Monthly Archives: July 2012


Marty Snyder of AES Environmental prepares to inspect a home

Home inspections are very important, but did you know that other inspections are often helpful in determining whether the home you are buying might have defects?  In addition to a home inspection and a termite inspection we typically recommend a radon inspection when purchasing a house.  Your home inspector may also recommend environmental testing (pictured is Murray Snyder, of AES Environmental), a roof inspection, or evaluation by an HVAC, electrician, or other professional.  When budgeting for inspections it is best to assume that the total cost of inspections for a house that is up to 2,500 square feet in size may be about $1,000 and then add another $500 for each additional 1,000sft of house.  If extremely specialized inspections are required the cost may be even higher.  However, the peace of mind of having as thorough as possible a knowledge of the real estate you are about to invest in is invaluable!

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D. Patrick Welsh is Officially a Mac-Friendly Work Environment!

Our tech guru spent most of the day at 16 Park Avenue today installing a new printer/scanner that will be more easily compatible with the Mac laptops many Welsh agents love to sport! It was funny to see the collection of silver apple-backed laptops lined up next to each other in preparation for the printer testing!

As most people know, Mac technology is great for things like building websites (like this one) editing photographs and creating marketing pieces!  It is gratifying to see our little boutique embracing superior technology to serve our clientele! Thank you, Dave!

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See the inside of WES – without getting out of your car!

If you have ever wanted to see what the inside of a building looks like be sure to check out the Wallingford Elementary School today!  An older portion of the building is being torn down as part of the addition/renovation process!   Kids will surely find it amusing to see the construction zone at this stage!

For more info on our school district be sure to visit:!

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Why Choose a Swarthmore Realtor?

I was talking with a new client recently about why it is important to have a local realtor!  Here are some of the reasons  you should be working with a Swarthmore Realtor:

We are a very convenient little community, with lots of shops, playing fields, parks, train tracks, and schools connected by some obviously busy streets and some arteries that look quiet but can be quite heavily traveled at certain times of day or year.  Each of these conveniences contributes its own beauty, noise, traffic, and various gradations of property value credits or demerits to the homes around it.  A Swarthmore Realtor will be aware of all the specific location facets of various properties and help you use them to obtain the most value from your transaction!

We are a community that likes to waltz!  What does that mean?  We love our town!  So many of our residents step to the 1-2-3 or the “Swarthmore Shuffle” moving from smaller homes in town, up to larger homes in town, back to smaller homes or condominiums in town over the years rather than changing communities.  This means that when you decide to sell your Swarthmore home, your best potential buyer may be someone already living in  Swarthmore and exquisitely aware of the value gradations mentioned above (even if you weren’t when you bought the property)!

We are a town with older housing stock!  Having a Realtor on your team with contacts to contractors and inspectors who are attuned to the potential defects and special qualities peculiar to older homes can help you better understand your Swarthmore house and provide invaluable input in the negotiation process as you buy or sell!

We are a town with a long memory!  For example:  The section of Rt. 476 “The Blue Route” that goes through Wallingford (the town next to Swarthmore) opened in 1991 after epic battles with Swarthmore College and many of its famous alum as well as regular citizens who did not want the college and town to lose its pastoral aspect.  The highway has been providing convenient access to the Main Line and 95 for more than 20 years now and certainly adding to our property values.  BUT many Swarthmoreans are STILL as offended about the noise we can hear from certain parts of town as though someone had snuck the highway in last night! Even the faintest ocean-like whisper of it overheard in a backyard at rush hour is referred to indignantly as “blue route noise”!  Would you expect a sound you can barely hear to have a possible effect on your property value?

If you are considering moving to or within Swarthmore please feel free to give me a call for more information!  I would be very proud to use my local expertise to add value to your transaction!

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Weekend Activities in town July 7th-9th!

First Friday is tonight, July 6th!  Events are from 5-8pm at the Dew Drop Inn, Aria Mediterranean Cuisine, Hobbs Coffee, Renato Pizza, Occaisionally Yours, the Co-op, the Borough Hall and the Healing Center!  Enjoy great art, great food, and the company of a great community with outdoor dining and live music too!  Check out this article on the topic, where I found a great photo featured to the right:

Media Children’s Theatre is performing an hour-long musical version of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” Saturdays at 11am through July 28th for ages 4 and up.  Visit for more info!

Hedgerow Theatre presents “Now, Now, Darling” – a farce by Ray Cooney with John Chapman.  Visit for tickets and information!

Next Friday Swarthmore College is hosting a blood drive at Upper Tarble in Clothier (bell tower building) on campus.  To schedule online: and enter sponsor code 0223806.

More activities can be found in this week’s The Swarthmorean newspaper as well as a great article encouraging us all to switch to green energy in order to up our EPA Community Challenge ranking – currently we are #4 in the nation!  You can go to the “Green Tips” tab at and then select “Make a Green Choice for Your Electricity Provider” if you would like to do your part!

My favorite piece in The Swarthmorean this week, however, was a poem “On Leaving Swarthmore” by J. Barrie Shepherd, a twenty nine year Wallingford-Swarthmore resident.

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Twitter reports on homes in Swarthmore…

Just popping on to say that I am touring and reporting back the inside scoop on newsworthy listings in Swarthmore and the surrounding area.  If you would like to know the information that doesn’t appear in the marketing follow @CarriePiccard on Twitter!

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