June HomeStars Star Reviewer Contest Now Open

Celebrate Father’s Day & Fathers with HomeStars More Reviews = Better Odds To Win! June means a lot of things. The end of Spring and beginning of Summer, school ending for the year, and getting ready to enjoy the warmer months. It also means Father’s Day is right around the...

/ June 1, 2017
hidden cat litter box ideas

The 10 Best Hidden Cat Litter Box Ideas

There’s a lot to love about cats, but there’s one thing that even the biggest cat whisperers out there can’t stand: litter boxes. Unfortunately, a litter box is an unsightly necessity that will stick out like a sore paw no matter what room you try to hide it in. That’s...

/ May 31, 2017
living room area rug

How To Choose The Best Area Rugs For Your Home Decor

The right area rug can really tie a room together but an ill-fitting rug can throw off your perfectly planned design. How to choose an area rug is more than just finding the right colour and pattern; size matters and it differs from room to room. Whether you’re looking for...

/ May 30, 2017
Kitchen

What a Million Dollars Gets You In Every Major City in Canada

It isn’t big news that some Canadian cities are in the middle of a housing crisis, where average detached housing prices have risen to $1.49 million in Vancouver, and $1.6 million in Toronto. This has made it more difficult than ever to own a house, but it really doesn’t have to be....

/ May 26, 2017
hacking a smart home

The Importance of Securely Setting Up Smart Home Devices

For the tech lovers among us, the rapid advancements in smart home technology are exciting developments. It won’t be long until most homes have touchscreen hubs on their refrigerators, smart lighting, and various other voice controlled devices to make their lives easier. Perhaps the most profound changes have happened within...

/ May 25, 2017
designated substance survey

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
Easy Vegetable Garden

The 10 Easiest Vegetables To Grow In Your Garden

Thinking of starting your own vegetable garden? While not everyone has a green thumb, even the most basic beginners can have a lush garden full of the easiest vegetables to grow. Pick your favourites and you’ll be eating homegrown and healthy vegetables in no time. Easy Vegetable Garden Plants 1....

/ May 19, 2017
swimming pool cover removed

How To Remove, Clean & Store A Swimming Pool Cover

There’s nothing that signals the beginning of summer quite like opening up your pool. Before you can take your first dip, however, there’s an important first step: removing your swimming pool cover. With high-quality pool covers pricing ranging anywhere from $800 to $1,400, you’re going to want to make sure...

/ May 19, 2017
Bruce Peninsula

The Best Weekend Getaway Spots in Canada by Province

 Are you in dire need of a summer vacation? Why venture outside of Canada when there are so many beautiful spots within driving distance perfect for a weekend getaway. Whether you are looking for a quiet romantic escape with your significant other, a fun time with some friends, or a...

/ May 19, 2017

Considerations When Building An Off-Grid Cottage or Cabin

If you’re thinking of purchasing a second home, whether it be a cottage, cabin, lake house, camp or other, you may be considering going totally off-grid. It’s an exciting idea for homeowners who want to actively reduce their carbon footprint, and get closer to nature. When considering buying an off-grid property, there...

/ May 15, 2017