Short & Sweet: Felton Open House Checklist
Estimates so far indicate that this is likely to be a better than usual season for Felton home sales. The past winter threw a wet blanket over all kinds of business activity, creating a perfect scenario for a sales bounce back—and that’s exactly what is beginning to show up in the stats. As Bloomberg News reported last week, sales of homes “climbed in April for the first time in three months…the biggest in six months…”
If you will be taking advantage of the uptick by listing your property for this season’s market, having an open house in Felton is a prime way to attract prospective buyers. With a little focus and energy, getting your home in shape can be easier than you might imagine. The checklist is short:
The place to begin is with the landscaping—it frames the picture that’s the first thing buyers see when they pull up during the warm months. If you don’t have flowers planted, that’s okay—improvise! Purchase a few hanging baskets and potted plants. Place them along pathways, the entrance, and other places that could use a little bit of color. Hose the exterior, but if the years have been too tough, you may need a refresher coat of paint or trim. Perk up the lawn with an easy-to-apply lawn food spray; edge where needed; then mow and admire!
Get a Fresh Outlook
Give your windows a good cleaning (outside first)—it’s surprising the amount of sparkle that simple job can add to your Felton open house. Air the house thoroughly as you do a deep clean where it’s needed: usually a shampoo of carpets and rugs will accomplish the lion’s share of the work. Add some summer color to your rooms with fresh throw pillows, and as your open house draws near, see where a few well-placed floral arrangements would add bright color to draw the eye.
Before the day of your open house, there are a few more quick checks to be made. Walk around the house. Are the air conditioner units clean? Are the gutters and rain spouts in good shape? Outdoor spaces are great selling points to make your home more attractive to buyers, and a summertime Felton open house creates the perfect opportunity to show them off. There are always a few little things you’ve been meaning to attend to…now is the time!
Looking for more open house tips? Call me today if you’re thinking of listing your Felton home for sale. We can discuss a marketing plan to get your home S-O-L-D!
- Written by Russell Stucki
Prime Time to Waylay Felton Property Damage
The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, noses are running (hopefully not yours)…spring has definitely arrived! It’s that time of year when, if you are lucky enough to own property here in Felton, to conduct the few simple maintenance operations that
1) Are all too easy to overlook; and
2) Are guaranteed to save you big money as time goes on. Sooooooo…
Clear those branches
Termites are one of the nastiest little creatures on Earth. They can enter a Felton property undetected and immediately begin to munch through your home’s wooden underpinnings. Branches that lean up against a home provide the perfect pathway for termites and other creatures (the list includes squirrels, mice and spiders). Spring is the easiest time to trim those branches while leaves are just beginning to appear...right now the limbs probably look a lot like freeway off-ramps to all sorts of critters. Cut branches at least two feet clear of walls and roofs.
Inspect the Roof
They say that April showers bring May flowers - and the roof on a Felton property is the first defense against water. Once moisture becomes trapped inside walls, major problems are likely to accompany those flower. A visual inspection of your roof can catch weak spots and minimize potential damage. If it’s too dangerous to climb onto your roof, see how much you can do with a pair of binoculars from a good vantage point.
Clean and Repair Screens
Plan to keep your Felton property cool on summer nights? You’ll want the screens clean and free of build-ups which cloud your view and block breezes. To clean screens yourself, lay them on a flat surface and gently scrub with mildly soapy water. If holes have developed, a visit to one of our Felton hardware stores may be in order.
Clean and Repair Decks
Any property in Felton with outdoor wooden surfaces like decks or swing sets will have been pummeled by the winter elements. Now is the perfect time to clean and repair them. Check for loose or missing boards, then use a pressure washer to clean the surfaces (but use a setting that doesn’t remove any paint). Rough sports can be tamed by sanding—at which point it may be time for a new coat of stain and sealer.
Taking on these small home maintenance tips in springtime saves time and money—and for some reason, it always just feels right after you’ve gotten those jobs squared away before summer. As always, I’m here to help my clients with all real estate concerns here in town–call me today if you’d like a complimentary Felton property pricing analysis!
- Written by Russell Stucki
Staging Felton Unfinished Rooms: the Imagination Factor
You can have 100 reasons for wanting to move onto a larger, smaller, or just different house or neighborhood—and 101 why it keeps getting put off. Chief among them for most of us is the hassle factor. You start to run down a mental list of everything that will have to be done, and one of the larger issues stops you cold—just too much sheer hassle!
Let’s deal with a typical one: the unfinished room. Staging a Felton home might seem doable enough, but when a portion of the house is actually unfinished, it can present a barrier that’s too time-consuming and expensive to even approach.
