New Castle County, DE Real Estate News

By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Buyers often don’t realize that the final walk-through before closing is a vitally important part of the homebuying process. They should be reminded that this final walk-through can determine if and when they will close on their new home.   The ideal time to do the final walk-through is within 48 hours of closing. If there is a large measure of time before that, the status of the house could change. Unexpected events may occur: a tree may fall, or movers could cause damage. The purpose of the walk-through is to make sure the home is in the same condition it was when last viewed by the buyers, to confirm the post-inspection agreed-upon work has been completed, and that items included in the offer remain in the home.     The house should be broom-clean, with the following things verified...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
2407 IVANHOE LANE, WILMINGTON, DE Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $3250004bed - 2bath - 0.22 sqft lotA well maintained and updated 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath Cape Cod in Limestone Acres that is much larger than most homes in the neighborhood. Originally built with a sizable addition joining kitchen, family room and breakfast room creating a large open floor plan, as well as adding a main level laundry with sink. Another addition at the opposite end of the home added a 2nd Master bedroom and allowed space for an expanded main level bath. The 2nd floor Master Bedroom Suite has an additional 10' x 5' Dressing Area and a deep soaking tub. There are nice oak hardwood floors in the Living Room, Dining Room and main floor bedrooms as well as Bay windows in the Living and ...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
  As the weather cools off, autumn lawn care is a combination of clean-up and encouraging new growth. It's also a good time to help your grass recover from being trampled during your backyard games of catch or maybe bocce ball this summer. Pave the way for lush, healthy grass next spring with these timely chores. Checklist Fall Lawn Care Checklist  Deal with fallen leaves Turf grass won't tolerate thick layers of leaves well. If you don't have a lot of leaves, skip raking and mow over them to chop them into smaller pieces that will add nutrients to the soil.      Seed or lay sod Cool temperatures combined with late fall rain make for ideal conditions in most regions for establishing new lawns or making repairs.      Aerate your lawn Plan to aerate high traffic areas annually to loosen ...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
  First impressions go a long way. This is applicable to not only when you meet someone new, but also when somebody sees your house for the first time. Regardless of whether it’s a friend or colleague coming over to visit or a prospective buyer looking at a property you’re trying to sell, the importance of curb appeal shouldn’t be underestimated. You might think that it takes a lot of work and money to update the curb appeal of your home, but that doesn’t have to be the case. It’s possible to significantly increase the curb appeal of your home and your property just by changing your landscaping. Here are a few ways that your landscaping can change up the look of your property and give your overall curb appeal a significant boost. Adjusting Existing Landscaping It doesn’t take a lot to ...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
  Ceiling fans create cooling breezes that can make a stuffy room feel pleasantly comfortable. But as they rotate through the air, the blades can collect a ton of dust, dirt, pollen, and other small particles. Depending on where it's located, your fan might also gather greasy or sticky buildup over time, which can cause dust to cling even more. Not only does a dirty ceiling fan run less efficiently than a clean one, but it can even scatter clumps of particles throughout the room. To keep your home's air cool and free of dust, it's important to know how to clean a ceiling fan effectively. The trick is to remove the dust and grime without making it rain down on your floors and furniture. Learn how to clean ceiling fans without making a mess using these tips. How to Clean Ceiling Fans Fol...
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By David Henke, Realtor, Homes Just West of Philadelphia PA
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
Happy Labor Day!  David HenkeLong & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon, PA/Wilmington, DEOffice: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808http://www.DelawarePAHomes.com
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
No matter how big they are, closets never seem to have . Whether yours is overflowing with clothes you never wear or packed with miscellaneous storage items, a quick refresh can help and make room for the . Start by clearing out these 5 items, including out-of-season attire and space-consuming accessories. Once they're out of the closet, you can either store them elsewhere in your home (such as in the basement or attic ) or . Take just a few minutes to relocate or toss these items now to make your closet feel .  1. Excess Hangers   Clunky hangers can occupy so don't hold on to more than you need. Designate a hanger for all of the items you like to hang, then ditch the rest. (You might also consider replacing bulky plastic hangers with a .) If you buy something new, make it a rule to ge...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
It's not a glamorous job, but cleaning your gutters is an essential part of routine home maintenance. If you're unsure how to tackle the job or are intimidated by the process, use this step-by-step guide to help you clean gutters with ease. Cleaning your gutters might seem like a thankless task, but it's a necessary job that should happen at least twice a year—once in the spring and once in the fall. Skip it, and you might inadvertently end up with damage to your home. That's because clogged gutters can lead to water and weight overload, which in turn can stress your home's roof, siding, and gutter supports, leading to leaks. Blocked water can also result in costly rot and winter ice dams. Fortunately, cleaning out gutters isn't that technical or difficult of a job, especially when it'...
