Category: Green Home Improvement

HomeStars announces Giving Back Award winners

HomeStars created the Giving Back Awards to recognize companies that have done significant charitable work in their community in 2015. We received over 200 entries and selected the 78 most deserving companies listed below, who went ‘above and beyond’ in giving back to their communities. The winning companies listed below...

/ February 16, 2016

GBA Winner: Green Thumb Landscaping

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 Green Thumb Landscaping for winning a Giving Back Award.  In the words of owner Tamara Konopelky, “We started the Christmas Carepack Campaign. We collected...

/ February 16, 2016

GBA Winner: Go Green Plumbing Ltd.

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 Go Green Plumbing for winning a Giving Back Award.  In the words of owner Jordin Funk, “I have a huge passion for the youth...

/ February 15, 2016

Best of Awards for 2016 coming soon

December marks the end of the year and the closing of eligibility for our Annual Best of Awards.  The winning companies across Canada will be announced early in 2016. Who is eligible? All companies, whether paid or unpaid, are eligible to win this award if they have lots of positive...

/ December 3, 2015

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