Category: Handyman Services

Tax Credits incenting you to do a renovation? Check the contractor is licensed and a not fly-by-night outfit!

There will be lots of unemployed people jumping into the contractor business over the next 12 months in Canada, trying to make a quick buck as homeowners take advantage of the new renovation tax credit – see more about the tax credit on our last post. But be very careful...

/ January 28, 2009

Renovation Pays – literally. Government will be helping out.

It's time to renovate your house, and Mr Harper is going to help out with a little tax credit to make it a little cheaper and easier.

/ January 28, 2009

Insulating paint — an alternative to traditional insulation

Our previous house was constructed in the standard manner for the 1950s:  double brick walls with no insulation between the two brick layers. In the winter the exterior walls felt like the inside of a refrigerator. One insulation company told me that while a blow-in foam insulation could be inserted, it would...

/ January 27, 2009

The things you learn when your house breaks down…

When I moved into our newly constructed house there was a naive side of me that expected everything to work perfectly for at least the first five years. In hindsight, it seems to me that the best house to move into is a four to six year old home, after all the kinks have been...

/ January 20, 2009

A skylight in a condo? It will cure your blues too!

Sceptics aside,  Cliff Arnall’s theory of the third Monday in January being the most depressing day of the year seems to me to hit the mark. What with holiday let down, credit card bills and a severe lack of daylight for those of us in northern climes,  January can be a pretty...

/ January 13, 2009
Photo of work done by Canada's Gardenland

Thank You For Coming Out Last Night!

HomeStars hosted a ‘Meet the Contractors’ event last night and had a great turnout. I’ve listed everyone that threw their business card into our draw for the new Blackberry donated by Rogers but many more of you came out – and we appreciate you taking the time! What we learned...

/ November 7, 2008

Wallcoverings and More…

Wallpaper is “in” again. Ten years from now we will likely all be cursing it as we scrape the remnants of it off our walls mumbling “what were we thinking?” but in the meantime, it does add a dimension to your walls that paint can’t. When I was at the...

/ April 30, 2008

Contractor a no-show?

I received a call from Stanley Funes at the City of Toronto Licensing Department the other day. He’d come across our site and told me it was great and long overdue (hey, we think so too!). It turns out, there is a complaints department at the city for delinquent contractors...

/ February 7, 2008