5 Flaws you can’t ignore when buying a Boston condo for sale

Certainly, there are things about any Boston condo for sale you can look past: the stain on the carpet, the peeling wallpaper in the kitchen, or the outdated bathroom sink. But there are five areas of a Beacon Hill condo for sale that simply can’t be overlooked in terms of damage or flaws. They are:

• Foundation problems –

A  Beacon Hill home’s foundation, and the integrity of it, is of extreme importance because if the foundation is compromised, you can be sure that the rest of home is too. From bowing walls to large cracks or a shifting foundation, there are a number of things that can go wrong with the foundation. Although many foundation problems can be repaired, it is best to get the advice of a professional before making an offer on a home that has foundation problems.

• Moisture problems –

Moisture problems can occur anywhere in a Boston condo, from the basement and the foundation to near windows and doors. Although moisture problems can often be remedied, the effects of moisture can be long-lasting and can threaten the health of your family in the form of mold. If there is evidence of moisture in the home, make sure a qualified professional may be able to come into the home and use special devices to detect the presence of mold and mildew.

• Roof problems –

Roof problems can lead to a host of other problems in a Beacon Hill condo, all of which typically require a lot of money to repair. Always make sure your home inspector looks at all aspects of the home’s roof, including the shingles, the downspouts, the gutters, etc.

• Electrical problems –

Electrical problems are of particular concern with historic Beacon Hill homes because, if left unanswered, could lead to a house fire and could risk the safety of your family. A home inspector will inspect the home’s electrical panel, as well electrical connections throughout the home.

• Plumbing problems –

 Plumbing problems could lead to major water damage throughout a Boston Seaport condo, which could cost you thousands of dollars. A comprehensive home inspection should never be complete without a thorough inspection of your home’s plumbing and plumbing fixtures.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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