Tag: Renovation

V&F Landscape Ltd

Budget Smudget – Do You Know Where To Draw The Dollar Sign?

Don't let the excitement of renovating your home overshadow your family needs.

/ January 3, 2011
A suite in Camrost-Felcorp’s Blue Diamond condominium development in Toronto's Deer Park neighbourhood.

Consider the Emotional Side of Your Reno

There are a number of guides online to direct you in how to prepare for a renovation. The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association lists 10 steps to a successful home renovation: Do your homework Find out how much you can afford Look for a professional renovator Choose our contractor Check references...

/ December 3, 2010
Before kitchen renovation by Level One Construction

Contractor For Fire: 8 Tips to Avoid Renovation Frustration

Could you imagine struggling for six months to get your kitchen renovated? This is exactly what “Frustrated in South Surrey” went through, and she is still dealing with the aftermath. I sat down with her to listen to her experiences and to share some of her advice on how to avoid...

/ November 22, 2010

Tips on How to Handle Multiple Home Renovations at Once

When doing work on your home there are complexities in hiring someone. You have to find and compare three companies, get three estimates, call references, check them out on HomeStars.com, schedule appointments, take time off of work – the list goes on. This list becomes compounded when you have multiple...

/ October 28, 2010

A Lot to Learn From Jay Purvis and the Panel at the Ideal Home Show

On the weekend, Jay Purvis hosted Renovations Dos and Dont’s, a panel for you to pick up some great tips from the pros and get advice on your next home improvement project. The crowd at the event took advantage of the opportunity to get specialized advice from our three panelists...

/ October 4, 2010

6 Effective Ways To Get the Most From HomeStars

HomeStars is a valuable tool for homeowner to find the best contractors. But make sure you use it well. Here are some tips we've learned over time to make sure that you really get the most out of the site while hiring your next contractor.

/ July 20, 2010
Guest Room with Murphy bed by NIICO Millwork Group Ltd.

Welcome New HomeStars

Every month our community of companies who use our site grows. And we're always excited to see companies getting involved and increasing their online communication with their customers.

/ July 3, 2009
Closet via Homedit

Consumer Council Report Offers Insight and Suggestions for Contractors and Homeowners

The Consumers Council of Canada, an independent group which researches consumer issues released a report this week on the Home Improvement industry called Renovation RipOffs, Problems and Solutions. The report examined issues to do with consumer complaints regarding renovations and the home improvement business.

/ June 25, 2009

Thinking of Adding Space to Your House? Hire an Architect

There are some common misperceptions about architects -- perhaps the most typical being that architects are only hired when designing a house from the ground up. Even then, you might be tempted to shy away from hiring an architect thinking that they're all of the Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier...

/ June 17, 2009

A Renovation on a Tight Budget Breathes New Life into a Tired Old Townhouse in Dana Point, CA.

“Cathy, can you please come and help me move? Pleeease??” A reasonable sisterly request. In our particular case there were a few more incentives added to the usual pizza and beer. You see, my sister Jenn lives in southern California in an amazing little “surfer dude” town called Dana Point. I love visiting, and...

/ April 21, 2009