Boston downtown condos are ideal for investors who want stylish amenities, minimal maintenance and the ability to live in coveted locations. Before agreeing to purchase a Boston condo in Downtown/Midtown, however, it is important to look for signs of damage that the seller hasn’t disclosed. A comprehensive inspection will include a review of both the interior and exterior of the property. It will also entail an in-depth examination of all common areas and recent condo meeting minutes. Following is the essential condo checklist for all prospective condo buyers.

1. Plumbing 

Check to see that the water heater is up to code and look for signs of past water damage or current leaks around all fixtures, sinks, pipes and appliances. It is also important to check the water pressure in the unit by flushing the toilet.

2. Bathrooms and Kitchen Areas 

The kitchen and bathrooms should be well-maintained with cabinets and drawers that are easy to open and close. Make sure that there are no gaps in the caulking around shower and tub areas and check all appliances to ensure that these are clean and in good condition.

3. HVAC and Electrical System 

Check all electrical outlets, switches and lights to determine whether or not these are functioning like they should. Electrical testers are often used by inspectors to verify that all outlets are working. The HVAC system should also be capable of both cooling and heating the property within an acceptable amount of time.

4. Door and Windows

Doors should have a tight seal when closed so that no air can enter the unit or leave it. These should also be hung sufficiently low for preventing drafts. Windows shouldn’t have condensation or the telltale signs of recent mold. It is additionally important to test the doorbell.

5. Signs of Water Damage on the Ceiling and Floors 

Check for signs of past water damage on the ceiling and floors. Loose floorboards, tiles, or carpeting are indicative of a previous flood. Water spots or bulges on the ceiling indicate previous water damage from above. Inspectors should additionally check for signs of water damage just outside of the front door in order to determine whether or not water supply lines have developed leaks in the past.

6. The Property Exterior

Make sure that outdoor lighting is both adequate and functional and that all walkways are clear of debris. Landscaped areas should be well-maintained and in-tune with the general atmosphere of the living community.

7. Boston Condo Meeting Minutes 

Review recent HOA minutes to see whether or not there have been any significant exterior or maintenance issues within recent months. Learn whether there have been significant structural costs and find out about the related repairs and repair costs for these. Signs of substandard maintenance in any of these areas suggest that funds are either mismanaged or low.

8. Potential Problems in Condo Building-Maintained Areas 

See whether or not a technical audit has been performed recently to support the reserved fund audit. This will reveal projected problems and the overall condition of the condo building.

Interested in buying a condo, penthouse, or loft in Downtown/Midtown? Call  to speak with the experienced Downtown/Midtown  Boston real estate experts at Ford Realty. We special in the downtown neighborhood and can help you find your next dream Boston condo.

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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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