Buying or selling any Fenwick Island, DE home is, on one hand, a highly technical matter. The full complement of Fenwick Island, DE rules guarantee that the transaction cannot be challenged. The volumes of paperwork we execute at the closing table literally seal the deal.

But there’s also “on the other hand”—the human aspect that follows closing. In the hectic melee that often accompanies moving day—once the moving van has driven off—it’s time to say goodbye to the house. It is a landmark juncture—the moment when your “home” again becomes simply a “house,” as you and the family move on to the next.

This is a moment that’s likely to be overlooked until it’s at hand, on top of you. And then it has passed; in the rearview mirror; gone forever. But rather than allowing moving day to become a time when something irreplaceable is lost, a couple of simple preparations can turn the occasion around:

Be a Historian. As you assemble the cartons to pack for the move, set one out in a central place as a repository for the family history. It will serve as a receptacle for the snapshots, mementos and bits and pieces that have collected in drawers and shelves through the years. They’re likely to be discarded as ‘junk’—but in later years will trigger memories that are otherwise bound to be forgotten altogether. You might turn them into an invaluable scrapbook—literally, they are the “scraps” of history! More likely, in future family reunions, they will inspire the kind of lively, hilarious flashbacks that make for hilarious get-togethers.

Bring the Fenwick Island, DE House with You. Even before your Fenwick Island, DE moving day arrives, make sure you have at least one photograph that can stand for all time as the way “the Fenwick Island, DE house” looked when you lived there. Today it’s newly inexpensive to have a good digital photograph transformed into a frameable portrait. Plan to have it grace a wall in the new house—somewhere where everyone will pass it daily. Every once in a while, they’ll pause to remember, connecting past to present. It’s said that that wisdom accumulates where memory flourishes.

When I’m tapped to serve as your Fenwick Island, DE real estate agent, I do my best to make your buying and selling a rich and rewarding experience. 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

 When it comes to selling your Fenwick Island, DE home, kitchens get the Grand Prize for being the room that gets the most attention. But it’s increasingly possible for bathrooms to give them a run for the money.

Kitchens take first place because so much of a typical Fenwick Island, DE family’s “together” time is spent there. Preparing and serving meals is, for most of us, a positive part of the day we look forward to. As a result, the quality and practical layout of a kitchen get a lot thorough going-over during showings and open houses. It’s amazing how frequently prospective buyers stop to chat with the showing agent right there in the kitchen. People just like kitchens—so having one that’s especially appealing is an indisputable plus for selling any Fenwick Island, DE home.

On the other hand, Fenwick Island, DE bathrooms might or might not get more than a perfunctory walk-through, depending on which of two categories it falls into:

TYPE A: This is an ordinary Fenwick Island, DE bathroom. It is run-of-the-mill; functionally adequate; perfectly okay. It should be (actually, as a practical selling-your-home matter, must be) sparkly clean, fluffy-towel laden, altogether presentable—and unmemorable. It is what prospective buyers expect and demand—and if they don’t remember anything about it, that’s perfectly okay. It won’t present a barrier to selling your home.  

TYPE Z: A memorable bathroom, on the other hand, can be an unexpected difference-maker. Grand, marble-emblazoned master bathrooms have always presented that possibility—but at enormous cost. Enter a new, less costly category: the “smart bathroom.” A few weeks back, The Wall Street Journal examined some of the products now emerging in what the WSJ expects within four years to become a $10 billion industry.

One example is the multivalve shower controlled by Echo’s voice-activated personal assistant. When you can simply say, “Alexa, prepare my shower at 103 degrees” or “Alexa, pause the shower while I answer the phone”), it’s undeniably a memorable talking point.

Likewise the new smart toilets and bidets. They can have heated seats, auto-closing lids, and Bluetooth technology to control a host of other intelligent features. Over the bathtub can be a wall-mounted waterproof TV featuring an extra-practical add-on: a floating rubber ducky remote. The bathroom cabinet can now be refrigerated for cold-storing cosmetics and medications.

Another possibility: electric towel bars which heat terry cloth towels “to make every shower a posh spa experience”—a claim that comes closer to reality when the bathroom has one of Kohler’s PerfectFill bathtubs. These tubs plug the drain once the water reaches your specified temperature, then stop the flow at the desired depth (so no more babysitting the tub). Flashier and at the same time environmentally proactive is the Hydrao Aloe shower head. Its glowing faceplate uses color LEDs to monitor how many gallons of water you’re using in real time. Less altruistic is Kohler’s shower head with a detachable speaker that can “stream” music from any digital device.  