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By Sean Casey, Greenville, Hockessin, Newark & Bear Homes
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
10 Castlegate Ct, Newark, DE Just Listed Description Photos Real Estate Reports for Home Owners, Sellers & Buyers! Maps & Local Schools Print Follow This Home Search All Homes For Sale Best Home Improvement Projects FREE HUD Report: How to Buy Delaware Home Value In Seconds Presented By: Sean Casey Realtor®Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate302-733-7020Licensed In: DelawareLicense #: RS-0020542   Schedule a Showing/Request Info $ Click for current price4 BEDROOMS | 3 full baths BATHROOMS | 3877 SqFt Exceptional brick front 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath colonial on a premium lot on a culde-sac in Woodland Village. The beautiful landscaping gives this home great curb appeal.The back yard is a great place to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee and the outdoors. The hardwood floors that flow through most of ...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Humans love their dogs. This, the purest kind of love, makes complete sense. Dogs are loyal, sweet, and the best companion anyone could ask for. They’ve been living paw-in-hand with us for thousands of years. They’re part of the family and they stick with us through whatever’s going on in our lives, so we wish we could have them in our lives forever!   But our best friends are not invincible. One of the worst things that can possibly happen is when they get into something they shouldn’t and it makes them ill—or worse.   Now, you probably already know about a few things like chocolate and grapes that are harmful for pups…. But you might not know about all of these.   Check out these Common Home Improvement Items That Are Dangerous For Dogs so you can puppy-proof your pad for good: Insid...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
It's always a thrill when wild birds visit your garden, and cardinals are one of the easiest to recognize when you catch a glimpse of one perched outside your window. The males’ bright red plumage makes them stand out wherever they go. Both males and females sport jaunty top-hat-like crests and sing cheerful melodies. Cardinals are at home in most rural and suburban areas across North America, and they don’t migrate so you can expect to see them year-round. With a few cardinal-friendly landscaping tips, you can invite these common but beautiful songbirds to take up residence in your yard. 1. Plant Cardinals' Favorite Trees and Shrubs Cardinals are voracious seed eaters. While they are frequent feeder visitors, they gather most of their food from nature. Plant some of their favorite see...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
    Learn how to clean 7 tough stains off your walls — and ensure a lasting paint job.   You can't wait to cover up that nasty beige on your walls, but as you take a close look at all the areas you're gonna have to prep you see a lot of grime, gunk, and stuff that looks too stubborn for your standard vinegar wash. Any cleaning rookie can wipe off dust and cobwebs. But it takes a cleaning pro to scour grease stains, watermarks, and kids’ crayon and ink wall art.   Kitchen Grease on Walls     Grease is an occupational hazard of cooking. If only it wouldn't find it's way onto your walls and cabinets, trapping all kinds of gunk. Yuck! Good news. Any decent dish soap can remove grease stains on walls. For small stains, mix: 1/4 teaspoon of soap in a cup of warm water, and wipe. Rinse with c...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Successfully threading my way through a day with occasional rain, I made my first visit in several weeks to Winterthur Museum and Gardens.  After a rather silly encounter with a woman staffing the visitor center, who told me I needed a mask for the couple of feet I traversed through the visitor center (then said I didn't need one as I went out another door a second later), I proceeded mask free on my hour and a half walk through the gardens.  This was a great day for different types of hydrangeas, ranging from the Oak Leaf Hydrangeas to the Smooth Leaf type. One path was lined on both sides with the Oak Leafs.  Then I saw a plant thrusting its way up throughthe forest floor in many places on the grounds. Using my Google Lens, I found it was Black Cohash, a herbal remedy for various ills...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
  Although the summer months are a favorite for so many of us, homeowners can get stressed by the skyrocketing energy bills as your struggle to keep things cool inside the house. If you want to cut back on how much you’re spending on utility bills, a few behavioral strategies can make a huge difference. Consider the following popular strategies to keep utility bills manageable during the hottest months of the year.   Use Your Ceiling Fans Instead of switching on your air conditioner, consider turning on the ceiling fans instead. When we feel hot in the summer, most of the time it’s because of a lack of air circulation around the house. There’s no better way to increase the cool airflow around your home than by using the ceiling fans. When the fans are on, you can even switch off the ai...
