Category: Safety

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Home Security Systems – Protection when you’re away or at home

Many people buy home security systems to protect their valuables while they are out of the house. However, their first priority should be to protect their loved ones while inside the house. According to Rick Reimer, owner of Burglar Stop in Vancouver, “I got into this business 28 years ago...

/ November 18, 2016
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Hiring A Snow Removal Company? Here’s What You Need To Consider

It’s almost that magical time of year, and for some of us lucky Canadians, the snow is already flying! Skiers are waxing up the boards, kids are looking forward to snow days and homeowners are dreading the inevitable shovelling of the driveway and front walk. While city services make it...

/ October 24, 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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15 Tips To Secure Your Home While Away On Vacation

Summer vacation. We all look forward to spending time relaxing with family, or travelling to a faraway, exotic location. While vacation time is the best time of the year for most people, it’s also a time when your home may be vulnerable to thieves so it’s important to plan how you...

/ June 29, 2016
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Top 5 Door Replacement Questions Asked By Homeowners

In addition to windows, replacing doors is one of the best ways to spend money on your home. New doors can add value to your home, increase curb appeal, and saves you financially on heating and cooling costs. More importantly, doors provide necessary security and, in turn, make your home comfortable...

/ June 21, 2016
They look so cute, but cause so much damage. Photo courtesy of Gotcha Wildlife.

Animal And Pest Control In Your Home

My warm August day had started out just fine. Work had gone well, dinner was cooked, the kitchen was clean. It was about 7:30pm and I had just finished helping my son with his bath.  The sliding back door was open to let the warm summer breezes waft through the house,...

/ June 20, 2016
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Five Common Roof Problems And How to Solve Them

Spring and early Summer is the perfect time to get that home maintenance ‘to-do’ list complete – especially with larger outdoor projects. Every Spring we see an increase in reviews about roofing companies and searches for ‘roof’ on our site, which can only mean one thing – this is the season for...

/ June 16, 2016
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HomeStars U – Deck Safety 101 (Video)

You might not think of safety as an aspect that you need to pay attention to with regards to your deck or front porch, but believe me, it’s important for you, and for anyone who ventures onto your property. I learned this the hard way a few summers ago as I stood on my...

/ May 25, 2016
Bed Bugs

How To Prevent And Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

The idea of tiny blood sucking insects in your bed has been terrifying children for decades but bed bugs can really ruin not only a good nights sleep but also your sanity. I know; I’ve been there. The Infestation A few years ago, while living in Vancouver, my whole neighborhood...

/ May 24, 2016
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Deck Repair vs. Deck Replacement

A beautiful hardwood deck helps you enjoy outdoor living, mere steps outside your back door. And in the evening, it connects the warm comfort inside your home to the cool serenity of your backyard. Eventually, deck repair will be required, from cosmetic to structural. Fortunately, most deck problems are not structural...

/ May 11, 2016