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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
Cell:  267-481-1786
Fax:  267-354-6973

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Property Manager Preferences Differ in Renter Screenings

June 29, 2015 2:15 am

Whether evaluating an individual new to the rental market or a seasoned tenant, property managers often prioritize factors when assessing candidates. Did you know the size of a property manager’s portfolio can have an impact on those priorities?

According to a recent TransUnion survey, the number of properties one manages can impact which qualities are valued when reviewing prospective residents. Small property managers, the survey says, prefer an individual to have favorable income and employment circumstances, while large property managers mainly screen for rental and eviction history. Small property managers are defined as those managing 100 units or less. Large property managers are defined as those managing 101 or more units.

Both small and large property managers also place importance on criminal and background checks. Credit history, the survey says, is the least important factor.

Source: TransUnion

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What to Look for in a Home Maintenance Pro

June 29, 2015 2:15 am

Cutting maintenance costs is a priority for many homeowners, but the search for an affordable professional may lead to disreputable websites that offer services at a discounted rate, warns the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA). While the savings may seem attractive, it is important to be able to differentiate between the deals that are too good to pass up and deals that are just too good to be true.

Before hiring an HVAC professional, for instance, ask for credentials. A good indicator of a trustworthy professional is the NADCA certification, which sets performance standards when assessing new and existing systems, evaluating and verifying the cleanliness of system components, guiding the restoration of systems and preventing job-related hazards.

Another good indicator is if the company is licensed and insured. Be sure to ask for this information before signing any contract, as well as a system inspection prior to hire. A reputable HVAC professional will gladly complete this task.

Lastly, evaluate the numbers. The EPA estimates duct cleaning services range from $450 to $1,000 per heating and cooling system, so avoid advertisements for “whole house specials” under $100, NADCA says.

Source: NADCA

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