The popular online service, HomeStars, started in 2006 by Canadian Nancy Peterson, has been purchased by HomeAdvisor, a U.S.-based platform offering a similar service. HomeStars is a free for homeowners to use to find various contractors and tradespeople whose work has been rated by other users. (Contractors can pay a premium for increased exposure.)
“We are thrilled to join forces with the company on the front lines of transforming the way homeowners discover and connect with a wide variety of vetted home services – from plumbing to painting to remodeling,” said Peterson in a press release announcing the sale.
Meanwhile, another Canadian tech company, eRenovate.com, which connects homeowners with contractors who’ve verified that they have the required licensing, insurance, and experience to bid on jobs, is launching eLandscape.ca, a portal offering similar services for landscaping work. The project’s frontman is gardening expert Frankie Flowers.
Here’s a sneak peak excerpt from a column by Jeff Mowatt (JeffMowatt.com) on five ways to improve office politics and employee interactions.
A look back at our Roundtable panel discussion. How do you avoid bad clients?
A quick reminder that this coming Sunday, May 14, is Mother’s Day.
Earlier this year, the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) released the results of their annual Construction Confidence Survey, which polled 500 ICI (industrial, commercial, and institutional) contractors across the province.
Bath products that bring the tranquility of the spa to your home
Even after a relatively mild winter like we had here in my neck of the worlds, it’s always nice when spring rolls around and the trees start to sprout leaves, the grass turns from brown to green, and we can shed some layers of clothing on the jobsite.
If you haven’t already, don’t forget to file your tax return today. If you or your spouse are self-employed, you have until June 15 to file the return, but any taxes owing are due today if you want to avoid interest and late-payment penalties.
If you’re a salaried employee your tax return is due next week.
Helical piles, also known as ground screws and screw piles, look like oversized wood screws or ice-fishing augers. As a replacement for conventional concrete footings, especially sonotube-style footings, helical piles have one standout advantage
Established in 1987, Caesarstone pioneered the original quartz surface and continues to be a leading developer and manufacturer of premium surfaces. Highly functional and design forward, Caesarstone surfaces have endless application possibilities including kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, wall paneling, furniture and more.
With over 90 years of experience, BLANCO is the leading kitchen sinks and faucets manufacturer. From handcrafted in Germany Steelart® sinks and the beauty of Silgranit®, to the European design faucets, BLANCO products are celebrated worldwide for their unmatched quality and design. Blanco Silgranit® sinks are proudly manufactured in Canada TRADE ONLY.
Fusion Stone is an easy and budget-friendly way to beautifully upgrade your home, inside and out. A patented Shouldice innovation, Fusion Stone is a thin stone veneer that is easily installed with the included stainless steel clips & screws. You just screw it to the wall and it’s “Hooked for Life”.
At Riobel we design, create and assemble faucets, shower systems and accessories in our Canadian facility located in St-Jérôme, a suburb of Montréal. Our modern and fashionable products are designed to fit all kitchens or bathrooms. They are easy to install, while mechanical parts are accessible from above the counter to facilitate cleaning and maintenance. Riobel: a benchmark of excellence since 1995!
Euro-Line Appliances has brought elite European engineered appliances to Canadian homes for over 25 years. Our brands exceed expectations and have earned awards in design, engineering, performance, and energy efficiency. All of our cooking, refrigeration, dishwashers, and laundry appliances are created to conserve our non-renewable resources.
Fisher & Paykel incorporates the world’s most innovative technologies and produce the most technically advanced, efficient and contemporary styled appliances. DCS created the first line of high end, commercial quality appliances and expanded to pioneer indoor and outdoor kitchen solutions for the at home chef. TRADE ONLY.
X-Tile is sure to have whatever you need to express your unique individual style. We offer you an exceptional variety of wall and flooring options in ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, glass, mosaic and much more from leading suppliers around the world. Let our knowledgeable and friendly staff help you in your dream renovation or building project.
Over the past 14 years Factory Tile Depot has become #1 for everything tile and stone. With 5 locations showcasing the latest and greatest trends in the tile industry, we have built the confidence of trade and retail clients alike. We are proud to offer well thought out showrooms, extensive selections of hard to find tile-stone, on site designers, and some of the best after care support in the industry. Experience the FTD difference on your next project.
Sharing Passion & Performance. With our unique expertise and sensibilities, gained from our devotion to sound and music, we are committed to creating excitement and cultural inspiration together with people around the world.
We've been proudly serving the community for more than 160 years. We deliver natural gas safely and reliably to two million homes and businesses across Ontario. With safety as our ongoing priority, we're committed to making communities better places to live.
From a modest machine shop in Baltimore to the surface of the moon, we’ve proudly provided innovative solutions for over a century. Discover the pioneering history of BLACK+DECKER.
