Buying a fixer-upper Boston Beacon Hill condo can be a great way to get a condo in your desired location without having to spend more than your budget. However, many buyers underestimate the difficulties involved with purchasing a fixer-upper. If you’re planning on buying a Boston condo that still needs a little work, these tips can help you navigate the process with a minimal amount of stress.

1. Purchase a Bad Condo in a Great Building

Try to find a cheap Beacon Hill condo that requires a little work but is located in a first-rate condo community. The value of other condos in the building will increase the value of your fixer-upper once you repair it, and you’ll get all the great amenities of the building for a budget price. Your best bet is to work with a real estate agent who’s familiar with the area you’re looking at and knows where the best buys can be found, such as those in downtown Boston. Real estate agents can guide you through every step of buying your new Boston Midtown condo

2. Select a Fixer-Upper That Needs Mostly Cosmetic Repairs

Not every Boston condo for sale needs repairs will be easy to fix. Major issues like gutted kitchens or a layout you hate may be too much of a hassle and cost too much to fix. The ideal fixer-upper condo is structurally sound and has a good layout but needs only a few cosmetic changes. Things like older flooring, stale paint colors, and outdated light fixtures are fairly easy to change.

3. Don’t Do Things Yourself Unless You Have the Expertise

If you’re a handy person with plenty of DIY experience, you may be able to get away with renovating the condo yourself. However, you definitely shouldn’t risk doing major repairs such as plumbing and electrical work if you know nothing about those subjects. Hiring professionals may save you money because they’ll get it right the first time.

4. Know the Cost of Repairs Before Purchasing

Taking the time to estimate how much each repair will cost before you buy the Beacon Hill condo is important because you need to be sure you have the budget for your fixer-upper. Make sure the cost of the condo plus the repairs will not greatly exceed the value of other condos in the area because an overimproved condo might be difficult to sell.

5. Get Rigorous Inspections

If you’re interested in buying a fixer-upper, the inspection stage of the home-buying process is particularly important. Make sure to pay for a thorough, detailed inspection, and consider getting more than one inspector in to look at the place. You need to be fully aware of everything that will require fixing after purchase.

6. Start Talking to the Condo Board as Early as Possible

Renovating a Boston Midtown condo typically requires compliance with the rules and regulations that govern the entire building. Make sure to discuss your renovations with the condo board early, and begin filling out any required forms as soon as you can to avoid stalled construction due to a conflict with the condo association.

Buying a fixer-upper condo can save you a lot of money, but do your homework ahead of time so it doesn’t turn into a money pit. Seek advice from professionals, both real estate agents and home improvement experts, to ensure the soundness of your investment. If you’re looking for fixer-upper condos in downtown Boston, your first move should be to talk to the professionals at Ford Realty, who know exactly where the greatest buys can be found. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced real estate agents.

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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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