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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
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The Ins and Outs of Building Permits

January 20, 2015 12:45 am

If you’re considering a home improvement project, you may need a permit. Permits can cost as little as $25 and up to $1,000 or more, or can be calculated as a percentage of the total remodeling budget.

How do you know if you need a permit? Permits are generally not necessary for projects that update the aesthetics of the home, such as new appliances, flooring and carpeting. Major renovations, such as a kitchen or bath remodel, almost always need a permit. A good rule of thumb is to evaluate whether the project will disrupt the layout of the home, i.e., cutting a new window or tearing down a load-bearing wall.

For safety purposes, some municipalities require permits for projects that can affect the wellbeing of the home’s occupants. These projects include things like electrical wiring, plumbing or a new fence.

If you’ll be enlisting the help of a qualified contractor, research their practices before hiring. Don’t be afraid to ask for the contact information of the person responsible for pulling permits, and verify that they are, in fact, playing by the book. Your contractor should also tell you if their estimate includes permit fees – if not, ask.

If you’re going to complete the work yourself, always check with your local permitting department before beginning any project. Talk to someone who can tell you whether a city inspection is necessary and what documents are needed before you apply.


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Fiberglass Front Doors Bolster ROI

January 20, 2015 12:45 am

According to the recently released Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, entry doors offer the highest return on your remodeling dollar. The report found that by replacing an entry door, homeowners can expect almost 97 percent return on investment, a key factor when buying or selling a home.

"Consumers stand to recoup nearly all of their initial investment in the entry door when it comes time to sell their home," said Keith Kometer, VP of Residential Product Development for Masonite, a leading global designer and manufacturer of residential exterior and interior doors. "The value of a new entry door is due in part to the added level of security and durability it adds to a home, but it also adds to the home's overall curb appeal."

Curb appeal is key to attracting potential homebuyers. It is also important to homeowners looking for a simple, cost-effective way to enhance the look of their house.

"The front door can be an emotional focal point," said Kometer. "It's an important part of the overall feel of a home."

Fiberglass technologies bolster the financial ROI on the purchase of a new entry door. Some varieties will not rust or dent, and they resist splitting, cracking and warping.

"The cost to install a fiberglass door can be relatively low, especially compared to more intensive home improvement projects such as a kitchen remodel," said Kometer.

To get the most from your investment, entry doors should be tailored to the theme of the house. Replacing an entry door is easiest when the weather is still warm, but January and February are ideal months for homes in the Sun Belt region of the U.S.

Source: Masonite

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