Custom drapery, drapery hardware, blinds, shutters, specialty shades (including motorization and home automation), bedspreads, headboards, quilting, upholstery, fabric library, and a complete in-house drapery workroom. We also offer custom programs for builders, designers & decorators.
Master Edge Homes is built upon a foundation of expertise and unparalleled craftsmanship. With a team of dedicated and diligent personnel, Master Edge Homes executes home builds and renovations precisely how you envisioned them. From design and build to complete renovation, we are passionate about exceeding excellence with meticulous design, skilled construction, and project management.
Canada's premium quartz manufacturer, HanStone Canada, is revolutionizing the quartz industry. Produced in a state of the art facility in London Ontario, HanStone Quartz is known for superior quality and exceptional design. Locally Made. Distinctly Beautiful. Naturally Canadian.
Allan Rug Co. has been serving the GTA builders, designers, architects and the public for over 50 years. Supplying a full range of commercial and residential carpeting in a wide range of colours and styles from leading manufacturers.
Space Age Closets and Custom Cabinetry has been serving Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area for over 30 years. Our services include a wide array of custom storage solutions for every room in your home. With decades of experience designing and installing custom closets and cabinets we pledge to provide excellence in service and get the job done right the first time.
More than a kitchen and bath luxury showroom, The Water Closet offers unparalleled service, selection and solutions for all your plumbing and heating needs. Our goal is to be your full-service showroom while “Enhancing the Flow of Life”.
Cosentino is a global, family-owned company that produces and distributes high value innovative surfaces for architecture and design. As a leading company, Cosentino imagines and anticipates together with its customers and partners design solutions that offer value and inspiration to people’s lives.
Celebrating 22 years of Upholstery. Custom upholstery, re-upholstery and recovery of residential and commercial furniture. Re-styling, refinishing, new furniture, headboards, upholstered beds, slipcovers. Over 38 years experience. TRADE ONLY.
Vangarde Cabinet Design & Factory Inc. specializes in aftermarket cabinet fronts and accessories that fit IKEA kitchens. We transform ordinary looking IKEA kitchens into extraordinary ones. Finally, there is a choice for more desirable cabinet doors and accessories for your IKEA kitchen.
Imagine a kitchen with limitless possibilities. From start to finish, your design experience will be effortless as our expert designers collaborate with you to create a masterpiece you will love. We are devoted to helping you achieve your desired ambience while creating a functional kitchen and solving any challenges your space presents.
We are a full service design firm in Aurora. With over 22 years of industry experience and a well-appointed 10,000 sq. ft. showroom introducing the latest in unique home furnishings, lighting, window treatments, area rugs, accessories, wall art and more.
Tobi Kitchens & Fine Cabinetry specializes in kitchens, closet organizers, wall units, home offices, libraries, wet bars, pro-finishing and custom millwork. Make Tobi your choice to adorn your dream home with custom beauty and perfection.
Custom window covering products made in Canada for commercial, residental and automated shading applications. Dealer distribution across Canada – contact us to become a dealer. TRADE ONLY.
MyShades has been a leader in the window coverings industry for more than 35 years. We have served as a major Hunter Douglas Gallery dealer for Toronto and GTA homeowners and businesses. MyShades has been and will always be committed to delivering the highest level of products, service, and selection to our customers. Our goal remains to be number one in the industry and the hearts of our customers and interior designers throughout Toronto and the GTA.
Amala Carpets offers the most authentic selection of luxury area rugs made with environmentally and socially sustainable practices. Bringing the knowledge of more than six generations of carpet weaving and wool trading, our carpet creations are hand-made from start to finish, with no compromises in the quality and integrity of the raw materials. We specialize in custom creations.
TORLYS Inc. is a global flooring company that specializes in beautiful, environmentally friendly flooring. With three key brands in the TORLYS portfolio, TORLYS is a one stop shop for all flooring needs.
We’re #1 certifier of energy efficient homes in Canada. We design and deliver green building programs to the residential construction industry. We support these programs with practical training and recognize innovation through our annual EQ Awards. We also consult with leading organizations to create their own energy efficiency programs.
Right from our opening in 1989, The Floor Shop has focused on developing extensive product knowledge on all hardwood flooring, engineered hardwoods, exotics and green flooring products. Over the years, we have developed a team of professional installers, accurate estimators, and very informative customer service staffers. Our GTA showrooms feature hundreds of floor samples by species, colour, milling profiles and installation applications.
Raising the Roof provides national leadership on long-term solutions to homelessness through partnership and collaboration with diverse stakeholders, investment in local communities, and public education. We work towards a day when all Canadians have access to a safe and stable home, with the support to achieve their potential.