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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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10 Ways to Guarantee a Returned Security Deposit

July 17, 2015 1:09 am

(Family Features) Moving out of a rental home or apartment often unveils inevitable wear-and-tear from living in the space. What can be even more challenging is restoring the rental to its original condition in order to get your security deposit back.

Before paying professional handymen and cleaning services for repairs, there are several areas you can address on your own. "Do-it-yourself projects and repairs don't have to be overwhelming or require paid professionals," says PrettyHandyGirl.com blogger Brittany Bailey. "All it takes is the right tools and a boost of confidence to DIY your rental to tip-top condition."

Bailey recommends these 10 tips for repairing minor damages.

1. Allow fresh air to circulate through the space by opening windows for as long as possible and using exhaust fans while cleaning.

2. Clean garbage disposal blades and freshen the drain by placing a few pieces of lemon peels in the garbage disposal and running water as you turn it on.

3. Patch small holes and cracks with spackle or putty to ensure a smooth finish.

4. Paint walls back to their original color and use blue painter's tape to avoid splashing color on your trim and baseboards.

5. Tackle scuff marks and wall stains without sprays or cleaners by using an erasing pad and water to gently buff away dirt and residue.

6. Lift carpet stains by creating a homemade cleaner using dishwashing liquid, white vinegar, water and baking soda.

7. Fill mild scratches and hide blemishes on laminate countertops by using color-matched repair pens.

8. Get rid of tough stains on kitchen surfaces with nail polish remover on a clean white rag and gently scrub surfaces. (Be sure to test a small area before taking on the entire surface.)

9. Leave on good terms with the landlord by taking out trash and cleaning as much as possible once all your belongings are packed away.

10. Stick around for the move-out inspection and confirm with the landlord when you can expect to receive your security deposit.

Source: 3mdiy.com

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Homebuyers Today Reap Rewards Quickly

July 17, 2015 1:09 am

Though some homebuyers who bought 10 years ago have not broke even on their investment, buyers today can break even in two years or less, according to a recent Zillow® analysis. Nationally, homebuyers today can break even in an average of 1.9 years.

"It's very clear that when it comes to maximizing gains from an investment in real estate, timing really does matter a great deal," says Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Stan Humphries. "However, timing isn't everything, and trying to time the market perfectly is incredibly difficult, even for professionals.

“There are any number of factors to consider when purchasing a home, only one of which is the potential for financial gain,” Humphries adds. “Potential buyers should always place their personal needs and their family's needs first, and make the decision to buy only when they are ready to make a significant investment of both their time and money. Just because the math might say to buy or rent in a given area, personal preferences and situations vary greatly, and there is no one answer that is right for everybody."

Source: Zillow

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