One often-repeated lament you hear from Bethany Beach, DE house sellers is this one: “I wish we’d done the [major remodeling project] long ago so we could have enjoyed it!” It’s probably such a commonplace because we all gradually get used to working around problematic aspects of our Bethany Beach, DE houses. Some problems develop so slowly we aren’t even aware they exist.

This changes when we start preparing to sell, whereupon we have to accept the reality that potential buyers won’t be so tolerant. There’s a price to pay when a prospective buyer’s takeaway is “Nice house, except for the [unaddressed problem].” At a minimum, they’re likely to discount any offer accordingly.

The common tendency to put off the less-than-urgent home improvements just got some scientific provenance. In the recent National Association of Realtors® major research survey dealing with a wide range of remodeling topics, one finding amidst all the value-vs-expenditure figures dealt with the emotional dimension of home improvement.

The NAR’s 2019 Remodeling Impact Report leads off with statistics about renovating the owner’s master suite—and finds that 65% of homeowners “have a greater desire to be home” after completion. The same percentage report an increased “sense of enjoyment” when they’re at home. Nearly 70% experience an additional benefit: they “feel a major sense of accomplishment” when they just think about the project.

The Report is chock full of similar—and even more persuasive—statistics like that one. Kitchen upgrades, for instance, are nearly 20% more satisfying…and “complete kitchen renovations” are nearly off the charts!

The researchers were simply ratifying that all-too-common refrain heard from Bethany Beach, DE house sellers after the fact. While struggling to wash a too-large pot in a too-small sink or eyeing the overly-well-worn living room flooring, some Bethany Beach, DE homeowners might consider the NAR findings. Especially if selling the Bethany Beach, DE house is eventually in prospect, this fall might be time to act (later, it will be time to give me a call)! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com

This is the week that leads off with the Federal holiday that reminds us of the epic turning point of Christopher Columbus’ voyage of discovery—the day he arrived in the Americas. Lewes, DE’s Columbus Day is always celebrated on a Monday, which in 2019 is actually two days after Saturday, the actual date: October 12.

Celebrating Columbus Day on a weekend day wouldn’t have been much fun, so Monday is it. That solution was legalized in 1971, when Columbus Day was permanently moved to the second Monday in October. It’s no accident that this establishes a perpetually enshrined 3-day holiday weekend.

Because the arrival of the Europeans eventually resulted in today’s modern world, replacing almost every vestige of the indigenous cultures which preceded it, there is much debate about whether this should be cause for celebration. Here in the U.S.A. (except in North Dakota, Hawaii, and Alaska) it continues to be observed and debated, as it is in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Columbia, and Chile. In 1957, Canada adroitly sidestepped the whole controversy by declaring that a Canadian Thanksgiving will fall on the second Monday in October. Clever, those Canadians…

Italian American organizations vigorously defend the holiday, although Italy does not. Possibly Italy still smarts from the costly mistake of having allowed Spain to sponsor the voyage (but Genoa, at least, does have a heroic statue of the explorer).

Banks take the day off, as do most U.S. schools, courts, post offices, and government offices in general. Most Lewes, DE businesses and offices are less committed: it’s said that they recognize Columbus Day, but don’t necessarily observe it.

Whether or not Lewes, DE’s Columbus Day is a major observance in your household or business, here’s wishing your extended weekend is a marvelous one! Afterward, when it’s back to discovering Lewes, DE real estate, I hope you’ll give me a ring! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com

The fix-and-sell investment strategy is as popular as ever thanks to exposure on cable television—both as TV series and late-night advertorials. Fenwick Island, DE fixer-upper properties offer first-timers a straightforward way to test the real estate investment waters. The simplicity of the strategy is appealing—but as presented in 30-minute chunks, a bit over-simplified.

Last week, Forbes magazine posted a relevant commentary aimed at informing new real estate investors of some basic stages common to just about every Fenwick Island, DE fixer-upper project. It amounts to a 5-part master checklist for fixer-upper project management:

1.      Inspecting. Spotting and detailing problems is the first order of business. Forbes gives a rundown of the major areas of concern—but a more detailed listing is available by reading any professional inspection report.

2.      Recruiting. Whether you engage a contractor to oversee the rehab or decide to hire the sub-contractors yourself, locating reliable Fenwick Island, DE personnel is key.  

3.      Scoping. Formulating a detailed SOW (Scope of Work) comes next. It should detail the objectives (and limits) of fixer-upper activity—important ingredients for assuring the precision of bid proposals.

4.      Bureaucracy wrangling. Obtaining building permits, insurance indemnification, and keeping ahead of all the varied governmental and legal paperwork prevents fines and penalties (or the worst case: having to tear down renovations already proceeding).

5.      Management. Whether you are relying on a contractor or doing the work yourself, keeping tabs on the progress of the Fenwick Island, DE fixer-upper needs to be a continual, hands-on activity.

   First-timers can’t be expected to anticipate every potential time-consuming setback that fix-and-sell projects sometimes encounter, but with mortgage interest rates near historic lows, the expense associated with the time factor is less of a profit-killer. That makes today’s market an unusually inviting one for first-timers ready to wade into the opportunity. For a look at some of today’s intriguing Fenwick Island, DE fixer-upper candidates, give me a call! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com