What kills me is some bitch about the appliances. You are spending a $100,000 plus on a home and you worry over a $1000 dollar frig or $600 stove. Gees get a life of ask for a bit more in your mortgage to cover those costs. Seriously, if you can't afford an appliance or two how can you afford the house?
Those who worry about appliances, I worry about whether they can afford the house.
What really gets me about the wall color complainers is those who complain about the color and then there are those who go into a house that the owners prepped and neutralized by either painting the walls white or beige or taupe and they complain that there is not enough color. Geeez make up your minds.
That being said the number one thing I have read about selling your property is to clean, clean, clean. Declutter, declutter, declutter. Do all the small cosmetic fixes. Even in a sellers market that helps move your property. Oh, and maintain your property. I am amazed how many folks don't even have their furnaces and AC units maintained.
A paint story.
When I was looking for my first house I was checking out older properties and I saw this one house it looked interesting it had a huge deck and swimming pool. The trouble was it had stood empty for a while and the pool was covered in algae, the deck was all dried out and looked nasty and it was very obvious that since the house had stood empty so long that to help move it they had had painters come in a give it a fresh coat of paint. But it was pretty obvious that they painters sprayed everything, it was sloppy and that just turned me off. That if the owners didn't care about their property then why should I.
The other pet peeve is when smokers try to sell their home but don't prep the house for the non smoking buyers. I saw this townhouse that was in good condition, beautiful hardwood floors, neutral paint it looked brand new in fact but for the fact it reeked of cigarette smoke.
It's been three years, yet in the winter when the house is shut tight I come home and still get a faint whiff. Totally worth the deal I got, but still ...
I think the only thing you could do would be to totally replace the drywall. Also on one of the Room Crasher shows they show this Dutch Boy paint that is good about covering up odors. I have some and plan to use it this summer in some areas the cats like too much and see how it works.
PS: it sounds as if you had some really heavy smokers in that condo. Would cleaning the air ducts/venting system help any?
PSS: silly question but you painted the ceilings too?
I hadn't thought about cleaning the air ducts, but that's a good idea. Yep, painted the ceilings. The whole place got painted twice -- first by the bank, then by me.