The Boston condo sales market is on fire and some of my potential condominium sellers are asking is it worth it to remodel and paint our unit prior to putting it on the market. From my experience the answer is yes. As a Boston real estate broker I always believe that some sprucing up can go a long way in both the speediness of the sale and to help increase your sales price. Most of my buyers in the Boston condo market are not looking to do their own renovations simply because they have very busy lives and they don’t want to spend weekends and evenings working with contractors. Most of the residential properties that I sell in Beacon Hill are in move-in condition.
The question then is if I’m going to renovate my home before putting on the market what are the top priorities? On top of the list would be kitchen and bathrooms, followed by re finishing hardwood floors and replacing old appliances where need be. On overlook item would be the common areas. Obviously as a seller you are limited on what you can do, but it is important to keep the common areas clean and ensure that all light fixtures in the common area are working. In addition, if you can keep the outside appearance free of trash this will help on the first impressions of the potential condo buyer.
Lastly, if you do hire a contractor to renovate your condominium make sure the company is licensed and has pulled the proper permits from the city of Boston prior to staring any work on your home.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my Beacon Hill real estate office at 617-720-5454. You are also free to visit our office at 137 Charles Street and we can discuss your real estate needs.
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