Category: Safety

Good outdoor lighting can help deter thieves

15 Tips To Secure Your Home While Away On Vacation

Summer vacation is right around the corner… As the weather warms up and school comes to a close, we all look forward to spending time relaxing with family or travelling to a faraway, exotic location. While vacation time is the best time of the year for most people, it’s also...

/ June 29, 2016
Back deck French doors by Long Life Windows & Doors Ltd.

Top 5 Door Replacement Questions Asked By Homeowners

In addition to windows, replacing doors is one of the best ways to spend money on your home. New doors can add value to your home, increase curb appeal, and saves you financially on heating and cooling costs. More importantly, doors provide necessary security and, in turn, make your home comfortable...

/ June 21, 2016
They look so cute, but cause so much damage. Photo courtesy of Gotcha Wildlife.

Animal And Pest Control In Your Home

My warm August day had started out just fine. Work had gone well, dinner was cooked, the kitchen was clean. It was about 7:30pm and I had just finished helping my son with his bath.  The sliding back door was open to let the warm summer breezes waft through the house,...

/ June 20, 2016

Five Common Roof Problems And How to Solve Them

Spring and early Summer is the perfect time to get that home maintenance ‘to-do’ list complete – especially with larger outdoor projects. Every Spring we see an increase in reviews about roofing companies and searches for ‘roof’ on our site, which can only mean one thing – this is the season for...

/ June 16, 2016
Deck by BBG Carpentry

HomeStars U – Deck Safety 101 (Video)

You might not think of safety as an aspect that you need to pay attention to with regards to your deck or front porch, but believe me, it’s important for you, and for anyone who ventures onto your property. I learned this the hard way a few summers ago as I stood on my...

/ May 25, 2016
Bed Bugs

How To Prevent And Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

The idea of tiny blood sucking insects in your bed has been terrifying children for decades but bed bugs can really ruin not only a good nights sleep but also your sanity. I know; I’ve been there. The Infestation A few years ago, while living in Vancouver, my whole neighborhood...

/ May 24, 2016
unfinished cedar shows natural weathering

Deck Repair vs. Deck Replacement

A beautiful hardwood deck helps you enjoy outdoor living, mere steps outside your back door. And in the evening, it connects the warm comfort inside your home to the cool serenity of your backyard. Eventually, deck repair will be required, from cosmetic to structural. Fortunately, most deck problems are not structural...

/ May 11, 2016
Atlas Care Air Conditioning technician

Air Conditioning Basics with Atlas Care

HomeStars sat down with Michael Grochmal, President of Atlas Care Heating And Cooling to ask a few questions about the best options for home air conditioning. What are the different types of air conditioning systems?   The most common types of air conditioning systems include: Ductless High velocity/SpacePak Conventional or...

/ April 15, 2016
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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

HomeStars announces Giving Back Award winners

HomeStars created the Giving Back Awards to recognize companies that have done significant charitable work in their community in 2015. We received over 200 entries and selected the 78 most deserving companies listed below, who went ‘above and beyond’ in giving back to their communities. The winning companies listed below...

/ February 16, 2016