Selling Your Apartment The Right "˜Packaging' Can Speed up the Process

We've all heard that old adage little things mean a lot. This is especially true when

you're trying to sell your co-op or condo apartment. The way you present your property to prospective buyers can make all the difference between success and failure. In fact, certain intangible characteristics are often crucial to conveying the message that yours is the dream home they've been searching for. You can show your apartment in the very best light without investing in expensive or time-consuming renovations and redecorating projects.

According to Joseph A. Borzillieri, Jr., president and regional director of RE/MAX of New York, the Buffalo-based affiliate of RE/MAX International, a franchise that boasts nearly 2,700 offices worldwide, the secret is to step back and try to view your surroundings with a buyer's perspective. It takes a little effort, he says, but the results are well worth it. Here's how you can create an appealing dream home atmosphere that will speed up the selling process.

Do a Spring Cleaning

You can start by hiring someone to do a thorough spring cleaning of your unit. Then pack away a lot of the knickknacks that have accumulated over the years, and make sure that those that remain are neatly arranged and dusted. Sort through your magazines and discard those you don't want to keep. Get rid of old throw pillows that have been around a little too long.

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