Winter is a notoriously difficult time to show a Boston Beacon Hill condo for sale. It gets dark early, the cold weather is daunting, and unoccupied can homes can be un-welcomingly. For a number of reasons, winter is not the best time of the year to sell a home in Beacon Hill. However, sometimes home owners have to move and cannot pick when, or would prefer to sell as soon as possible regardless of market conditions.
There are still buyers and Boston real estate agents out there looking at hundreds of homes in downtown Boston every day! Winter is an easy time for your home to outshine the competition by offering buyers just what they want — a coziness, warmth and a bright spot in the grey. Read on to discover my top real estate agent tips for improving your Beacon Hill condo curb appeal in winter. Each one is affordable and can be accomplished in less than a day!
1. First things first – The hallway entrance
It’s not crafty, but it can be fun, and it’s definitely DIY! Clean up your hallway entrance.. Your hallway entrance is the first thing that buyers see, so make sure its looking it’s best! As a real estate agent who has walked through hundreds if not thousands of homes, I promise you that it will be worth the effort.
2. Brighten up the night.
Most home buyers are busy and often only have time to look at homes after work — in the dark! Unfortunately, in the depth of winter it can get dark in Beacon Hill a bit after 4pm! Not ideal for seller or buyer, but as the seller you can make the most of it. When home viewers roll up to check out the condominium, lure them in with lighting that clearly and safely marks the way to the front door. In addition, good landscape lighting can illuminate front entrance features and even the building exterior.
4. Utilize smart home devices to your advantage.
Real estate agents often will not bother to switch on all the lights in your home when they show it — but you can! More and more homeowners are using smart technology to control lights, thermostats, garage doors and more remotely. You don’t need to replace all of your bulbs with smart ones, but a few strategically located ones can make the difference between pulling up to a darkened home and one that is cheerily lit. In addition, smart thermostats are one of the top technological investments home buyers are likely to make, and they can solve one of the major obstacles to showing a vacant home in the winter — staying warm. Tell your heating system to turn on an hour before the buyers show up, and they’re much more likely to want to stick around!
5. Focus on the front door.
Finally, cleaning is done. For a homey touch, hang a wreath on the front door. They’re fun and easy to make; even easier to buy. Other nice front entry decorations for winter include topiaries, attractive house numbers, solar lanterns, and potted evergreen plants. Oh, and a special request from the showing agent – install a motion sensor light so that we can find the lockbox quickly and easily, getting buyers out of the cold and into your home!
Need more ideas? Not sure how to improve your home’s curb appeal? Contact your Beacon Hill real estate agent today!
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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