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Warm greetings,

Lots of change here within our team.

Sunada has resigned as a full-time Realtor and is pursuing her passion for teaching full-time.  I'm sorry to lose her, but I wish her the best as she pursues her heart and the best for her family.

Check out the new section below we're going to start including each month - "Upcoming Local Events."

Thanks for the suggestions!  If you have other recommendations for topics or articles that you'd like to see us include in future months, please let us know!

As always, I look forward to hearing from you!

Twila C. Glenn, Realtor

717.350.0672

Upcoming Local Events

May

28 Patriot News ArtsFest May 28 - 30 at Harrisburg's Riverfront Park.

June

4   Foundry Day Arts & Crafts Festival 9:00am-4:00pm at the Children's Lake, Boiling Springs.

16 Jubilee Day 10:00am-9:00pm in downtown Mechanicsburg.

30 Carlisle Summer Fair Thurs, June 30 3:00pm to Sat, July 9 7:00pm in Carlisle.

The Most Essential Do's and Don'ts for Choosing the Right Contractor

Americans spend billions of dollars on construction and home remodeling each year. Many homeowners have discovered that improving their present residence with an updated kitchen, an additional bathroom, new windows or a new roof can be a more prudent investment than purchasing a new residence. However, adding a room or updating a kitchen can cost more than a new car, and consumers should take some time and care in planning a costly home improvement project.

Unfortunately, most consumers spend less time choosing a contractor than they do choosing a car. Here is a checklist of important things to consider before starting any major construction project:

The Do's

  • Do plan your project carefully.
  • Do shop around before hiring a contractor.
  • Do get at least three written bids on your project.
  • Do provide all contractors with accurate plans or drawings that will enable them to determine the scope and cost of work when requesting bids.
  • Do check with the Contractors State License Board to make sure the contractor is properly licensed, and to check the status and disciplinary history of the license.
  • Do check out contractors with your local building department, trade associations or unions, consumer protection agency, and the Better Business Bureau.
  • Do look at work the contractor has completed.
  • Do ask your contractor to furnish a completion or contract bond.
  • Do consult with more than one lending institution regarding the type of loan to obtain.
  • Do ask your lender to recommend a funding-control company.
  • Do make sure your contract provides for a "retention," apercentage of each payment or of the total job, ordinarily 10 percent, which you retain until the job is completed.
  • Do make sure everything you and your contractor have agreed to is included in your contract, and don't sign anything until you understand and agree with all terms.
  • Do ask your contractor about inconveniences that may occur, and plan accordingly.
  • Do keep a job file.
  • Do make sure you receive unconditional lien releases from subcontractors and material suppliers.
  • Do make frequent inspections of the work, including a final walk-through.
  • Do consult an attorney if a mechanics' lien is filed against your property.
  • Do negotiate with the contractor first if problems or disagreements occur.

The Don'ts

  • Don't hire an unlicensed contractor.
  • Don't hire a contractor without first shopping around.
  • Don't be fooled or pressured by a smooth-talking salesperson. Take the time and effort to make sure that the person or business doing your home improvement is going to perform in a professional manner.
  • Don't act as an owner/builder, unless you are very experienced in construction.
  • Don't sign anything until you completely understand it and agree to the terms.
  • Don't make agreements with subcontractors or workers without consulting the prime contractor.
  • Don't pay cash without a proper receipt.
  • Don't make a down payment that exceeds the legal limit,usually ten percent.
  • Don't let your payments get ahead of the contractor's completed work.
  • Don't hesitate to ask questions of the contractor.
  • Don't make final payment until you are satisfied with the job.

Time to Trim?

2011_05_enews3Can't remember what time of year to trim your trees and bushes?
Well, early spring is the best time - but there are a few exceptions

  • Do not trim your Spring flowering bushes until immediately after bloom;
  • While most evergreen bushes should not be trimmed until late spring or early summer after the new growth flushes out.
Now, print this out and stick it to the fridge before you forget!

The Coffee

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: "If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee in most cases, its just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.

What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups... and then began eyeing each other's cups.

Now consider this: Life is the coffee, and the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee."
~author unknown


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