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Who Do You Know Who Should Be Added To Our Mailing List?

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Think about it. We all have friends, co-workers and family members who are in need of some type of real estate related advice.

Maybe you notice that aren't getting around that large home as well as they used to, and are starting to think (or should) about downsizing.

Maybe they are a few years out of college and have some extra money they would like to invest wisely in home ownership.

Maybe they bought their home in the height of the real estate mania circa 2005-2008, and they don't know if they can afford to move.

Maybe they want to stay where they are, but refinance for a lower payment.

If you know of someone that is experiencing these situations, let us know. We can add them to our mailing list or email list to receive invitations to buyer workshops, seller seminars and other helpful information. Just call us at 215-576-8666 or enter their information here.

What To Do When Your Roof Leaks

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Eileen_O'Sheen

Springtime storms can bring a lot of rain, which can reveal roof leaks. What should you do when an April shower finds its way into your living room?

First, control the interior damage as quickly as possible.

Move any items that have not yet become soaked. If furniture or other items cannot be moved, cover them with plastic sheets to protect them from the water. Collect dripping water in a leak proof container and make sure the container is on a solid surface.

Remove the water.

Begin to dry up water that has soaked into carpet and furniture. For carpeting that has become wet, you may need to pull the carpet away from the padding. Expose the backing to air and allow it to dry. This will also give the padding underneath a chance to dry, and reduce the chance that mold will grow. Circulate as much fresh air as possible around the affected areas.

Call your insurance agent.

If your living space has sustained a considerable amount of damage, call your insurance agent. Your policy may or may not cover damage to the interior from a roof leak. Do not wait to call the agent. They can usually inspect the damage within hours of your call and help you get started on the process of cleaning up or replacing your damaged contents.

Inspect the roof, inside and out.

As soon as possible, check the roof for obvious sources of standing or pooling water. Make sure the valleys, gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and allow the water to move freely off the roof and away from the house. Inspect the roofing materials. Make sure all parts of the underlying roof are covered with shingles, and that the water barrier is not exposed in any way. Keep in mind that the water's point of entry into the living space may not be directly below the roof leak. Roof leaks can "travel" so inspect the entire region of the leak carefully. You may also find it useful to inspect the roof from the attic space above the living quarters. That may provide a better indication of how the water is entering the structure.

Clear the gutters and downspouts.

Remove any obvious blockages and clear the downspouts if they are clogged. You can often do this with a garden hose. If the downspout is clogged, and it cannot be cleared with a hose, you may have to remove the downspout from the gutter and clear it by inverting the downspout or using a broom handle or other long object to push the debris out of the pipe. When it is clear, reattach it to the gutter and direct the water away from the foundation.

Inspect the flashing.

Some roof leaks are not the result of clogged gutters or downspouts. Instead, leaks occur where the roofing material is worn or damaged. In other cases, the flashing around chimneys, vents, or roof projections is damaged and allows water into the structure below. Inspect the flashing, where chimneys, dormers, vents and other attachments abut the roof. If the flashing is in poor condition, it may need to be replaced. If the sealing around the flashing is damaged, a generous application of roof tar may plug the leak.

Look for hidden damage.

Roof leaks often develop over time, so water may collect unnoticed for some time before it enters the living space. When you inspect the attic, check for any hidden damage that the leak may have caused. Look for wet spots on the roof planks or panels, discolored wood, damaged OSB panels, strange odors and dirt on the insulation. Check the interior for bulges in the ceilings and walls, peeling paint, and badly cracked plaster or wallboard. All of these are signs that something may not be right in your attic or walls.

Check for pests.

Ants and other water-loving pests will find wet wood a very attractive place to build a nest. If you experience a sudden invasion of ants, powder post beetles, pill bugs, sow bugs, earwigs or other water-loving pests, immediately look for wet wood. An exterminator can rid your house of these pests, but the only way to make sure they stay away is to remove the wet wood and remediate the problem.

Call a licensed roofing contractor.

If your inspection reveals a lot of water damage, or an old roof that simply needs replacement, and if you aren't up to replacing it yourself, call a licensed roofing contractor to repair or replace your roof. Simply re-shingling the roof will not repair most roof leaks. If the roof is leaking, the most likely cause is a breakdown of the waterproofing layer underneath the shingles. In that case, all old shingles should be torn off, and the water proofing layer, along with the shingles, should be replaced.

Re-roofing can be expensive, so be sure to get several estimates from different contractors before selecting someone to do the work. Verify that the contractor you choose is licensed, has insurance and will apply for the proper municipal permits to do the work. Do not allow the contractor to begin work on the house if permits have not been issued and make sure the contractor replaces all of the damaged wood prior to re-roofing the house. After the roof work is complete, ask the contractor to go over proper roof maintenance with you, and be sure to get a final inspection from your municipal housing authority.

