All posts by David Bounsall

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

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

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

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
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

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

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
Backyard stone work done by HomeStars Photo of the Day

Backyard Entertaining

Backyard entertaining is all about enjoying the company of friends, neighbours or relatives in a relaxed outdoor setting, along with hot food and cold drinks. The ideal set-up should make it easier for you to multi-task: chatting with guests while serving drinks and cooking food. 1.  BBQ is the Cornerstone...

/ June 27, 2016
BBQ

The HomeStars BBQ Guide

Your BBQ is the essential appliance for backyard entertaining and the rest of your set-up should be built around it. There are many types of BBQs to choose from and this HomeStars BBQ Guide will help you choose the one that’s right for you. What size? The size of your BBQ...

/ June 24, 2016
Deck maintenance by Beaver Brothers of Richmond Hill

Summer Deck Maintenance

Decks go through a lot throughout the year. In winter and autumn, they’re subject to harsh Canadian winter, and in the spring and summer, they’re packed full with friends and family enjoying the warm weather and good times. This means they need to be properly maintained so that they can...

/ May 18, 2016