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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
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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 ...
By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
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Delaware's  Mt. Cuba Center is a botanic garden that highlights the beauty of native plants. Once the estate of Pamela and Lammot du Pont Copeland, the  garden opened to the public in 2013 and now spans more than 1,000 acres. It features garden pathways in formal and woodland settings, picturesque meadows and ponds with stunning vistas, and more than two miles of scenic trails throughout its natural lands. Near the former mansion is the formal reflecting pool now featuring colorful tulips.   Mt. Cuba is recognized as a leader in native plant research and open space preservation, having protected more than 13,000 acres in the mid-Atlantic region. In 2020, it was voted best botanical garden in North America by USA Today readers. My visit today started with a threat of rain, but turned out...
By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 2
On Sunday, I ventured out to Winterthur Museum and Gardens to see what was in bloom. I did learn a lot, but not exactly what I expected to learn. I shall explain. The field (above) next to the golf course still housed the temple folly (from a special exhibit pre-pandemic).The ostrich ferns were doing their fiddley thing as I left the visitor center, and being a fern lover, I had to stop and admire them. Then I decided to follow the white arrow trail, which has made a return to the scene. It is supposed to lead you to the latest blooms, and sure enough, it did, although the azaleas were not yet at their prime, but this white one amid bluebells looked nice.  Another favorite of mine is the trilliums--a field of white ones. Having just purchased some to go alongside my ferns, I was happy t...
By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
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  It may still be just barely spring, but summer is right around the corner. For a lot of homeowners, that means flipping the heat to air conditioning, and, potentially, discovering that their air conditioner isn’t working properly. This is why it’s so important to check your air conditioning system now, before you really need it. Not only will you be able to beat the rush for repairs, you’ll also get extra time to clean and prep your unit so it can perform at its very best all summer long. So when – and how – should you get that A/C ready for summer? Now Is The Time for A/C Prepping You can run a simple check on your air conditioner any time the weather is above about 50 degrees or so. You don’t need to leave it on all day, just long enough to make sure it’s blowing cold and there are...
By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
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Spring is definitely the time of year when my garden comes alive and shows all its bright colors. Daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, all vying for attention.  Therefore, I yield the floor to the stars!                     
By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
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  There’s nothing like a postcard-fresh paint job on your home to make it look and feel brand new again, but it’s unlikely you’ll need a new coat of paint every year. So how do you know when it’s time to repaint? Let’s walk through some of the biggest signs that it’s time to break out the buckets and brushes. How to Tell It’s Time to Paint Knowing when it’s time to paint your house is as much an art as a science. There are definitely things you can look for that indicate the time is coming near, but you’ll also need to balance that with the expense and effort involved. Here are a few clear indicators to watch: There’s chipping paint. Most people know that chipping paint is a sign it’s probably about time to start considering a paint job. But there’s a fine line between a littlebit of a...
By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
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Planting a garden in the spring is a great way to have fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Even homeowners who don’t have space for a large garden plot often plant a few things in containers or small raised gardens on their property. While it’s not quite time to start planting in a lot of places, that doesn’t mean you can’t get the jump on gardening season by starting your seeds. Depending on where you live and what you’re planting in your garden, there are a few different ways to get seeds started for your garden this year. Starting Seeds Indoors Before starting your seeds, be sure to read the seed packet to get an idea of how long before planting you should get your seeds started. In many cases this will be six to eight weeks, but it could be longer or shorter depending ...
By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
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Pets play a large part in many families. While these fuzzy (and sometimes not-so-fuzzy) friends can bring a lot of fun and companionship, keeping pets happy and healthy can take a lot of work as well. One way to keep this under control is to improve the overall pet-friendliness of your home. Much like babyproofing before bringing home a new child helps to prevent accidents and other problems, putting in some time to make your home more pet friendly now will save a lot of headaches and other issues down the line. Pet-Friendly Homes There are a few different concerns you should consider when trying to come up with ways to make your home more pet friendly. Think about whether there are any areas of the home that your pet might get hurt or sick if they get into. Do you have a pet that’s li...
By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 2
You can be pretty sure I am going to look for historic places when going on a hike. And this was historic for me, because this almost 3 hour hike came the day after I got my second Covid vaccine shot. Yes, I was tired afterwards, as was my friend Brenda, who is always up for a nice hike. We started out by the Delaware Art Museum on Kentmere Parkway and found our way off of Mill. Rd. and on a steep path leading down to the River.  After crossing on the old "swinging bridge", we made our way along the path and ended up crossing back over at Van Buren St. by the zoo. Brandywine Park winds alongside the Brandywine River in the heart of the city. Established in 1886, it is the largest urban park in Delaware, and much like Central Park, owes its origin to the late 19th century “Natural Landsc...
By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
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A nearly cloudless sky led me down to the Christina River in Wilmington this morning. Past the tents set up for network TV to broadcast with the Wilmington skyline in the background, past the restaurants with outdoor seating areas, and continuting south along the Riverfront trail, my goal was the DuPont Environmental Education Center.   Once an industrial "brownfield," the environmental area opened in 2009 with a marshland creating a natural area to replace an industrial wasteland. There is an education building with a permanent exhibit  highlighting artwork featuring wildfowl paintings.    A stairway leads down to a loop boardwalk around the marsh. At this time of year, the birds have pretty much eaten all the wild rice and seed grasses, so the only visible fauna was some ducks swimmin...
