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Upcoming Events Start Thinking Spring in Wilmington, Delaware

by Katina Geralis

With all of the cold weather we've been experiencing lately, it's hard to think spring. We are just one month away from the start of the new season and Wilmington, DE is packing the calendar with events to get you out and about. 

If you're starting to feel a touch of cabin fever this winter (and especially this week!), here are a few upcoming events in Wilmington that can lift your spirits.

Lecture: How to Get a Lush, No-Fuss Garden
When: Every Wednesday through February 25, 2015; 7 PM
Where: Delaware Center for Horticulture, Wilmington DE

Planning a garden is one easy way to start thinking spring and many Wilmington DE homeowners may be looking to do so in order to boost their curb appeal. With this lecture series every Wednesday through February 25, you can learn to garden smart with plants suited to thrive locally in Delaware.

Art on the Town
When: First Friday of every month (excluding January); 5:30 PM to 8 PM
Where: Art galleries, museums, storefronts and studios around Wilmington, DE 

Local art venues including galleries, museums and studios open their doors on the first Friday of every month to allow Wilmington area residents to meet local artists— and the event is back after one month off! Take a self-guided tour of the galleries during Art on the Town, also known as the Art Loop, and experience the local culture and arts scene.

Wilmington Library Chocolate Festival
When: March 14, 2015; 11 AM to 2 PM
Where: Wilmington Institute Library; Wilmington DE

Get out of the house and dive straight into a baking contest open to the public and local chefs! There will be amateur and professional categories for judging, vendors, raffle items, activities for the kids and lots of chocolate tastings! Admission is $2 and tasting tickets are .50. 

Egg Drop Challenge
When: March 14, 2015; 1 PM
Where: DuPont Environmental Education Center; Wilmington DE

Becoming an annual attraction in Wilmington, the Egg Drop challenge is a fun event for families! Teams earn points and use them to "purchase" materials for the challenge and protect the team egg. The egg is dropped off the balcony and the team whose egg that makes it through the drop in one piece wins!

As your local Wilmington and Newark real estate experts, we are happy to provide suggestions for enjoying the area— especially during the winter months when you may be stuck indoors! If you're ready to call the Greater Wilmington area your home, do not hesitate to contact us!

Katina Geralis
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While the winter season has been named one of the best times to sell your Wilmington, DE home, many homeowners are taking to remodeling instead. Home projects, when planned correctly and according to the real estate market, can boost your home value and pay off when you decide to sell. 

So whether you're simply ready to upgrade your kitchen or bring up the value of your home in Wilmington or Newark, keep in mind the following projects that have the highest return on investment (ROI) at resale:

Your front door
Year after year, replacing the front door continues to provide one of the healthiest returns on investment for Delaware homeowners. Replacing your current door with a steel door can average up to 98 percent ROI— the highest return when looking at Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value Report.

In addition, replacing your front door is one of the least expensive projects in the report, coming in at an average of $1,230. It requires little maintenance and can even qualify as an energy upgrade depending on the door you choose.

The siding
Next in terms of ROI is replacement siding. Swapping out the siding on your Wilmington area home can recoup you as much as 84 percent at resale. In fact, by keeping your old, worn-down siding, you could assume a loss of 10 percent on your home's value.

Just by looking at the Top 10 Projects for Long-term ROI in the Cost vs. Value Report, you will notice three of them are related to siding. New siding is also the one home improvement project that does wonders for your curb appeal— important if you're considering selling your home in the near future.

Kitchen upgrades
There is no need to do a complete kitchen overhaul this year— these types of renovations took a hit in terms of ROI in recent years. Minor kitchen upgrades including new cabinets, countertops, flooring and appliances can recoup you an average of 82 percent. The Cost vs. Value Report suggests an investment of $19,000, including labor, to make these changes and notice the benefits at resale.

The deck or patio
More homebuyers in recent years have expressed a desire for outdoor space. Decks are coming back around in terms of ROI and even beating out bathroom remodels. One reason decks and patios are a smart investment this year is the low cost— ranging anywhere from $8 to $30 per square foot. Adding a wooden deck addition to your Wilmington home could bring an ROI of 80 percent.

As your local New Castle County real estate experts, the KG Home Team knows what homebuyers are looking for and where your money would best be invested if you're looking to sell. Contact us today to get an idea of your home value and where the property could benefit from renovations.


Over the past year, real estate has been heading in the right direction and both buyers and sellers are beginning to notice. In fact, for the first time in 9 years, Americans have a positive view of real estate as a whole. 

It is this growing confidence on both sides of the fence—homebuyers and home sellers— that will contribute to a busy year for the Wilmington DE market. Do not hesitate to get started if you're serious about buying or selling this year as waiting even just a few months could cost you more money in the long run!

Katina Geralis
Wilmington, DE Real Estate Expert
Keller Williams Realty

Wilmington Real Estate
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