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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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Homeowners: Have You Regretted a DIY Project?

December 1, 2015 1:30 am

Done correctly, do-it-yourself projects can improve the functionality and aesthetic of a home—even add value, in some cases. Unfortunately, according to a recent Zillow Digs® survey, nearly 40 percent of homeowners who have completed a DIY project wish they hadn’t.

"With seemingly endless DIY tips and how-to videos available today, home improvement projects appear easier and more accessible than ever before," says Kerrie Kelly, home design expert for Zillow Digs. "While some DIY projects can save you money, involving a professional for larger-scale projects, especially those that require specialized skills, can help eliminate headaches and costly mistakes."

The biggest regret? Attempting to add or expand a room in the home, such as a bedroom or bathroom, according to survey findings. Other DIY regrets cited in the survey include:

• Re-facing or refinishing kitchen or bathroom cabinetry
• Refinishing a basement or attic
• Replacing or reinstalling new carpeting
• Refinishing, or installing new, hardwood floors
• Installing new kitchen or bathroom cabinetry
• Retiling a floor or shower
• Adding or replacing a kitchen or bathroom backsplash
• Building or installing a deck
• Installing new kitchen or bathroom countertops

But DIYers shouldn’t throw in the towel altogether. The survey also ranked the least regretted projects, including:

• Replacing lighting fixtures
• Replacing kitchen or bathroom cabinet hardware
• Painting one or more rooms
• Installing new kitchen appliances
• Replacing plumbing fixtures for a bath, sink or toilet

Source: Zillow Digs®

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Bill Management a Financial Priority for Most

November 30, 2015 1:27 am

With the exception of those earning $75,000 or more per year, catching up—or staying current—on bills remains the top financial priority for the majority of Americans, according to a recent Bankrate.com report. Paying down debt remains a distant second (though higher-income households cite it as their top priority), followed by saving.

“As Americans await the appearance of sustained income growth, the top priority of staying current or getting caught up on bills is testament to the tightness of household budgets,” says Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate.com.
 
These findings, however, underscore improved financial security overall, particularly when it comes to employment. Both men and women, and those under age 50, especially, report feeling more secure in their jobs than one year ago.

Source: Bankrate.com

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