Michael Franco


A creative director with Reader's Digest for ten years, also formerly serving as site editor for a division of About.com, Michael Franco has spent over a decade covering science, technology, hospitality and home improvement. His writing credits include Angie's List, Good Housekeeping, Consumer Reports, and National Geographic. A graduate of Ithaca College and Manhattanville College, with a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing, Mr. Franco once owned and operated a bed and breakfast in Amish country. Today, he lives and works in Asheville, NC. Michael Franco on LinkedIn | Google +

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Home improvement projects don’t have to drag on for weeks—or even wait for the weekend! Here are 7 easy upgrades that you can accomplish in just a little more time than a typical commerci...

AUGUST 25, 2014 | MONDAY
Brokers Reveal 7 "Works Every Time" Ways to Boost Home Resale Value

Whether you're looking to relocate, retire, downsize, or upsize, the process of selling your home can create a long and wild to-do list. But putting your place on the market doesn’t need ...

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There's nothing quite like natural light to brighten the rooms of a home. For one thing, sunlight's free, so making good use of it can cut down on electricity costs. For another, exposure...

How to Plunge a Toilet

People go weeks, months, and even years without giving the toilet a second thought. The instant it clogs, however, the toilet becomes the center of attention. While most homeowners are wi...

JULY 17, 2014 | THURSDAY
5 Things to Consider When Choosing a New Roof

Every homeowner knows that a sound roof is an absolute must to protect your investment. That's why routine roof maintenance—from cleaning out gutters to checking for missing shingles and ...

JULY 8, 2014 | TUESDAY
The Economical, Environmental, and Emotional Benefits of Tubular Skylights

There’s no substitute for natural light. In comparison with the artificial variety, it's better for your health, the environment, and your electric bill. So figuring out how to get more d...

Planning Guide: Above-Ground Swimming Pools

Nothing epitomizes leisure more than a swimming pool. For some it is a symbol of affluence, but for others a pool is simply a fun way to get exercise, relax, cool off, and gather with fri...

JUNE 13, 2014 | FRIDAY
Regain Your Footing: Top Tips for Common Wood Floor Repairs

This article has been brought to you by Lumber Liquidators. Its facts and opinions are those of BobVila. com. Few things can add as much warmth, character, and charm to a room as hardwood...

How To: Choose the Right Materials for Your Outdoor Project

Thinking of building a fence? Looking to add a deck? Both projects will be subjected to the whims of Mother Nature, so choosing the right materials can mean the difference between a deck ...

MAY 23, 2014 | FRIDAY
Everything You Need to Know About Engineered Wood Floors

Engineered flooring might sound like something that's made in a lab from plastics and other chemicals but, in fact, it consists of real wood. What sets engineered flooring apart from othe...