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By David Henke, Realtor, Homes Just West of Philadelphia PA
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
Remember all those who have served. Delaware Vietnam War Memorial  David HenkeLong & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon, PA/Wilmington, DEOffice: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808www.DelawarePAHomes.com
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By Monica Hill, the REALTOR to help you discover Delaware
(RE/Max Associates)
My refrigerator died about a month ago. I had heard a clicking noise coming from the kitchen occasionally, like the sound a coffee maker emits, only I don’t have a coffee maker. Then I remembered when I had heard that sound. I heard it the last time my refrigerator quit working. One quick peek at the contents of the freezer confirmed it. Everything had defrosted. I tossed all of it. Goodbye shrimp and salmon, veggies and scallops. (Deep sigh) Knowing I’d lose the contents of the refrigerator, too, I called the appliance repair company who had breathed life back into it last time, except none of the repair guys would be available for a few weeks due to illness. A few phone calls later and I had ordered a new refrigerator. The only problem now was, it couldn’t be delivered for about a wee...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
This annual tour of 6 different gardens in Newark, Delaware and Landenberg, Pennsylvania led us on a merry chase this morning. A benefit for the Newark Arts Alliance, it led us to venues as different as suburban quarter acre lots to multi-acre properties in the woods.  We were lucky to see many red buckeye trees (top) in bloom, a favorite for these horticulture loving homeowners. And the sound of trickling water is always welcome, with unique containers and cleverly constructed waterfalls.  Being in the hilly piedmont area, gardeners made good use of the vistas presented by the rolling countryside, often carving out stone stairways to different levels of their properties.      One homeowner proudly showed off a working potting area, while another pointed out a spectacular bigleaf magnol...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
  Keeping your home cool during the hot summer months can be an expensive prospect. This is especially true if you have large windows or rooms that have multiple windows that let sunlight in. While it’s great to have natural light during the day, it can work against your AC by heating up the air in those rooms at the same time you’re pumping cool air throughout the house. This can lead to your air conditioning running almost constantly throughout the day, and in some cases may even prompt an expensive HVAC upgrade if your current unit can’t keep up with the summer heat to your liking.   There’s some good news, though: It’s likely possible to cut your cooling costs during the summer without having to spend potentially thousands of dollars on a more powerful air conditioning solution. Th...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
“On the other side of the house, to a little distance, was a garden of old-fashioned roses and sweet shrubs that filled the air with fragrance when they  were abloom. And there were beds of tulips and daffodillies, and there were graveled walks edged with box, and a greenhouse of shining glass at the lower end of the garden. And there was a wooden summer house at the end of one of the gravel walks, and together it was such a garden as you will hardly find outside of a story book. It seems to me that when I think of that garden, I cannot remember anything but bloom and beauty, air filled with the odor of growing things, and birds singing in the shady trees in such a fashion as they do not sing nowadays.” – Howard Pyle (1853-1911) describing his childhood at Goodstay    A walk through th...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Cleaning up around the house is obviously an important task, and some areas require cleaning more often than others. There are some spots that might need a bit more attention than they’re getting, though. This is especially true for those areas that are out of sight or otherwise not as easily noticed as higher-profile and more visible areas that get cleaned on the regular. While the specifics of your cleaning and maintenance schedule will depend on your home and what you have in it, here are a few common areas for you to consider in case they’re not getting enough attention in your home. Interior Cleaning Most of the time when you think of cleaning in the house, you’re likely thinking of tasks like dusting, vacuuming, and other common indoor cleaning tasks. Here are a few other places ...
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