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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
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Upgraded Backyards Support Outdoor Living

April 8, 2015 12:54 am

Americans spend an average of 309 hours in their yard per year – close to two weeks of outdoor time, according to a recent TruGreen survey. Moreover, most Americans who have a yard consider it an important part of their lives, spending an estimated 50 hours more per year outside than those without a yard. That’s more than a weekend!

The survey also found that three out of five Americans agree their yard is their favorite place at home to spend quality time with family, particularly when hosting barbecues and cookouts (82 percent).

Despite warmer weather, longer days and greener lawns, more than half of Americans do not spend as much time outdoors as they’d like. Sixty-eight percent of respondents reported they were spending less time outside compared to five years ago.

An improved landscape may help – 46 percent of Americans surveyed said if they had a greener, more maintained and healthier lawn, they’d spend more time outside.

Source: TruGreen

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Half of Homeowners Leave Projects Unfinished

April 8, 2015 12:54 am

If you’ve procrastinated on a project at home, you’re not alone. Nearly half of homeowners have put off home projects due to a lack of reliable cost information, according to HomeAdvisor’s 2015 True Cost Report.

“More than a third of homeowners don’t know how much it will cost to hire a professional for home projects and 68 percent of homeowners are concerned about overpaying without a reliable source for cost information,” explains Chris Terrill, CEO of HomeAdvisor.

In the report, millennial homeowners outpaced every other group, either putting off a project when they don’t know how much it will cost or attempting to complete the project on their own. When asked to provide estimates for home projects, most homeowners have a tendency to estimate less than the actual cost of the project.

The report also highlighted trends in home improvement spending. The majority of homeowners paid for recent projects with available funds as opposed to financing, and homeowners plan to spend roughly the same amount on home projects this year as in the past year.

According to HomeAdvisor, the average national cost of painting a home’s exterior is $2,500, with homeowners spending anywhere from $1,500 to $3,600. The average national cost of remodeling a kitchen is $19,935, with homeowners spending between $10,957 and $30,000.

Source: HomeAdvisor

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