Boston real estate Kitchen remodeling are typically near the top of the list when preparing a Back Bay condo for sale. We know several contractors that can help homeowners be competitive in today’s hot Boston real estate market. While a renovation can make a property move-in ready, not all updates are created equal. Here are the top five things you need to know before opening your wallet and completely overhauling the kitchen.

Set a realistic budget

Back Bay condo kitchen remodels often garner a return on investment of 80% or more but be realistic about what the market can take. If the home renovations result in pricing your unit out of the market, you may not recoup the costs. Spending 5% to 15% of the home’s value and focusing in the right areas can help you increase the market value without becoming overpriced.

Incorporate Trends

The best Boston real estate brokers understand that a home that looks modern can have a higher resale value. Pick one or two trends that you particularly like. This can appeal to Back Bay condo buyers without looking dated in a few years.

Refinish or Redoor Cabinets

If the cabinet boxes are in good condition, consider refinishing them and replacing the doors and door fronts. Refacing the boxes and replacing doors and drawer fronts gives the room a dramatic face-lift without breaking the bank.

Replace the Hardware

Select new knobs and pulls that complement the home’s style. Replace old or painted hinges. The shiny new hardware is inexpensive but can make a huge impact on your Boston real estate condo for sale.

Keep the floor plan simple

Back Bay homes are built in a specific architectural style. Work with it instead of changing everything. Keep the appliances and plumbing in their original locations and design around them. This keeps the budget down while still allowing for creativity.

In regards to Back Bay Condo Sales, we know that Boston real estate remodeling can help you get the most return on your investment. Contact us to find out how we can help you maximize the value of your unit. We can be reached at 617-595-3712.

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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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