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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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Have You Prepared Your Power Outage Plan?

January 14, 2015 2:42 am

Did you know that power outages can occur without stormy conditions? Cold weather generally puts higher stress on the equipment used to generate and deliver electricity. With temperatures plummeting to record lows this winter, experts at Duke Energy urge homeowners to establish a power outage plan now that can be implemented if disaster strikes.
  • Take stock of your supply of flashlights, batteries, bottle water, non-perishable foods, and medicines and replenish immediately if needed.
  • Ensure a portable, battery-operated radio, TV or NOAA weather radio is readily available and operational.
  • Check on family members, friends and neighbors who have special medical needs to make sure they have necessary emergency supplies.
  • If you lose power, turn off as many appliances and electronics as possible – this will help with restoration efforts and reduce immediate demand on power lines.
  • Do not attempt to heat your home with a gas grill or by bringing your generator inside. Only operate such equipment outdoors in well-ventilated areas, and follow manufacturer instructions.
  • When power is restored, wait a few minutes before turning electrically-powered devices back on.
Source: Duke Energy

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Recoup the Most Value from These Home Improvements

January 14, 2015 2:42 am

Homeowners often consider various remodeling and replacement projects as a way to add value to their homes. According to the 2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, some projects add more value and better recoup their costs than others. The report compares changes in home improvement project costs with Realtor® perceptions of what those projects contribute to a home's price at resale.

Per the report, a steel entry door replacement is expected to return the most money, with an estimated 101.8 percent of costs recouped upon resale. The steel entry door replacement is consistently the least expensive project in the annual report.

Rounding out the top projects in terms of cost recouped:
  • Manufactured stone veneer (92.2 percent)
  • Garage door replacement (88.5 percent)
  • Siding replacement with fiber cement (84.3 percent)
  • Siding replacement with vinyl (80.7 percent)
  • Wood deck addition (80.5 percent)
  • Minor kitchen remodel (79.3 percent)
  • Wood window replacement (78.8 percent)
Since 2003, replacement projects have resulted in a higher financial return than remodeling projects. However, the gap between replacement and remodeling projects became bigger this year, with both categories declining in value. The biggest contributing factor to the slip is the consistent rise in costs for these projects, with home values rising at a slower pace.

Source: National Association of Realtors®

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