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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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Should You Buy a Historic Home?

February 4, 2015 1:27 am

In the market for a historic home? Historic homes are coveted for their timeless charm, unique features and, of course, historical background. But owning your very own piece of history comes with its fair share of drawbacks – and many go beyond the surface of the home. If you’re shopping for a historic home, consider these factors:

Registration – When researching details of the home, find out whether it’s registered as historic on a local or federal level. A registered historic home can be subject to tax breaks, but it can also limit any changes a new owner may want to make.

Size – By nature, historic homes have a much smaller square footage than newly constructed units. Ceilings, in particular, are often lower, and bathrooms and kitchens rarely have the amount of storage new home owners are accustomed to.

Home Systems – As with any home, buyers shopping historic should have an inspection prior to purchasing. In historic homes, be mindful of blips on the inspection report that relate to the home’s internal systems – plumbing and electric – as these can be costly to update.

Chemicals – Lead and asbestos are big no-no’s these days, but not so when historic homes were built. Keep in mind that you will need to remove lead-based paints and popcorn ceilings, especially if you have children or elderly family members.

Source: Zillow

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Three Tips for DIY Painters

February 4, 2015 1:27 am

(BPT) – Ninety-four percent of homeowners plan to paint a room or rooms themselves this year, according to a recent survey by Sherwin-Williams. If you’re planning a DIY painting project of your own, keep in mind these tips.

Find color inspiration.
Choosing the perfect paint color is key to creating the look you want, but how do you know which color suits your home best? Per the Sherwin-Williams survey, more than half of DIYers (56 percent) say they look to nature for color inspiration; 36 percent take their color cues from Pinterest images.

Select the right finish.
Once you've decided on the perfect color, get the best finish for the space you’re painting. For durability and washability, choose a semi-gloss paint. Semi-gloss is a good option for areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.

For high-traffic areas, like a hallway or a child’s bedroom, satin and egg-shell paints are preferred because they’re easy to clean and maintain. High gloss paints are also extremely durable and easy to clean, making them perfect for windows, doors and trim. For spaces that have something to hide, a flat finish will work to your advantage.

Paint your space in the correct order.
To avoid more cleanups than necessary, start by painting the ceiling, then the walls. If two coats of paint are needed, finish both coats before moving on to the next step. Next, paint windows from top to bottom, followed by the baseboards, trim and doorframe. Save the door for last.

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