How to sell your home: more pillows
Feb 2011 23

The New York Times ran a story about how the “little touches” are what end up getting homes sold. So, if you’re thinking of selling, make sure your real estate agent makes your home look good, even if it means a bit of an investment on your (or his) part.

Brokers say small moves can alter the ultimate sales price of an apartment by 5 to 10 percent. The calculations are irrational, and buyers are usually unaware they are doing it. But chipped plaster or broken bathroom tiles can knock $500 to $5,000 off an offer, $1,500 floating walls can add $50,000 to $70,000, and a $10,000 paint job easily adds $50,000 to the price …

Some of the tips, some of which cost more than others:

* Unclutter the property (free!)
* Get rid of the dirty rugs! (under $500)
* Fresh pillows and towels (under $200)
* New appliances ($1,000-$2,000)

More: To Sell an Apartment, No Detail Is Too Small, The New York Times

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