Articles by Laura Firszt


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Survey Shows Why A Wet Basement Is Bad News And How To Avoid It

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 23, 2017

Whether you rent or own, the verdict comes out the same – living in a home with a wet basement is bad news. A recent consumer survey tallied the costs, in terms of both dollars...


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How Can I Afford Home Improvement And Repair?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 22, 2017

Is there a contractor in your future? After a long hard winter, you might very well need a few fenceposts replaced -- or a whole new roof. Or perhaps you'd like to celebrate spring...


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Upgrade a Bedroom From Big Kid Room To Teen Hangout

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 22, 2017

Where does the time go? When you're expecting a new bundle of joy, you spend so much time, effort and money creating the perfect space to welcome them. You spend crazy money on cribs...


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We Rate 8 Home Maintenance Hacks – Hit Or Miss?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 21, 2017

In the last few years, everybody's become a hacker. No, they’re not busting into computers and stealing state secrets. They’re up to something even more sinister -- persuading...


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Grow Your Own Salad: 5 Easy Vegetables To Plant This Year

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 12, 2017

What’s the key to spectacular salads? Why, ingredients which are as fresh as springtime, of course. And the ideal way to get those extra-fresh vegetables is to grow your very...


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What Is The Best Front Fencing For Your Home?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 09, 2017

Thinking of adding a front fence to your home? Or maybe you need replacement of your old fence after winter storms battered the life out of it. Whatever the case, now is the time to...


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7 Simple Tips To Tackle Neglected Housecleaning Tasks

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 05, 2017

Spring is on its way (at least I thought so until this morning’s snowstorm buried the brand new crocuses). Prepare for the upcoming bright new season with a sparkling clean...


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How to Prepare Your Home for a Successful Open House

Posted by Laura Firszt | Feb 28, 2017

Planning to sell your home? In many locations, holding a real estate open house or two is the way to go. It’s a method of bringing in a number of prospective buyers (and sometimes...


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12 Must-Ask Contractor Questions and Best-Case Answers

Posted by Laura Firszt | Feb 26, 2017

Are you about to embark on a sizable home improvement project? Whether you’re planning to remodel or repair, make sure you and your contractor are on the same page before any...


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DIY Garage Organization: Clear Out, Clean Up, Optimize

Posted by Laura Firszt | Feb 21, 2017

Quick! What does the following quote refer to? Everybody complains about _____, but nobody does anything about it. If you guessed “the clutter in my garage,” you weren’t...