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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
Cell:  267-481-1786
Fax:  267-354-6973

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3 Tips to Save on Rising Rents

May 31, 2016 1:42 am

Exploring the rental market in your community?

We recently turned to ApartmentList.com for rent-saving tips.

Tip #1: Get roommates.
You’re much more likely to find an affordable apartment on a larger, combined budget than on a single income, says Yuki Graviet Knapp of ApartmentList.com. You’ll also likely save on utilities, furniture, and other charges (television, Internet, etc.).

Tip #2: Avoid popular moving times.
During “off” seasons, Graviet Knapp says, landlords are much more likely to give you a deal on rent in order to keep up their occupancy. She says if you time it right, you’ll find yourself in a much better position for negotiating (or simply being offered) a cheaper rent.

Tip #3: Negotiate on a fixer.
Consider an apartment that’s under budget and in need of minor improvements you can do yourself. Graviet Knapp says one-time fixes are much cheaper in the long run than renting a more expensive apartment with all the perks.

Remember, in addition to these tips, to factor in other expenses, Graviet Knapp adds. Does the property charge extra for pets or parking?  Will you pay for your own utility use only, or does the property utilize a ratio utility billing system (RUBS)? Does the property offer military discounts or preferred employer discounts?

Weigh your options, preferably with the help of a real estate professional, before committing to a lease.

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5 Ways to Curb Energy Costs This Summer

May 31, 2016 1:42 am

Our utility bills seem to rise along with the thermometer come summer. Certain steps and upgrades can help cut down on cooling costs and other seasonal home expenses.

One minor task that has major impact is cleaning the HVAC filter, says Ameeta Jain, co-founder of Homeselfe. Regardless of the unit you own, cleaning the filter on a regular basis is important. When the filter is dirty, the system consumes more energy. With a clean filter, the system can cool your home more efficiently.

Another task to consider is mulching your garden, Jain says. Mulch lessens the amount of watering needed for plants, reducing expense and consumption. Mulch works to prevent evaporation so plants have more time to absorb water.

Jain recommends using a rain barrel to collect water, as well. Harvested rainwater can be recycled in the garden, saving even more money on water bills.

Energy-smart upgrades are also a consideration, Jain says. Apply window film to your windows to block heat from entering the home (while preserving the view!), resulting in less use of the A/C. The best part? Window films on the market these days are easy to DIY-apply.

Consider installing a programmable thermostat, too, says Jain. Newer models allow you to set different temperatures for various times throughout the day. You may, for example, want to set your thermostat to turn off while you’re at work and then cool down right around the time you’re on your way home.

Though these tips are seasonally-related, they can be applied year-round, Jain adds: “It’s always a good time to reduce your energy consumption and save on utility bills!”

Source: Homeselfe

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