It can be hard to live in a rented condo in Downtown Boston, especially when you’re limited in what you can change to make the space feel like your own. While you can’t change out the cabinets or replace the carpeting, there are plenty of things you can do to make your rental condo feel like home without losing your security deposit. Here are 4 ways to make your rental a home.

1. Dress Up the Windows

You’re probably familiar with the standard window treatment for rentals: the dreaded blinds. Blinds can have a very sterilizing effect on a space but this problem is easy to fix. You can take the blinds down and store them safely to reinstall when you’re ready to move out or you can cover them with Roman shades or drapes to bring your style into your space.

2. Switch Out the Hardware

Replacing the switch plate covers, cabinet pulls, and doorknobs can make a huge difference in the feel of your Midtown condo. Choose unique cabinet pulls and knobs that reflect your style. The best part? When you move out, you can take the hardware with you to your new place.

3. Paint the Walls

If your landlord allows it, transform the energy in your condo with a fresh coat of paint. It’s amazing what a difference a coat of paint makes, turning a sterile white bedroom into a cozy retreat or breathing life into an otherwise stark kitchen. If you aren’t allowed to paint the walls, try using temporary, removable wallpaper. Removable wallpaper comes in tons of colors and patterns to customize your home.

4. Bring in Plants

While it may sound obvious, nothing makes a condo feel like a home quite like plants. Plants can improve the air quality in your condo, add a pop of color, and enliven a room. Don’t be afraid to get creative. Add bright flowering plants to the bathroom and windowsills or go with low-maintenance options. Succulents are by far the easiest houseplants to keep alive, although you can even invigorate a room with a vase of branches or a bowl of fresh pinecones.

Tired of being a renter? Let the Downtown Boston real estate experts at Ford Realty help you find the right Downtown Boston loft, condo, or penthouse for your lifestyle. Give us a call today and start your search today.

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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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