Upgrading a Downtown/Midtown condo unit does not have to be expensive. The following four renovation projects under $1,000 will not only improve the look of your interior, they may also increase the value of the property when the time comes to list it for sale.

1. Painting 

The most overlooked and underrated home improvement involves more than just applying eggshell white to the walls. The right painting project can add visual interest and sophistication to any room. You’ll also want to take visual cleanliness into consideration, which is a technique used to give rooms more space by choosing a lighter tone for the ceiling.

2. Wood Floors

Thanks to engineered alternative materials that are easy to install, a nice and affordable hardwood look can be achieved in select interior spaces for those on a budget. If you’ve got a little wiggle room and are willing to invest a little more, a popular project for condos and outdated condo in Midtown/ Downtown Boston these days involves replacing floor-to-floor carpeting with eco-friendly wood flooring like bamboo.

3.  Decorative Shelving

A nice set of shelves that run from the floor up to the ceiling can brighten any interior space, add visual interest around doorframes, and provide much-needed storage in smaller spaces. Even when choosing quality materials, this upgrade should come in under $1,000, especially if you put in a little elbow grease. Decorative sconces and fancy wall brackets can be combined with inexpensive laurel or pine shelves, as long as the wood has been treated properly.

4. Cabinet Refurbishing

The most important elements of kitchen or bathroom cabinets are the surfaces and hardware, which can be repaired and upgraded for less than $1,000. In fact, this is a project that can be combined with interior painting. The key is to look at how the look of the cabinetry impacts the rest of the property. In general, there should be a pleasant contrast between cabinets and counter tops, unless going for a sleek monochromatic look.


We’ve got a few other budget-friendly upgrade ideas for you, but we really excel in finding you the right space to put your own stamp on. Check out our inventory of Downtown/Midtown condos for sale, and give us a call to schedule an appointment.

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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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