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Prepare backyard furniture for endless summer fun
Whether you have a garden oasis or an activity filled pool in your back yard, outdoor living has evolved past a picnic table and a few folding chairs. Today you have the option of sunshades, privacy curtains, coffee conversation furniture, outdoor kitchens and decorative pillows. Ultimately the goal is to create a warm and inviting area where you can relax and enjoy the warmer months. Read More...
5 landscaping tips to increase your property value
Investing in landscaping can bring some of the biggest returns for homeowners, yet too often it remains overlooked or underdone. The same care and attention we apply to interior renovations should be applied to the garden. “Curb appeal plays a huge role in selling your home and adding value to it,” says Michelle Sordi, director of marketing at Husqvarna, the world's largest producer of outdoor power products. “Enhancing your outdoor space with smart landscaping solutions is a great way to invest in your home.” Read More...
Storage Wars - Hibernating your outdoor tools for the season
As the weather cools and homeowners begin to begrudgingly pack away their tools and equipment from the summer, it's common for tools to get piled haphazardly and forgotten. The result of this approach is often a garage or shed that looks like an abandoned storage locker. Read More...
Keep your home safe for Halloween
Eerie sounds, spooky lights and jack-o'-lanterns aglow—extra efforts at Halloween will keep visitors coming back for both tricks and treats. However, to keep the fun going, it's important to plan your home's scary set-up with safety in mind. Read More...
Fall into the habit of fall home maintenance
Too many homeowners make home maintenance an annual event. They often use spring cleaning as the only excuse to get things done around the house. In reality, proper home maintenance should be done year-round – even for a brand new home. Read More...
How to avoid damaging water infiltration
Water damage can easily turn into a terrible nightmare like this: Melanie Smith of Toronto says she woke up one morning to an inch of water across her basement floor. This catastrophe was not part of her weekend plans, nor were the hours of clean-up and repair that were needed. Many of her treasured possessions could not be replaced. Some of the risks of water infiltration, however, can be prevented. Regular inspection and rigourous maintenance of the roof, gutters and foundation will give you the best protection since problems usually start in those areas. Read More...
Get your property ready for fall with these quick tips
As the days grow shorter, it's time to think about preparing your yard, gutters, windows, roof and heating system for the coming winter. Check these essentials off your list and you will be finished in no time. Read More...
Stress-free Summer Entertaining Ideas
Warm-weather gatherings are a perfect way to spend time with family and friends. Follow these four simple tips for a perfect, stress-free summer soiree that both you and your guests will enjoy. Read More...
Protect yourself during extreme heat this summer
Extreme heat is a significant health risk in Canada, one that is expected to get worse before it gets better as our climate continues to change. Read More...
How to bring the natural beauty of the Canadian outdoors into your home
It is no secret that Canadians love the outdoors. There is nothing more soothing than the sun shining down on us while a gentle breeze of fresh air flows by. Just picturing this radiates positive emotions. Bringing these elements into our home is so important to create the ambiance and emotion we want in our living space. Read More...
Proper supervision is essential for summer water safety
Spending time in and around water is lots of fun, especially for young children. However, drowning is the second leading cause of preventable death for kids under 10 years of age, and children under five are most at risk. Read More...
Give dad the perfect Father's Day this year
Now, if you ask most dads what they want this year for Father's Day, and they will humbly say spending time with the family is enough for them. While that may be true, we can make Father's Day extra special this year by spoiling dad with the perfect gift and a delicious homemade dinner... Read More...
Backyard entertaining essentials
Spring and summer are the seasons to dust off the welcome mat and throw open your doors to friends and family. Whether you are throwing a big backyard blowout for all your family and friends or an intimate gathering of those closest to you, as the host you want to establish an atmosphere that keeps everyone feeling at home and free to help themselves. Read More...
How to protect your pet from fleas and ticks
A cat or dog with fleas or ticks in their fur is an uncomfortable and irritated pet. But did you know that these infestations can lead to more serious health problems for both your pet and your family? Some animals – and people – can suffer allergic reactions to flea saliva, causing rashes. Sometimes, fleas and ticks can transmit disease. Read More...
How to maintain your concrete paver driveway
An interlock driveway or walkway can add distinct curb appeal and elegance to an otherwise dull outside of your home. This is typically the first element that anyone sees when visiting or passing by your house; therefore, it's important to maintain and keep it in top condition. Read More...
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