Create harmony in your Boston Seaport condo for sale

A few simple changes to your Boston Seaport condo for sale might just make the difference in how quickly you sell it.. Some of the most basic tips include removing distractions and creating harmony and balance.

When a person enters your Boston Seaport condo for the first time, he or she may either gain a pleasing sense of balance and order, or may feel something is askew. In my many years as a downtown Boston real estate broker I’ve actually seen buyers have a hard time looking beyond the distractions. As a seller it’s in your best interest to do an inventory of your home with the following tips to ensure each room is well received.

Highlight a Focal Point

Most people respond well when their eyes are drawn to a focal point. If there is no focal point, or if it is cluttered over, the result is confusion and underwhelm.

A focal point is an area specifically meant to draw attention and create interest in a room. It punctuates the room and makes it inviting. The focal point could be the view of the Boston Harbor. Go throughout your home and see if you can clearly identify a focal point in each room. If a focal point is cluttered or non-existent, take some steps to improve it or create a new one.

Add Symmetry

Symmetry offers a sense of balance, but that doesn’t mean you should set a room up with matching pieces that sit across from each other. Grouping items in threes or fives can actually provide better symmetry than twos or fours.

Symmetry is created through creative placement and spacing of furniture and décor items. Shifting items even by an inch or two here or there can bring an unbalanced room into balance. You’ll need a well-trained eye, though, to catch these little nuances. Look at magazine photos to get ideas of good room arrangements, or have someone talented assist you.

Combine Styles Appropriately

When you can’t quite put your finger on why a room isn’t “working”, it could be because of a mix of stylesl. That’s the problem. The confusing styles confuse the look.

Try not to mix chrome with brass, pastels with earth tones, ornate with sleek, or place large furniture in a small room, and vice versa. When textures, colors, and styles work together, there is harmony.

Traffic Flow

Room arrangements should not only greet the eye with pleasure, but be arranged so that they allow great walking space and traffic flow. When preparing to show your Boston Seaport condo for sale, you’ll need to realize buyers will be trailing through each room one after another. Make it simple for them. Space your furniture apart a little more than you might normally.

Keep it Cozy

Remove pieces all together that you won’t need for a few weeks or months. Create space without making the rooms look vacant though. Removing items doesn’t mean removing the coziness.  Adding plump pillows, floral arrangements, a plant in a sunny location, or scented candles can add ambiance to a room.

Make the Room “Work”

After setting the stage in each room of your Boston Seaport condo for sale, walk away and re-enter it with fresh eyes. It is often the first glance that detects things that are crooked, distracting or that don’t belong. Make it your goal to make every room pleasing to the eye at first glance.

If a room isn’t working, keep moving things around until you find the most pleasing look. For instance, it may be more pleasing to the eye to turn a desk around. Have it face a window instead of up against a wall. Bring your child’s bed out from the wall and centre it in the room. Replace or cover busy fabrics. Take down distracting or dated window coverings. Borrow pieces from other rooms if necessary.

Yes, it is important to go through an exercise like this if you want to make a good impression and sell your Boston Seaport condo quickly for the best price possible!

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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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