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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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10 Dos and Don’ts for Disaster Preparedness at Home

February 4, 2016 1:33 am

Disaster preparedness is just one of many tasks on the homeowner docket, but it’s also one of the most important. No matter how frequently (or infrequently) storms occur in your area, preparation is vital, say the experts at ServiceMaster Restore. What can you do to ensure your property is protected before and after a storm?

Dos for Now:

• Review your insurance policy closely and pay attention to specifics on what is and is not covered under the agreement.

• Clear rain gutters, repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on the house or other structures on the property.

• Keep gutters and downspouts free of debris and make sure water is flowing several feet away from the foundation.

• Check for cracks or small holes in the foundation where water can seep in. Even a few inches of water from melted snow or excessive rain can cause interior water damage to carpet, drywall, wood floors and even your home’s structure.

• Cover exposed outdoor water faucets. Use a cover available at any hardware store to insulate and protect them.

• Make sure you know how to shut off all water valves in the event a frozen pipe bursts. Leave cabinet doors under sinks open to help circulate air and prevent frozen pipes during extreme temperatures.

• Set your thermostat to a consistent temperature day and night.

Don’ts for Later:

• Don't use a household vacuum to remove water, and don't use electrical appliances while on wet carpet or wet floors.

• Don't go into rooms with standing water if the electricity is still on. Turn the main switches in the circuit breaker box to the off position.

• Don't lift tacked-down carpet, as lifting carpet incorrectly can promote shrinkage and result in more costly expenses.

Source: ServiceMaster Restore

Published with permission from RISMedia.


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3 Staging Tricks for the Room Buyers Secretly Love

February 4, 2016 1:33 am

Did you know the living room is the room that most positively impacts buyers when staged? Staging this room is key to a speedy sale because it detracts buyers from perceived flaws of the home. Living room design is much less complex than that of a kitchen or bathroom, so you don’t have to spend big on staging to see results.

One inexpensive way to stage is to switch up the color scheme of the room. To better suit buyer preferences, use neutral-toned items you already own to create a cohesive palette throughout the room—décor magazines employ this visual effect to please reader eyes. Shelve books with similarly-colored spines in a bookcase, place decorative pillows in coordinating (not matching) shades on sofas and side chairs, and tuck children’s toys into ornamental boxes that reflect the overall color theme.

Another cost-effective way to stage the living room is to update the window treatments. Steer clear of high-end materials, which are not only expensive, but also may not suit your tastes once you move into your new home. One budget-friendly trick is to hang shower curtains (that’s right!) in place of standard drapery, which are durable and come in an array of patterns and colors. Ones with large, pre-cut holes in upscale finishes (think wood) can be threaded through your existing curtain rods, saving you even more money.

Glass accents are another more-for-your-dollar feature that buyers often respond to. Instead of shelling out for glass furniture, pepper smaller glass accents sparingly throughout the space, on coffee or end tables, bookcases or mantels. These touches of sparkle will draw the eye and add a hint of luxury, which could boost perceived value on the part of the buyer.

Bear in mind these staging tricks can be applied in other rooms of your home, as well.

Remember: Whenever you plan to list, focus some attention on the living room—it could be the ticket to sealing the deal!

Source: RISMedia’s Housecall

Published with permission from RISMedia.


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