Before you can place your condo on the market, the Realtors are all about the “comps,” – comps this, comps that. Compy-comp-comp-comp. It sounds like they are chomping on their bit. I’m still not really sure of the actual word, but I guess it’s short for “comparable” meaning, comparable to your neighbors (and nearby areas with similar units) and what upgrades they performed, you gotta do the same or something similar.
The main thing everyone does FLOORING AND COUNTERTOPS
We were planning on replacing the carpet where it already existed and finishing a countertop we had started in the kitchen. However, the realtor and her assistant stated we needed laminate flooring throughout “Comps,” (there they go, chewing on their bit) with only new carpeting in the bedrooms. Fortunately, they have a guy that does both flooring and counters and gives them discounts.
Wait. We can’t use the counters we have started and just complete the other side? Oh, no. “Comps,” they neigh. Everyone is now using QUARTZ. You have to buy in slabs. Of course, our counter is broken into (3) sections. They need (2) long slabs, and a short one. However, after they cut one of the longer slabs, the remaining portion was 2 inches shy of covering the short counter. This meant we had to buy a third slab, and cut it down to size. But hey, on the bright side, they’ll install the extra remaining part of the slab in the laundry room- fits perfectly, and will make that countertop look nice with no extra labor fee!
Okay. What’s the estimate for flooring/counters? Counters $3,300 and Floor $3,500. Oh, wait a minute. We forgot about the stairs. Must be laminate, as well. Add additional $1,200 for that. (ARE YOU KIDDING?) Okay, so that covers the floor and counters. NO, carpet is NOT flooring, it’s carpet. (what?) That’s a separate company, separate amount for the bedrooms. $1,000 – That’s a DEAL. (doesn’t feel like a deal)
Okay, so laminate flooring, Quartz countertops, and carpeting all for the Discounted amount of $9,000.00. What part of, we have no $$ to spend didn’t they understand? My husband did check and we were receiving a deal, but when you have no money?
Don’t worry, the flooring/countertop guy will wait to get paid during closing. You just need to pay the carpet company $500 deposit, and $500 after installed. (guess that’s going on the credit card, with everything else.)
…To be continued