Tag: contractor

New window by Consumers Choice Home Improvement

HomeStars U: Window Replacement 101

In the latest installment of HomeStars U,  Anthony Gucciardi from Encore Home Improvements gives us the lowdown on the two methods of window installation. Full-Tear Out Of Your Windows The entire window is removed and damaged wood is replaced. The installer reinsulates the interior frame and a new window is installed. The interior...

/ June 13, 2016
Permits illustration

Home Renovation Survival Guide – The Permit

Renovating your home often requires a permit, but where to begin? Here are the five W’s (actually six) you should ask yourself before your reno begins. 1. Why get a permit? As more Canadians renovate their homes, many are forgetting the building permit, and are breaking the law in the process. More importantly, personal...

/ April 11, 2016
What to expect from a home renovation

Home Renovation Survival Guide – 10 things to expect DURING your renovation

The plans are approved, the contract is signed and work on your home renovation is about to begin. But you’re nervously waiting for the demolition to start and the dust to start flying – literally! Here are 10 things to expect during the renovation that can allay your fears and...

/ April 11, 2016
Kitchen Renovation by Bravehart Building Design and Build

Best Of Award Winners – Ontario Home Renovation Specialists

Undertaking a home renovation is a large and complex project. Finding the right General Contractor or Home Renovation Specialist is key to the success of your project. To help make your journey a little bit easier, we’ve pulled together a list of our 2016 Best of Awards recipients that specialize...

/ April 5, 2016
Wall behind wood-burning stove from Kodiak Mountain Stone

Fighting Against Home Improvement Rip-Offs

Recently, HomeStars has published blog posts highlighting news reports on scandalous roofers, contractors and other home improvements businesses. In “Helping Homeowners is our Business” Alicia in our Ottawa office discusses the numerous TV and radio news reports regarding shady contractors and landscapers in the area. It’s not just about the work that wasn’t completed...

/ February 8, 2011
Kitchen renovation by SKY Kitchen Cabinets Ltd

The Dos & Don’ts of Hiring a Contractor

HomeStars President, Brian Sharwood, (aka @bsharwood, or ^bhs on our Twitter account) was recently interviewed by Michael Dean on his YouTube show, Dollars n Sense. If you skip to the 4 min mark, you’ll hear Brian share his insight on the do’s and don’ts of hiring a contractor.

/ February 7, 2011

What To Look for in a Professional Renovator

Today’s post comes straight from our forums. John Teixeira from JCONSTRUCTION AND RENOVATIONS INC. shared this advice and I thought it was so helpful that I wanted to add to it and post it on our blog. We often take on a lot of DIY projects to save time and...

/ December 8, 2010
Photo of work done by B&B Masonry

HomeStars Companies Connect

Last night we hosted the second Companies Connect event in Toronto at the Fox & the Fiddle Wellesley [great venue, btw] and it was a great success. We host these networking events for home contractors to give them the opportunity to connect with each other, to learn about social media,...

/ November 25, 2010
Before kitchen renovation by Level One Construction

Contractor For Fire: 8 Tips to Avoid Renovation Frustration

Could you imagine struggling for six months to get your kitchen renovated? This is exactly what “Frustrated in South Surrey” went through, and she is still dealing with the aftermath. I sat down with her to listen to her experiences and to share some of her advice on how to avoid...

/ November 22, 2010

New Site Update – Our New Media Gallery!

Now companies can upload unlimited photos and video, and place them in Galleries (essentially a file folder online). There is a nice new preview screen to allow consumers to quickly mouse over an image and see what it is before opening it into a larger slide show.

/ September 28, 2010