Month: November 2016

Top 6 Basement Renovations of 2016 – Editors Pick

A basement renovation can be a costly, time-consuming undertaking, but is often well worth it. Gorgeous is the only word we have to describe our top 6 basement transformations, which is great because basement renos are not cheap. In fact, according to our data, collected from thousands of homeowners, basement renovation costs...

/ November 28, 2016

Average Costs Of Keeping Your Home Warm

Oh Canada! While there are many advantages to being a small, nordic country, one disadvantage is the constant battle to keep heat inside and cold outside of one’s home. The majority of Canadian homes are heated by furnaces with the exception of Quebec, where the majority of homeowners use electric, baseboard...

/ November 24, 2016

Seasonal Storage Solutions – Q&A with Kwik Kloset Inc.

With winter quickly approaching (for some of us, it’s already here!), it’s time to start prepping our homes for the new season. With temperatures dropping and the holiday season in full effect, winter means the items we keep in storage will soon be freed. But where’s it all going to...

/ November 21, 2016

Home Security Systems

Many people buy home security systems to protect their valuables while they are out of the house, however, their first priority should be to protect their loved ones while inside the house. It’s important to protect your home while there or away, and knowing the right way to do so. We...

/ November 18, 2016

Top 6 Bathroom Renovations of 2016- Editors Pick

A bathroom renovation can increase the value of your home, and also provide lots of pleasure to your family while you’re living there. Much to our delight, the HomeStars content team sees tens of thousands of bathroom renovations sent in from across the country each year. With great difficulty, we selected our top...

/ November 18, 2016

Tis The Season To Get The Fireplace You Want And Need

As we descend into the short days of winter, thoughts turn to creating cozy spaces in the home. The Danish call it Hygge. Hygge cannot be translated as a word, rather it is a feeling. It’s the feeling you get when you spend a winter evening at a friends place, laughing, eating,...

/ November 14, 2016

Home Insulation: Don’t DIY, Hire a Pro

There are many benefits of good home insulation: It will lower your heating and air conditioning costs, minimize temperature fluctuations, prevent mould growth, buffer outside noise and reduce your home’s environmental impact. Although you may be tempted to DIY, hiring an insulation professional will payoff in how they assess your home upfront...

/ November 10, 2016

Giving Back Awards – CLOSED FOR NOMINATIONS

AS OF DEC 15, 2016, NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. Last year we launched the Giving Back Awards to recognize companies that have done significant charitable work in their community in 2015.  In all, 78 companies from across Canada won this prestigious award last year. The winning companies did not just make a donation...

/ November 9, 2016

Home Heating Systems – Which is Best for You?

Winter is just around the corner … is your home heating system up to the task? When selecting an appropriate home heating system, either for a new home or as a replacement, it helps to have a basic understanding of the different types of systems, their efficiency ratings and long-term...

/ November 7, 2016

How To: Create a Cozy Home with Lighting

This past Sunday we saw the clocks go back an hour for Daylight Savings. While this means we all (hopefully) get an extra hour of sleep, we also lose an important hour of sunlight every day. With the days getting shorter, darker and colder, now is the perfect time to...

/ November 6, 2016