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Old 12-14-2012, 09:26 AM   #1
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I am looking to sell my condo in the spring and have decided to replace the carpet and re-paint (I can do this myself as I have done it before).

I was just wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what to replace (hardwood/laminate, dark/light etc) the carpet with and maybe what paint color to use that would be best to sell.

I live in an end unit in a long U shaped ([) building adjacent to a street. I face West and get a lot of sun.

Here is a rough floor plan of my unit (850 sq feet). (Kitchen, front bathroom, and front area and closet not included).

Blue squares = bedrooms
purple = balcony
black square = livingroom/common area
green = closet
red = bathroom
Brown = breakfast bar (kitchen on other side)
X = where carpet exists
O = tile

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Old 12-14-2012, 09:28 AM   #2
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What kind of market is this condo in? Low, average, high end? If low or average I would rip out that carpet and throw down a nice laminate floor. If higher end look at real wood options like engineered, cork, or pre-finished hardwood (if allowed by bylaws).

Surferguy's advice is excellent too. I had a west facing condo that had a beech engineered floor, the lighter colour was a lifesaver for not letting dust show up as much in the sunlight compared to what a dark floor would.

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west facing = heaps of sun coming in. Dark floors will show dust/footprints if you get direct light on them, assuming you are thinking wood over carpet.

I usually go with warm grey walls and white trim. Its classic and all colors work against that color scheme.
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I've used benjamin moore's cloud white myself in the condo renovation I'm currently working on, as it makes even bright rooms just that much brighter, if you don't use it for the walls, definitely use it for the trim. Makes it pop significantly. Use Matte finish paint if you get benjamin moore, the quality of the paint is good enough where even though it's a flat finish it's still really durable. Plus with the amount of light you get in a west facing window, if you use a gloss, it'll be really shiny, which can be annoying to some people.

Do not use any colours for anything that you do put in other than neutrals and preferably warm neutrals as most buyers can't see the space properly otherwise.

Definitely consider staging the condo as well, as you'll get more interest as people would be able to see what goes where and all that.

Also, if there's any minor damage that can be easily fixed (dings dents etc) try and fix those as well. Mudding is really easy, just a bit time consuming (mainly the sanding). also when you're sanding something, use your fingers to go over what you've sanded as you'll be able to tell if it needs more sanding (a bump) or if you're good to go. Your eyes can miss things, your fingers won't. Also when sanding use a finer grit sand paper (200 or so) as anything less will take off too much and be a pain to get correct.

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Also, in what condition is the bathroom in? does the tub/tiles need replacing? As stupid as it sounds, a minor upgrade there is just as likely to sell the house as doing most of the other stuff.
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What kind of market is this condo in? Low, average, high end? If low or average I would rip out that carpet and throw down a nice laminate floor. If higher end look at real wood options like engineered, cork, or pre-finished hardwood (if allowed by bylaws).

Surferguy's advice is excellent too. I had a west facing condo that had a beech engineered floor, the lighter colour was a lifesaver for not letting dust show up as much in the sunlight compared to what a dark floor would.
Not really sure about the market, based on other sales I am guessing it will go for ~$300K, built in 2001/2002. Its a 20-30 minute walk to downtown from Crescent Heights location.

If I was going to continue living or renting out long term I would go with laminate but I cant carry a condo mortgage and get a 20% downpayment ready for a single family home so the condo has to go.

We are thinking engineered hardwood as its not that expensive and relatively easy to install.

When I have looked around at new-built condos they all have dark hardwood and I assume the people selling new-built know what sells so I might as well take some free advice.
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Also, in what condition is the bathroom in? does the tub/tiles need replacing? As stupid as it sounds, a minor upgrade there is just as likely to sell the house as doing most of the other stuff.
Bathroom is in good condition (~10yr old condo). a unique greenish color on the bathroom counter-top but I dont think doing anything there would be worth the money in the long run for me.
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Bathroom is in good condition (~10yr old condo). a unique greenish color on the bathroom counter-top but I dont think doing anything there would be worth the money in the long run for me.
I just did spray on granite on my counters and they look fantastic. I believe it was 400-450 per bathroom
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Hey,

I would want to see some pics if you were comfortable putting them up but if it is simply for resale I would do the following:
Dark Laminate= laminate for how affordable it is and dark because it shows better and I hear people comment on darker flooring more often than lighter. The dust/footprints etc will be easy to overcome as you are selling.
I have heard logic behind which direction to lay the flooring. I personally suggest running the lines with the sunlight coming in the window as it has a feeling of letting more sunlight in.

Replacing all carpet to laminate + painting with modern colors such as the gray mentioned above or sand/browns and as a bonus you can replace the baseboards and door trim with a slightly higher end product which is one of my favorite upgrades for how little it costs.

Depending what appliances you have, its super easy to sell black/white appliances as a package to someone and turn around and buy kijiji stainless steel appliances piece by piece. After factoring in the profit from selling the old ones you might only spend a few hundred to get stainless steel in.
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I am looking at this engineered hardwood mostly because the person helping has done it before. Since its a cement building we are doing it as a floating floor with a bubble sound proof barrier below

I have stainless steel appliances with sort of a lighter wood cabinetry in the kitchen.

hardwood
bubble sound proof barrier
concrete



http://www.homedepot.ca/product/impe...ardwood/905677
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I am looking at this engineered hardwood mostly because the person helping has done it before. Since its a cement building we are doing it as a floating floor with a bubble sound proof barrier below

I have stainless steel appliances with sort of a lighter wood cabinetry in the kitchen.

hardwood
bubble sound proof barrier
concrete

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/imperial-walnut-acacia-select-grade-prefinished-uniclic-engineered-hardwood/905677
Are you planning to lay it on an angle like in the photo?
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Buyer beware on that stuff, I'll say no more.
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Check out what Bigtime has to offer for flooring great guy and gave very competitive pricing. Just don't listen to him when he says one truck will be enough!
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