18401 Cool Spring Road, Milton, De 19968 | $170,000

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Property Details

NEARLY AN ACRE! Opportunity knocks on a spacious Milton lot that includes an “As Is” farm house in a prime development area near Delaware beach towns. Consider the options! Improve upon, replace, or expand the existing property improvements. Plen
  • MLS Number: 714965
  • Status: Active
  • Price: $170,000
  • Property Type:
  • Area: Broadkill Hundred
  • School District: Cape Henlopen
  • Square Footage: 1,800
  • Year Built: 1881
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Full Bathrooms: 2
  • Half Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • New Construction: No
  • County Taxes: $216
  • Furnished: No
  • Lot Dimensions: 158X208X104X200
  • Lot Square Feet: 34,848
  • Lot Size Acres: 0.80
  • Lot Description: Corner, Landscaped
  • Water: Well
  • Sewer: Gravity Septic

Interior Features

  • Kitchen: Kitchen/Dining Room Combo
  • Fireplace: Wood Burning
  • Heating: Baseboard Electric, Floor Furnace, Oil
  • Cooling: Wall Unit
  • Flooring: Hardwood, Tile
  • Basement: Basement - Full,Sump Pump,Unfinished
  • Attic: Access Only
  • Appliances: Dryer-Electric, Oven/Range Electric, Refrigerator, Washer, Water Heater Electric
  • Interior Features: Ceiling Fan(s), Fireplace-Wood, MBED-Full Bath, Screen(s), Walk-In Closets, Window Treatments

Exterior Features

  • Style: Farm House
  • Construction Type: Stick/Frame
  • Exterior Type: Wood
  • Roofing: Architectural Shingle
  • Foundation: Concrete Block
  • Parking: Driveway/Off Street
  • Porch/Deck/Patio: Porch - Screened, Porch - Side
  • Exterior Features: Storage Shed/Outbuilding

Listing Courtesy of BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES GALLO-L

Creating Milton Listings That Stand Out from the Pack

If you had to come up with a single characteristic that the most effective Milton home listings have in common, there are several good candidates:

A really well-crafted listing catches your eye with superior photography, for sure. But that’s not possible with every property. Good photographers know how to select the best angles, use light effectively, and eliminate distracting details (or at least downplay them). But since all homes aren’t equally photogenic, there are built-in limits to how even the most skillful listing creator can count on visuals to make a listing stand out.

Careful attention to detail is common in superior listings. The best Milton listings don’t skimp on the details, or on brief adjectives that further enhance them—especially when they serve to differentiate a home from the pack. You can test this for yourself by scanning through some of today’s listings in Milton. The best ones often have one or two relatively insignificant details that give a property character; that make it memorable. "Spacious walk-in closet" may not be nearly as important as "completely remodeled kitchen," but for a certain number of prospective buyers, that can turn out to be the one detail that strikes a responsive chord (and creates a mental note to check this one out!).

Descriptions that employ proven advertising principles almost always make superior Milton listings. One standby: arouse curiosity (headline writers are experts at this). An example might be "Brick barbecue center." ‘What the heck is that?’prospective buyers will ask themselves. Even if outdoor cooking isn’t even on their list of priorities, they might not be able to resist scheduling a home tour to find out…and sometimes a buyer is created!

But if I had to pick the one single characteristic most likely to be found in truly effective local listings, it would be this: The best Milton listings in some way tell a story—add character to the cold facts. They stand out from other listings by engaging more of the reader’s imagination than others which are merely an illustrated bunch of data.

The ‘story’ may be a phrase that hints at a property’s interesting past: its historical origin or that of the neighborhood; a prominent previous owner; or an unusual construction history. For a fixer-upper, the story might be an expansive invitation to imagine how a creative Do-It-Yourselfer will be able to transform the property. For a luxury listing, the story might be an appeal to experience the full array of lavish trappings as the suitable reward for the accomplishments of a lifetime. The story may be fleshed out or merely hinted at by a well-worded phrase—but when listings contain the elements of a story, they add memorability.

Creating a stand-out listing is only one of the many elements that go into a successful Milton home-selling campaign. I hope you will give me a call when it comes time to get your own home into the hands of a new owner!

Beyond Spring Cleaning: Inexpensive Renewal Ideas

With spring in the air, you don’t have to have your Delaware beach home for sale to catch the spring cleaning bug. Whether or not you’ve been cooped up inside for a longer-than-usual siege of the wintertime blues, as soon as the weather turns the corner, there seems to be a natural urge to open the windows and start freshening your place up.

Spring also brings the traditional hot selling season, and if you’re among those getting ready to list your own home for sale to take advantage of it, you’ll want to add extra attention to the traditional cleanup. Home for sale or not, you can channel some of your annual sprucing-up energy with one of these light renovation ideas. Each can add new zest to your living areas without breaking the bank:

  • If you want to liven up your kitchen or bathroom but don’t want to shell out for the full cost of replacing the cabinets or doors, consider what simply changing the hardware would do. Take a trip to the hardware department, pick out a sample knob or pull, then test what the change would look like. Sometimes this simple transformation adds a surprising degree of sparkle!
  • If your lighting fixtures are looking a bit dated and dingy, one simple fix is to buy new lampshades. Replacing a whole lamp is expensive and often unnecessary—and new shades can make a much more resounding impact, anyway. If you are planning to put your home for sale on the Delaware beach market anytime soon, best opt for white or cream. Keeping the look bright yet neutral gives you a proven selling advantage.
  • In any room where years of wear and tear have created smudges that no amount of elbow grease can remove, think about painting with a change of color.  It may be a bit more ambitious and costly, but whether you hire pros or do it yourself, the result can make you feel like you’re in a whole new home. As with the lampshade selection, resist the temptation to get overly exuberant and creative: choose neutral color combinations. 
  • If new furniture is not yet called for (or beyond this year’s budget), consider calling in the pros for some upholstery cleaning; then adding new accent pillows.  If your existing pillows are in good shape, sometimes just a few new pillow covers can freshen up a room’s whole look. Designers sometimes recommend picking just one bright color and keeping with it throughout the house.

You don’t have to be planning to list your home for sale in Sussex County to make 2014’s spring cleaning efforts a self-satisfying success. And if you’re planning to list, I have a host of other preparation tips…and a marketing plan designed to bring top results!