By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 2
Around 3 o'clock today, I went for a hike at Winterthur and one thing jumped out at me--the long shadows. We are not long past the Winter Solstice, so the shadows are going to be getting shorter eventually.But the sun was bright, and it felt a lot warmer than the low 40's. There is a find Waldo in my first picture, but frankly, I couldn't find it after I looked at the picture. It's usually pretty quiet out there in the woods, but shortly after I started my hike, a hawk swooped down, a squirrel went chattering up a tree on the left, and the hawk perched in the tree on the right. The hawk sat motionless, while the giddy squirrel scampered in circles on the tree trunk, noisily protesting his near miss. Probably not a good idea to make that much noise, but what do I know?  Another noisy pla...
By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 3
It was a sunny afternoon today, so I took a walk at nearby Bellevue State Park.  It's been a few days since Christmas Eve and the terrible wind and rain storm and I saw the effect it had had on some of the grand old trees in the park. And they seemed to have fallen over across the paved walking paths with uncanny accuracy. Upon closer examination, they were sadly lacking in solid roots but instead had gaping holes under where the roots should have been. Only one had been sawn into pieces, probably because it had fallen on a pathway next to the round barn where the State Park patrols drove.I suspect that in the next few weeks, if the weather allows, they will come in with their chain saws and work on the remaining fallen trees. But I really don't mind walking around the trees across the ...
By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
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Every Christmas season, I visit Winterthur Museum to see the Yuletide Tour.  Well, talk about a "quick tour," this one sure fit the description.Due to Covid restrictions, the display was abbreviated and I'm sure took much less work setting it up than it did in the past. But, not being behind the scenes, it was probably more complicated and difficult to keep the elves who decorated the trees six feet from one another.            My opening picture is the Marlboro Room, where baskets of gifts with name tags illustrate the way the duPont family handled crowd gift giving. The second picture is in one of the period rooms with a gold-themed tree, and the third is a tree decorated with dried flowers which the museum traditionally places in the Conservatory (now the starting point for the tour)...
By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 3
 When you see the network reporters broadcasting Joe Biden items from Wilmington, Delaware, watch the background.  If you see a waterfront scene with a city skyline in the background, they are at the Riverfront. I spent some time there last week as the sun was going down, and caught up on the latest developments in this area with 3 hotels (built in the last few years), a convention center, restaurants, riverfront walk, nature center, Delaware Children's Museum, condos, apartments, a new bridge from the south end that is lit at night, and the Joseph R. Biden Jr. Amtrak station.  There are a couple of old gussied-up cranes from when this was a big shipbuilding area starting around WWI. But right next to the cranes were 4 white tents, 3 of them sealed against the weather. I could hear one ...
By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Comments 1
  Since online, DIY apps made homes "available to view" online, it's become common for potential buyers to find a home online. You can take these steps to make your home more attractive to people who now are only looking online.   TOURING AND BUYING A HOUSE VIRTUALLY See beyond the photos & request more if you want them. Take video tours and ask for a one-on-one, realtime tour so you can "see" more of the home. Reach out to the listing agent with specific questions and for more media or information     CONTACTLESS PAPERWORK AND PROCESSES   Can you get all of the paperwork done without being in-person? Short answer: Yes! Read on to learn all of the ways you can buy or sell your house while maintaining social distance.   Mortgage applications and approvals can all happen online Virtual i...
By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 4
We had a misty hike through the woods and gardens at Winterthur Museum and Gardens this morning. It wasn't quite umbrella weather, just mist and lack of sun in the sky. One can now tour inside the mansion. You can use an app they provide, or just wander around several of the rooms which are usually open on the Yuletide tours. My friend noted that she preferred to see the top of a lovely table without it being loaded with (fake) cookies and cakes.  They have guides in each room in case you have questions. Some guides are more helpful than others and since we seemed to be the only visitors, they were having a jolly time chatting to each other as we approached. But aside from this quick mansion tour and an extended hike on the grounds, I was especially interested in seeing a new exhibit in...
By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 6
A trip to Marini's produce stand today included a short visit with Norman, the resident pot-bellied pig and local celebrity.  He was busy noisily chomping on grass and didn't give me a nod, but I had to give him a short visit and admire the pumpkin display (just out of his reach).  Continuing down Veale Rd. on my way home, I stopped at a traffic light and took a minute to peruse the peloton of skeletons at the corner of Silverside Rd.  I didn't get a chance to take a look at the miniature old fashioned horse drawn hearse which could be seen from another viewpoint on this Brandywine Hundred corner property, which thrives on holiday displays. That was a lot of bikes today (they continue out of picture frame).
By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 3
Walking around Bellevue State Park this weekend, one could see evidence that families were trying to get their children, from infants on up, out in the fresh air. I got the feeling that a lot of the visitors who crowded the parking lot were unfamiliar with this State park. Some held maps of the trails as they walked, and most of them stayed in the area around the pond. As usual, I took my favorite path around the back of the round barn, past the clay tennis courts, and through the woods. I only ran into a couple of people back there in the woods, and it was very peaceful--just as I had hoped.  There were signs to activity to come, as the Bellevue Mansion grounds have turned into a popular wedding destination. A custom tent that looked quite permanent had been built, and workers were pre...
By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 6
This gem at 114 Walls Avenue in suburban Wilmington, Delaware is a solid example of "the way they used to build them" back in the 1950's.      But all the updates are there: heating, air conditioning, roof, new sewer line, plus a security system, dishwasher, gas range and best of all--hardwood floors throughout. Not only that, but there are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, plus a large basement.  Step outside the sliders to the patio and you will find a landscaped yard with a tidy shed, and a gate leading to a crescent shaped off street parking space for this corner house. Time to make an appointment!

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