Hello Neighbors!

It’s FINALLY Spring!!! When the fever hits, many people want to make some home improvements and do some yard maintenance. Whether you are thinking about selling or not, it is always a good idea to make the improvements that make the most sense and get the most bang for your buck!

Let’s start outside! It’s time to rake those last leaves, trim those branches and pressure was your siding, drive way and sidewalks. After the clean-up, be sure to have bright flowers and foliage welcoming your guests or prospective buyers. Container pots and urns are perfect for this as the seasons change. Thinking of an exterior upgrade? Landscaping usually provides a 100% return on your investment. Check out local shops and learn how to do it yourself! An updated front entry is key. Paint your front door and be sure all railings and trim are not peeling paint to show off those flowers! Always wanted a deck? It’s a great investment: Adding a 16×20 ft. pressure-treated wood deck with a simple pattern costs about $11,000. At resale, you’ll get about $10,000 of that back, a recoup rate of 90 %. Replacing an old garage door does wonders for the overall look of your home and has about a 98% return.

Now let’s move inside! Many of us have lived in our homes for multiple years. We have collected so much stuff we no longer need and use! Start your purge by separating everything into piles to give away, sell or donate. There are many companies that will pick up your unwanted items free of charge! With the convenience of online yard sales on social media, it is even easier to sell your stuff!

After you have purged and cleaned, you might want to consider some minor upgrades. In the kitchen, replacing counter tops and painting your existing cabinets can give you a whole new look! Bathrooms can be livened up with new fixtures and vanities. Lighting is a very inexpensive way to transform a room. Living areas such a family rooms can be freshened up with new throw rugs, pillows and curtains. Converting an un-used room to a home office is very attractive to people that work from home. A great investment if you want to do more is a finished basement or attic. The return is about 90%.

Pride in your home is a very special feeling! I hope I was able to give you a few inexpensive ideas to get you motivated this Season! is an excellent source for all types of ideas!

Feel free to share your ideas and comments with me. I can be reached at 856-304-7324 or

Suzanne Cunningham, Sales Associate, Realtor, GRI, ABR
License #0570298

Century 21 Rauh and Johns – 508 Hurffville Cross Keys Rd. – Sewell, NJ 08080
(856) 582-0366 x115 – (856) 304-7324 Cell



Suzanne Cunningham
Sales Associate, Realtor, GRI, ABR
License #0570298
508 Hurffville Cross Keys Rd
Sewell, NJ 08080
Office: 856-582-0366 x115
Cell: 856-304-7324 Cell


Stop Home Fires Before They Start

Tips from Troy McAuliffe, Your State Farm Insurance Agent

According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 300,000 house fires ignite each year in the U.S. on average – and most of them are preventable. Make sure to regularly check your smoke alarms, and familiarize yourself with the fire hazards around your home – especially these surprising ones:

  • Dust bunnies. If dust collects near electrical sockets and floor heaters, just one spark can cause a fire. Sweep or vacuum your floors regularly to prevent buildup. Pay close attention to hard-to-reach areas, such as behind doors or around entertainment systems.
  • Clothes dryers. Cleaning the lint trap should be part of your regular laundry routine. Left untouched, lint can build up in your dryer duct with every load of laundry. Have a professional inspect and clean your dryer at least once a year to help eliminate a fire hazard.
  • Glassware. When sunlight passes through some kinds of glassware, the concentrated ray can ignite flammable materials such as stacks of papers. Play it safe by moving all glass accessories, such as vases, away from windows.
  • Loose batteries. Nine-volt batteries, which power smoke detectors, are designed with both posts on the top. Bits of metal, including other batteries and loose change, can create a bridge between the posts that causes a heat-creating charge. To prevent this, keep unused batteries in their original packaging and cover the posts of expired batteries with the black electrical tape before properly disposing of them.
  • Electric blankets. Keep your blanket flat while using it. And make sure your electric blanket is certified by a national testing laboratory, such as UL. Read more tips for electric blanket safety.

Want to know more? Contact me – Troy McAuliffe – and I’ll answer you questions!

Troy McAuliffe, Agent (856) 881-6330

Troy McAuliffe, Agent | 315 N. Delsea Drive, Glassboro, NJ
Bus 856.881.6330 Fax 856.881.0061 – Licensed: NJ & PA


Last updated April 3, 2019