All posts by Leslie Andrachuk

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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
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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
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Introducing Star Score – A New Way For Canadians to Evaluate Contractors

Today, HomeStars launched a new and better way for Canadians to evaluate the contractors they are researching to hire. This innovative new system is the first of its kind among review sites. It is called Star Score. Star Score is the result of many employee’s hard work over the past two...

/ November 3, 2016
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How To Effectively Rate And Review A Home Professional

For those amongst us who actually remember the 70’s, the movie 10 introduced the notion of the “Perfect 10” into our urban lexicon. But as the protagonist of the movie George soon discovered, there is no such thing as a ‘perfect 10’. Indeed, there is no such thing as perfection. Which is...

/ October 31, 2016
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Hiring A Snow Removal Company? Here’s What You Need To Consider

It’s almost that magical time of year, and for some of us lucky Canadians, the snow is already flying! Skiers are waxing up the boards, kids are looking forward to snow days and homeowners are dreading the inevitable shovelling of the driveway and front walk. While city services make it...

/ October 24, 2016

Top 10 Gutter And Eavestrough Questions

Gutters (also known as eavestroughs) are long, narrow tubes that are attached to the fascia of your home and are used to reroute rain. Downspouts attached to the gutters then funnel water to the ground where ideally, it’s directed away from the foundation of the home. Proper irrigation that takes...

/ October 14, 2016
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Choosing The Right Flooring For Your Home

New flooring can dramatically change the look and feel of any room. If you are renovating a space, one of the first things you should consider before you do anything to the room is replace the flooring. This is especially true when you are dealing with old and worn out carpets, outdated laminate...

/ October 10, 2016
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How To Improve Indoor Air Quality

Although fall has only just begun, very soon we Canadians will shut our windows for the winter, rarely opening them for fresh air until the spring. With this closed-in lifestyle we subject ourselves and our families to during the cold months, medical conditions such as asthma, allergies, and bronchitis can arise. It’s important to...

/ October 3, 2016
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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
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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