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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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Housekeeping: 8 Time-Saving Tips

August 10, 2016 2:00 am

Nobody wants to spend more time than necessary on chores—or spend more on cleaning supplies. Good Housekeeping recently rounded up eight tips to save both:

1. Make One All-Purpose Cleaner – Combine four tablespoons of baking soda with four cups of warm water in a spray bottle. Use the spray and a rag to make any household surface shine.

2. Spruce Up Wood Furniture – Scratched wood furniture? Mask the damage by rubbing it with a walnut (shell removed).

3. Brush Away Stains – Use toothpaste to remove marker stains from wood—a handy solution when kids draw at the dining room table! (Bonus: To clean off wall doodles, sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub.)

4. Unclog a Drain for Cheap – Don’t spend on costly drain cleaners. Pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by half a cup of white vinegar. Cover the drain with a wet cloth, and let the agents work for 30 minutes.

5. Sanitize the Cutting Board – Rub the cut side of a lemon over a cutting board to remove odors and stains. For extra cleaning power, sprinkle it first with salt or baking soda.

6. De-Grime Patio Furniture – Wipe down patio furniture with a squirt of dishwashing liquid in bucket of warm water. Hose it down afterwards.

7. Vinegar Those Windows – It’s cheap and effective. Add two tablespoons of vinegar to a gallon of water. Pour some in a spray bottle. Squirt and wipe it away with clean microfiber cloth.

8. Lift Shirt Stains – Never spend on spot cleaners or stain removers again. Rub dish detergent into the stain and rinse the shirt before tossing it into the washer.

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Do You Know the 3 Keys to Home Staging?

August 10, 2016 2:00 am

Staging your home while it’s on the market is one of the most effective ways to sell it for top dollar.

Start by addressing natural light, say the experts at Ample natural light makes the home appear larger and inviting. Avoid minimizing natural light with heavy window treatments—instead, hang sheers, and open them during showings.

Next, look to the outside of the home. Does the property have appeal? Hang mirrors across from the windows to accentuate scene-stealing views.

Inside the home, assess the color palette. Are the walls dark and closed-in? Consider repainting them with lighter colors to brighten the interior,’s experts recommend.

Above all, remember these three key tips:

Don't leave clutter in plain sight.
Make it easy for buyers to visualize their lives in your home. Tackle the noticeable areas, like counters and tables. Are there other areas, such as an entry closet doubling as general storage, that should be tended to, too? If there is an overabundance of personal items in your home, consider paring down.

Avoid staging with items that date the home.
Stage with contemporary styling. Remove old or worn furniture, pack away collectibles from earlier eras and hide décor that convey a sense of the home's age.

Don't fill rooms with furniture.
It is tempting to fill each room with furniture when staging it, but too many pieces can make the space feel crowded. Work toward creating a sense of purpose for the room while maintaining an open-concept look.

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