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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...
Expert tips on how to select the perfect paint for your home
Life is hectic, which means your home has to go through a lot – especially its walls. They must be prepared for anything; from huge family get-togethers and kids' play dates, to days of furniture rearranging and room makeovers. According to professional contractor and host of shows such as House of Bryan, Leave it to Bryan, and Disaster DIY, a good coat of paint is the necessary starting point to help your home stand up to the wear and tear of family life this summer. 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...
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...
Tips for protecting your home while you're on vacation
The excitement of going on holidays and getting away from the grind starts weeks in advance. With images of lazy days and cold drinks beginning to could your mind, it's important also to think about how to protect your home while you're away. 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...
Optimize Your Air Conditioning System
Switching your thermostat from “heat” to “cool” is usually a sign that summer is fast approaching and it is time to start thinking about your central air conditioning system. While a yearly check-up is best left to a qualified contractor, there are some things homeowners can do to avoid an ill–timed malfunction of their central air conditioning system... 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...
How to reap the benefits of an energy-efficient home
Did you know that you're just an afternoon away from saving money on your utility bills? Take on a few easy DIY projects this weekend and you'll get immediate savings, while making your home more comfortable and environmentally friendly for the long term. Now is the perfect time to improve your home's energy efficiency for a warm and comfortable winter inside. Read More...
Cut indoor allergens in your home
They're all around us. They're even in the air we breathe every day. Indoor allergens like dust mites, pet dander and mold are miniscule menaces that are known to easily aggravate current and pre-existing asthma symptoms. In fact, indoor allergens are more closely associated with asthma than outdoor allergens like trees, weeds and grasses. This is because indoor allergens are in the air year-round and often unavoidable. Read More...
All Hands on Deck
Summer is here and you are looking at your deck or patio and wondering how much longer it's going to last. Read More...
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