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What Is the Key to Creating Value in Your Listing?


Adding value to your home before you list is a surefire way to earn top dollar. But which improvement projects are the most worthwhile?
There are a variety of opportunities in the Central Pennsylvania real estate market for both buyers and sellers.
If you're a prospective buyer click here for a full home search, or if you're considering placing your home on the market, get a free home value report, right here.


What is the key to creating value in your property when you are ready to sell your home? You, like many people, are probably willing to invest money into your home in order to earn on your sale at closing but are unsure what repairs, updates, and changes are worthwhile. The first step is to compare your home to similar properties in the neighborhood and determine what investments make sense for your budget and goals. But why is it important to make improvements to your property before placing it on the market in the first place? Well, presenting your home in its best possible light will earn you a better list-to-sale ratio. This means that you are more likely to achieve a higher price than what you set the property at by making certain key improvements before listing. A polished listing is also likely to spend less time sitting on the market.
Cleaning and eliminating clutter are still the most important steps in making a home look its best.
Our listing specialists would be happy to guide you through which improvements you should make based on your personal circumstances, but for now, we would like to share some general advice on adding value to your listing. There are three main things all sellers can do to boost the value of their home: 
  1. Paint. Nothing makes a room shine quite like a fresh coat of paint. This inexpensive improvement will add significant value to any listing.
  2. Update the flooring. Stained, faded, or outdated flooring should be replaced to give the home a cleaner, more polished look.
  3. Update light fixtures and hardware. Features like light fixtures, cabinet knobs, and door handles should be replaced as needed to give your home a modern appearance. 
Beyond these three improvements, countertops are another important area to consider upgrading if necessary. 

But what if a seller’s tight budget restricts their ability to make these kinds of improvements? In this case, their focus should be on cleaning out their home in order to make it look more spacious. Cleaning and eliminating clutter are still the most important steps in making a home look its best.

If you have any other questions, would like more information, or would like personalized advice on adding value to your home, just give us a call at (717) 695-3177 or email us at Info@JoyDaniels.com. We would be happy to help you!

An Essential Tool for Selling Your Home in Today’s Market


Rich Cordaro is not only a great listing specialist on our team, but he is also a published author. Today we are talking about his recently published book and how it can help you.
There are a variety of opportunities in the Central Pennsylvania real estate market for both buyers and sellers.
If you're a prospective buyer click here for a full home search, or if you're considering placing your home on the market, get a free home value report, right here.


Today I am at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore on 3rd Street in Harrisburg. This family-owned business is right across the Broad Street Farmer’s Market and is a welcoming place for discussion and exchange of ideas about books. Rich Cordaro, a listing specialist on our team, joins me to talk about a comprehensive, easy-to-navigate book that he wrote for homeowners to help them find success. “The Essential Guide to Selling Your Home: How to Sell Your Home for the Most Amount of Money in the Shortest Amount of Time!” will teach you how to sell your home for the most amount of money in the shortest amount of time, which is something all homeowners want. This book is intended to teach you the basics of the home sale process, along with some great tips and techniques to help you get the greatest financial return on your sale. Most sellers will be buying a home and moving somewhere else, so these lessons in this book will put you in a much better position to purchase your next home as well. Preparation is key to selling your home. Rich has included a checklist in this book to use as you walk through your home to see things as a buyer does. Doing the little things means a lot when it comes to putting your home on the market.
The market is constantly changing. Here is where home sellers can get a helping hand.
I was really excited to read the personal stories included in this guide. Rich chose them because it shows how much our team cares about our customers and why we pay attention to these little details when we are selling a home. It does not matter if the home is a log cabin or a large estate, we put in a lot of effort to market our homes and the stories confirm that.

“The Essential Guide to Selling Your Home: How to Sell Your Home for the Most Amount of Money in the Shortest Amount of Time!” will be useful to you even if you have already sold your home. The market is constantly changing, and this book will help refresh your memory about how the process works. It is always helpful to have a step along the way. After 30 years of real estate experience, even I learned a few things from this.

If you would like a copy of the book, you can get it here on Amazon or email Rich at Rcordarobooks@gmail.com.

If you have any other questions about buying or selling a home or you are ready to get started buying or selling a home yourself, just give us a call at (717) 695-3177 or email us at Info@JoyDaniels.com. We would be happy to help you!

5 More Unspoken Rules Every Home Seller Should Know


Last week we discussed five unspoken rules that every home seller should know. As promised, here are five more unspoken rules.
There are a variety of opportunities in the Central Pennsylvania real estate market for both buyers and sellers.
If you're a prospective buyer click here for a full home search, or if you're considering placing your home on the market, get a free home value report, right here.


Last time we talked about the first five unspoken rules that every home seller should know. If you missed them, you can see them here. Since putting your home for sale can be a daunting and stressful experience, here are five more unspoken rules. 6) Your listing needs to stay fresh. Don’t worry if it sits. Keep your listing as updated and relevant as possible, even if it seems tedious. It is only a matter of time before the right buyer will come along. If you've updated your home, make sure your listing reflects those updates. 7) Buyers can’t stand losing. No one wants to miss out on their dream home. When it comes to life-altering purchases, they will do almost anything to win. What comments do your neighbors make about your home? If they have said something about your home that they like or wished they had, use this information to tailor your listing to the right buyer. 8) Home inspections kill deals. Take care of any problems now. A home inspection is a headache that you want out of the way as soon as possible. You're going to thank yourself later.
Do what you can to increase the value of your home, but don’t get hung up on it.
I think pre-inspections put sellers in the driver's seat. Every home has problems and having a pre-inspection will save you time, money, and stress.

9) Don’t worry if it gets to you. Selling your home takes months of work, even before you put it on the market. Preparation is key. One day sooner than you think the process will be over and your home will be sold.

10) A professional can help. Many things go into selling your home and it's impossible for somebody to know everything without experience. Professionals know the ins and outs of the real estate game and will make your life much easier. It might cost you something but what it will save you in the end makes hiring a professional Realtor more than worth it.

I hope my unspoken rules have given you insight that helps you make the right decisions for success.

We have a team of qualified experienced listing partners and buyer specialists who are ready to work with you to make every real estate process a positive experience. If you have any questions, just give us a call at (717) 695-3177 or email us at Info@JoyDaniels.com. We would be happy to help you!