Executive Realty
Joe DeChristofaro

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It is no secret that home remodeling projects are great ways to increase your home’s value prior to putting it on the market. However, there are times when you simply need to sell your house as soon as possible and do not have time to get around to the big, value-adding project you had planned.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can quickly add value to your home before listing it. From DIY projects to same-day professional installations, the following projects could yield a hefty return on investment when you find yourself short on time.

Make Some Aging in Place Additions

Aging in place refers to the process of enjoying maximum comfort and functionality in your home as you move into your senior years. With the news of the Baby Boomer cohort moving into retirement in record numbers, there is a potentially strong market for homes that have aging-in-place features.

Unlike some home renovations, there are many simple, DIY projects that can help your home be more senior-friendly, including the following:

-Adding a seat to the shower
-Installing a gate into the bathtub to eliminate having to step up and over
-Making the sinks more shallow to limit extensive reaching
-Including a handrail, or a more customizable alternative, near the stairs, kitchen, and/or bathroom

Replace the Garage Door

Improving a home’s curb appeal is a quick way to add value to your property. People want to be proud of the home they are purchasing, and if a home turns the heads of passersby, then they will likely be willing to pay a premium to call it their own.

Even simple measures such as trimming dead trees and/or planting new shrubs can go a long way toward increasing curb appeal. However, one of the most powerful facelifts you can give your home is a garage door replacement.

Whether or not your garage protrudes from your house or simply takes up a large portion of your home’s street-facing side, the garage door will be extremely noticeable upon first glance at your house, with any dings, dents, or discolorations sticking out like a sore thumb on an otherwise pristine home. Professionals can replace a garage door in as little as a few hours, making it a worthwhile investment to get your home looking as good as new come sale time. To further improve your curb appeal consider some garage door trim ideas to really make your house stand out.

Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint or Siding Treatment

Proper care of house siding material is necessary in order for the material to retain its insulative and weather-proof properties, as most traditional materials lose their efficacy with age and exposure. In addition to being able to sell prospective buyers on the quality of the recently treated siding, it is also undeniable that fresh paint or oil makes the home sparkle like new again, making it an easy and advantageous project to perform right before listing your property.

Quartz-ify the Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen renovations are some of the most exciting--and potentially profitable--home improvement projects that you can undertake. Unfortunately, full-scale kitchen remodels can also be extremely expensive and time-consuming, making them prohibitive for those homeowners looking to add quick value to their property before listing.

Therefore, if you want to make a quick splash in your kitchen, a countertop replacement is the most logical way to go. With its durable, nonporous fabrication, quartz is becoming a favorite material for kitchen surfaces across America. In addition, there are many colors of quartz countertops that match well with any kitchen ambiance, with most professionals able to perform a customized replacement in three days or less.

Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.

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Executive Realty
1 Richmond Square
Providence, RI 02906

What my clients are saying  

Without reservation and to the highest degree, I whole heartedly recommend Joe as a realtor. As a seller, I entered the process a bit weary (having previously encountered realtors who were willing to tell me anything I wanted to hear when I was a buyer years ago). In refreshing contrast, Joe is honest, ethical, patient, and transparent. He is a wealth of knowledge and will advocate for you as his client. There were many roadblocks that arose during the sale of my condo, which Joe was able to expertly navigate.


~ Elisabeth E - Downtown Providence

It was my first time buying a house/condo and Joe was beyond helpful in finding the perfect place for me. Once I did, he advised me on what to offer and I trusted his judgement completely. I would use Joe’s services again in a heartbeat.


~ John B - West Warwick

About a month a go I reached out to Joe as our first step in finding a home. He immediately set us up with an MLS account that sent us listings that were tailored for exactly what we wanted. He was friendly and extremely accommodating. He encouraged us to look at as many homes as we wanted. He was incredibly knowledgeable, researched all the neighborhoods and was detailed oriented in comparing homes. What I appreciated the most was that he never pressured us to rush into buying anything and was able to guide us when it came to putting offers negotiating for the best price. In the end, we found our perfect home faster than expected and under Joe’s advice we were able to put in an offer that was accepted at $30,000 less than the asking price. With his help and great references, we were even able to close on the house in just over 2 weeks! We couldn’t be happier with the house we bought, the money we saved and everything our realtor Joe did for us to make it all happen. Thank you Joe!!!


~ Katherine & Tyler W - North Providence

Joe was incredibly helpful and resourceful when helping me purchase my new home. He went above and beyond to make sure I found the right place at the right price and made sure every detail was to the highest standard. Additionally, Joe is very professional and truly looks out for his clients.


~ Ella C - East Side of Providence

Joe has been amazing!. We felt we really had somebody working with and for us. He is the best real state agent!. Particularly working with him from the distance. He made easy every step for us without making us feel stressed through the process. I would recommend him in a heartbeat!


~ Marta C - East Side of Providence

I have recently had the best experience with Executive Realty and cannot be more impressed with Joe’s knowledge, enthusiasm, professionalism and dedication. He found the perfect condo in Providence for my daughter and provided us with the most amazing contacts from banks to movers to contractors. Without Joe’s amazing efforts, we would still be searching instead of being ready to move in this week. My friends find it amazing that we visited the condo on November 11 and closed on December 12! In fact, what’s even more amazing is that Joe has followed up with us over the past week to make sure everything is going smoothly with my daughter’s move, our contractor, and the condo unit in general. Executive Realty is on the top of my list and I would be happy to recommend Joe to anyone. Having a realtor who knows his stuff and cares about his clients really matters, and that is why I took the time to acknowledge Joe and his business :)


~ Lynne R - Downtown Providence

Joe was extremely attentive and provided an excellent level of service. A true professional, Joe's experience and vast knowledge of the market shined when handling both of our transactions (selling and buying). I would highly recommend Joe to others for their real estate needs.


~ Bob & Joy S - Cranston, RI

I would highly recommend Joe DeChristofaro as a realtor. I worked with Joe for several years as I wanted to purchase a home in a specific area. Joe was very patient and accommodating while we searched for the perfect home. Joe gave great recommendations and even helped point out potential issues with the houses we viewed. I had a great experience with Joe and I would recommend him to anyone purchasing or selling a home.


~ Dave P - Warwick

Joe is just excellent. His expertise in the field is exceptional and he walked me through the process of buying my first home, step by step. He is extremely humble and disarming, making him a very approachable person and so easy to work with. I never hesitated to call or email and he was readily available. I would recommend him without any hesitation to friends and family.


~ Bianca C - Downtown Providence

Joe is an amazing realtor and person! He is knowledgeable, honest and ethical. He helped us from the beginning to find the house we wanted. Even after we bought to house, he still keet in contact with us to make sure everything was okay. And he gave us incredible tips about being a homeowner and a landlord...


~ Tiffany & Efe K - West Warwick

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