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Find your perfect match with HomeStars’ newest offering

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Find your perfect match with HomeStars’ newest offering

Finding a verified home service professional has never been faster or easier, with the latest offering from HomeStars. The company is continuing to redefine the way homeowners connect with home service professionals and this latest advancement uses matching technology to further simplify the process.

The matching process is simple and found on the HomeStars homepage using the Get a Quote search function. To use the service, some basic information is required, such as postal code, category of job and job urgency which is used to match up to three top-ranked service providers in the area. With an average response time of 30 minutes or less, homeowners can quickly compare quotes and hire immediately, or use the website to further investigate and explore these companies as well as other larger home projects. HomeStars is a free service for homeowners.

HomeStars receives more than 8,000 reviews each month from homeowners and the online marketplace has more than 300,000 home service providers across the country. Established in Toronto in 2006, the company was acquired by Denver-based HomeAdvisor in 2017.

HomeAdvisor is part of IAC, which owns more than 100 brands in 150 countries, including match.com, Plenty of Fish and Tinder, to name a few.

A proprietary algorithm developed in collaboration with HomeAdvisor is what allows HomeStars to instantly match homeowners with service pros. The innovation has made it easier than ever before to connect with trusted professionals for anything from fence repair to basement waterproofing and everything in between.

“We have been helping homeowners find top-rated and reputable pros for over a decade, and now our matching technology delivers much faster results,” says Nancy Peterson, founder and CEO of HomeStars. “HomeStars has more than 1.1 million registered users and, so far, we’ve already had over 500,000 requests using the matching technology, which offers on-demand service in an underserved category.”

HomeStars is the only Canadian company in the home services space to offer this sophisticated matching technology. While all different jobs can be quoted, the most popular categories are carpenters, roofing, handyman services, appliance repair and house and apartment cleaning.

In September 2017, HomeAdvisor merged with Angie’s List to form ANGI Homeservices Inc. ANGI Homeservices is the world’s leader in digital home services marketplaces, with Angie’s List, HomeAdvisor and Handy in the U.S., HomeStars in Canada, Instapro in Italy, MyBuilder in the U.K., MyHammer in Germany, Travaux in France, Werkspot in The Netherlands, and CraftJack and mHelpDesk for the trades.

For more information, visit @HomeStars on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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HomeStars helps you reach #deckgoals this summer

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HomeStars helps you reach #deckgoals this summer

Before starting the process of finding, interviewing, and hiring a contractor for any home project, you’ll want a solid understanding of how much you should expect to pay and the quality of the product you will receive in return. When it comes to deck installation, the final cost of your project in large part is determined by the deck’s material and the deck’s size. While this seems simple enough, it can be hard to envision how those these abstracts will look when they eventually appear in your back or front yard. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are some of our favourite review photos of HomeStars deck projects at four different price points.

Under $10,000: Basic deck or porch in Toronto

Toronto-based The Custom Deck Company took on these two projects for under $10,000. They incorporated planters and a privacy fence into the rear deck, while the front porch is made entirely of cedar and incorporates a beautifully detailed railing. These are both fantastic designs for homeowners looking for decks on the smaller side, with some basic add-ons. Cedar decks tend to be slightly more expensive than pressure treated lumber, so there is a trade-off between size and material. If you like either of these designs, it’s time to find a deck specialist in your area who can help bring it to life.

Under $15,000: Deck with add-ons in Markham, Ont.

Infinity Decks completed this beautiful backyard deck construction in Markham. These homeowners wanted to replace and extended their dated deck, as well as add a privacy fence and bench. This deck is constructed of pressure treated lumber, includes a bench with planters and a small privacy fence. Costing just over $10,000, this project is a great example of the fantastic quality a mid-range budget can get you. For projects of this size, pressure treated lumber will most likely be the most economical option. If you’re considering a design with similar add-ons for your backyard, we recommend consulting a number of deck installation pros before committing to a final concept.

Under $20,000: Composite deck in Toronto

Royal Innovation built a beautiful composite deck for this Toronto backyard. This deck features lights on the stairs and a beautiful glass and aluminum railing. Composite is typically longer-lasting than organic alternatives like cedar and pressure treated lumber, which explains why this deck project cost approximately $15,000. There are many different kinds of composite, so be sure to consult with a deck installation company who specializes in composite models.

More than $20,000: Multi-level composite deck in Calgary

Calgary’s Gray Jay Carpentry installed this beautiful multi-tiered composite deck for $30,000. The upper level of the deck is the perfect size for a dining table is complete with additional seating in the form of a built-in bench. The lowest level is perfect for casual seating and hosting larger groups. If your household loves to entertain, get started on a deck project like this with the help of a pro.

If you’re feeling inspired by these projects, it’s time to find a pro who can bring your vision to life. From material to size and add-ons, there are many ways to customize these designs to suit your budget and backyard. Don’t spend another long weekend indoors – get your deck project started today!

*Costs based on data provided by homeowners.

by Karen Rhamey

As Social Media Coordinator, Karen is constantly online sharing the latest design trends, home improvement hacks, and seasonal maintenance reminders with homeowners across Canada. Follow us at @homestars!

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What you need to consider before renovating your home

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What you need to consider before renovating your home

Whether you bought a fixer-upper or a brand new home, there are always little projects you may want to do to make your house a home.

First-time homebuyer or seasoned pro? Whatever it is, we’re willing to bet that no home is going to be exactly what you want. There are always going to be little projects you’ll want to around the house so it’s just to your liking.

There are five important things you should know before getting started on any renovation and we’ve laid them out below:

What improvements will give you the biggest return?

Maybe your laundry room could use a little extra storage space but will it really add monetary value to your home? Consider the big money makers like your bathroom and kitchen. Even the front of your house is a good investment for increasing curb appeal. Contact your realtor and ask for their opinion. They’ll be a good sounding board on what can make you more money when it’s time to sell your home.

Where will the money come from?

It may seem like an obvious statement, but before jumping into any renovation you’ll need to consider where that money is actually coming from. You may not always be able to fund your improvements with cash so knowing what other options are out there is important. Sit down and do the math on refinancing, opening a line of credit or taking out a loan. There are some tax breaks for certain home renovations which can help save you money as well.

Consider the timing

There are some projects that are better suited for the summer, and others for the winter. Before you jump all-in consider the time of year and roughly how long it will take to do the project. You won’t want to be putting an extension on your house in the middle of winter, nor would it be ideal to be in redoing your basement floors in the height of summer.

Find the right contractor

Above all, you’re going to need to find someone you trust to help you with the renovations. Websites like HomeStars and RenoMark are great resources for finding the right people. Don’t be afraid to interview a few different contractors for the job. It’s super important that there is mutual trust. At the end of the day your money is important and you want to make sure it’s going to the right place.

Find your inspiration

Saying you want to redo your bathroom is one thing, but knowing exactly how you’re going to redesign it is something else entirely. Using websites like Pinterest or Reno & Decor can help give you ideas from the experts you may never have thought of. It’s also great to clip photos and bring them with you when shopping for items like tiles or vanities so you don’t forget your vision.

Madisyn is a freelance writer and social media obsessed traveller based out of Toronto. Always looking for her next adventure but glued to her phone, you can contact her at madi@therestlessworker.com or visit her at www.therestlessworker.com

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HomeStars Sold

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HomeStars Sold

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.

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