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stay or leave during major home renovation

Should You Stay In The House Or Move Out During A Major Renovation?

The plans and budgets are set, the materials and appliances have been ordered, and the required permits are in place.  D-Day (or Demolition Day) is fast approaching.  What should you do to prepare for the huge disruption it will cause? This article will cover major renovations where you’ve decided to...

/ June 16, 2017
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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

Mould: Detection, Removal and Prevention

Mould (or mold in the US) can be an insidious intruder into your home. In a moist environment, it can develop gradually, often undetected, but with harmful effects to your health. We spoke to Gil Naparstak, owner of Alberta Restoration Specialists, to learn what to be on the lookout for...

/ May 1, 2017

Best Driveway Surfaces for Canada

When it comes to deciding which surface is best for your driveway, most Canadians choose between three good options: Asphalt, Concrete and Interlocking Stones (also known as paving stones or pavers). We spoke to the experts to find out the details every Canadian needs to know before deciding on a...

/ April 10, 2017

Shining a Light on Home Electrical Wiring

To most homeowners, electrical wiring is a mystery. Wiring is ‘out of sight, out of mind’ – hidden behind walls, light switches and receptacles throughout your home. When something goes wrong, most are a bit intimidated, which is a good thing, since amateur wiring can be a safety hazard and even...

/ April 3, 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

Kitchen Design – Q&A with a Professional

Remodelling your kitchen provides the best return on investment of any home renovation. Why?  Because the kitchen is the focal point of your home, day-in and day-out. It’s where your family congregates two or three times every day. Upgrading your kitchen with the latest innovations will not only make meal...

/ January 30, 2017

Home Security Systems

Many people buy home security systems to protect their valuables while they are out of the house, however, their first priority should be to protect their loved ones while inside the house. It’s important to protect your home while there or away, and knowing the right way to do so. We...

/ November 18, 2016
Kitchen renovation by SKY Kitchen Cabinets Ltd

The Dos & Don’ts of Hiring a Contractor

HomeStars President, Brian Sharwood, (aka @bsharwood, or ^bhs on our Twitter account) was recently interviewed by Michael Dean on his YouTube show, Dollars n Sense. If you skip to the 4 min mark, you’ll hear Brian share his insight on the do’s and don’ts of hiring a contractor.

/ February 7, 2011

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle During Christmas

Our HomeStars.com team loves the holidays. It’s reflected in our posts. We have posted tips for holiday décor and shared ideas on where to buy Christmas decorations. So it should be no surprise to see us talking about how you can have a “green” Christmas. We have all lived the...

/ December 14, 2010