinets a suitably simple, clean look and can greatly improve a kitchen's appearance and an apartment's sales appeal. The cost might run $2,500. Figure on the work taking five to seven days.