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Energy Efficient Windows

It may feel like Old Man Winter is finally loosening his grip – but installing energy-efficient windows will save you money year-round. Simply put, older windows can cause heat loss in winter and heat absorption in summer that increases the cost of air conditioning. In winter, energy-efficient windows reduce heat...

/ March 11, 2017
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Basement Waterproofing to Protect Your Home

Effective basement waterproofing is essential for the health of your home and your family. Without it, rainwater and/or sewage can wreak havoc in two very different ways: 1) A flood is an emergency that must be fixed ASAP as it can cause immediate property damage to fixtures and furniture, or...

/ February 20, 2017
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Kitchen Design – Q&A with a Professional

Remodelling your kitchen provides the best return on investment of any home renovation. Why?  Because the kitchen is the focal point of your home, day-in and day-out. It’s where your family congregates two or three times every day. Upgrading your kitchen with the latest innovations will not only make meal...

/ January 30, 2017
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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
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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
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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
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Duct Cleaning: What to Know Before you Hire

Duct cleaning is not a DIY project. It requires specialized equipment, including a high-powered industrial vacuum that takes the debris out of your home into a truck. Our Home Renovation Survival Guide offers helpful tips on how to select the right company for the job.  These include reading homeowner reviews,...

/ October 24, 2016
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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
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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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Student Moving Tips for Back to School

With September just around the corner, most recent high school grads are preparing to start their freshman year in college or university. Students who choose to attend a post-secondary school in a new town will be moving away from home for the first time, which can be stressful and time...

/ August 9, 2016