Something you may not of thought about….Check utilities and cell service on the Boston condo for sale you want to buy

Check Your Cell Phone Service

Unless you’re one of the few people that still relies solely on a landline, you may want to see if you get service while in the Boston condo for sale you want to buy.. There’s nothing worse than dealing with dropped calls, slow internet speed and poor call quality, especially if you don’t plan on carrying home phone service. Cell phone signals depend on the provider, proximity to towers, nearby obstructions, weather and current network volume; so there are multiple factors that could reduce your signal strength. Just make sure the home you’re buying isn’t located in a “dead zone”, where you just can’t get service.

Go ahead and check your signal during the Boston condo for sale home inspection, since you’ll have more time to test things out. You can go from room to room in the Boston condominium and see how many “bars” your phone gets. You may need to spend a minute or two in each room so the signal can stabilize, giving you a more accurate reading. If the signal seems low, try placing a call to someone on a landline and see if your call cuts out. You can also run an internet speed test to see what speeds you’re getting. If your friends or family use different providers, have them see what coverage they get in the home, as well.

Verify Utilities & Get Estimated Usage

It’s good to know which utility providers service the Boston condo for sale you want to buy, and get an estimate of what the current owner is paying. Maybe you need high speed internet for business or streaming movies, but it’s unavailable. If the Boston condo for sale, you may want to see check the electric service bills. If you’re moving from a small apartment to a larger home, you might be surprised how much it can cost to heat/cool a home during the months with extreme temperatures, especially id the Boston condo for sale has electric heat.

Most utility companies (like electric) are willing to provide a monthly average, to give you an idea of the cost. However, this can vary widely by homeowner usage habits, so keep that in mind when checking your costs

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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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