Articles by Laura Firszt


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Use Pantone Color Of The Year In Your Home Decor

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 12, 2018

Announcing the new Pantone Color of the Year! The chosen color for 2019 is … Living Coral. Take a look at what this cutting-edge hue is all about and how you can incorporate...


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How To Clean Stainless Steel Appliances And Sinks

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 04, 2018

Do you love the sleek look of a stainless steel kitchen? You are not alone. Among homeowners who remodeled their kitchen this year, 73 percent chose stainless new steel appliances....


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Warning Signs Of Foundation Issues

Posted by Laura Firszt | Nov 28, 2018

Whether you’re hunting for a new home or trying to keep your current residence in good shape, you want a good solid foundation. That’s why it’s essential to be aware...


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Troubleshoot A Toilet Leaking At Its Base

Posted by Laura Firszt | Nov 20, 2018

What’s that mysterious wet patch on the bathroom floor? At first a little dampness may be easy to dismiss as splashing from your shower or a toddler’s "accident," but sooner...


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Do I Need A Subfloor?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Nov 13, 2018

Are you planning to replace your old floors? Or are you about to install flooring in a newly-built home? In either case, when you look at the expense of your floor material and installation,...


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Pervious Concrete Is An Eco-Friendly Paving Option

Posted by Laura Firszt | Nov 05, 2018

Homeowners love concrete, for both interior and exterior use. Outdoors, large expanses of concrete can create environmental problems, though, as they block stormwater from draining...


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House Fire Safety

Posted by Laura Firszt | Oct 31, 2018

Sorry to bring this up just as we're looking forward to the festive season, but did you know house fires increase as the weather gets colder? Thanksgiving is the biggest day of the...


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How To Save Electricity In Ways That Really Count

Posted by Laura Firszt | Oct 23, 2018

Before we look at how to save electricity, let’s talk about why. Most electric power comes from burning non-renewable fossil fuels, which give off greenhouse gases that pollute...


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DIY Bathroom Renovation: What to Keep, What to Replace

Posted by Laura Firszt | Oct 16, 2018

The smallest room in your home tends to be THE most expensive to renovate. That’s because a typical bathroom remodel is heavy on costs for both labor and materials. Want to save...


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Insulation Ratings: What They Mean for Your Home

Posted by Laura Firszt | Oct 10, 2018

According to the Insulation Institute, fully 90 percent of today’s American homes are underinsulated. That’s really too bad, because insulating your house is one of the...