Category: Foundations

GBA Winner: 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Toronto and GTA

HomeStars created the Giving Back Awards (GBA) to recognize companies that have done significant charitable work in their community in 2015.  HomeStars would like to congratulate 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Toronto and GTA for winning a Giving Back Award.  In the words of owner Ashton Lubman, “We partnered with Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation...

/ February 14, 2016

Best of 2014 Winners

We have traveled 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

Down Pipes 101

John Whyte from True North Eavestroughing gives advice on downpipes and the common issues surrounding them. Problem 1: Clogging The main issue with the clogging of downpipes is that it can go up over top of the gutters, come down the walls and into the foundation of your home. Problem...

/ May 28, 2014

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

When Referrals Go Bad

Recently a friend asked if I could recommend a good mechanic. I’ve been dealing with mine since 2005 and they’ve always been extremely helpful and I thought, upfront about the cost of repairs for my car. My friend didn’t receive the same service and was overcharged for parts. Now I...

/ October 19, 2011

Tips for HomeStars Promotions & Charity Programs

There’s a good chance that somewhere within the HomeStars website, there’s a ticket promotion or charity program. If it’s not running now for your city, stay tuned. In Vancouver we are running two: Vancouver Home + Design Show and the Vancouver Public Library Foundation.   Ticket promotions and fundraising programs have become...

/ October 5, 2011

The Tool Box: Ladders, privacy seating, coffee bags and more…

  This is a weekly blogging segment that reviews the past week’s trends in the home improvement industry or hot topics related to our readers. If you come across a cool post or video you think should be included, send an email with the subject line “Tool Box” to inbound AT...

/ July 29, 2011

Three Alternative Roofs to Consider

Looking around at a standard North American neighbourhood the diversity of roofs might not be overly apparent. Sure they come in, what, two or three colours, but after the options of shingles or steel, what other choices are there? Numerous, perhaps surprisingly so given the doldrums of mass urban planning....

/ July 21, 2011

Summer Traffic Report & Search Word Forecast

I took a look into both the search words and queries that bring people to HomeStars and the words and queries that are used once someone reaches the site, to get a better idea of what to expect in the coming months. Some of the most popular searches, no matter...

/ July 7, 2011

Think Your Stuff Has Worth? Get it Appraised!

So what if Antiques Road Show Canada went off the air? We in Eastern Ontario make our own fun! In craving the good ol’ days of taking our junk and treasures to expert appraisers to learn of our wealth (or in some cases delusion), we created our own event. Join...

/ May 31, 2011