Month: September 2016

Heating Your Home Using Smartphone Technology

Technology is quickly becoming so integrated into our lives that it’s difficult to remember the days when our homes were heated by coal furnaces. Today, most urban homes in Canada rely upon easy-to-access natural gas to heat our homes. To make modern life even easier, sophisticated heating systems include smartphone technology...

/ September 30, 2016

Prepping Your Furnace Room

It’s the time of year when Canadians start to think about heating their homes as opposed to cooling them. And with a nasty, cold winter predicted across most of the country, time to talk about best practices for your furnace room. Safety and ease of access is a wise thing to consider in advance...

/ September 30, 2016

The Mechanics Behind HomeStars’ New Scoring System

Last week we introduced HomeStars’ new Scoring System, the goal of which is to help homeowners make better hiring decisions. Since we made the announcement, we’ve received a number of enquiries regarding the mechanics behind the scores. Here’s a detailed overview of how our Scoring System works: It all starts...

/ September 23, 2016
Fall gardening

Fall Gardening Checklist

With the warm September weather we’ve been enjoying, it’s hard to believe Autumn has officially begun! Fall is arguably the most important of all seasons for your garden. Fall gardening work done now will produce impressive results come spring. Here’s a handy fall gardening checklist with some helpful links on how...

/ September 22, 2016

Real-Life Homeowner Projects Involving Paint, Walls, Ceilings, Mouldings and Cupboards

Adding a fresh coat of paint to your walls or kitchen cupboards is often the least expensive and most impactful change you can make to the rooms of your home. Check out the projects found below undertaken by other Canadian homeowners for more information on cost and workmanship. Hamilton Location –...

/ September 20, 2016
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Fall Colour Report – How to Incorporate in Your Home this Season

Whether you’re looking to change things up this season or wondering how to decorate with the latest fall colour trends, we’ve got suggestions for the colour brave and those who are still flirting with the idea of change. Pantone is the leading authority when it comes to seasonal colour changes....

/ September 18, 2016

Autumn Backyard Living

Autumn is near … and so is your backyard! Here are some ideas from HomeStars to help you and your guests enjoy autumn backyard living when the nights get cooler. Let there be heat! Being able to turn on the heat at the flick of a switch will help you really...

/ September 13, 2016
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The 411 On HomeStars’ New Scoring System

‘NO BULLIES NO CHEATS’, the CEO & Founder of HomeStars wrote emphatically. She had gathered a ‘trust task force’ following the surfacing of a story regarding an Ontario builder who’d ran himself into massive debt, filed for bankruptcy and kept the deposits of a number of stranded homeowners. The team was devastated as...

/ September 12, 2016
Condo kitchen Renovation

Condo Renovation Expert Q&A

With single family home ownership approaching the unattainable for many Canadians in large urban centres, condominium ownership in major Canadian cities at an all-time high. For many interested in condo ownership looking at older condominiums can be a great option. The trend among condo builders in the last 10 years is to build...

/ September 8, 2016

September HomeStars Star Reviewer Contest Now Open!

Back To School Or Back To Cool, These Gadgets Score An A+ Write Reviews, Win Prizes! It’s That Simple! Whether you’re hitting the books, sending your happy scholars back to class, or just looking for some cool new tech for your home, these back to school gadgets are sure to...

/ September 5, 2016