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Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Eileen_O'Sheen

 

Upper Dublin Celebrates National Police Week

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

On Monday, May 14, 2012, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, the Upper Dublin Township Police Department will host a National Police Week Commemoration at the Upper Dublin Township Municipal Complex. The Upper Dublin Police and other community emergency service providers participated in a night filled with fun and educational activities for the whole family. Activities included police station tours, safety demonstrations, CHILD ID Program, crime prevention tips, giveaways and more.

For more information, go to http://www.upperdublin.net/departments/police/activities.aspx

Check Out New Listings Coming Soon, Updated Weekly!

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Just go to www.ComingSoonListings.com to see the full list of houses that are coming on the market. It's updated weekly, and there is always new information, new pictures and new listings to check out!

Hazardous Household Waste Collection Throughout Montgomery County This Weekend!

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team
Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Date(s): May 12 at 9 AM - 3 PM

Montgomery County will host six hazardous waste drop-off events to dispose of the following materials:

 

 

Automotive Products -

motor oil, transmission and brake fluid, antifreeze, kerosene,  gasoline and diesel fuel

Household Products -

drain and oven cleaners, spot remover, dry cleaning fluid, rug cleaner

Paint Products -

paint thinner or remover, oil based paint, furniture stripper and refinisher

Miscellaneous Products -

dyes, lighter fluids, concrete or asphalt sealers, swimming pool chemicals, pesticides and herbicides

 

PLEASE KEEP ALL ITEMS IN THEIR ORIGINAL CONTAINERS

NO ELECTRONICS OR TIRES WILL BE ACCEPTED

 

Location
Upper Merion Middle School
435 Crossfield Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406

 

Free Community Home Seller Seminar

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Join us for our next Savvy Home Seller Seminar next Thursday, May 17th at 6:30pm at the Abington Library!

Register At www.ForHomeSellersOnly.com

Learn The Pros & Cons Of Selling Your Home In 2012/2013, Plus:

1) New Strategies On How To Fight The Home Selling Sharks

2) Creative Staging Techniques That Double Your Investment

3) Aggressive Marketing Secrets That Attract More Buyers

4) Secret Formula For A Sale In Just 7 Days

5) Ways To Put More Money In Your Pocket

Not Sure If Your House Is Worth More Than When You Bought It?

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

There's an easy way to find out. We can perform an assessment of your current home and determine if it is worth more now than when you purchased it. 

For many people who bought homes from 2002-2010, there is a lot of mystery surrounding your home's current value. That makes it hard to plan for the future, especially if a move is in your not-so-distant future.

Free of charge and with no obligation, we can come out to your home to perform our assessment and show you the estimate of value in today's market. Just call us at 215-576-8666. If you'd prefer to have a more general assessment done without a visit to your home, just go to www.MyMontgomeryCountyHouseValue.com and provide us with the details of your home.

 

 

Electronics Recyling and Shredding Event Coming May 12

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Tired of looking at that stack of old bank statements? Maybe it's finally time for that TV that has been sitting uplugged in the basement to go?

Next Saturday, May 12, the Township and Police Department are partnering on the "Great Shredder Event" and an Electronics Recycling Day. You can bring materials to be shredded or recycled to the Stony Creek Sports Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Materials for shredding should be free of anything, such as binders, that could disrupt the shredding process.

Televisions, computer towers and monitors, laptops and printers are among the items that will be accepted for recycling. In fact, the Township will receive a stipend for each of these items recycled.

You can also recycle items such as VCRs, cell phones, speakers and toasters.

Batteries, refrigerators and household hazardous materials such as oil and paint will not be accepted for recycling.

Click for a list of acceptable materials for electronics recycling 

Picture Time!

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

If you are thinking of selling your home in the next 2 years, now is the time for you to make sure that you have beautiful pictures of the exterior of your home. Through May and June, most homes look their best, and it is the perfect time to capture some shots.

We believe so strongly in the power of great pictures, that we'll gladly take them for you! That's right- there is no obligation or charge for us to come out to your home and take an exterior photo shoot so you have the pictures available when the time comes for you to put your home on the market.

To schedule a free photo shoot, call our office at 215-576-8666 and ask to speak with Mariel or Bobby!

Volunteers Needed For Abington 24 Hour Relay Challenge

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

The 18th Annual 24-Hour Relay Challenge in Abington is coming up on the morning of Saturday, May 19th through the morning of Sunday, May 20th.

This event raises money for Abington youth and community programs while providing a fun event that is substance and violence-free.

Volunteers are needed for all facets of the event- even for as little as a few hours. For more information on the event, go to http://abingtonact.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13&Itemid=47

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1021 Old York Road, Suite 401
Abington PA 19001
Office: 215-576-8666
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