With Boston condominium units currently in high demand, people who own condos in Boston should pay close attention to their maintenance. Even in a seller’s market, house hunters tend to be very picky in terms of how condos have been maintained. Taking good care of a condo unit goes beyond paying for the mandatory condo fee (maintenance fee) each month. Here is a checklist every condo owner should follow for the purpose of retaining the property’s value.

Safety Items

Smoke detectors, carbon monoxide sensors, door locks, and surveillance cameras should be checked for proper functioning every few months. This is a huge benefit for both yourself and a potential buyer.

HVAC System

Proper climate control and indoor air quality should be maintained at all times to prevent costly issues such as moisture and mold. All vents and filters should be checked every six months, particularly if a clothes dryer is operated inside the unit.


Keeping drains clear and clean is a simple maintenance task that can be performed once or twice a year by pouring cleaning fluid down the shower, tub, sink, laundry, and dishwasher drains. An organic solution can be made with two cups of vinegar mixed with two cups of baking soda for all drains in the unit.


House hunters tend to be partial to condo units with nice views, and there are quite a few of these in the downtown Boston area. Every few months, clean the frames and glass of your windows. You should also inspect your windows and balconies for cracks that may affect the functioning of HVAC systems.

Pest Control

Keeping your Beacon Hill condo free of pests is something the condo association tends to take care of. However, if you have plants or pets, you may want to invest in annual pest control inspections

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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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