Tag: home improvement

Custom Kitchen Cabinetry by Mooza Wood Arts

Kitchen Trend 2010 & Predictions for 2011

Awhile back I started sorting through reviews on kitchens to find our favorite kitchens of 2010. While looking through reviews and photos (one of the best parts of this job is checking out some of the gorgeous renovation pictures homeowners add to their reviews) I was surprised by how similar...

/ November 4, 2010
Backyard deck by Sunbury Cedar

Five HomeStars Reviews We Like & Why

A person’s home is their castle and the HomeStars team takes that saying to heart. We understand the difficulties in home renovations, which is why we hope our site will ease the process for you. We are very appreciative when people share their reviews. Home owners take the time to...

/ November 1, 2010
builder facade plasterer worker

Tips on How to Handle Multiple Home Renovations at Once

When doing work on your home there are complexities in hiring someone. You have to find and compare three companies, get three estimates, call references, check them out on HomeStars.com, schedule appointments, take time off of work – the list goes on. This list becomes compounded when you have multiple...

/ October 28, 2010

A Lot to Learn From Jay Purvis and the Panel at the Ideal Home Show

On the weekend, Jay Purvis hosted Renovations Dos and Dont’s, a panel for you to pick up some great tips from the pros and get advice on your next home improvement project. The crowd at the event took advantage of the opportunity to get specialized advice from our three panelists...

/ October 4, 2010
plumbing and accessories on wooden table

Some Home Improvement Going on at The Ex

Toronto’s The Ex started on Friday August 20 and goes for the next 18 days until Sept 6. I went down to visit the Direct Energy Centre where they have hundreds of exhibitors selling a wide range of goods: from clothing to the latest kitchen gadgets. It’s a fun destination...

/ August 22, 2010
Kitchen Renovation by Rain City Renovations

Home Show Season Has Begun – Calgary Kicks It Off

It's the fall, and it's time to start really thinking about home improvement again. And what better place than to walk around a Home Show and check out some of the contractors and design firms who are showcasing their work and projects. We'll be there too, talking to both homeowners...

/ September 18, 2009

Handymen (or women) – The Do-Everything Contractor

I've been out recently a number of times talking about HomeStars among friends and colleagues. They often mention that they need a bunch of things done around the house, but wouldn't hire a 'contractor' to do it.

/ August 17, 2009
Closet via Homedit

Consumer Council Report Offers Insight and Suggestions for Contractors and Homeowners

The Consumers Council of Canada, an independent group which researches consumer issues released a report this week on the Home Improvement industry called Renovation RipOffs, Problems and Solutions. The report examined issues to do with consumer complaints regarding renovations and the home improvement business.

/ June 25, 2009
Beautiful chartreuse door by Legacy Windows, Doors, Exteriors

Washington Post Lists HomeStars as 1 of 8 Sites With Useful Home Improvement Reviews

It was nice to wake up this morning with this article from the Washington Post in my inbox. They list 8 web sites across the U.S. that have useful consumer reviews on home improvement companies. Among the 8 the article mentions is the well know Angie’s List, where consumers pay a membership...

/ May 9, 2009
Incredible use of small space. This is the set for the tv show "Girls", created by © Laura Ballenger Design

Home Decor Trends for 2009: Where to Save and Where to Splurge. Tips from Vicky Sanderson

Vicky Sanderson, Columnist for the Toronto Star and writer of two blogs, “On the House” and “Conversation Piece” will be appearing at the National Home Show  which opens this Friday, February 20, 2009. If you aren’t familiar with Vicky’s blogs, take a peak. “On the House” is full of useful information on the latest in...

/ February 17, 2009