There’s no denying that getting your Beacon Hill condo for sale can be stressful and some hard work. That’s why we came up with the top 20 tips to help prepare your Beacon Hill condo for sale

1. Listing your home for the right price

Find out what your Beacon Hill condo is worth, one way to do that is to study recent Beacon Hill condo sales data (click on the link)

2. Work with a local Realtor

A big sale killer is working with the wrong Realtor. Work with a Beacon Hill real estate broker who is informed and can provide helpful services through the entire selling process. They should regularly monitor the multiple listing services (MLS), be infromed about your Beacon Hill real estate competition, and know the comps for your neighborhood. 

With the internet and social media, the first impression of your Beacon Hill condo for sale is probably going to be online, so you’ll some professional, high-quality photos of your home to accompany the online listing.

4. Clean up for walk-throughs

Clean like you’ve never cleaned before, and then keep it that way. Keep your bathrooms and kitchen impeccable, dust and mop, and wash the walls and windows until the day hour house sells.

5. Depersonalize and Declutter

The more personal your space, the less potential Beacon Hill condo buyers can imagine themselves living there. This includes family photos, collections, travel items, and keepsakes. It’s hard for a buyer to imagine their things in the space with yours cluttering every room.

6. Remove Polarizing Items

Polarizing items are political and religious items and should be packed away with your other personal things. Many people have strong feelings about these types of things, and you don’t want a buyer to pre-judge your home based on your political or religious beliefs.

7. Organize Closet Space

Every buyer is looking for a place to store all their things. Take half of everything you have in the closets and put it in a storage unit. Then, neatly organize what’s left in the closets to highlight the home’s storage space.

8. Turn All Lights On!

A dark house is just sad. Maximize the light in your Beacon Hill home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, and swap the lampshades and up the wattage in the bulbs. Do whatever it takes to let the light shine down on potential buyers!

9. Make Minor Repairs

Fix holes in the walls, replace broken appliances and change burnt out light bulbs in your Beacon Hill luxury condo for sale. No problem is too small in the eyes of a potential buyer. Small issues send the message the home has not been well taken care of. They could also indicate to a potential buyer that there is other more costly neglect taking place- like water or mold damage.

10. No Pets 

Not everyone is an animal lover. If a potential Beacon Hill luxury condo buyer walks in and sees a dog bowl, smells a litter box, or is picking hair off their pants hours after the Open House, they will think the house is not clean. In fact, a potential buyer shouldn’t even be able to tell if a four-legged friend lives there or not. Plan and get your furry friend to a pet hotel the days you plan to show the home.

11. Smells 

You should be able to eliminate any unpleasant odors after a good clean. Even if it’s winter, open the windows and give the home time to air out. To add a pleasing smell, bake before an Open House, or light a fresh-smelling candle. Keep it subtle because anything too overpowering will smell suspicious like you’re trying to hide something.

12. Update the Kitchen

Kitchens are probably the most important room in a Beacon Hill condo for sale. They are also the most expensive to renovate. Investing a few thousand dollars will get you an eighty-five percent return, while a dated kitchen could knock a huge chunk off of the asking price. The fastest and most inexpensive update is to repaint cabinets and update hardware.

13. Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

Neutral paint tones appeal to a wide range of tastes and look fresh for Beacon Hill luxury condo buyers. Paint also has the power to add light to a dark room. Just resist the urge to be bold (save it for your next home). If you must add a pop of color, do so with a blanket or flower vase, not the fireplace.

14. Special Touches

Fresh flowers, accent pillows, a new welcome mat–these little touches can amp up the welcome factor of any home and go a long way with buyers. You don’t have to go out of your way, either. Just a few here and there to make it feel more like home.

15. It’s Always Show Time

Your Beacon Hill luxury condo home needs to be “show ready” at all times because you never know when a buyer will walk through that front door. You want your home to be available whenever they want to come and see the place. Keep the dishes clean and put away, beds made, and immediately clear clutter. It may seem annoying, but will get your house sold!

16. Leave Your Condominium

Removing yourself is the ultimate depersonalization. You want to give buyers the freedom to open closets, inspect the rooms, and ask questions without feeling like they are snooping around your Beacon Hill home. Before someone comes for a showing, open the windows, turn on all the lights, light a candle, and get yourself out!

17. Lasting Impression

Before they even walk through the door, buyers are judging your house. They should feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Do some inexpensive upgrades, such as adding light fixtures, replacing the mailbox, or sprucing up the landscaping with some colorful flowers. You can expect a 100 percent return on any money you put into your home’s curb appeal.

18. Clean The Carpets

If you have carpets in your home, they need to be clean before you show your home. You can save money and rent a carpet cleaning machine or hire professionals — either way, the results will speak for themselves.

19. Improve Curb Appeal

You may not have the budget for a complete re-landscaping of your yard, but cleaning it up, including weeding and mulching, can make a big difference for potential buyers. Add some inexpensive flowers and clear out any excess to make a great first impression for an open house or showing.

20. Fix Broken Items

If you have broken fixtures, it’s time to fix them now, before a potential Beacon Hill home buyer is turned off. Whether it’s stuck door handle or a broken toilet, now’s the time to get it fixed.

 

Author Profile

John Ford
John Ford
EXPERIENCE

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.



HISTORY

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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Contact
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.




John Ford
Ford Realty Inc
137 Charles Street
Boston, Ma 02114

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