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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
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First-Time Buyers: 7 Home Service Contract Tips

September 9, 2015 12:51 am

As an additional incentive, an increasing number of home sellers are purchasing home service contracts on behalf of buyers, according to the National Home Service Contract Association (NHSCA). For first-time buyers benefitting from these contracts, it’s important to:

1. Review the home service contract to be sure you understand all terms and conditions. Home service contracts generally provide service, repair or replacement for items such as dishwashers, ovens, disposers, electrical and plumbing systems, and most importantly, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC).

2. Maintain all appliances and household systems to keep them in efficient operating order. You will benefit from uninterrupted service as well as potential energy savings.

3. Request optional coverage if you feel you may need coverage on items not typically specified under the standard coverage, such as a swimming pool, septic tank or spa.

4. Keep a copy of your contract easily accessible and post the provider’s toll-free service number in a visible location, like the refrigerator door.

5. Call your contract provider at the first sign of trouble. Do not call a repair contractor directly. One of the benefits of your home service contract is that your provider works with a network of prequalified and licensed contractors in your area. If a breakdown (such as a lack of water or heat) poses an actual risk to your health or safety, most providers will work to expedite emergency repairs.

6. Follow up
with your provider if for some reason you are not satisfied with the service provided. They will work with you to resolve your concern.

7. Note
when your contract expires. For your convenience, many companies will provide automatic renewal of your contract. If you do not wish to renew, contact your provider right away to exercise your cancellation rights.

Source: NHSCA

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4 Ways to Beat the Post-Labor Day Struggle

September 8, 2015 2:51 am

In not-so-surprising news, two-fifths of participants in a recent Mars Drinks study were dreading the return to work after Labor Day weekend.

“Labor Day symbolizes the unofficial end of the summer season and for many of us, a return to a busier daily routine at home and increased activity at work,” says Mars Drinks’ Global President Xavier Unkovic. “However, back to work doesn't have to be a stressful time. Business leaders and employees can implement small changes to their workday routines that help reduce stress and make life at work better.”

Unkovic offers the following suggestions for employees stuck in a post-Labor Day slump:

• Get inspired. Maintain the activities that energize you outside of your work. Find a way to keep attending that yoga class even though the summer is over. Savor your morning coffee while reading an inspirational article before diving into your email.

• Get organized. Clean out your email inbox. If you have non-critical items you haven't gotten to, pitch them and get a clean start. Reduce stress at work by organizing yourself the night before.

• Manage your time. Schedule time for short breaks throughout the day. Even taking time for a cup of coffee between meetings will help you to relax and refresh. Keep a longer term calendar of your projects so that when new requests emerge, you can determine what's possible and communicate.

• Stay connected. You still have a few days of sunshine – take meetings outdoors if possible. And keep up the volunteering. It's a great way to stay connected to the things you love the most outside of work.

Source: Mars Drinks

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