Smart bathrooms have a new capacity to intrigue and make themselves memorable. For selling your own Fenwick Island, DE home, memorability is a factor that can even determine whether a second visit (and subsequent offer) is forthcoming. I hope you’ll call me when the time nears to think about selling your own place! 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’ve been living in your Fenwick Island, DE home for more than a few years, you know that there are some corners that don’t get regular cleaning attention because they’re (let’s be honest) too grungy to deal with. They’re beyond the scope of what anybody wants to face as a regular housekeeping chore.

If you’re beginning to consider listing your Fenwick Island, DE place, you know you’ll have to get around to dealing with some long passed-over details. But that’s not something to look forward to. In fact, putting these messy details off is a leading cause of SREP—Serial Real Estate Procrastination!

Into the breach comes Houselogic. As part of their “Most Annoying Household Problems Solved” series, the NAR’s website Houselogic really outdid themselves this time. Here are six new tips I’d never seen before. A few are so clever they made me smile:

1.      Stove Burners. The fused layers of deeply incinerated debris (aka “that gunky mess”) encrusting the burners won’t come off by normal dish detergent soaking. Houselogic’s no-scrubbing solution: soak them one-by-one in a plastic bag containing ¼ cup of ammonia. Overnight, job done!

2.      Carpet Stains. For splotches set into the carpet, squirt one part vinegar to three parts water on the stain, lay a cotton cloth on top, then set your iron to the hottest steam setting and run it over the cloth for 10 seconds. If the stain isn’t dyed in, it will transfer up onto the cloth.

3.      Range Hood Vent Filters. Boil each in a large pan, slowly adding ½ cup of baking soda. It should take about 5 minutes on each half (they’re too big to do in one submersion). Be cautious about dumping the water, though: you don’t want the grease to clog your drain.

4.      Tub Grunge. This is an awkward (sometimes, backbreaking) job that’s solved with a self-described “genius idea.” Just attach a scrubbing tool to your hand drill. You can make one yourself using a kitchen scrubby—or buy any commercial drill attachment that guarantees it won’t scratch surfaces.   

5.      Metal Floor Grates. Run aluminum or steel grates through the dishwasher’s water-only cycle.

6.      Clogged Showerheads. (This one sounded vaguely familiar). Tie or tape a baggie of vinegar over the showerhead. Leave it overnight, being sure the little holes are all submerged.  

“Deep cleaning” is on every Fenwick Island, DE home sales preparation punch list—an important part of prepping your house to get a top-of-the-market reception. For a wide-ranging home sales strategy chat, give me a 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

Most Fenwick Island, DE real estate turnaround practitioners follow what might be called “The House Flippers’ Creed”: buy, fix, sellas quickly as possible! The speed factor isn’t just because, as in most businesses, volume dictates profitability. It’s also due to the investment’s interest expense—the value of money over time. You don’t need an economics class to see how it can gnaw away at a bottom line.

Now it seems that The Creed’s fundamental hypothesis is being challenged in many parts of the nation—at least by buyers targeting dated homes for their own use. According to last week’s Wall Street Journal essay about the rising tide of “Extreme Makeovers” which focused on residences that have had a single owner for decades. Many are in need of “new interior styles” and technology—and they’re attracting buyers East and West. In other words, dated homes are getting lots and lots of work: extreme makeovers.

Typical was a Washington State 2-bedroom island house, “one of the ugliest houses on the beach,”—so dated that “it generated distaste” among buyers. A sharp-eyed real estate appraiser bought it for $550,000 (a steal for that beach neighborhood)—then began the time-consuming and expensive process of transforming it into a property “that looks new and hip.” Cost: $150,000.

The takeaway for Fenwick Island, DE buyers with enough passion and energy to plow into such a project—is that the results can be worth the effort. One interviewed design expert said, “It’s a metaphorical change of clothes.” Added another, “It’s as much about the style as repairing the plumbing.” But even so, such projects often run into complications. That will come as no surprise to veteran Fenwick Island, DE house flippers, who know that even in unextreme makeovers, bringing a property up to snuff almost always entails at least a few unexpected hiccups.

 Of course, less extreme makeovers still comprise the lion’s share of Fenwick Island, DE purchases—and Fenwick Island, DE house flippers are in competition with this season’s buyers who will or won’t renovate to suit their own residential preferences. Regardless of which buyers’ camp you fall into, I hope you’ll give me a call to examine this season’s offerings! 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