Category: Architects, Builders & Engineers

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Home Renovation Survival Guide – Selecting the Right Contractor

This is the most important step of all. If you hire the right contractor to lead your home renovation, all should go relatively smoothly … and vice-versa! When meeting prospective contractors it can be challenging to differentiate the best from the rest, so we’ve condensed a list of the top 10...

/ March 13, 2016
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Home Renovation Survival Guide – Getting Started

Your home is likely your largest asset. A renovation will add to its value, but more importantly add to your enjoyment of living in it. There is a tremendous amount of planning involved in a home renovation. Doing your homework upfront will pay dividends later. Start your project by following...

/ March 10, 2016
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GBA Winner: Top to Bottom Renovations

  HomeStars would like to congratulate Top to Bottom Renovations for winning a Giving Back Award.  In the words of owner Chris Wanschura, “We spend about a week doing all the structural setup for the annual Halloween fundraiser at 225 Creepy Carrville Rd in Richmond Hill where all funds raised...

/ February 16, 2016
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Seventy-six per cent of Canadians say their purchase decisions are influenced by online reviews

While only twenty-five per cent ever check reviews when hiring home contractors. We recently surveyed Canadians nationally and found that even though online reviews were influencing purchasing decisions in general, they were not always being consulted when hiring home service professionals. Despite the fact that home improvement can cost thousands...

/ April 28, 2015

Best of 2014 Winners

We have travelled across Canada to award the country’s best home improvement companies. Tonight we are wrapping up awards season in Toronto. This is our seventh year awarding contractors who have done outstanding work, based on homeowner reviews. Check out the winners in your region! Toronto’s Best of 2014 award...

/ February 2, 2015

HomeStars U — Bathroom Reno 101

In the lastest installement of HomeStars U, Mark Ashton of Ashton Renovations takes us through the basics of what every homeowner should know before they do a bathroom reno. 1) Plan and design document Details the layout of bathroom, labour specifications, material specifications, and goes through the design Cost: $300...

/ February 13, 2014

Landscaping & Lawn Care Costs in Canada

Canadians have spent less money on landscaping jobs in the last 5 years. It’s safe to say the average Canadian is spending less in general since 2008, so this trend isn’t surprising. With an average project cost of nearly $13,000.00 for reviews under the category of Landscaping Contractor and Designers,...

/ August 20, 2013

My Contractor Didn’t Provide Good Quality Work: Should I Sue?

Suppose you decide to renovate your bathroom. You think about how much you can afford and what work you want done. You make a few calls and find someone who can do the renovations for you for a reasonable price. That person (or company) comes to you house, does some...

/ July 7, 2012

Inside The Ideal Home & Garden Show 2012

The Ideal Home & Garden Show started yesterday evening and we were there to check out this year’s exhibitors. The show looks great, with rows of home improvement contractors and an amazing garden center filled with landscaping ideas and companies. We have many of this year’s vendors listed on our...

/ March 2, 2012

A HomeStars Halloween Tale

Everyone in your neighbourhood knows “this” house. It’s the house the kids ride their bike in front of really fast. Or, when you walk by (if you walk by) you have to look at even though you don’t want to. And the fact that it seems to sit alone and...

/ October 31, 2011