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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
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7 Cool Home Improvement Ideas for $150 or Less

March 6, 2015 12:24 am

If you're itching to remodel but the budget just won’t allow it, these inexpensive fixes from Better Homes & Gardens Magazine may help give you the look and efficiency you want with price tagsof under $150:

Shelving for extra storage – Take advantage of small, unclaimed wall or corner space in your kitchen and add open shelving to hold dishes, cookware and spices within easy reach. Embellish plain shelves with decorative brackets, and if you entertain often, add a wine rack.

Upgrade cabinets with molding
– Plain, personality-less kitchen cabinets take on new sophistication with the simple addition of molding at the edges. You can do it yourself with a little guidance from home store designers.

Restore the floor – The warmth and versatility of wood is incomparable, but exposure to dirt and foot traffic can leave it looking dull. Restore the shine factor and give a room a whole new look by polishing the floor with a product specifically designed for hardwood floors.

Give the fireplace a lift
– Give a dated brick fireplace a modern makeover with a fresh coat of paint. Start by thoroughly cleaning the brick to loosen grime. Apply a stain-blocking primer, then paint with a high-gloss paint.

Add crown molding – Crown molding on walls, doors and ceiling makes any living space look finished and luxurious. You can transform a room with trim in a weekend with affordable, off-the-rack moldings from a local home improvement center.

Try Roman shades – Give windows a custom look at a low price with do-it-yourself window treatments. With a mini-blind and mid-weight upholstery fabric, you can create a charming roman shade to block out sun and boost your décor.

Hassle-free game area
– Create a dedicated zone to serve as a central spot for the games, movies and music your family uses most often. A media cabinet with divided shelves should keep it all neat – or use a bookcase with a combination of bins and baskets to keep everything organized and ready.

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What Questions Should You Ask a Disaster Response Contractor?

March 6, 2015 12:24 am

When disaster strikes, I know that property owners need to make a lot of decisions quickly and under pressure.

Effective disaster remediation involves a lot of moving parts: remediation specialists, insurance companies, local codes, state codes, documentation and more-and all of this has to happen in an atmosphere charged with emotion and stress.

Edward White, a SERVPRO professional based in western Connecticut says efficiency is key when you are dealing with disaster remediation because it saves customers money and it makes restoration work more effective.

White utilizes SERVPRO's proprietary DryBook(tm) tool, which helps him improve efficiency and maintain cost controls to keep his client's projects in or under budget.

He says since remediation projects must be managed to both industry- and insurance-company standards, tools like DryBook helps White track and document progress on restoration, cleanup and repair services.

No matter what remediation or restoration company you choose, White says property owners can avoid regulatory headaches and paperwork pitfalls in the aftermath of a disaster by asking the following questions:
1. Does your remediation company deliver a product that meets:
- Standards set by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)?

- Most major insurance companies, including cycle times and deadline requirements?
2. Does your remediation company have a system in place to ensure accurate, complete and convenient benchmarking of each step of the remediation process, including:
- Capturing and updating data, including job diary notes, electronically real-time on the jobsite, with simultaneous updates saved at the central office?

- Using e-signatures to help eliminate lost paperwork and the need to scan documents?

- Providing a complete record of the damage and remediation efforts in images, with descriptions, start-to-finish?
3. Does your contractor have the ability, on-the-spot, to:
- Identify the right equipment for the job, based on the damage description?

- Validate the use of each piece of equipment, automatically, as part of the remediation records?
For more renovation or remediation information, visit www.servpro.com.

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