5 Essential Tips to Boost Your Resale Value

The key to boosting the value of your home lies in specific renovation practices that will prove to be worth a lot more than you may have originally thought. These five practices and projects focus on the more important aspects of your home, and potential future owners will definitely notice when inspecting the space.

1. Make sure the façade and main entrance are in great condition
First impressions count. What potential owners see as soon as they approach the house is the façade and the main entrance area. Make sure that the exterior walls are properly painted, with no chips and cracks. In addition, the path leading to the entrance and the whole entrance area should both be in good condition. The exterior lights must work perfectly and their design should match the design of the house, as well.

2. A clean and efficient home is always more valuable
Thoroughly clean your carpets and rugs, as well as repair the cracks in the walls and floors. No one enjoys a home that looks as if it is falling apart, and that will not get you the value increase you are looking for. Sustainability is also an important aspect for home shoppers. There are many ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home: improve the quality of insulation, improve/repair and re-seal the windows, replace the heating and cooling systems with ones that are more efficient, etc.

3. Focus on improving the kitchen as much as possible
Once the furniture is removed, kitchen elements and maybe some appliances will remain so it is important to invest in energy-efficient appliances and sturdy islands and countertops that boosts the overall home value. What’s more, the kitchen is the heart of one’s home, which is precisely why this room will be under a magnifying glass when put up for sale. Make sure that the whole layout and organizational structure of the kitchen allow for whoever is using it to move freely.

4. Take care of the bathroom as well
The bathroom is the second most important room for raising the home’s value. The objective is to achieve an attractive space that offers both a timeless and modern look. Remember that even if you love colorful tiles or ethnic pieces, potential buyers may not. In addition to keeping things simple and classy, it is very important to create an impeccable bathroom area that offers as much functionality as possible for the available space. If you are lucky enough to have plenty of natural lighting, make the most out of it.

5. Take advantage of your outdoor space
If you live in a house with a garden or terrace and have plants, make sure they look good. A well-kept garden will give off a feeling that the entire property is in good condition. If you have a balcony, no matter how small it is, take advantage of it by adding some outdoor furniture to spruce things up a bit. However, don’t go overboard regardless of the size. It is important that you create an outdoor setting that is clutter-free and perfect for relaxation.

Keep in mind that neutral and soft tones always work the best for a color palette. They are the easiest to customize and change, not to mention that they make the entire space visually bigger and more elegant. In that respect, renovation projects and practices made with increased resale value in mind should always be oriented towards timelessness, sleekness, and minimalism.

About the Author

Greg DiGiorgio is a highly reviewed Arlington MA Realtor who is a dedicated, passionate, and market-savvy professional who puts his clients’ satisfaction before all else. His attention to detail, superior people skills, broad knowledge of the real estate industry as a whole, and his pure determination to indulge his clients with first class service sets him apart. In addition to Greg being an Accredited Buyers Representative-ABR, he understands the power of creative, well-organized and highly effective marketing and offers customized marketing plans that maximize property exposure to the most qualified buyers. He has appeared several times on Fox 25 News where he was interviewed on current market trends and conditions. A real estate transaction is really about managing people, their desires and their finances. It is an intricate and consequential negotiation.

Greg understands that it is important to secure not only the most able buyer, but also to the one that is most likely to close the deal. When so much is at stake, Greg is the one you want to represent you. His fair yet aggressive negotiating style and protectiveness of his clients’ best interests and ultimately, their assets, has gained his respect with colleagues and clients alike.

Greg also knows that every transaction represents the most important purchase or sale a person can make, and he takes every precaution to ensure that communication is impeccable with all parties involved from beginning to end. Whether it’s patiently guiding first time buyers through this exciting process or following through with clients’ needs long after the transaction is over, Greg’s warm, caring yet efficient business style will turn you into a client for life.


Greg grew up in the Greater Boston area and has a deep appreciation for the North East way of life. He attended The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, with a concentration in Marketing Research. Greg’s professional background is rooted in the technology sales & marketing. As a result, he learned to adapt to many different people and situations quickly and competitively. The insight that he has gained from many years of involvement in bringing all components of a transaction together smoothly has granted him a unique perspective and approach to the real estate industry. His enthusiasm and tenacity has allowed him to emerge as one of Greater Boston’s finest Realtors, and one of the highest reviewed amongst Arlington MA Realtors!

My Goal

My goal is to provide the best experience possible to my clients while helping them achieve their real estate goals. My streamline systems and use of technology ensure a smooth ride along the way. Whether it’s a first-time buyer, a seller, or investor, I strive to gain lifelong clients and friends by providing them with a fun, relaxing, but yet educational experience throughout the entire process.

Objectives for my Buyer Clients

Counsel session to determine wants & needsSchedule times to view properties

Run comparable analysis report for subject property

Help negotiate terms of the offer

Provided options for home inspectors

Help negotiate & finalize terms of Purchase & Sale Agreement

Assist in finalizing finances with Mortgage Broker

Handle any other paperwork and/or tasks including meeting mortgage commitment deadlines to making sure the transaction closes on time.

I keep an open door policy with all my clients even after the sale should they have any questions, or need help with any of their real estate needs. The closing of a real estate transaction is not the end, but just the beginning of a relationship.

Objectives for my Seller Clients

Listen carefully to make sure your goals and objectives are clearly understood

Explain the home selling process thoroughly

Discuss agency relationship

Price your home accurately

Stage your home for sale

Plan & implement a proven & innovative marketing plan

Work diligently to sell your home quickly and efficiently

Follow up with open house leads & showing brokers to obtain feedback

Work hard to ensure that each step of the transaction is running smoothly

To ensure that all smoke & carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working correctly, and to obtain certificate from town/city

To obtain final payoff for city/town water bill

“Most Importantly to communicate with you consistently and efficiently throughout the entire home selling process”

Certifications and Recognitions

Winner of Leading Edge Real Estate’s Outstanding Creative Marketing Award. Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR)

Member of the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM)

Licensed Massachusetts Real Estate Broker

Member of Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB)

Member of National Association of REALTORS (NAR)

Zoning & Building Codes Certificate

Residential New Construction Certificate

Title V Certificate