Boston condos for sale: Home office adds value

What’s the biggest home-buying trend in Boston Beacon Hill this year? The home office! With more and more people working from home — especially in this tech-focused city like downtown Boston — a home office of some kind is essential for many home buyers.

If you’re selling a Boston Midtown condo, your real estate agent has probably already talked to you about the importance of staging your home. Whether you already have a home office or want to show off some extra space as an office, here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. A great office is an asset to your home

But a messy one could be a liability, sending buyers into a fit of anxiety over the work that YOU need to do! That’s the last thing you want. Even if you have someone coming to do the actual staging for you before your home is shown, organize, organize, organize! Piles of paper, unused printers and dusty bookshelves are a no, as is small clutter like paper clips and pencils. Tuck it in a drawer or somewhere out of sight (but if your office has a closet for storage, don’t cram it full). If you don’t have time to go through everything, get some boxes and store it.

2. If you don’t have an office to stage

Consider making use of a smaller bedroom, spare alcoves, or just a corner of the living room for a small desk and chair set-up. Check out sites like and Pinterest to get ideas to make your mini-office neat, visually interesting, and enticing. If the buyer sees it and says “Wow, I would actually WANT to work if I had that office,” you’ve scored big!

3. Styling it yourself?

Reuse and repurpose furniture you already have, rather than buying new “home office” stuff. After all, one of the best things about home staging is that it helps you start the pre-move paring-down process! If the desk in your home office is huge and you’re getting rid of it anyway, do so, and find a small table to set up instead. Light, simple furniture is best, even if it doesn’t meet the traditional “office” mold. After all, your house is first a home, then an office!

4. The home stagers

The mantra: Lighting. If your office is tucked in a corner, make sure you have a nice lamp shining on the desk. Floor lamps work well, too. If you can set up your home office near a window, even better. Keep colors light — white, beige and pastels look great, and light blues create a feeling of peace and productivity.

Living and working in Boston Beacon Hill, all without the commute — what’s not to love? A tidy home office staged and styled right will boost your Boston Midtown home value, and buyers will love it too.

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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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