Two things your should do before placing an offer on a Boston condo for sale

Take measurement

Love your leather sectional, king size bed, and banquet size dining room table? You should probably make sure it all fits in your new Boston condos for sale. Even if you are buying new furnishings and appliances, it’s a good idea to take measurements first. Believe me, you won’t want to make the mistake of lugging a brand new 300 pound stainless steel refrigerator up the stairs to your kitchen, just to find out it’s too wide to fit between your counters! In addition, make sure to measure the garage door opening, especially if you drive a large SUV or truck.

I usually suggest clients take measurements during their home inspection, since they’ll probably be at the house for a few hours anyway. Make sure to write the measurements down and take some photos while you’re at it; you’ll thank yourself later on. When measuring, remember to account for overhangs, offsets and the additional clearance that may be needed. Also, don’t forget to measure doorways, hallways and other access points to the Boston condo for sale. 

 Check For Noise & Traffic

With so much coming at you at once, you probably won’t notice noise the first time you visit a Boston condos for sale. However, once you move in, you’ll start to hear all the noises in and around your home. For those who are sensitive to noise, living next to train tracks, a freeway or even an airport, can literally drive you crazy. Even if you don’t think outside noise would bother you, consider the impact it might have on your resale value.

Check maps for nearby highways, airports, train tracks/stations, schools, businesses, etc. Drive the neighborhood and surrounding areas a few times to see what types of potential causes of noise are in the area. If you attend your home inspection, spend some time outside quietly listening. What do you hear? Are the same noises also loud inside, or is the home well insulated? These are some good questions to ask yourself to ensure you’ll get the peace and quiet you’re looking for

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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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John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

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