Tag: Home Renovation

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Why Older Homes Need A Designated Substance Survey Before Renovating

Anyone who has lived through a renovation can attest to the amount of fine dust created during demolition.  In older homes, especially those built before 1980, there is a chance that dust may contain hazardous substances like asbestos, which can threaten the health of your family and the contractors who are working...

/ May 22, 2017

Home Automation: Home Smart Home

Many homeowners are confused, even intimidated by the terms ‘home automation’ or the ‘Internet of Things.’  While it’s supposed to make life around the house simpler, safer and more energy-efficient, some feel it would make life more complicated. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Today’s catchphrase is the...

/ April 22, 2017

Basement Waterproofing to Protect Your Home

Effective basement waterproofing is essential for the health of your home and your family. Without it, rainwater and/or sewage can wreak havoc in two very different ways: 1) A flood is an emergency that must be fixed ASAP as it can cause immediate property damage to fixtures and furniture, or...

/ February 20, 2017

Nancy’s 2017 Renovation Predictions

2016 was fantastic year for the HomeStars community and we hope that it was for you and your family as well. More so than in previous years, we have seen our community increase investment in their homes as the upward rise in house prices continues in Canada’s major cities. In...

/ January 2, 2017

Home Insulation: Don’t DIY, Hire a Pro

There are many benefits of good home insulation: It will lower your heating and air conditioning costs, minimize temperature fluctuations, prevent mould growth, buffer outside noise and reduce your home’s environmental impact. Although you may be tempted to DIY, hiring an insulation professional will payoff in how they assess your home upfront...

/ November 10, 2016

Home Heating Systems – Which is Best for You?

Winter is just around the corner … is your home heating system up to the task? When selecting an appropriate home heating system, either for a new home or as a replacement, it helps to have a basic understanding of the different types of systems, their efficiency ratings and long-term...

/ November 7, 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
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Backyard Entertaining

Backyard entertaining is all about enjoying the company of friends, neighbours or relatives in a relaxed outdoor setting, along with hot food and cold drinks. The ideal set-up should make it easier for you to multi-task: chatting with guests while serving drinks and cooking food. 1.  BBQ is the Cornerstone...

/ June 27, 2016
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2016 Best Of HomeStars Award Winners – Roofers

Roofs, like the rest of your home, require regular maintenance and/or replacement to ensure they are providing the comfort and function your home requires. Delaying repair on your roofing system can have both short and long-term effects that many building owners often don’t consider or don’t think are serious. The short-term effects...

/ May 31, 2016
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Home Renovation Survival Guide – Five things to expect AFTER your home reno

Finally, at long last your home reno is finished … or is it? Here are five things to consider as your project is winding down. 1. Finishing touches Sometimes the small touches and minor details can make or break the ‘look & feel’ of a renovation. HGTV provides photos of...

/ April 28, 2016