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.

Painting

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.

Repairs. 

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.

Hauling.

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.

Staging.

 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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