Category: HomeStars How-To

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Heating Your Home Using Smartphone Technology

Technology is quickly becoming so integrated into our lives that it’s difficult to remember the days when our homes were heated by coal furnaces. Today, most urban homes in Canada rely upon easy-to-access natural gas to heat our homes. To make modern life even easier, sophisticated heating systems include smartphone technology...

/ September 30, 2016
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Prepping Your Furnace Room

It’s the time of year when Canadians start to think about heating their homes as opposed to cooling them. And with a nasty, cold winter predicted across most of the country, time to talk about best practices for your furnace room. Safety and ease of access is a wise thing to consider in advance...

/ September 30, 2016
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Fall Colour Report – How to Incorporate in Your Home this Season

Whether you’re looking to change things up this season or wondering how to decorate with the latest fall colour trends, we’ve got suggestions for the colour brave and those who are still flirting with the idea of change. Pantone is the leading authority when it comes to seasonal colour changes....

/ September 18, 2016
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Cottage And Cabin Closing Checklist

The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting cooler. It’s that time of year again. Summer is wrapping up, and with the kids heading back to school, time to close up the cabin or cottage sometime soon and enjoy the lovely cool, fall weekends in the city. If you have a...

/ August 29, 2016
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How To Repurpose Your Spare Room

Empty nesters rejoice! With those kids heading off to college and university this fall, you’ll soon have a new spare bedroom. But what to do with all that extra space? Having a spare bedroom is a luxury but it can quickly become a junk closet if you don’t repurpose and...

/ August 19, 2016
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Living With Your Dog Or Cat In Your Condominium – Tips And Tricks For Harmonious Living

Not surprisingly more and more urban Canadians are choosing condominium ownership over single family home ownership. According to the 2011 Statistics Canada survey, Vancouver has the highest percentage of condominium households at 31.4%, with Calgary coming in second at 20.4% and Toronto sitting at third with 18.7% of residents living...

/ August 17, 2016
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Prepping Your House for Sale

Deciding to sell your home is a big decision that takes time and consideration. What you might not realize is that it takes a lot more than putting up a For Sale sign to get the job done. In this day and age where image is everything, getting your house...

/ August 13, 2016
Colourful cushion and chairs in a Dining Room juxtaposed against a bright white wall. Photo via Rowcdesign.com

The Art Of Small Space Living

Reducing carbon footprint and living a more ecologically friendly life has become a passion for many homeowners, particularly in dense urban environments. This often means living in small spaces such as condominiums or homes with a small footprint. With space at a premium in many cities, even a small condominium...

/ July 25, 2016
A suite in Camrost-Felcorp’s Blue Diamond condominium development in Toronto's Deer Park neighbourhood.

Top 12 Tips When Buying A Condominium

In hot markets such as Toronto and Vancouver, condominiums are becoming an attractive solution for many first, second and third time home buyers alike. I know because I just sold my single family detached home and downsized to a condo. And boy, am I happy about it. While Canadians are...

/ July 15, 2016
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How to Photograph Your Home Renovation

Whether you are renovating the whole main floor of your home or the tiny powder room off your kitchen, taking photos at every stage of the project is one of the best things you can do as a homeowner. Not only are they useful when showing off to your family...

/ July 4, 2016