When shopping for a high rise condo for sale in downtown Boston, you probably have a list of wants. Ironically, this list could cause you to overlook your dream condo because it doesn’t match the picture of what it needs to look like or it has imperfections like ugly wallpaper. Take a step back from your must-have checklist, and take a look at this list of things everyone should ignore.

1. Outdated Kitchen 

Don’t walk away from a condo because the kitchen features outdated cabinets and lacks stainless appliances. You can replace the appliances, and the cabinets can be revamped by replacing the pulls or knobs on them. You could also simply paint the cabinet doors to change the entire vibe of the kitchen.

2. Ugly Wallpaper 

A room with unattractive wallpaper is no big deal. Wallpaper can easily be covered over or replaced. A coat of new paint is one of the simplest home improvements you can make. Once you change the walls, the room will have a whole new personality.

3. Odor 

You could be walking into your dream condo and not even realize it because there is a funky smell throughout that is distracting you. A deep cleaning that includes steaming any carpets can fix the problem. Try to block out the smell and focus on the perks of the condo instead.

4. Wild Paint Colors 

It’s understandable that walking into a condo or loft for sale in downtown Boston with purple and red walls could be alarming, but try to look beyond the color choices. Keep your focus on the placement of the windows, the design of the rooms and the overall layout. Paint is a quick and budget-friendly fix in a condo.

5. Ugly Flooring 

Don’t rule out a condo because it has unappealing carpets or flooring. Giving the condo a clean sweep may be all that it needs, and it could make a huge difference. There are also several low-cost flooring options available that can beautifully transform a room.

Still looking for the right place to call home? We can help! Our friendly and experienced real estate agents in downtown Boston know the area and its unique neighborhoods front and back. Make an appointment today by calling 617-720-5454.

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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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