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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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This Year's Trends in Nursery Décor

March 8, 2016 2:12 am

If you (or someone you know) will be welcoming a baby in the coming months, now’s a good time to plan an adorable and efficient nursery for the new arrival. Better Homes and Gardens checked in with decorators to learn what’s new and trendy in baby room décor this year:

It’s Back to Pastels… – The recent trend toward bold, bright, primary colors is giving way to preference for pastels—at least according to paint manufacturers, who say pink, baby blue and light yellow are their best-selling nursery colors. You could also consider a creamy neutral shade and warm it up with pastel accessories.

…but Some Like It Hotter – On the other hand, some decorators say a nursery decked out in bold colors remain the choice of parents who don’t want to have to redecorate the room as the child gets older.

Unique Mobiles Are In – The trend is to larger, more vivid mobiles, such as papier mâché balloons, hanging stuffed animals, or abstract flying sculptures.

Gliders Over Rockers – A big, comfy armchair that can hold you plus two makes sense to many moms who expect to have a second child—especially if they will be sharing a room.

Paint Up Above – The trend toward clouds or other designs on the ceiling came about to give baby something more to look at and contemplate than a plain, white-painted ceiling.

Furniture that Transitions – Cribs that convert to toddler beds and changing tables that will become dressers are becoming more popular than ever.

Cut-Outs and Decals – The trend is to jazz up pastel walls with decals or wooden cut-outs. You can use a theme, like a nursery rhyme or storybook characters, or choose abstract designs like geometric shapes the baby will not outgrow as quickly. Gaining in popularity in decals today are safari animals and Disney characters.

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Study: Room for Improvement in Homeowners Insurance Claims Process

March 8, 2016 2:12 am

There’s no denying the benefits of homeownership, but according to a recently released study, one aspect is causing strife: the insurance claims process.

Results from J.D. Power’s annual U.S. Property Claims Satisfaction Study show that satisfaction among homeowners filing a property claim has slipped for the first time in five years, largely driven by dissatisfaction with service interactions and the total settlement. Weather events have also been a significant driver, with homeowners reporting unsatisfactory experiences with insurers handling weather-related claims.

“During times of catastrophic events, insurance companies typically ramp up and have teams of claims professionals poised and ready to process claims locally in the affected region,” explains Greg Hoeg, vice president of U.S. insurance operations at J.D. Power. “However, maintaining a high level of support is not cost-effective when there is a lull in large events and especially when rates begin to fall. Belt tightening to a leaner team can sometimes mean less support and longer response times to process claims.”

Satisfaction with the handling of non-weather water claims—which are most frequently reported—has also dropped nearly 20 points, to 835 on a scale of 1,000. Satisfaction related to mold and fire claims has declined as well, down to 834 and 839, respectively. Conversely, satisfaction with the handling of hail damage and theft claims has moved higher, at 858 and 840, respectively.

Additional findings from the study show that younger property claimants—those likely new to homeownership—prefer their insurer provide contractor recommendations for repair work.

The study measures satisfaction with the property claims experience among insurance customers who have filed a claim for damages by examining five factors; first notice of loss, estimation process, service interaction and repair process.

Source: J.D. Power

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