If you're getting ready to list your co-op for sale, then it is important that you make sure it's in top shape. You don't want to have to deal with prospective buyers, not to mention real estate agents, coming in and seeing things that need to be fixed. This is not going to make a good impression, and as any real estate sales person will attest, first impressions are so important. If you make a bad first impression during an open house, or in the staged photos, you might potentially lose a huge sale. So, here are some things to get fixed right away.
Install Recessed Ceiling Lights
Many people like the idea of overhead lighting. It removes the need to have cumbersome and dangerous electrical cords running on the floor. Floor lamps also take up space, and if you happen to have a small co-op, that's not something that you can abide. You want your space to have as much free room as possible. And recessed ceiling lights are the perfect way to get this space. You won't have to worry about low hanging chandeliers, or the aforementioned floor lamps that crowd out the room. So, bring in an electrician and have them install a few nice recessed ceiling lights.
Re-Tile The Bathroom
The bathroom is one of the first places people will look at, be it online on a real estate website, or when they come to an open house. They don't want to deal with a moldy bathroom, with cracked tile, and missing grout. Not only will it make the place look dingy or even downright dirty, it will convey the sense that you as the owner didn't care enough to fix up your property. So, if your place does have this problem, you should try and get it fixed. That means bringing in a handyman and having them re-tile the bathroom. You might take this opportunity to fix any of the issues that have been bothering, such as a color or pattern that you've grown to really dislike and has also become unfashionable. You can have the bathroom completely re-tile.
Fix Any Faulty Plumbing
Lastly, it's important to make sure the plumbing inside the apartment that you are responsible for (as a co-op owner you're not going to be responsible for things inside the walls) is fixed up. That means any leaky faucets, bad plumbing under the sink, or low pressure toilets need to be fixed. You don't want someone to take a tour of the apartment, walk into the bathroom, and see that the showerhead is leaking and that the toilet won't flush appropriately. This can be a deal killer. People might see this as a sign that they will run into trouble down the line with expensive pluming problems, so take care of it now before you host your first open house.