According to an article I read in New York Times in late 2017, it takes about a month for a Boston condo valued under a million dollars to get to the closing table. This is indicative of the seller’s market expected to prevail for most of 2018 and 2019. These prolonged market conditions are prompting real estate analysts to forecast a lucrative shift toward buying a  Boston condos for sale in  Beacon Hill or Boston high rise condos for the pupose of renting them out. If you are planning on renting your Boston condo in 2018, here are five renovation ideas to entice tenants and justify higher monthly payments.

1. Smart Home Automation

Wealthier tenants looking to move into upscale Boston high rise condo are very likely to be tech-savvy individuals, particularly if they are younger. If your condo unit lacks smart home automation, there are various options you can add. The costliest investment would be a smart refrigerator, while the most frugal would be smart bulbs. You may want to start with a smart hub such as a Google Home speaker so you can easily add new devices to the network.

2. Colorful Bathroom

If your unit has two bedrooms with two full bathrooms, you may want to completely remodel the smaller bathroom and make it colorful so it can be easily decorated for younger tenants. This renovation may motivate families to sign or extend 12-month contracts.

3. Updated Walls and Flooring

These two elements of your Boston condo must be in good condition before the unit can be occupied. Throwing a single application of white paint on the walls and shampooing the carpets will not justify higher rental payments. Instead, consider applying a colorful paint scheme and installing laminate flooring that resembles natural stone or wood surfaces.

4. Designer Kitchen

Even prospective tenants who are not home chefs or fans of the Food Network will likely appreciate an updated kitchen that is easy on the eyes and comfortable to be in. Quite a few modern in Beacon Hill and high rise condos iin the downtown districts feature completely remodeled kitchens with comfortable breakfast bars or nooks, large refrigerators, efficient dishwashers with garbage disposal systems, modern microwave ovens, and plenty of space for entertaining. Prospective renters with young families will pay close attention to your kitchen.

5. Full Condo Makeover

Older units in districts such as Beacon Hill or Back Bay may appeal to wealthier tenants, but they will have to be sold on the interior of your condo. If the unit has not been renovated since the 1970s, a good idea would be to upgrade the entire space with a retro look. A popular modern interior decoration style is the rustic look, which typically involves an inexpensive renovation.

If you’re looking to purchase a Boston condos for sale to rent out, get in touch with the reliable agents at Ford Realty, and we can help you find just what you’re looking for. Call 617-595-3712 today.

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