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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
Office:  215-643-3200
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5 Hurricane Safety Tips

June 28, 2016 12:45 am

Hurricane season is upon residents in coastal areas around the country, but there are months to go before season’s end. There’s still time to prepare!

Your short list should include the following tasks:

1. Assemble an emergency kit. Set aside provisions of non-perishable food and water, a battery-powered radio, a first-aid kit, a flashlight (with extra batteries), hand tools and a whistle.

2. Gas up. Fill up your tank, provided it is still safe to travel ahead of the storm.

3. Set a plan for your household. Take time to discuss a communication and/or evacuation plan with the members of your household. Decide how best to contact each other in the event of a power outage. Charge all mobile devices—and keep them charged—in the time leading up to the storm.

4. Know your local disaster protocols. Familiarize yourself with your area’s evacuation routes, shelters and any other contingency plans—you may not be able to access this information once a storm hits.

5. Install a backup power source. Set up a portable or whole-home standby generator to keep lights on and necessary appliances operational. Never run a portable generator inside the home, even in an attached garage—this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Source: Generac Power Systems, Inc.

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How Paint Colors Impact Sale Price

June 28, 2016 12:45 am

There are numerous factors that impact a buyer’s decision to make an offer on a home. One of those is color—a feature that may be positively or negatively received by buyers.

A recent Zillow Digs® analysis found that listings with kitchens painted soft shades of yellow sold for more $1,360 more than anticipated. Generally, listings with rooms painted in earthy hues garnered up to $1,300 more than expected at sale, according to the analysis.

Colors to avoid, the analysis found, include slate gray, terracotta, and—contrary to popular belief—white. Generally, listings with rooms painted in dark or white shades sold below expectations.

Specific findings include:

Wheat Yellow Kitchen – $1,360 more
Eggshell/Off-White Kitchen – $82 less

Beige/Oatmeal Bathroom – $283 more
Dark Brown Bathroom – $469 less

Eggplant/Lavender/Mauve Dining Room – $1,122 more
Slate Gray Dining Room – $1,112 less

Dove/Light Gray Living Room – $1,104 more
Terracotta Living Room – $793 less

Khaki/Light Green Bedroom – $1,332 more
Dark Brown Bedroom – $236 less

“A fresh coat of paint is an easy and affordable way to improve a home's appearance before listing,” said Svenja Gudell, Zillow’s chief economist, in a statement. “However, to get the biggest bang for your buck, stick with colors that have mass appeal so you attract as many potential buyers to your listing as possible. Warm neutrals like yellow or light gray are stylish and clean, signaling that the home is well cared for, or that previous owners had an eye for design that may translate to other areas within the house.”

The analysis assessed approximately 50,000 sold homes from across the nation.

Source: Zillow

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