In some parts of the country, such a room is usually a basement; in others, a garage that might have been almost converted into a specialty room. A Felton unfinished room may have to be listed that way, but nevertheless, you want all of your home’s square footage to appear useable when prospects tour. As in every other part of the house, the most important thing to remember in staging an unfinished space is to make it possible for them to envision how they might use it.
No matter how frequently or rarely you have used an unfinished room, it’s going to need a deep cleaning. Floors and walls should be spotless, of course; but where cement floors are exposed, a couple of fresh coats of cement paint can make a world of difference. And if old appliances are present, they should be scrubbed until they give the appearance of being an asset…or else deep-sixed!
Most unfinished spaces wind up being used for storage. This would be the time to relocate and store the stuff, or donate, sell or just toss what you don’t need regularly. This part of the staging might be the one that’s always seemed most daunting, so start by jotting down the five or six steps de-cluttering will involve. That simple act can free up the entire log jam!
Never mind if you have only used that unfinished room for storage, you’ll still want your buyers to be able to imagine its potential. Some chairs and an area rug, perhaps with a table or two, can suggest an inviting sitting area/game table/wine-tasting space/reading nook/art studio. Staging that opens prospects’ imaginations is where this staging approach adds true value to your property.
If you have been wishing you could get your Felton home sold, but run up against the 101 reasons it seems like too much to tackle any time soon, contact me today to start planning. Together we can organize the project, maximize your space—and maximize your sales price!
Call/text 302-228-7871 or email me, Russell Stucki, REALTOR ® of Beach Real Estate Market to provide detailed information on Delaware homes for sale, investment and commercial properties, luxury and waterfront homes, condos/townhomes, new construction, lots and land, farms and equestrian properties located in but not limited to Bethany, Bethel, Bridgeville, Dagsboro, Delmar, Ellendale, Fenwick Island, Frankford, Georgetown, Greenwood, Harbeson, Laurel, Lewes, Lincoln, Milford, Millsboro, Millville, Milton, Ocean View, Rehoboth Beach, Seaford, Selbyville, Delaware.
- Written by Russell Stucki
To Buy a Home in Felton or Wait - Signs Help Decide
Spring signals the traditional start of real estate’s busy selling season, and while that’s all well and fine, when it comes to making your own momentous personal real estate decision—whether to buy a home or to sell your own—trying to decide exactly when to make the move is easier said than done.
It is true that this year national observers are unusually unanimous in expecting that last year’s sales upswing will continue. But if you are deciding whether now is the right time to buy, a Feltonhome (or list yours for sale), the reasons behind the quickening sales activity might be an eye-opener. Here are five of the headline reasons why so many will decide to buy a home in Feltonin 2014:
A Third Cheaper Than Renting
Web giant Trulia’s national averages show that it is still 35% less expensive to own than to rent. In the 100 largest metropolitan areas, even after mortgage rates rose from 3.75 to 4.50%, the home ownership advantage continued.
Protection Against Rising Rents
Renters are finding it more of a hassle even to find an apartment. In the third quarter of 2013, the U.S. apartment vacancy rate fell to its lowest level in over a decade (4.2%) even as the average effective rent in the U.S. rose by 3%, year over year. With supply of rental accommodation tight and unemployment falling, experts expect even higher rents in 2014.
House Prices Are Still Relatively Low
Again according to Trulia, house prices are still below benchmark value levels. In 91% of the largest metropolitan markets, analyst’s estimate that homes were 7% undervalued in 2013…and headed up.
It’s Becoming Easier to Qualify for a Mortgage
As interest rates rise, mortgage lender refinance business will suffer. Consequently, lenders will need to compete harder for new home buyers. That’s expected to lead to loosening of lending strictures, effectively increasing the number of prospective buyers.
House Prices Are Expected To Rise
House prices increased by 2% in the third quarter of last year, according to Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) figures. If consensus predictions hold true, house prices will continue to rise by 3% in 2014….making sooner rather than later the optimal way to participate in that upward trajectory.
Whether you are hoping to buy a home in Feltonthis year or beginning to think it’s time to explore selling, the signs are certainly there. Call/text 302-228-7871 or email me, Russell Stucki, REALTOR® of Beach Real Estate Market to provide detailed information on Delaware homes for sale, investment and commercial properties, luxury and waterfront homes, condos/townhomes, new construction, lots and land, farms and equestrian properties located in but not limited to Bethany, Bethel, Bridgeville, Dagsboro, Delmar, Ellendale, Fenwick Island, Frankford, Georgetown, Greenwood, Harbeson, Laurel, Lewes, Lincoln, Milford, Millsboro, Millville, Milton, Ocean View, Rehoboth Beach, Seaford, Selbyville, Delaware.
- Written by Russell Stucki