Category: Decorators & Designers

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

Update to Assisted Reviews (aka Add a Review) 

Last week, HomeStars was referenced in Toronto media after a home renovation company (GarCon Building Group) went bankrupt. Concerns were raised about the validity of some of this company’s reviews on HomeStars, in particular those published using our assisted review tool. Assisted reviews are designed to help contractors get homeowner...

/ January 9, 2015

The One of a Kind Show 2014 – Want to Go?

If you’ve got a long list of people to buy gifts for this December but aren’t in the mood for the mall or online shopping, the One of a Kind Show is for you! It’s the largest consumer craft show in North America, featuring the works of over 800 exhibitors....

/ November 27, 2014

Eavestroughs 101

In the lastest edition of HomeStars U, North Shore Eavestroughing’s Darren Perry shares his advice on the installation of eavestroughing. The following are common problems many eavestroughing systems face. 1. Overflowing eavestroughs: Improper eavestroughing can lead to overflowing water, which can leak into your basement. Can create rot against the...

/ May 28, 2014

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

Home Theatre 101

Consumers often associate home theatres with a lot of clunky equipment. Mike Widerman of Toronto Home Theater debunks these myths by showing us a sleek and modern home theatre that doesn’t skimp on picture and sound.    Myth #1: TV’s are better than projectors At the heart of this room...

/ January 9, 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

Getting The Most Out Of Your Kitchen Renovation

When you think of the most communal parts of your home the kitchen will likely top the list. This high traffic space is typically not tucked away behind closed doors and as a result it’s a room that needs to be both efficient and welcoming. The average cost of kitchen...

/ July 24, 2013

Dealing With Flood Damage In Toronto

On Monday, July 8th, 2013, the city of Toronto experienced its wettest day in recorded history, with more than 100mm of rain falling, the equivalent of one month’s worth of rain, in just three tempestuous hours. The storm caused the flooding of major arteries, roadways and homes, as well as shutting...

/ July 10, 2013

Great Home Show Hamilton!

Over the weekend we had the privilege to be at the Ideal Home show in Hamilton and also hosted a cocktail party at the show! Among the attendees, Scott Newman from New Ridge Refinishing and Pete from Mr Petersons Home Comfort came out to the party with us on Friday! Thank...

/ October 17, 2012