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Chester County PA Real Estate Market Trends for October 2017

by Scott Darling

Chester County PA Real Estate Market Trends for October 2017

Chester County PA single family homes saw pending sales increase by 16.2% in October 2017 when compared to October 2016. 502 homes sold in October with a median sales price of $340,000, a 11.5% increase from October 2016.  The average sales price increased by 4.6%, and homes were on the market 12 days less.

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Tips for Creating a Pet-Friendly Home

by Scott Darling

The addition of a pet to a home is one of the biggest and best decisions a family can make.  Is your home ready for the task? Follow these tips for making your home pet-friendly. 



  • 1. A safe environment is as important for a pet as it is for children.  The first step in keeping them safe is a fence.  Not only does it keep your pets in, it keeps others’ animals out. 

  • 2. Have an ID tag on your pet’s collar, with your name and contact information just in case they do get out.  Having them microchipped is an excellent option for identification purposes. 

  • 3. When house-training, encourage your pet to use a specific area of the yard for easy clean-up, keeping the smell away from the house. blog has a potty-area diy. 

  • 4. A pathway to the door of gravel, cement, or other materials that aren’t plant-based will help knock off any debris that catch on paws before they come in. 

  • 5. If your animals have to stay outside when you are away for a short time, make sure they have shelter, food and, most importantly, water. 

  • 6. A play area in your yard would be great for dogs, especially, but make sure you have paths they can walk and run on, and nothing hazardous to them if they get too excited in their play. 

  • 7. Incorporating a water feature that doubles as a pet-friendly cooling-off spot is perfect for Summer outdoor play for your pets. 

  • 8. Consider the plants in your landscaping, and make sure you have nothing that can make your pet ill if they ingest it.  A great list of poisonous-to-animals plant list.  

  • 9. Make sure window screens are secure when you open them, in case Kitty wants to enjoy a nap in the open area--you don’t want her falling out of the window. Investing in a “cat condo” would be ideal for indoor cats to enjoy the outdoors safely. 


Inside Your Home 

  • 1. When looking for safety hazards, you should have an animal’s eye view.  Have someone get onto the floor and look for wires, window treatment cords, and anything else that is hidden from a human’s view, but could be attractive and harmful for a pet. 

  • 2. It would be ideal to have a pet-washing area in the mudroom, but if that isn’t possible, think about shelving or a storage cabinet near the door for towels, leashes and outdoor toys. 

  • 3. A cat’s litter box should be in a quiet area away from food.  It would be optimal to have one more box than cats. 

  • 4. Keep garbage in a container with child-proof lid, as dogs and cats both can figure out how to get into the trash and make a mess, and maybe eat something harmful. 

  • 5. Area rugs should be machine-washable and inexpensive, in case you need to throw them away after multiple washing, or too much dirt. 

  • 6. Crate-training is best for dogs, but most animals need a space of their own.  Provide a comfy pet bed, toys and food and water in a quiet area of the house. 

  • 7. Keeping pets brushed, toenails trimmed, and bedding changed and washed regularly is essential in keeping you from doing a lot of extra cleaning and floor repairs.  A hard surface, scratch-resistant floor is perfect for homes with pets. 

  • 8. Smaller pets that require their own habitat have specialized needs: safety from larger pets, child-proof habitat covers, a room with certain temperature and humidity setting. 

  • 9. Check with your local municipality to see if you need permits for exotic pets. 


Having a pet of any kind is a big responsibility.  As they become part of the family, make sure you provide the best home, the same as you would for a relative.  When your pets are happy, it just adds to the sweetness that pets bring to life. 


Courtesy of Chester County PA Realtor Scott Darling.

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Preventing Pests

by Scott Darling

We normally associate pests and insects with Summer time, but now is a good time to think about what you can do to prevent creepy crawlers coming in to your home. It’s a simple matter of checking the outside as well as the inside, and staying ahead of them. 


