Category: Safety

GBA Winner: New Age Security Alarms and Video Surveillance

HomeStars would like to congratulate New Age Security Alarms and Video Surveillance for winning a Giving Back Award.  In the words of Vanessa Lachman, “All churches & Non-Profit Organizations are graciously given a 10% discount. Participated in a ‘Pay it Forward’ campaign for donations and non-perishable food items to the...

/ February 16, 2016

GBA Winner: Haystack Home Inspections

HomeStars created the Giving Back Awards (GBA) to recognize companies that have done significant charitable work in their community in 2015.  HomeStars would like to congratulate Haystack Home Inspections for winning a Giving Back Award.  In the words of owner Chris Thompson, “We donate 25% of every inspection fee in...

/ February 16, 2016

Fall Maintenance Checklist

Here’s a list of things you should do this fall to prepare your home for winter:  Must-dos: Furnace servicing: change filter, humidifier panel Shut off outside taps Drain garden hoses Clean eavestroughs/gutters and downspouts to avoid flooding Check flashing along eavestroughs and the roof to ensure water cannot seep through...

/ October 9, 2015

Why hiring a gardener for fall is even more valuable than the spring

The spring tradition of gardening is linked to a time when it was more common for people to plant annuals in their flowerbeds and vegetable gardens. Perennials benefit greatly from being planted in the fall and even though today they are now commonplace in most gardens, the tradition of spring...

/ September 3, 2015

Our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Forget long-stem roses and chocolates! Get your Valentine something they’ll appreciate year-round. Here are some truly thoughtful and creative gift ideas for your sweetheart! 1. Handyman Services: Kill the honey-do list. 2. Junk Removal: What’s more romantic then giving up something for the one you love? 3. Closet Organization: Take...

/ February 13, 2015

Best of 2014 Winners

We have traveled across Canada to award the country’s best home improvement companies. Tonight we are wrapping up awards season in Toronto. This is our seventh year awarding contractors who have done outstanding work, based on homeowner reviews. Check out the winners in your region! Toronto’s Best of 2014 award...

/ February 2, 2015

Mod Lighting: Making sure the electrical work in your home is safe and beautiful

Some homes need electric work so badly that they may not even be eligible for insurance coverage. Brian Wilson from Captain Electric provides tips on upgrades that will keep your home and family safe. Brian Wilson of Captain Electric: 1. Permits An ESA Permit is required for all new wiring...

/ September 30, 2013

Dealing With Flood Damage In Toronto

On Monday, July 8th, 2013, the city of Toronto experienced its wettest day in recorded history, with more than 100mm of rain falling, the equivalent of one month’s worth of rain, in just three tempestuous hours. The storm caused the flooding of major arteries, roadways and homes, as well as shutting...

/ July 10, 2013

The Tool Box: Home Staging, Headboards, Salt and Sunflowers

One of the reasons I love writing HomeStars’ Friday post, The Tool Box, is because it gives me the chance to research and see what’s hot in homes, renovations, and décor. And some of the things you find regarding homes written by other bloggers and media is quite interesting. Take...

/ August 26, 2011

When the Condo floods…

HomeStars team member Shannon didn’t know what was happening. As she tried to work from her condo, the drilling and the grinding from the floor above was driving Shannon to distraction. Just as she was thoroughly cursing her upstairs neighbours, there was a knock at the door.  There was the...

/ August 18, 2011