Articles by Laura Firszt

End Tables Add the Perfect Finishing Touch to a Room

Posted by Laura Firszt | Nov 08, 2020

End tables are very much in fashion at the moment. (Were they ever really out?) Available in a multitude of shapes and sizes, these practical little tables are perfect for adding...

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Tips To Get The Best HVAC Service

Posted by Laura Firszt | Oct 27, 2020

Be a savvy homeowner. Find out the facts about heating and air conditioning – installation, repair, and maintenance -- before you call a contractor for help. You’ll not...

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When You Really Should Tip A Handyman

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 24, 2020

Awkward, isn’t it? Even if you’ve mastered the art of tipping restaurant servers and cab drivers, there’s still a gray area out there. You may not normally tip a...

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9 Simple Items You Need To Fix A Blocked Sink

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 21, 2020

Whatever your problem -- a sink that’s draining ever so slowly or that's completely blocked – and wherever it may be, never fear. We’ve got ways to fix a blocked sink...

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Get Expert Advice About New Hardwood Floor Colors

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 13, 2020

Over-the-top trends in hardwood floor colors are certainly striking. Deep grays, whitewashes, and brightly painted colors add a touch bucketload of drama to your home ... but will...

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How To Pick The Most Budget Friendly Fencing Styles

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 03, 2020

Are you confused by the cost to install fencing? No wonder. When you see fencing styles that range from $1 to $45 to “hang on to your wallet!” you’re bound to wonder...

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5 Carpentry Projects That Will Make Your Life A Little Better

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 31, 2020

Who else loves to hear about carpentry projects and other home improvements that are life-changing in some small way? Much as I enjoy stories of full-on renovations like kitchen remodels,...

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My Foundation Is Cracking. Do I Need Emergency Repair?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 24, 2020

Cracks in the foundation – or anywhere in your house -- can look like a homeowner’s nightmare. But does foundation cracking automatically have to equal urgent repair? "Not...

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Water Heater Cost: Find Out How To Save Money

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 17, 2020

So you’re looking into water heater cost. That usually means one of two things: 1) Your current heater is slowing down on the job and just not heating as efficiently as it used...

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When Do You Need To Get A Building Permit For Remodeling?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 10, 2020

As a savvy homeowner, you probably know that many outdoor home additions and improvements require official approval. But are you aware you might also need a building permit for remodeling...