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Did you know selling your Delaware or Pennsylvania home in the fall and winter can be just as lucrative as selling during the spring and summer? It's true! However, that is if your property is well prepared for the market! There are many ways to improve your Delaware or Pennsylvania home before listing it for sale, including removing the following five items that have been known to turn buyers away!

Bugs
Even if you have a few ladybugs taking up residence in your home's windowsills, it's best to remove them before buyers arrive. This is one of the easiest turn-offs for DE or PA buyers as it can give the impression that your home is not clean or well cared for.

Decor Collections
No matter if it's stamps or holiday figurines, you'll want to keep your collectibles stored away during the home sale process. Displaying any type of collection can give off a cluttered vibe to buyers and turn them away from your property— even if they're just pet accessories! 

Odors
One of the quickest ways to send buyers back out the door is by having odors present in your home. Smells can make or break a sale for a buyer, so be mindful of what you're cooking before a showing and be aware of any pet odors that need addressed. Strong scented candles can be a no-go for buyers also as not everyone enjoys the same aromas in their home.

Pet Damage
Remember that not everyone loves pets the way you might. Are your floors scratched from your pet's claws? Are there stains from your pets on the carpet? Consider having your floors refinished or your carpets professionally cleaned prior to buyers arriving at your door. 

Personal Photos
Did you know that de-personalizing your Delaware or Pennsylvania property prior to selling can boost your chances of hooking a buyer? Consider removing all of your personal photos before a showing or open house as this will allow buyers to envision themselves in the home in the future instead of you and your family. 

As your local real estate experts, you can count on the Kat Geralis Home Team to set you up for home seller success! Contact us for more information on your home value, as well as how to prepare your property for the market

We even offer a FREE Home Seller E-Guide!

Give us a call today!

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How to Brighten Your Delaware or Pennsylvania Home in the Winter

by Katina Geralis

When it comes to winter weather, the shorter days and colder temperatures may make for cozy evenings, but inside your home, it can make your Wilmington DE and Southeastern PA spaces feel darker and smaller than necessary. However, there are dozens of ways to bring more light into your home and help it feel just as cheery as in the spring.

Below are five ways to brighten up your Delaware or Pennsylvania home in the winter:

Take off the screens
Did you know you can let in 30 percent more light when you remove the screens from your windows? If your windows are still sporting them, store them until spring and let the sunshine pour in your home! But don't let them go far— you'll want to put them back in a few months to avoid running your cooling system too much. 

Trim back landscaping
Outside your home, overgrown landscaping and trees can quickly take up prized window space. Set aside a few hours to trim back any hedges, shrubs, or trees that could be blocking light from streaming inside your DE or PA home.

Replace light bulbs
Dim light bulbs can tend to cast a yellow hue over your indoor spaces, creating the illusion of smaller, darker spaces. Replace your older bulbs with energy-efficient models and opt for the cool white tone or blue white tone to help your home feel brighter and more open.

Refresh the paint
If you have rich, deep colors on your walls, the winter weather and shorter daylight hours will do no favors for the spaces. Consider refreshing the paint and choosing a lighter, more neutral tone like beiges, grays, or white to create a more airy feel.

Clean your windows
You may not have thought of this one, simple tip, but dirty windows can easily darken a home. It is only necessary to clean the glass outside of your home once per year, but inside, you should clean windows at least once a month to avoid blocking any light. 

Ready to move on to a new Delaware or Pennsylvania home in 2018? Give the Kat Geralis Home Team a call today for more information about available properties, selling your home, and your home value!

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What to Do This Holiday Season in Wilmington, DE

by Katina Geralis

The holiday season is upon us! In just two short weeks, Wilmington area residents will be opening their homes for Thanksgiving, roasting their turkeys and maybe even stringing up twinkle lights in anticipation of the holidays to come!

But before we get too far into November, the KG Home Team would like to share a few festivities happening around Greater Wilmington that you can plan to attend with the whole family. This is a beautiful time of year in Delaware, so why not get out and enjoy it?

