Articles by Laura Firszt

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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...


What’s The Best Way To Clean My Bathtub?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Feb 12, 2018

The definition of bliss: a luxurious soak in a hot, bubbly bath. The definition of misery: cleaning the dirty, grimy bathtub that results. Who else hates cleaning the tub? Just about...


Types of Doors: Your Guide to Materials and Styles

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jan 31, 2018

Doors play an often underappreciated role in the home, whether they connect its interior to the great outdoors or simply lead from one room to another. Properly chosen, though, doors...


Washing Machine Doesn’t Spin: Fixes for 6 Common Problems

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jan 24, 2018

Unlike other types of housework, I actually enjoy doing laundry … most of the time. Putting dirty clothes in the washing machine, pressing a button or two, and taking them...


Freeze Thaw Cycles: How They Hurt Homes

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jan 17, 2018

What are freeze thaw cycles? Although the northern United States is famous -- or infamous -- for extreme cold in winter, the weather is not uniformly frigid from December to April....

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Concrete Countertops Pros And Cons

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jan 09, 2018

Are you considering concrete countertop installation? Concrete countertops are very trendy right now for their industrial good looks. They’re also strong, and fairly affordable...


15 Hosting Tips for Holiday Entertaining

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 20, 2017

It’s snowing! The first real snowfall of the season started this morning where I live … setting the spirit to discuss holiday entertaining. Funny, Google "holiday entertaining”...


Icicles On Your Roof Are BAD. Here’s Why

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 13, 2017

Icicles on the roof were a highlight of my childhood winters. The neighborhood kids thought they were fantastic for both impromptu swordfights and a refreshing snack. But when you...


Home Improvement Gift Ideas

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 07, 2017

Okay. It’s time to buy a present for your better half – which should be fun, right? Except it’s not. Shopping for a sweetheart tends to be a daunting task …...

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The Common Cold: What You Need to Know

Posted by Laura Firszt | Nov 29, 2017

Drifting snowflakes, hot chocolate by the fireside, holiday season … winter can be tons of fun. Unless, of course, you catch a cold. Then it’s sniffling, sneezing, sore...