When you are getting ready to sell your house, there’s nothing like a sunny day to spur you into last-minute readying. The final curb appeal-enhancing projects, springtime yard and landscaping spiffing-up activities, window cleaning and the like are readily dispatched when the weather is balmy.

 But when it’s dreary outside (it does happen in Fenwick Island, DE, unfortunately), there is at least one home selling activity that doesn’t call for fair weather. In fact, it doesn’t call for anything else either, save for a pen and paper (or the computer equivalent) and access to the household records. It’s a necessary part of any Fenwick Island, DE home-selling, too—something that’s best dispensed with before moving day.

The rainy-day activity in question is Contact Sheet Preparation. When finished, it will comprise an invaluable resource to be presented to your home’s new owners—one that will be greatly appreciated by them. Depending on how much detail is included, its creation can occupy most of a rain-soaked afternoon.

At minimum, the contact sheet should include:

·         Fenwick Island, DE Community Emergency Phone numbers

·         Utility Companies

·         Household resource providers (plumbers, electricians, septic service, chimney sweeps, etc.)   

The most detailed contact sheets also can include “Once in a Blue Moon” details, which identify long-ago resources like the guy who fixed the garden shed lock or the company that web address for the company that supplies the extra garage door opener when they get lost. It can also list warranty information—for instance, some roofing company warrantees require notification by a new owner.

Fenwick Island, DE home-selling success requires attending to many details. Some are best provided by the homeowner—but most benefit from the experience of a real estate pro. Call me! 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

 Wikipedia defines “consumer confidence” as “the economic indicator that measures the degree of optimism that consumers feel about the overall state of the economy...” Dewey Beach, DE homeowners who are contemplating selling their Dewey Beach, DE homes may not base their decisions on polls measuring public confidence levels—but when the climate is promising, it sure doesn’t hurt!

Wikipedia completes its “consumer confidence” definition with “….and their personal financial situation.” In fact, it’s well known that people answer pollsters’ questions largely based on their own situations. That’s why businesspeople of all stripes track the monthly University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Index like hawks.

So – wow! Last week ended with news that upended what had seemed to be a less than sunny financial outlook. Strong job and sales numbers had seemed to be being overridden by worries about world trade troubles. The tariff back-and-forth between the U.S. and China had dominated business news for weeks. The stock market had registered a couple of days of headline-grabbing declines (although they’d been followed by less well-publicized rebounds). And gasoline prices were rising...

For those on the fence about whether now is the right time to make a major financial commitment like buying or selling a Dewey Beach, DE home, the economic atmospherics could have seemed to weigh on the side of waiting for a more favorable outlook.

Apparently, that isn’t how consumers view things. On Friday, the benchmark consumer confidence index registered not just an uptick, but an outright surge.

The Consumer Sentiment Index registered the highest score since 2004!

Many of the most-heeded commentators were taken by surprise. Reuters had predicted a nearly unchanged reading of 97.5—but the actual result jumped to 102.4. Similarly, the MarketWatch poll of economists was on the record as having forecast 97.1. The chief economist for the Surveys of Consumers summed up with “Consumers viewed prospects for the overall economy much more favorably…for both near and longer terms.”

When people feel that times are good, it’s a shot in the arm for all kinds of business ventures—and another reason why anyone thinking about buying or selling a home should take a serious look at this Dewey Beach, DE market. I hope you’ll 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

Some of the finer house hunting pointers deal with uncovering a property’s not-so-visible elements. Your home inspector will inspect the state of the structure and the mechanical details it takes a professional’s trained eye to assess, but other factors might be critical, too. House hunting veterans can develop skills in appraising a property from a wider perspective than is possible from a single (or even a couple of) visits.

One such perspective calls for imagination: it might be called “seasonal thinking.”

As an imaginary example, consider the sprawling Bethany Beach, DE ranch that’s particularly attractively priced. It’s well below the neighborhood median per square foot and seems to have been well maintained, yet it has lingered long in the listings. Seasonal thinking could expose the reason: it’s because the quiet peacefulness it manifests in February will all but vanish when the now-deserted parking lot next door (behind the backyard fence) roars into life after Memorial Day.  

Likewise, the autumnal beauty evidenced by photographic displays in the den (and online in the virtual tour) might be significantly less alluring if the same angles were shot during the annual mudfests of March. A detached garage can be unimportant on a balmy afternoon—but a definite shoe-soaker during inclement weather. Or the sparse early August traffic flow might be very unlike what will take place once classes begin at the high school at the end of the block.

Now, it’s entirely possible that any of these factors which are deal-breakers for some don’t phase other house hunters in the slightest. What is important is that a future buyer not be taken by surprise by a seasonal transformation that wasn’t foreseen.

Seasonal thinking may be an acquired Bethany Beach, DE house hunting skill, but it’s one I supply for the benefit of my house hunting clients. Whether your own upcoming Bethany Beach, DE real estate interest will be as seller or house hunter, I hope you’ll include my help. Call anytime! 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