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5 Must-Do Repairs Before Selling

When you list your condominium for sale, you’re entering a crowded market. There are many condos for sale downtown Chicago, it’s important to have your place looking as good as possible when potential buyers stop by.

Now is the time to make the repairs you’ve been putting off for months. Get out the old toolbox and get to work! This guide will suggest 5 must-do repairs you should consider before putting your condo on the market.

  1. Kitchen and Bathroom(s)
    In both the bathroom and kitchen of your condo, you will want to ensure the cabinets, countertops, sinks and faucets look great. Kitchen and bathrooms remodels are one of the few home improvements that are guaranteed to get you a full return on your investment. In most cases, you will get more than a 100% return on what you spend, and your Chicago luxury condo will sell more quickly. Nice cabinets and granite countertops are wonderful, and you should pair the counters with nice, modern faucets and sinks.
  2. Patch Holes and Paint the Walls
    Get some lightweight putty and patch any nail holes or larger holes in your walls. Use a putty knife and wait for the spackle to dry before sanding it flush with the wall. Next, get matching paint at the hardware store and paint over the putty and do additional touchup painting anywhere else in the home that needs it. If you’re not comfortable with this type of work, you can hire a handyman for a nominal fee.
  3. Baseboard Beautification
    Baseboards are one of the most overlooked aspects of your condo, but most people have many scrapes, scuff marks and dents in their baseboards. You will want to thoroughly clean the baseboards with a sponge and then use your spackle to fill in any scratches or dents. Next, sand down the spackle and paint. It’s a good idea to use primer before painting. White is a great, neutral color for baseboards and trim.
  4. Fix Leaky Faucets
    A dripping faucet can be quite a nuisance, and during a walk through, a potential buyer is likely to notice it. If you don’t know what you’re doing, ask a friend or family member to help you, or hire a plumber to come out and take a look. While he/she is there, you can have them do a quick inspection of each room to ensure the rest of your plumbing is sound.
  5. The Smells Need to Go
    Do you have cats or smoke inside your condo? Or maybe you like to cook with a lot of curry. Whatever the case may be, you want your place smelling as fresh and inviting as possible. Candles and air fresheners aren’t going to cut it here. Deep clean all surfaces and fixtures with bleach; re-caulk sinks, bathtubs, toilets, floors and counters to prevent the buildup of mold, mildew and bacteria. To get rid of smoke smells, you will need to wash the walls thoroughly, and then use a coat of primer on the walls before applying a fresh coat of paint to freshen the air. If you have cats, you’ll want to keep the cat confined to a small area of the condo and change the litter box as frequently as possible.

Once all the repairs have been made, you’re ready to stage your condo and begin showing it off to prospective buyers.

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