Articles by Laura Firszt


Give Your House Exterior a Facelift

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 14, 2018

Is your house looking tired and shabby from the outside? Would you like to spruce it up to sell … or just to make coming home more enjoyable? There are tons of improvements...

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How To Remove A Tree Stump

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 08, 2018

So you removed that old or diseased tree from your property. That’s one problem solved ... but now you’re left with a second dilemma: how to remove the tree stump? Check...

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Fireplace Smells in the Summer

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 31, 2018

The other day I visited a young couple who’d recently bought their first home – a fixer-upper with good bones and an affordable price. They were feeling pretty pleased with...

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Whole House Fan vs Air Conditioning

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 24, 2018

hole house fans (AKA attic fans) were first used in the US a century ago, but fell out of favor as air conditioning became common. Now homeowners are taking a second look at this method...


How To Choose A Bed

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 18, 2018

What’s the most important piece of furniture you’ll ever buy? IMHO, your bed heads the list. That’s where you spend approximately one-third of your time ... and...

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Roof Blown Off!

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 03, 2018

The headlines are impressive: “Nor’easter literally blew the roof off!” “86-year-old had his roof blown off!” “Roof blown off Kansas school!”...

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Japanese Beetle: How to Control its Destructive Power

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 01, 2018

Withered lawns, ruined roses, leaves that look like skeletons … these are all examples of the destructive power of the Japanese beetle. Although this insect pest was first...

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6 Easy Ways To Improve Your Bathroom Layout

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 25, 2018

Is your bathroom just not working for you? Do you want more storage, more space, more convenience? If so, you may be scratching your head over how to improve your bathroom layout fast...

Planting Flowers For Beginners

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 17, 2018

Are you trying your hand at flower gardening for the first time this year? Lucky you! You’re about to embark on an exciting adventure. There’s nothing quite like helping...

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How To Make Old Cabinets Look Modern

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 13, 2018

Are your cabinets starting to show their age? Would you like to bring your kitchen into the present century … without the major investment of replacing all the cabinetry? Don’t...