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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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How to 'Gamify' Your Yard

July 7, 2015 12:21 am

Did you know that nearly half of U.S. homeowners host outdoor activities and games in their backyards? All that outdoor fun can wreak havoc on your grass or turf, say TruGreen experts. Here, TruGreen shares three ways you can ‘gamify’ your yard without sacrificing a lush lawn.

1. With plenty of inspiration online, personalized, DIY games are gaining popularity in American households. One way to do this is with a backyard bowling set made of empty soda or juice bottles, a little water and a soccer ball. If you happen to spill paint on your lawn while adding color to the bottles, rinse it off immediately before it seeps into the soil. Not doing so can deprive the leaf blade of precious sunlight.

2. From corn hole to volleyball, team-based games can foster fun and friendly competition among family, friends and neighbors. To boost that sense of team spirit in your neighborhood, host a classic kickball game with homemade scoreboards. If all that running and sliding disrupts your lawn, take care to re-seed those areas come springtime.

3. Water-based activities are a summer staple. Create your own wet zone in your backyard with a water balloon toss or sprinkler party. If your lawn becomes saturated during the fun, adjust your watering schedule and irrigation pattern to avoid the areas that are overly-wet.

Source: TruGreen

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Live in a Wildfire-Prone Area? 3 Insurance Tips

July 7, 2015 12:21 am

By their very nature, wildfires can inflict widespread destruction, often damaging property beyond repair. As such, homeowners in wildfire-prone states should purchase enough homeowners insurance coverage to completely rebuild their homes and replace all of their personal possessions, say the experts at the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).

In a standard policy, “you are covered for damage to the structure of your home and your personal belongings, as well as for additional living expenses if your home is damaged to the point where you can no longer live in it,” explains I.I.I. Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Jeanne M. Salvatore.

Cars either damaged or destroyed by fire are also covered under the optional comprehensive coverage portion of an auto insurance policy.

Having an up-to-date home inventory - a detailed list of your personal possessions and their estimated values - can make filing a claim following a catastrophe such as a wildfire easier and more accurate.

Source: I.I.I.

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