Nemours Mansion and Gardens Holiday Tours
When: Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday — November 7 through December 31, 2015 
Where: Nemours Mansion and Gardens, Wilmington DE

The estate will be all decorated for Christmas this November through end of December! Take in all of the beautiful Christmas trees, original toys, ornaments and more!

Photographing Winter's Wonder
When: November 15, 2015, 2 PM to 4 PM
Where: DuPont Environmental Education Center, Wilmington DE

A whole new world opens up after the fall season and this workshop will teach you how to photograph winter's details! You'll be allowed to explore the marsh with your camera and warm up with hot drinks afterward. 

Turkey Trot 10K/5K
When: November 21, 2015, 8 AM
Where: Handloff Park, Newark DE

What a fun way to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday! This 5K and 10K race will be held at Handloff Park on Barksdale Road in Newark on November 21. Admission is $20 before the race and $25 the day of. Awards will be given for the top 3 male and female runners in various age groups.

Holiday Art Market
When: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday — November 24, 2015 through January 2, 2016, Open 11-3 Tuesday-Sunday and 11-6 Thursday.
Where: Newark Arts Alliance, Newark DE

A great place to shop for holiday gifts from local artisans! All sales will benefit the artists and the Newark Arts Alliance.

Yuletide Jazz and Wine Series
When: November 25, 2015, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Winterthur Museum, Wilmington DE

Tickets to this holiday-themed event are $20 and include live jazz and entry to the galleries. The jazz trio will play a series of holiday classics from Vince Guaraldi, the composer of the Peanuts soundtracks.

37th Annual PNC Bank Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk
When: November 26, 2015, 8 AM
Where: PNC Bank, Wilmington DE

Work off your pumpkin pie in advance at this run/walk that has become a tradition for many Wilmington area families! 

Jaycees Christmas Parade
When: November 28, 2015, 9 AM
Where: Downtown Wilmington

This city-sponsored Christmas parade will include marching bands, floats, and the arrival of Santa! 

We hope you enjoy the beginning of the holiday season in Wilmington and Newark and do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions about the area, buying or selling a home!

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Homeownership offers a chance to build wealth and stability this year and with the rising costs of renting, you will not want to pass this opportunity by! In fact, a new survey found that the majority of rents will continue to rise by an average of 8%. So give yourself the chance to start building equity in a home you love before you sign on that new lease! You won't regret it!

Katina Geralis
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Selling Your Wilmington, Newark Home in the Winter

by Katina Geralis

Now that the weather has turned colder, selling your Wilmington home may not seem so easy. Homebuyers are not out in droves like they are in the spring and it takes a few strategic staging moves to make them feel comfortable during the winter months.

Yet the snowy season has been named the best time to sell your home for a reason— the homebuyers that are house hunting in Wilmington and Newark are motivated and ready to buy. Curb appeal and landscaping won't be first on your list, but here are four other important points to consider when listing your property:

Make sure you can easily navigate the property
With snow and ice, driveways and sidewalks can be a hazard for New Castle County homebuyers. Be sure to clear these and any back walkways before they arrive. And be prepared! You never know when buyers will want to look at your home— keep walkways clear to avoid last minute shoveling.

Turn on the heat
A cold home is not inviting and that can affect a buyer's perception of your Delaware home. Turn on the heat and make sure the home is warm and cozy before buyers arrive.

Play up your winter home features
Do you have a fireplace? Wilmington and Newark homebuyers will love to see this in the winter! Chat with your real estate agent ahead of time to ensure they are comfortable with using the fireplace as this can really create a welcoming feel for buyers.

Show the outside features
Even though there may be snow on the ground, it's important to show homebuyers your outdoor features like a deck, pool or patio. Keep these clear of snow and ice to allow buyers to view these from indoors. You will want them to get the whole picture when they tour the property.

With the right team, you can sell your home during the winter months! Contact the Kat Geralis Home Team today to get started!

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More home sellers will soon return to the real estate market as equity continues to build. In fact, equity has returned to 85% of homes under $200,000 and 94% of those above $200,000.

Have you recently regained equity in your home? Beat the spring and summer busy seasons and list your home now! The Kat Geralis Home Team can get your listing in front of the right homebuyers and help you sell successfully!

Katina Geralis
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