Many people who own condos, lofts, and penthouses in Beacon Hill, and many are looking to buy as well. Oftentimes, sellers choose to hold an open house to attract more potential buyers. The difference between a successful and unsuccessful open house can come down to staging, which involves making your living space look move-in ready and inviting to potential buyers. Here are 5 tips to help get your home ready to show.

1. Clean the House

Potential buyers won’t stay long to see the property if it’s messy. Beyond just tidying up, clean all the details as well. Dusting ceiling fans and blinds, cleaning carpets, and making sure the bathroom is spotless can make a big difference.

2. Declutter the Closets and Storage Spaces

Beacon Hill condo buyers are looking for storage and closet space, so make your closets look as spacious as possible. Donate items you don’t use and pack up seasonal items you won’t need for a few months. Treat cabinets and drawers the same so buyers can see how much space there truly is.

3. Remove Personal Items

Beacon Hill condo buyers want to envision themselves living in the home, how their belongings fit, and how the space suits their needs. Seeing family pictures, knick-knacks, and clutter negatively impacts the move-in ready feel. Also, be sure to remove any pets and pet accessories from the home prior to the open house.

4. Update the Lighting

A bright, well-lit space shows well, so make sure you are maximizing the lighting in your home. Take down heavy drapes and blinds, and replace them with sheers to bring in more natural light. Replace any burned out light bulbs and consider updating light fixtures that make a space dim or look outdated.

5. Add Fresh Paint

Covering flaws and freshening a drab interior, fresh paint is an easy and inexpensive way to make your home look show-ready. Neutral colors show the best and appeal to buyers more than dark or bright shades. If you do want to paint, be sure to check with your HOA to avoid breaking any of the rules regarding painting.

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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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