Category: Walls & Ceilings

Fall Maintenance Checklist

Here’s a list of things you should do this fall to prepare your home for winter:  Must-dos: Furnace servicing: change filter, humidifier panel Shut off outside taps Drain garden hoses Clean eavestroughs/gutters and downspouts to avoid flooding Check flashing along eavestroughs and the roof to ensure water cannot seep through...

/ October 9, 2015
Technician checking furnace filter

How to Optimize the Efficiency of Your Air Conditioning System

Optimize your AC’s Efficiency Simply put, air conditioners take heat out of your house, in much the same way that refrigerators do. To optimize their efficiency, try to prevent heat from getting inside the house in the first place with the following steps: Your roof gets most of the direct...

/ May 4, 2015

Insulation 101

Insulation affects your energy bills and comfort levels year-round. Alex Schuts from Insta-Insulation has provided the basics every homeowner should know when it comes to insulating their home. 4 Signs your house lacks insulation: You aren’t comfortable in your home – it’s either too hot or cold. Your energy bills are...

/ March 18, 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
Roof with skylights

HomeStars U – Roofing 101

The roofing industry is largely unregulated so homeowners must be vigilant when choosing a company. Gordon Bailey from Academia Roofing & Attics offers up a checklist of items homeowners should keep in mind when hiring someone for the job. 1)   Don’t hire if they haven’t looked in your attic A...

/ September 10, 2014

Furniture 101

High quality furniture can be quite a costly investment. Carpenter Malcolm McGrath of Malcolm Mcgrath Cabinets and Fine Carpentry discusses what homeowners should consider and look for when buying furniture for their home. What are you using it for? This will determine the level of quality you need: Short term vs. long...

/ July 8, 2014

Down Pipes 101

John Whyte from True North Eavestroughing gives advice on downpipes and the common issues surrounding them. Problem 1: Clogging The main issue with the clogging of downpipes is that it can go up over top of the gutters, come down the walls and into the foundation of your home. Problem...

/ May 28, 2014

Home Theatre 101

Consumers often associate home theatres with a lot of clunky equipment. Mike Widerman of Toronto Home Theater debunks these myths by showing us a sleek and modern home theatre that doesn’t skimp on picture and sound.    Myth #1: TV’s are better than projectors At the heart of this room...

/ January 9, 2014

Home Automation/Smart Home Technology 101

Home automation, smart home technology and the connected home are all terms that have been thrown around a lot in the last year and if you are still wondering what it all means check out this video below.  Rob May of Sounds Good Audio & Video Solutions explains what it means...

/ January 9, 2014

Refinish, Reupholster or Repurchase?

Toying with the idea of refinishing that cherished piece of furniture? Not sure if it’s worth fixing up? Our latest videos offer tips on furniture refinishing and upholstery and can help you make a decision. Upper Canada Upholstery: 1) Reupholstering furniture is a long term investment so make sure the...

/ October 23, 2013