You’ve probably heard a lot about all the ways you can make your downtown Boston condo more appealing during viewings. Like re-decorating, changing your color schemes, or even introducing different types of scents. But, before you think about taking up baking to try and get your Beacon Hill condo for sale smelling like freshly made cookies, or investing a ton of money on a new set of paint brushes, there’s something that surveys show is much more important. It’s cleaning.

In fact, buyers have rated cleanliness as the most important factor when it comes to making a positive impact. It was ranked higher than, decor, scents and odors, furnishings, and home architecture. These factors are obviously important. However, making sure your Beacon Hill condo for sale is clean is one of the most effective, cost-efficient ways of adding value to your property. This can improve the likelihood of a speedy sale.


In order to answer this question, you need to think like a Boston condo buyer. When someone is looking around your downtown Boston condo, one of the biggest things they are looking for is whether they can see themselves living there. They need to be able to picture their possessions in your home. To do this, you need to create a blank canvas. This will make it easier for them to visualize themselves in the property. In addition to this, a clean, clutter-free home gives the right first impression. It shows that your house is well maintained and properly cared for.


The first step towards creating the blank canvas we have mentioned is to thoroughly declutter your downtown Boston condo. Any well-loved home will have plenty of personal items on show. This is great, but it doesn’t help your buyers to picture themselves living there. That’s why, for the purpose of viewings, you should keep personal items to a minimum and declutter as much as you can. This includes your surfaces, worktops, and even storage spaces, which are often checked by buyers during viewings. Not only will this make your home appear cleaner, but it can also give the illusion of more space, which is a massive benefit in terms of your property’s value.


Once you’ve decluttered your Boston Seaport condo, you can focus on making your property as clean, tidy, and presentable as possible. This could mean paying professional cleaners, or if you have chosen to clean it yourself, make a checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything. You need to make sure you clean all the work surfaces and floors, as well as any cobwebs around the tops of the walls and ceilings.

For the kitchen, make sure you empty the bins and clean the drains. This will ensure the room smells fresh. Clear away any dishes, put away any clothes, and thoroughly vacuum any carpets. Lastly, take a look your outdoor areas, as these can often be very important to buyers. You need to check that the grass has been cut, any trees or bushes are neatly trimmed, and sweep and tidy any patio areas.


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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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