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Create A Home Recycling Center

by Diane Cardano & Team

Everyone knows it's better to recycle an item than to throw it away. It helps the environment and recycling  can help to reduce domestic waste that would otherwise be buried in landfills. However, while we know these facts and all the benefits, there are millions of homes that still do not recycle. Most people do not because it's either inconvenient or messy, but recycling does not have to be a hassle for your family. There are a variety of ways to make home recycling easy, and all it takes is changing a few small habits and attitudes, and home recycling can become easy for your family too.

  • Contact your home trash collection service's recycling program. Most cities offer a free curbside service that makes it convenient to recycle!
  • Place recycling bins next to your garbage can. This will make it easier to recycle if you have all waste containers in the same area.
  • Designate separate bins for plastic and newspapers. Recycling a four-foot stack of newspapers saves the equivalent of one 40-foot fir tree!
  • Give preference to products made from recycled content. Whenever possible, use products made from recycled plastic. Look for those labeled “made with recycled content” and  “made with post-consumer recycled content,” which are made with materials that have actually been used, rather than with manufacturing waste that never reached consumers.
  • Know what you can and can't recycle. Read up on the recycling rules for your area and make sure you don't send anything in that can't be processed. Always check with your local municipality or waste hauler to see what kind of recycling services are available in your area. Click here to find a recycling center near you.

In addition to the everyday items like paper, plastic and cardboard, there are many more household items that can be recycled. From CD’s to motor oil and old computers, there is a way to keep them out of the landfill. Visit this website to learn more about numerous items that can be recycled.

Final Walk Through Checklist

by Diane Cardano & Team

The final walk through is the last chance to see the condition of a house before taking possession. This inspection of the home is conducted by you and/or your real estate agent that takes place shortly before the closing to verify that nothing has been altered since you agreed to buy the property. The walk through will take place after the initial inspection from your home inspector.

Below are some things you should look for in a pre-closing inspection, it is also a good idea to bring along a checklist so that there is nothing overlooked.  

• Make sure the condition of the property has not substantially changed since you agreed to buy it
• Ensure that all required repairs have been satisfactorily completed or are in the process of being done
• Have the items that the seller agreed to leave been removed?
• All items that the seller agreed to remove are gone?
•  Did the seller leave "junk"  or debris behind in the basement, attic, yard or garage?
• Are the instruction books and warranties for any appliances or fixtures available?

In addition to looking at condition, repairs, and items remaining or removed, pay particular attention to key areas such as:

Major systems and appliances – Confirm that these components are in good working order
Attic and basements/crawl spaces – Look for discarded items and potential problem areas
Walls and floors – Check for any damage that may have occurred when the sellers moved or that may not have been obvious when you originally looked at the home
Exterior – Check the condition of windows, doors, sprinklers, gutters, and landscaping

These are just a few of the things to look for.  Even though you have done your home inspection...things can become damaged from the time of inspection to the time of closing.  The main purpose of the final walk-through is to protect yourself  and to ensure that the seller has lived up to his or her agreements in the sales contract. If you find during your final home inspection that the seller has not lived up to their part of the agreement, then a solution needs to be agreed upon before any money changes hands.

Get Ready For Spring!

by Diane Cardano & Team

Spring is just around the corner, the first official day of spring is March 21st  and now is the time to get outside and start spring-cleaning your yard and landscape. It won’t be long and the dreary days of winter will be replaced by the vibrant colors and smells of spring. Here are a few tips to get you started on your outdoor “to do” list.

Lawn Care

Start by raking any leaves and removing all the thatch (dried dead grass and weeds) with a rake. If the thatch is left in the yard it can prevent water and nutrients from reaching the roots of your lawn. If you will be planting grass seeds, this will help them to root in the soil better.

It is important to prepare your mower before mowing the yard for the first time of the season. Change the oil, spark plug, put fresh gasoline in the tank and make sure the blade is sharpened. 

If you are concerned about using chemicals on your yard, lawns can be fertilized organically by using compost and mulching mowers.  It is also easy to  go green when looking for solutions for lawn and soil problems. There are many organic non chemical based products available from fertilizers to weed control.

Check Your Irrigation System

Before you start watering this spring, take the time to check your irrigation system to make sure it is working properly. Inspect all the components to ensure  they are working properly and that your system is ready to work for the season.


Depending on your area you may be able to plant some types of perennials, start now to get your plan together. Research gardening books, magazines as well as online for ideas and information on certain plants and the amount of care required. Depending on your area you should also be able to plant roses, berries, fruit trees and most deciduous plants now!


Now is the perfect time to prune ornamental trees and shrubs, the best time to do so is before growth starts. This is also a great time to prune roses, by doing so you will see a much fuller and robust plant when they begin to bloom.
Proper pruning enhances the beauty of almost any landscape tree and shrub, while improper pruning can ruin or greatly reduce its landscape potential, so be sure to research the correct methods!

The smell of spring is in the air and soon the temperatures will gradually warm and you can finally start to spend more time outside. Spring lawn care is important, as early season care has a big impact on lawns. A little extra care and prevention now can make for a beautiful landscape to be enjoyed all summer long. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures to get your yard and garden ready now!

Working With A Real Estate Attorney

by Diane Cardano & Team

Whether you are buying or selling a home, you may experience real estate issues that may be simple or very complex. It is a good idea to consider using  a real estate attorney to represent you during this process. With the help of an experienced real estate lawyer, complex matters can often be simplified and be resolved in an efficient manner.

What services do real estate attorneys offer?

Real estate attorneys offer many services that can protect you from costly mistakes, errors in the documents, errors in the figures and other problems that could lead to litigation or other expensive legal action. While each attorney offers different services, below are some of the standard services offered by real estate attorneys.

• Buy / sell agreements
• Purchase and sales
• Financing
• Refinancing
• Contract review
• Closings
• Property and land development
• Exchanges of property

Among other things, real estate attorneys can help resolve title or lien issues and author more favorable contingencies -- or "outs" -- in a sales contract in the event that unpleasant surprises arise. While it is not required that you have a real estate attorney, they can benefit you greatly by helping  prevent you from making costly mistakes that can effect you for years.

Finding an attorney in your area

A good place to start in locating a real estate attorney is to ask for referrals from your local bar association,your real estate agent or your mortgage broker.  Word of mouth has great value as well, ask friends, colleagues and family whom they've had a good experience working with. The internet is a valuable tool you can use to locate an attorney in your area.   

What are the costs involved?

The actual cost for an attorney varies by state and by amount of work required. Fee structures  vary (some lawyers charge by the hour, others by flat fee, some by both depending on the task.) but the typical range is $350-$1500.  While it is important to do your research and shop around for the attorney that best fits your budget, don’t let the price factor determine your decision. You may find the worst attorney that is the most expensive or you may find an excellent attorney that offer decent services at a fair price.

It is important to remember that a real estate lawyer is dedicated to looking out for your interests at each stage. They can make the buying and selling process easier and save  you time and money. Hiring a good real estate attorney is like buying an insurance policy, while you probably won't need one, but if you do, you'll sure be glad you took the precaution.

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Diane Cardano & Associates
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1021 Old York Road, Suite 401
Abington PA 19001
Office: 215-576-8666
Fax: 215-576-8677