Now that it’s late October, the usual spate of Fall Maintenance and Autumn Housekeeping advisories should be surfacing on the web, newspapers, and airwaves. These are the wakeup calls aimed at homeowners nationwide—annual cautions about how winter weather can inflict various categories of damage on Rehoboth Beach, DE properties that don’t heed the proffered advice.

But at least one October maintenance tip is often missing from the fall checklists. Not surprisingly, it’s also one that many Rehoboth Beach, DE homeowners forget to act upon. That’s probably because the targeted maintenance item is for an appliance that gets our attention in the summertime: central air conditioner units. Along with their increasingly popular alter egos—ductless AC “splits”— these appliances command less than front-burner attention as autumn weather lowers the temperature. But every HVAC professional will argue that now is the time to ensure a trouble-free AC revival when spring rolls around.

Since every Rehoboth Beach, DE household’s equipment differs, the exact winterizing procedures will differ. Yet, since the dust and dirt that are the core enemies of every AC system, especially as October winds cause autumnal debris to fill the air, it is a good time to clear the condenser fins and coils before preparing to cover up the units. Some sites recommend checking the coolant pressure at this point, but most others agree that a pro’s springtime maintenance checkup should suffice. Everyone recommends that annual preventive visit, though—lacking upkeep, most units lose roughly 5% efficiency per year.

Well-maintained air conditioning equipment lasts a lot longer than its neglected brethren, so Rehoboth Beach, DE homeowners who take the few minutes now can plan on a long-term benefit. And when the time to sell your home approaches, it’s one area that won’t need costly replacement. When that time comes, I hope you’ll 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

Few Rehoboth Beach, DE residents who spend much time online have avoided the unnerving experience of having their screens populated with ads aimed at them, personally. Whether the culprit is Google or Facebook or one of the otherwise-useful apps, it’s close to impossible to avoid having your personal preferences noted and exploited by the omnipresent web snoops.

Among the annoying pop-up ads that result can be the ones that aim at real estate investors. Some feature piggy bank graphics, graying couples with anxious (or confident) expressions on their faces, or charts with upward-sloping trend lines. There is one that shows a toy house on top of a mountain of dollar bills—a variation on the ones perched atop stacks of coins.

But then there are the really aggressive pop-ups. Some of them actually pop up and without even asking start playing video movies about successful real estate investing. If the soundtracks are noisy, and particularly if they originate from a window buried behind other windows (so you have to stop what you’re doing to find them in order to shut them up), these can be really annoying.

Real estate investment pop-ups may promise Simple ways to invest, Hidden ways to invest, or even Secret ways to invest. The Secret ways are often free—contained in online books whose covers tend to look a lot like the other pop-up graphics (piggy banks, mounds of cash, etc.). It’s not hard to resist downloading them.

I have a not-so-hidden secret about Rehoboth Beach, DE real estate investing. Success takes some thoughtful groundwork, including identifying an investment goal, devising a strategy, and finding an energetic local real estate agent who knows Rehoboth Beach, DE and its current and emerging opportunities. When you give me a call, we can dispense with the piggy bank graphics and get right to work! 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

 For Rehoboth Beach, DE neighbors who are curious about how Labor Day got started, most of the readily available references seem to hedge just a little. They have introductory lines like “There’s disagreement how the holiday began” (, or “More than a century after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt…”(U.S. Department of Labor).

The finger-pointing issues from both the followers of Peter J. McGuire, a Carpenters Union leader, and the advocates of Matthew Maguire, a machinist and union heavyweight. “One or the other first proposed the idea” is the diplomatic way The Farmers Almanac skirts the question. The Labor Dept. is equally diplomatic. Its official history is titled, “Who Actually Invented Labor Day?”

What isn’t in doubt is the underlying meaning of Labor Day across the nation—Rehoboth Beach, DE’s Labor Day included. Small children may still find the idea perplexing (as in, “How come nobody in Rehoboth Beach, DE works on Labor Day?”); yet the root idea is to honor everyone who works for a living.

It was made a national holiday in 1894, probably because workers’ movements were gaining popular support and Congress wanted to join the parade. Regardless of whether it was Maguire’s or McGuire’s doing, it was a stroke of genius to place it at a point in the year midway between July 4 and Thanksgiving—just when people would be pining for an extra day off.

Today’s Rehoboth Beach, DE Labor Day observances may put less emphasis on workers’ movement history and more on end-of-summer family celebrations, but as we bid farewell to 2019’s summertime and say hello to back-to-school, football, and the like, it doesn’t hurt to pause a moment to consider all the hard work that goes into the workings that keep our community humming. Certainly Rehoboth Beach, DE real estate depends on it.

Happy Labor Day, Rehoboth Beach, DE—and don’t forget to give me a call whenever my professional elbow grease is called for in your real estate dealings! 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

As soon as you begin to plan to sell your Rehoboth Beach, DE home, you’ll soon find one thing everyone agrees upon: the need to de-clutter. But where to start? For any home that’s been lived in for years, it’s easier said than done. Most of us shrink from even thinking about what goes and what stays. But one way to wade into the project is to force the issue by picking a date and (now that you’re committed)—holding a garage (AKA ‘yard’) sale!

For garage sale neophytes, there are a number of tips that veterans agree upon. Here are six that top most lists:

·         Inventory as if you are serious. That means making a list of each of the major items you will be offering, then placing a price tag on each. A very general rule of thumb is to price most at 25% of what you may have paid for items that are in “like new” condition—but that is only a guideline.

·         Tables—beg, borrow, or steal as many folding tables as possible (maybe the stealing isn’t such a good idea). But most people don’t like to keep bending over to inspect items—and experts say they don’t value them as highly, either.

·         Advertise. Use any local Rehoboth Beach, DE free media, social media, and, beginning a week in advance, put up strategically placed, easy-to-read announcement posters. Don’t forget to include the date, day, and hours (4 to 6 hours will be sufficient).

·         Set up at least a half-hour before the sale begins. The most serious customers are likely to be “first in.”

·         Get small change: lots of it. If you will be offering a number of pricey items, it could be worthwhile to invest in one of the many mobile gizmos that allow you to accept credit cards (like Square, PayAnywhere, or PayPal Here). If you go that route, practice with a few dummy transactions. On Sale Day, you won’t want your attention distracted with unfamiliar technology. Which points to the last tip:

·         Get help! Enlist friends and family to share in the fun…and prevent pilferage!

Yard sales are a time-honored way to recycle the usable stuff we all accumulate. It’s also a way to fast-track the clutter elimination process that leads to success when you are preparing to sell your Rehoboth Beach, DE home. And when you list with me, you can bet I’ll have “coming soon” fliers ready to pre-market your home at the sale, too!  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