Here’s an idea from one homeowner who’s just completed a complicated exit from a sizeable house to a smaller property. It’s a last-minute strategy that could be helpful for Dewey Beach, DE readers who are planning a similar downsizing move.

Currently, the Boomer generation leads the pack of Dewey Beach, DE downsizers who face similar associated challenges. They’re emotional as well as practical—and this idea could be helpful on both scores.

The challenge of downsizing comes with paring down all the sheer scale of household bric-a-brac that builds up over the course of daily living. Some of the stuff may be saleable, but especially lately, because downsizing is becoming so rampant, most is not. The old, non-electronic ingredient scale may be perfectly functional but is currently more likely to end up in a landfill instead of on anyone’s kitchen counter. Why it wasn’t disposed of when the spiffy newer gizmo took its place is just human nature—we hesitate to throw things out when they still work!

But for older Dewey Beach, DE downsizers, there’s an emotional dimension to the process. When you’re wading through those boxes that haven’t been opened for ages to see if they’re of value, you find yourself with a dilemma. You can’t just toss all those cartons filled with envelopes jammed with pictures of bygone days—even when you know only a few are true gotta-save keepers. Every carton may have an irreplaceable family heirloom tucked in there alongside its eminently disposable cousin—but as a practical matter, when the moving van will soon be idling in the driveway, unless you are a hyper-organized person, the amount of time it would take to go through everything won’t be left.

The solution this householder found was to locate a storage facility halfway between the old home and the new. In their case, moving from a 6,000 square foot property to one half that size an hour’s drive away was aided greatly by temporarily renting a 10’x20’ unit. The space wound up being packed with assorted chests, cartons, pieces of luggage. There were even gardening tools that might or might not be useful in the new property—they would be stored until a few months of experience determined whether they’d be valuable or not.

Having this “halfway” solution can relieve a good deal of the deadline-induced stress that any move entails. Another stress reducer is being able to rely on an experienced real estate pro helping with all the other details of buying and selling any Dewey Beach, DE property. I’ll be standing by to help! 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

 If you ask the web, “what does Time is Money mean?” it tells you that time is a valuable resource, so do things as quickly as you can. That’s one way to look at it—from a superior, it probably means, “stop wasting time” or “get back to work!”

But when it comes to property values—certainly including those here in Dewey Beach, DE—it has another valid application. Of interest to anyone who owns (or will own) a property in Dewey Beach, DE is this:

When it comes to landscaping, time truly is money. And the clock is ticking.

The time, in this case, is the amount of time it takes to grow a tree, or a hedge—or any plant that will add livability to your property. Barrier plants are one example. They can protect a hilltop yard from exposure to an otherwise annoying prevailing wind. Barrier hedges can provide valuable privacy—a less expensive and more eye-pleasing alternative to fencing. Given time, defensive plants (thorny ones) can provide a literally impenetrable barrier and the security it represents.

Then there are the trees. More than just beauty, mature trees provide shady destination points for the garden, wildlife-attracting shelter for songbirds—as well as conveying an aura of permanence that lends substance to any property. Not to mention, well-positioned shade trees can directly lower summertime cooling bills.

All of these benefits can be had by spending a fortune by buying mature plants and the skilled local landscape gardeners to establish them, or by spending relatively little by planting seedlings and saplings as soon as possible. When sited artfully, the value of the mature plants will be as described. But better still, the pride of having designed them for the utility that grows year by year can’t help but add to your enjoyment.

When it comes to your own Dewey Beach, DE property, foresightful selection in the plants you choose and their place on the property will pay big dividends in its salability and the value it commands. When it comes to landscaping, in other words, time is money.

As a side note, timing a purchase or sale can mean money, too—especially in today’s low-interest home loan environment. 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

 It never ceases to amaze: the way media news briefs can state a set of facts that, despite being literally accurate, leave listeners with a mistaken impression. For local homeowners making up their minds whether the timing is right for putting their own Dewey Beach, DE homes up for sale, this last week provided a fine example.

One newscast in particular would seem to be off-putting. It’s true that when measured against the same period a year earlier, the national home sales levels had been weak. That made the one news blip that came over the satellite radios in many Dewey Beach, DE autos all the more convincing. Listeners might have concluded that throughout the country, potential home buyers were staging a disappearing act. That kind of discouraging news could well put a damper on those contemplating putting up their own Dewey Beach, DE homes for sale.

The real estate item was the final one in Friday’s on-the-hour news, which repeated hourly. The announcer’s voice delivered the bad news in matter-of-fact tones: “New home sales tumbled last month, dropping almost thirteen percent. Higher prices combining with a limited inventory sidelined many would-be buyers.

When you’re thinking about selling your house, that’s hardly encouraging news—even if you’re aware that statistics can be interpreted seven ways from Sunday. The announcer’s rapid-fire delivery would have had all but the most careful listeners convinced that they faced a significantly difficult market—one that “sidelined many would-be buyers.” But the first word in the brief was critical: “New.” The “tumble” in sales affected only new home builders—probably because enough hadn’t been built!

The actual relevant news had been released by the National Association of Realtors® on last Wednesday. Existing home sales had “surged by 2.5%” in July! And June’s sales numbers were revised upward. Several analysts were quoted as opining that “U.S. housing markets seemed to be bolstering…”

Actually, given the phenomenon of July’s cut in already bargain-basement mortgage rates, a rise in home sales activity was hardly unexpected.   

For local homeowners aware of the fuller picture, the prospects in today’s market are welcoming. Of course, whether (and when)—to put your own Dewey Beach, DE home up for sale is always a multi-tiered decision. It’s based on any number of personal and financial considerations. But fear that all the home buyers are “sidelined” should definitely not be one of them. I hope you’ll call me for the latest on our own Dewey Beach, DE activity! 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

Oftentimes those lists naysaying common “myths” about selling a house are actually addressing assumptions. If “myths” are stories handed down through the generations, “selling your house” is an unlikely topic to be part of family lore. Myths about selling your Dewey Beach, DE house are usually more like logical assumptions that many sellers make on their own, rather than information they’ve heard from someone else.

So here is a “Top 3” list of questionable assumptions sellers sometimes make about selling their Dewey Beach, DE house:

1.      Homebuyers want to remodel after they purchase a home. Many people think that the average buyer “wants to make it their own” by wreaking wholesale changes to reflect their personal tastes. In fact, this assumption is contradicted by what is far more common: most buyers are attracted by properties that are “move-in ready.”

2.      Remodeling will take so much time it will be impractical. Updating tired details in key rooms (kitchens and bathrooms are typical) can be accomplished speedily when the scope is narrow. In some instances, concentrating on details like light fixtures, faucets, and kitchen and bath hardware design—can wind up reducing the time on market. 

3.      Remodeling never pays off. This budgetary assumption actually could be close to a myth because it is often discussed. But it’s only true when indiscriminate remodeling is undertaken. Small upgrades that focus on areas that buyers center on can definitely result in a higher selling price. This is where outdated kitchens or bathrooms warrant thoughtful consideration.

Every Dewey Beach, DE house deserves to be recognized as offering its own unique selling proposition—independent of any prevailing myths (or assumptions). When you ask me to direct the selling of your own Dewey Beach, DE house, we’ll start by taking a strategic look at how its unique strengths and weaknesses are likely to fare in this fall’s selling market. To start, 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