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Downingtown PA Real Estate For Sale: 15 Brookhollow Dr

by Scott Darling

Stunning home in Uwchlan Township and Downingtown East High School. Located in the Weaver’s Pond development and priced below other large Colonials in the area, this lovely home has a lot to offer. You can move in today knowing that your new home is updated and just waiting for you to make it yours. Close to everything and on cul-de-sac location. You'll be wowed by this home. As you enter through the front door, you are immediately greeted by a 2-story foyer and gorgeous hardwood floors. The eat-in kitchen includes oak cabinets, a center island, ceramic tile backsplash, Corian counters, and skylights - the perfect spot to enjoy your morning breakfast with the sun shining in. The family room has hardwood floors, a brick fireplace and sliding doors leading to the deck – perfect for moving indoor entertainment to the outdoors. The formal dining room, living room, powder room, and laundry facilities complete first floor living. All the rooms are very large and there's even a huge basement in case you need extra space. The master bedroom has a luxury master bath, large walk-in closet and large walk-in attic space for additional storage. You will want to make sure see this home.

Chester County PA Real Estate Market Trends for July 2017

by Scott Darling

Chester County PA Real Estate Market Trends for July 2017

Chester County PA single family homes saw pending sales increase by 8.8% in July 2017 when compared to July 2016. 639 homes sold in July with a median sales price of $350,000, a 2.9% increase from July 2016.  The average sales price increased by 3.8%, and homes were on the market 20 days less.

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3 steps to a more secure home

by Scott Darling

More than 75 percent of Americans are concerned about the security of their home, yet few think about door hardware when it comes to added protection.

In fact, out of those who have ever purchased a new lockset or deadbolt, only 19 percent have done so with the safety of their home in mind, according to a Harris Poll conducted on behalf of the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA). However, when it comes to protecting your home, the right lockset or deadbolt can provide the best first line of defense.

When purchasing new locks, it isn’t simply “one size fits all.” Choosing the right lock or deadbolt for your specific needs can sometimes seem overwhelming. Two in five Americans polled don’t even know what factors to look for when purchasing one.

While many of today’s locks deliver improved security for your home, be sure to follow these easy steps to ensure you’re properly selecting and installing the product that best suits your needs.

1. Look for the BHMA Certified Secure Home label.

The hardware industry has strict standards when it comes to the quality of locks and deadbolts, and BHMA is the only organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop and maintain these standards. Each lock or deadbolt that features the BHMA Certified Secure Home label on its packaging has been tested to these stringent standards — the highest performance standards for residential hardware. The label also indicates that the product has been certified in three different areas: security, durability and finish. Products without the Secure Home label are not assured to have been tested and certified by a third-party laboratory.

2. Check the ratings combination.

Once a lock or deadbolt is tested to ANSI/BHMA standards for security, durability and finish, it is given a rating of Good (C), Better (B) or Best (A) in each area based on its performance during testing. The rating system is defined by progressive levels of performance requirements. Be sure to select the lock or deadbolt that is rated highly in the area(s) most important to you. For example, when looking for a new interior lock, you may not require the same rating for security or finish as you would for a lock being installed on your front door.

3. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

After purchasing the lock(s) best suited for your home needs, consult the installation instructions provided by the manufacturer for proper application. A BHMA Certified lock — or any lock, for that matter  cannot function to its expectations if it isn’t installed correctly.

The added protection that locks and deadbolts can provide you and your family is not something to be overlooked. By fitting your doors — both interior and exterior — with certified hardware, using proper installation techniques and being diligent about using your locks when at home or away, you can greatly reduce the likelihood of unwanted company.

To learn more about BHMA Certified locksets and deadbolts, or the BHMA Certified Secure Home label, watch this short video or visit www.securehome.org.

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The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of your gardening enjoyment, even if you don’t have the time or climate for a full plot of food plants. Herbs are perfect fall crops; they are prolific growers, can satisfy your desire for fresh, garden-grown greens and are one of the easiest ways to elevate your recipes from so-so to so good! Plus, they’re ready to harvest and growing your own will make a dent in your grocery bill.

The fall gardening experts at Bonnie Plants offer some gardening guidance for planting herbs this fall:

Getting started

Multiple factors will influence your choice of herbs, including fall temperatures, where you live, and your taste in seasonings.

If you decide to plant outdoors, it’s important to know when to expect the first hard frost. You can find the estimated first frost date in your area by checking out Bonnie’s online frost map.

You’ll want to choose herbs that like cooler weather, such as parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, mint, chives, lavender and oregano. They’re all prolific producers and some, like mint and rosemary, are especially easy to grow. Availability of Bonnie’s fall varieties is limited to specific regions, so check your local garden retailers.

Pick a place

You may envision pots full of leafy, green herbs sitting on a sunny windowsill, while colorful autumn leaves, or even snow, fall outside. However, windowsills aren’t always a best bet for indoor herbs, especially if your windows are drafty or the herbs brush the cold glass.

Herbs need at least four to six hours of natural light per day to grow indoors, so choose a sunny spot near a window where they’ll be protected from drafts and cold. South- and southwest-facing windows will give you the most natural light throughout the day. Windows facing north won’t provide enough sunlight.

