All posts by Michael Keshen

Michael Keshen is a content writer for the HomeStars Blog.

How to Write a Helpful Online Review

A well-written online review is the most effective way to share your experience with other homeowners and help them make an informed hiring decision. It empowers you to have a voice by ensuring that lousy work does not go unnoticed, while also helping the best service professionals earn new business...

/ February 7, 2018

Smart Home Tech to Make Your Home Ready for 2018

Technology has enabled us to all be connected like never before to loved ones, information, entertainment and, more recently, our homes. This year, more and more of us will be looking to add smart home technology to make our everyday tasks easier and more efficient. But which smart home tech...

/ January 4, 2018
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Aging in Place Tax Credits, Grants & Loans in Canada

If you’re planning on staying in your home as you get older, the costs associated with aging in place can quickly add up — especially when you’re retired and on a fixed income. According to our 2017 Aging in Place Report, 62% of Canadian homeowners are unaware that tax benefits are...

/ November 22, 2017
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Functional and Stylish Aging in Place Home Modifications

When thinking about a home that’s ready for senior living, chances are you picture things like bathtub benches, stairlifts and grab bars. Although these are important modifications for many aging homeowners, they are by no means the only aging in place enhancements to choose from. In fact, there are many home...

/ November 14, 2017
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How to Safely Get Rid of Your Old Electronics

Electronic devices like computers and televisions are among the most prized possessions we have in our homes; unfortunately, they are also the worst things that we can send to landfills. These devices contain materials that do not break down easily and chemicals that over time pollute our air and water....

/ November 9, 2017
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Maintaining A Tidy Bathroom Sink This Movember

Last year, 325,000 Canadians raised $15.5 Million for Movember, an annual initiative where men grow moustaches and collect donations to raise awareness of and support men’s health issues. While this may be a great cause, it does come with an unfortunate side effect: hundreds of thousands of messy or clogged...

/ October 31, 2017
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The 10 Most Common Household Stains (And How To Clean Them)

Household stains are a fact of life. No matter how pristine your home may look right now, sometime soon — in a week, a few days, or maybe even as you’re reading this article — you’re going to spill something. If you’re anything like me, your first reaction is to mourn...

/ September 5, 2017
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How To Prioritize Your House Renovation Wish List

When it comes to renovations, there’s always something that could use an update. Even if you’ve already renovated your home from top to bottom, by the time you finish your final room the first one may already be starting to look a little too old fashioned for your liking. If...

/ August 31, 2017
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How A Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System Works

There are many options for keeping yourself hydrated around the home, but nothing is simpler than filling up your glass directly from the tap. If you’re skeptical of the cleanliness of tap water, however, then a reverse osmosis water filtration system may be the ideal solution for you. What Is...

/ August 3, 2017
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How To Baby-Proof Electrical Outlets In Your Home

When your phone or laptop has 1% battery left, the sight of an electric outlet can be incredibly satisfying; however, when there’s a baby crawling around your living room, that same outlet becomes a major source of dread. Think about it from the point of view of a baby or...

/ July 27, 2017