Articles by Laura Firszt


Sanding a Deck

Posted by Laura Firszt | Apr 18, 2018

Spring has sprung and with it, a whole new lineup of household chores. Even if you dread the infamous “honey-do” list, there’s a sweet side to it, though. Home maintenance...

Pruning Shrubs and Trees: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Laura Firszt | Apr 18, 2018

Pruning shrubs and trees is an important part of maintaining your landscaping. Pruning can help to thin a dense canopy of leaves to allow more sunlight to other plants. It can also...

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Roof Restoration Renews Your Roof at a Reasonable Price

Posted by Laura Firszt | Apr 09, 2018

What’s the home improvement work you dread most? Anything to do with roofing is probably right up there at the top of the list. Almost all homeowners see roof replacement as a...


DIY Interior Design: 12 Tips

Posted by Laura Firszt | Apr 04, 2018

For some folks, it’s a dream … a house where “move-in-ready” means just that: everything is perfect and the new homeowners don’t have to lift a finger...


How To Tighten A Toilet

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 25, 2018

It’s uncomfortable, it’s embarrassing, and you’d really better fix it sooner rather than later. We’re talking about a loose, wobbly toilet. Fortunately, this...

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Can You Paint Vinyl Windows?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 19, 2018

“Can you paint vinyl windows?” You may be asking this if you just had new energy-efficient vinyl windows installed … but they need a special finishing touch. Or maybe...

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Hail Damage And Your Homeowners Insurance

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 14, 2018

A hailstorm is quite a sight to behold. Spheres of ice suddenly start falling from the sky – no matter what the season or what the temperature may be outdoors. Although a hailstorm...


How To Match Paint

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 06, 2018

If you’re about to paint your walls, you know how hard it can be to find the perfect color. And it’s even harder should you be trying to match a particular shade. “Good...

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Leaking Window Causes and Repairs

Posted by Laura Firszt | Feb 21, 2018

When’s the best time to spot a leaking window? In the middle of a rainstorm, of course. When’s the worst time to fix a leaking window? Ditto. Don’t panic, though....

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Homeowners Association Pros and Cons

Posted by Laura Firszt | Feb 14, 2018

Homeowners associations can be a controversial topic … it seems their members either love ‘em or hate ‘em, depending on who you ask. But are these mini-governments...