Category: Green Home Improvement

When buying your first place, keep in mind these Do's and Don’ts

So you’re ready to spread your wings and fly – into the nest of homeownership? It’s an exciting step and since it may be the biggest purchase of your life, it is also normal to feel some nerves. In fact, there’s a lot to know as the new kid on...

/ October 28, 2015

Skip these updates when selling your home

Selling your home is no small undertaking. Aside from the obvious cleaning and purging of unwanted or unused personal belongings, there are generally a few upgrades to be made in order to get the best price for your property. But it’s important to not go overboard, so we’ve put together...

/ October 26, 2015

Fall Gardening Basics: Terms to Know

If you are a true novice when it comes to gardening, here are a few basic terms to get familiar with this fall. Plant Hardiness Zones: There are nine zones in Canada ranging from the harshest “0” to the mildest “8” and each zone is further subdivided into “a” and...

/ September 3, 2015

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

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

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

Best Local Businesses to Buy Christmas Decorations

Where can you get unique holiday decor locally? Every city has a special shops that really shine this time of year, and offer an exceptional selection of Christmas and holiday decorations! We would like to help you out as you strive to shop locally while creating a gorgeous home this...

/ December 8, 2011

Wake up and Smell the Coffee: 4 Great Ways to Spice up your Caffeine Intake

Over 60 percent of all coffee drunk by Canadians is consumed at home. Most of the coffee consumed, however, is made from your regular grocery -store-bought grounds, in a typical drip-maker. Why not spice things up a bit? Here are four alternative ways to change up your daily java fix....

/ September 8, 2011

The Tool Box: Home Staging, Headboards, Salt and Sunflowers

One of the reasons I love writing HomeStars’ Friday post, The Tool Box, is because it gives me the chance to research and see what’s hot in homes, renovations, and décor. And some of the things you find regarding homes written by other bloggers and media is quite interesting. Take...

/ August 26, 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