My youngest daughter has called Nashville home for five years. When Marissa moved there right out of college to pursue grad school, my husband and I helped her out by buying a small one-bedroom condo near campus.
She’s ready to move on. And you know what that means … Call the broker and spiff up the place.
I call Suzanne McMillan, a Realtor with Fridrich & Clark Realty of Nashville, the same broker who sold us the property in 2018. Suzanne usually works on “luxury properties,” but, as a mom of five, she formed a kinship with me years ago, one mom helping another find housing for her daughter.
Suzanne revisited the 620-square-foot condo, which is on the ground floor of a 70-year-old building. She was pleased to see the small improvements. We’d painted the dingy beige walls a cool white (Sherwin-Williams Alabaster), added recessed can lights, and refreshed the window treatments.
Then she and Marissa made a list of what more to do to get a fast sale for the best price.
“Although the rules for staging a 600-square-foot condo to sell aren’t much different from those for a larger home, in some ways they matter more,” she said when we got on the phone to strategize. “In roomier homes, you can afford to waste space. But a small place gives no grace. Every inch must pull its weight.”