Picking the right pots

If you really love rosemary, you may be tempted to try to plant the largest pot appropriate for your kitchen, but stick with manageable-sized pots that will fit better indoors, allow you to keep your herbs more organized, and still produce plenty of yield. Be sure to choose pots that have good drainage and always use a premium potting mix.

Caring for container herbs

Any type of plant growing in a pot needs water, and herbs are no exception. You’ll need to keep a close eye on your herb plants’ watering needs. Remember, dry topsoil is not an indication plants need water. A quick and easy test is to stick your finger, or a pencil, into the soil right where the stem enters the soil. If the soil is moist at 1.5 to 2 inches deep, do not water. If dry, it’s time to water! Always water in the morning, at soil level and avoid watering the leaves, as bacteria can breed in cool, wet, damp and dark conditions, like night time.

Fertilize your food plants. Water is an obvious must, but irrigation can wash nutrients out of the soil. Plus, some potting mixes only have a short-term supply of fertilizer while others are slow-release. Read the label on your premium potting soil mix and follow the brand’s recommendations for fertilizing frequency. Timed-release granular fertilizer or a plant food you mix with water will help keep herbs nourished. Remember food plants are hungry!

Best bets on basil

Although basil is the most popular herb, it can sometimes struggle growing indoors. Start off growing it outdoors on a sunny deck. Be sure to continually pinch-off the prolific leaf growth, which encourages more growth and harvest, until the weather turns cool, then bring the pot indoors. Harvested leaves can be continually dried, although freezing does a better job of preserving the herb’s flavor. Tip: Try using old ice-cube trays, inserting basil leaves in cells, filling with water and freezing. When weather gets cold, you can easily pop your “basil ice-cubes” in recipes throughout the cold weather season. Basil is also tasty in some drinks, like lemonade and tea.

While clipping sprigs when cooking is a great way to harness the freshness of any herb, you can also store them and they’ll maintain their flavor. Preserving by drying and freezing aren’t your only options; try adding herbs as seasoning to cooking oils.

Whether you’re an expert gardener or a first-time fall grower, autumn is the perfect time to fall in love with the freshness, flavor and ease of herb gardening. You’ve still got time to get growing!

 

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Downingtown PA Real Esate For Sale: 620 Rock Raymond Road

by Scott Darling

This is such a spectacular property! And has just about what every homeowner could ever want. The Land, the Trees, the Decks, the Stream, the Privacy, the Architectural Details, the Natural Light, the Neighbors, the Schools, the Convenient Location…  When asked about what the current family loves most about their home, this is what came to mind. This feeling will come upon you when you come for a visit. Nestled off a beautiful country road and yet just a few short miles to the Award-Winning Downingtown West High School and STEM Academy, you’ll find this to be a beautiful blend of convenience and peaceful living. This 5 bedroom home offers very large rooms and such details as French doors, a private study, an upgraded kitchen with double ovens, travertine flooring, lots of recessed and under cabinet lighting, plenty of cabinets and storage space and an island for some of that good old hang around the kitchen family time. The breakfast area offers another great place to enjoy the outdoors with another door to the deck and it even has a work station and additional cabinets. The two-story foyer with an overlooking balcony and ceramic tile greet you as you enter off the expansive front deck. From there the hardwood floors take over thru the living and dining rooms. The first-floor study offers lots of natural light and a door to the deck offering a wonderful place to work, read or just relax. The custom built-ins and ceiling fan complete this room. The family room is highlighted by the French doors to the deck and a stone fireplace with a woodstove ready for a chilly winter day or auxiliary heat as desired. The second floor includes a very large master bedroom with an updated bathroom, soaking tub and separate sink/dressing area as well as a large walk-in closet. The 4 additional bedrooms offer plenty of space for a larger family or lots of guests. The basement is finished and includes a built-in entertainment wall with custom cabinets and a wet bar. And just in case you need storage, there’s a whole house walk up attic, storage shed as well as a 3 car garage. Other features and recent updates include an intercom system, brand new hot water hear, newly paved driveway, fresh paint in a number of rooms as well as the on deck and exterior window sills. One of the bedrooms even features a built-in desk in the closet. This is an oasis just waiting for you to move right in. Come and visit “your new home”.

Coatesville PA Real Estate For Sale: 52 Lamberts Ln

by Scott Darling

Well maintained and tons of space to spread out. This 4 bedroom 3.5 bath colonial has a lot to offer. Neutral décor makes it easy for you to move right in. There’s a spacious and open eat-in kitchen that connects to the family room with a wonderful brick fireplace. There’s also a sliding glass door to a very spacious deck. You’ll enjoy your privacy there as well as the cute little frog pond with waterfall. There is a formal dining room with hardwood floors that also go thru the foyer and kitchen. The formal living room and powder room complete this floor. Upstairs is a large master bedroom with a private bath, a hall bath and 3 other good sized bedrooms. The laminate floors in the bedrooms make it a breeze to keep clean. In the finished basement, you’ll find a wet bar/kitchenette area, a living area, full bathroom and another room to call your home office/study/playroom or maybe even a music room. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac, you’ll enjoy the kid friendly street. There’s also a 1 car garage and parking in the driveway for at least 4-5 more cars. Come take a look. You’ll be impressed.

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Scott Darling
RE/MAX Action Associates
403 W. Lincoln Highway #101
Exton PA 19341
(610) 594-SCOT
610-363-2001
Fax: (610) 363-5275