Are you thinking about listing our Boston condo for sale? but aren’t sure where to start? You’ll want to get the highest price you can for your Boston luxury high rise condo, but don’t want to have it sitting on the market forever. Here are a few suggestions and tips on how to sell your Boston condo that will help you get the highest offers for your home and minimize any headaches that can occur.
1. PRICING YOUR HOME
One of the most important factors in selling your Boston condo is the price. Every home seller is looking to get as much as they can for their property, but pricing a home too high can have serious downsides. It is important to set aside your emotions and have a realistic idea of what your home is currently worth. This is often found by comparing your home to similar homes that are in your neighborhood or in close proximity to your home. Websites such as Zillow and Trulia, which can offer you estimates on how much your home is worth, are often very inaccurate and can give misleading information. Your best bet is to consult a Boston real estate agent, or even a few agents, to get their opinion on what your home is worth.
2. Firs Impressions
The phrase “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is something that many of us have heard over the years. This saying is good in theory, but the reality is that we all make first impressions and the first impression is often the most important one when your Boston condo is for sale.
If your Boston condo is in need of some touch-ups, it may be a good idea to go ahead and get them done before listing. A fresh coat of paint, clean the hardwood floors new light fixtures can make a goof first impression.
3. MOVE-IN READY
After getting the look and feel of your Boston condominium and you feel its ready to show buyers, it is also important to make sure all of the mechanics are good. As mentioned earlier, you want your home to give buyers the feeling that they can move in right away. Having electrical and plumbing up to current standards and codes, making sure windows and doors function properly, and that appliances are in working order will all help to ease buyers minds as they preview your property. Taking a proactive approach can also help you in the end when it comes time for a buyer’s request for repairs.
5. DIS-ASSOCIATE AND EVALUATE
Now that you’ve taken all these steps to make sure your condo stands out to home-buyers, a good test to give yourself to see if you missed anything is to pretend to be a home buyer yourself! Remove any emotional attachment and give yourself a tour, keeping a keen eye out for anything that may stand out to you that would deter you as a home-buyer. Start outside and see if the home feels welcoming. Evaluate each room as you walk through it. Is the furniture arranged in a way that makes sense? Does the décor match? Are there things that seem out of place? Does anything look too cluttery? The closer you can get your home to looking like a brand new staged home, the better.
Taking these few simple steps will help your home to stand out amongst others during a buyer’s search. They may be looking through countless photos online of homes and going to open houses every weekend. You can bet that many of the homes they are previewing are in less than desirable viewing condition. Having a clean, move-in ready home gives you a better chance of sparking that “This is the one” idea in a buyer’s head and that is just what you want to sell your home!
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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