Articles by Laura Firszt


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When Do I Need Air Conditioner Repair?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 15, 2019

Uh oh. The A/C’s not working right. Does that mean you’ll be paying for air conditioner repair -- or is the problem something you can handle yourself? Here are 5 common...


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Pressure Washing: What You Need to Know

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 08, 2019

Save time, save water, and get your home and hardscape sparkling clean! Yes, pressure washing does all of the above. Here’s what you need to know to successfully use a pressure...


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Staining an Old Deck

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 01, 2019

Nothing gives new life to an old deck like a fresh coat of stain. And staining an old deck actually packs a double whammy. The process not only revives your deck’s appearance,...


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Is Kitchen Sink Installation a DIY Job?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 24, 2019

Kitchen sink installation can be a surprisingly doable DIY job … if you know what you're doing. Choosing the right type of project and careful preparation are your keys to success....


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How To Mow Stripes In Your Lawn

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 17, 2019

Everyone wants a good-looking lawn: tall, lush, green, and even. But some homeowners want to be better than good; they’d like a lawn that stands out. That’s why lawn striping...


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Indoor Plants Bring Summer to Your Office

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 11, 2019

Summer’s here but you’re stuck inside at the office. Sound familiar? What to do when you’re craving a touch of green to lighten up the greige of your workspace? Add...


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The Smart Homeowners Guide To Rewiring A House

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 03, 2019

Is your electrical system underperforming? Tripped breakers, flickering lights, and strange sounds or smells all spell trouble – in the form of potential for shock, fire, and...


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Concrete Projects To DIY (And When To Hire A Pro)

Posted by Laura Firszt | May 27, 2019

To savvy homeowners, DIY concrete projects can seem very appealing. And yes, the idea of saving money and tackling a major home improvement is definitely cool. But slow down …...


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Contemporary Paint Colors

Posted by Laura Firszt | May 20, 2019

From avocado green to millennial pink, trends in interior paint colors have come and gone. So how do you choose a color palette that looks fresh right now but you’ll still love...


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Roof Types Factsheet: Pros & Cons of 10 Popular Materials

Posted by Laura Firszt | May 13, 2019

Are you looking to install a new roof this year? Jumpstart the project – prepare yourself with the facts on roofing materials before you even hire a contractor. Here’s...