What you should expect to spend when listing your Boston condo for sale

Your property presentation will largely dictate how much buyers will pay when you’re selling your Boston Seaport condo for sale.

Today’s buyers are discerning, and expect a certain level of sparkle when they go to an open house. Want to improve your chances of getting top dollar? Don’t cut corners on the prep work.

Most Boston condo for sale Sellers aren’t aware of the average costs for fundamental prep work. The bottom line: You can expect to spend $10,000 and up if your property needs a little of everything. I thought I’d round up the must-do prep work with average costs, using a two-bedroom house or condo with 1200-1400 square feet as a baseline. Prices go up or down, depending on the size of your space and how much work is needed.


A full interior paint job (walls, doors, baseboards, door jambs) will likely start at $4,000 on the low end. If you need more than one coat, ceilings and other extras, you can expect to pay more. Also, recognize that “touch-ups,” while seemingly cheap and easy, can end up looking like, well, touch-ups. If your interior hasn’t been painted in a while, it’s really difficult to rely on touch-up paint to blend in easily with old paint. Remember, no one likes to see splotchy walls.

Cleaning Costs 

Once your furniture is out and the Beacon Hill condo is vacant, you will need a move-out cleaning. Plan on a few hundred dollars for this around $200.

Refinishing floors.

 Nicely finished floors on your Boston midtown condo go a long way toward attracting buyers. A minimum starting point is typically $2,500.


The broken tub stopper, broken outlets are all the types of things you should call in the handyman, electrician, or plumber to fix. You would budget $500-$1,000, depending on how complex the repairs may be.


You may have a lot of stuff in storage that needs to be removed Expect a minimum of $300-$500 for a load of furniture and whatever to be hauled away. You’ll be charged more if you have a lot of stairs like a Beacon Hill condo building or very bulky items that are difficult to maneuver out.


 Your Boston Seaport District condo needs to look appealing online to get buyers to the property. Staging is key here. Minimum for full staging is $4,500-$7,000. 

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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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