  • 1. When you mulch plants, keep it from piling up against the house’s foundation. Insects can use the mulch for overwintering, but if you could add a border of rock or stone between the mulch and the house, or even use cedar mulch, it would discourage pests. 
  • 2. Inspect your foundation carefully for cracks or holes, as well as places where utility pipes and wires enter your home.  Cover or fill them with wire screen mesh, cement, or metal flashing. 
  • 3. Outside lights, when left on, draw flying insects, but if you can change the bulbs from incandescent to halogen, they are less attracted to the glow.  
  • 4. Check doors and windows for openings, and seal them with caulking or weatherstripping, and repair any holes in your screens. 
  • 5. Keep trash cans and surrounding areas clean, and make sure lids fit tight. Recyclables should be rinsed well, and container lids put back on before tossing them in the recycle bin. 
  • 6. If you have anything that can retain water, empty it as often as possible, and use a larvicide in your landscape’s water features.   
  • 7. If you use firewood, store it away from your home, at least thirty feet. 
  • 8. Gutters should be cleaned periodically, not only for their efficiency, but to help keep pests from making a home in the debris. 


  • 1. The most important pest prevention tip for the inside of your home is cleanliness.  Keep crumbs off the counters and floors, clean food messes immediately, and keep food consumption limited to the kitchen. Wash up dishes before going to bed at night.  
  • 2. Storing open food in plastic containers with lids or plastic storage bags will lessen the chances of pests finding it. 
  • 3. Check stored grains, (flour, sugar, cornmeal), often, and discard it as soon as the expiration date passes.  Storing these in a sealed container is best. 
  • 4. Pet food is best kept in a storage container with a tight-fitting lid. 
  • 5. Keep inside garbage in a trash can fitted with a bag, and keep the lid closed. Remove the bag to the outside can as soon as it’s full. 
  • 6. Vacuum carpets frequently, especially if you have pets.  They can bring in little hitch hikers when they come in from being outdoors. 
  • 7. Inspect all baseboards, and replace or repair them if they’re broken, and walls should be checked for holes, and repaired as soon as possible. 

If you see pests in or out of your home, it’s best to call a professional to address the problem, and do it quickly so you don’t suffer an infestation.  Once you know you’re clear of bugs, it only takes a few minutes each week to keep them from feeling at home in your home.  

Courtesy of Chester County PA Realtor Scott Darling.

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Gulph Mills PA Real Estate For Sale: 224 Balligomingo Rd

by Scott Darling

As they say... Location, Location, Location! This property provides quick and easy access to Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Wayne, Conshohocken, and the Main Line. Check out this updated 2 bedroom single family home with its new carpet, interior and exterior paint, and landscaping as well as all new gutters, chimney liner, and lighting fixtures. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the outdoors on the HUGE deck overlooking the wooded area surrounding Gulph Creek. A full walkout basement with utility sink, washer, and dryer provides plenty of space for laundry, storage, and a workshop. The basement can also be finished to create additional living space. Whether you're a first time buyer or even an investor, this charming home in Gulph Mills is a great find. Don’t wait! This property is priced to sell!

Glenmoore PA Real Estate For Sale: 670 Marshall Road

by Scott Darling

Lovely 3.5 acre lot in excellent location in Wallace Township! Slightly rolling topography suitable for your new home. Can easily have a walk out basement. Possible subdivision. There is currently an older mobile home on the lot that has a septic and well. There are tenants in the mobile home renting for $800/month. The mobile home is NOT financeable. It’s a 1974 mobile home. The detached garage belongs to the tenant. You can purchase with cash or lot/land/building financing. You may also want to consider keeping the current tenants until your building plan is ready, helping you defer some of your upfront costs. Close to Marsh Creek state park. Downingtown West/STEM Academy schools and Springton Manor elementary.  Also listed as Residential. See MLS# 7077092.

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Scott Darling
RE/MAX Action Associates
403 W. Lincoln Highway #101
Exton PA 19341
(610) 594-SCOT
Fax: (610) 363-5275