Doug Dolson October 28, 2020

Do you currently have a landscaper or are you looking for one? How do you know if they will do a good job or are reputable and reliable? What are some things that you, as the consumer, can do to look into this before you sign a contract?

Doug Dolson July 03, 2020

Are you wanting some beautiful additions in your garden this year? If you're looking for hardy plants that don't require a whole lot of work then look no further. Our horticultural team has decided on their five favourite plants that are great for either the novice gardener or someone with a green thumb. 

Todd Lacroix June 28, 2020

Painting cabinets is a quick and affordable way to refresh your kitchen. All you have to do is grab a roller and get started, right?

Tom Zinn June 24, 2020

Indoor air quality refers to the air in and around a building and the health and comfort of the occupants. With so many of us spending most of our time indoors, up to 90%, between school, home and office. That’s why IAQ (indoor air quality) has become such a concern in recent years.

Todd Lacroix May 23, 2020

Choosing someone to renovate your home is a big decision. Click here to learn how to choose the perfect Oakville painters to help you with your home interior.

Darrell Smith April 30, 2020

The thought of having the convenience, security, cool factor, and thrill of being able to control your home with your cell phone, computer, tablet, and voice commands are very intriguing!  But installing smart home devices in your house can be disastrous and out right dangerous for you family if not done properly.  Knowing what protective measures to take are of great importance to protect you and your family from becoming a victim of identity theft, virtual break-ins, physical break-ins, spied upon, and financial ruin to name a few!

Jay Saveall April 25, 2020

A spiral staircase is not just an aesthetically pleasing way you can stylize your stairs anywhere in or outside your home – there’s actually a myriad of benefits of a spiral staircase on your deck.

Chris Cleland April 25, 2020

The front door is commonly overlooked during many renovations and yours could be damaged, out-dated and drafty.  Installing a new front door can increase your home’s efficiency, resale value and curb appeal.

Geoff Latham April 24, 2020

We at R.E.I. & Co Home Inspections wanted to give you an update going forward in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our clients, referral partners and staff are our utmost priority during this time. 

Todd Lacroix April 19, 2020

If you’re thinking about purchasing a new home, or if you have already, you might be thinking about brightening the place up with a fresh coat of paint.

Darrell Smith April 14, 2020

A home can be greatly compromised by the intrusion of water.  This issue can have an effect on our health, comfort, as well as damage our home and the contents within.  Quite often homeowners overlook several simple ways in which water can be managed to help keep it from finding its way into our homes.

Gavin White March 24, 2020

The definition of “flushable” is, suitable for disposal down a toilet. Unfortunately, there seems to be a cloud of confusion when it comes to knowing what is flushable and what is not flushable when it comes to our bathroom habits.

Rami Saidi March 02, 2020

The First Meet
First impressions are everything!  
Many contractors forget that it is necessary to be presentable the first time you meet your client; dress professionally and appropriately.  Above this, show up on time!  How can you expect your client to trust that you will complete their project in a timely manner if you could not show up for their estimate in a timely manner?  Additionally, be prepared!  Pack your measuring tools, bring some business cards and either a presentation folder or digital copies of previous work you have completed to show to the client.  Clients are usually interested in seeing how much and what type of experience you have, so why make them wait until you get back to the office to show them what you’re capable of?
But the pressure is not only on the contractor; both parties should do some preparation before the meeting.  The first time you and your potential client meet should honestly feel like an interview for both parties.  Both parties should walk away from this meeting knowing if they will be working with the other by the end of the estimate.  
From a homeowner’s perspective, it is important to ask the contractor questions that will help you gain knowledge about the contractor in hopes of making you feel comfortable enough to work with them.  Ask them how long they have been doing renovations or projects similar to the one you are looking to have done.  Ask them if they have any referrals.  Referrals are always a good way to get a true sense of the contractor and their team.  Apart from questions for the contractor, the homeowner should also do a little bit of homework.  Have a rough idea of what your vision is so that the contractor can help fill in the blanks or enhance the vision.
The contractor should ask the homeowner questions that will help them understand more about the family and the needs and wants of the space that they are looking to renovate or supplement with additions.  The contractor should try to get a sense of the clients’ style, design, scope of work and budget.   Many contractors over promise but under deliver because of budget constraints so it’s best to just have an open honest conversation around this topic.  Also, having that portfolio mentioned earlier is great for those clients who have no idea where to start or who are just flustered because they have gathered a million ideas from Pinterest and Houzz.
The key to a successful first meet is communication.  So don’t be afraid to ask questions or provide your thoughts and expertise.  Also, always remember to remain respectful of each other’s property and time.  As a homeowner, if you are just fishing for ideas or quotes, that’s not cool!  And contractors, always remember to respect the clients time and property.  Be cognisant of any rituals they may have, the most obvious one is shoe removal!
Hope this helps both new contractors and homeowners out there looking for a contractor get some context into what to expect when considering a renovation or addition. 

Rami Saidi 

Abraham Clayton March 01, 2020


5 GREAT Tips When Selecting a Professional Roofing Company or Roofing.

A new roof is a big investment, so selecting the right roofing company is key. While there are many factors one should consider when beginning this task, the 5 tips below are a great place to start.

Todd Lacroix February 23, 2020

You're ready to hire a cabinet painter to add the finishing touches to your kitchen. Ask these 5 important questions before they start painting.

Sparta Movers February 18, 2020

Moving in winter can be a scary thought. Moving in itself is a hard enough, and stressful enough process as it is, but when you add below freezing temperatures, harsh winds that whip at your face, heavy snowfall that takes away visibility and mounds of snow that makes it difficult to walk and drive – it sounds like a recipe for disaster.


Gavin White February 06, 2020

What is “Hard” water? 

We considered water to be hard when it contains large amounts of calcium, magnesium and other minerals. These minerals cause film spots to form on your dishes and residue build up on bathroom fixtures. Hard water can also reduce the efficiency of water heaters and also cause build-up in plumbing pipes and kitchen appliances. Many people find that hard water can cause their laundry is stiffer and less vibrant and also prevents shampoo from lathering properly. 

Water hardness is measured in parts per million (ppm) or grains per U.S. gallon (gpg). This can be determined by a simple water sample. The chart below outlines how hardness levels in your water can be classified. 



Very Hard

Over 10 Grains Per Gallon 


3-10 Grains Per Gallon 

Slightly Soft 

1-3 Grains Per Gallon 


0-1 Grains Per Gallon 

What is “Soft” water? 

Water is considered soft when most of the calcium, magnesium and dissolved solids are removed. As shown in the classification chart above, water is considered soft when the hardness is below 1 Grain Per Gallon. Many water softeners will remove hardness entirely, leaving the water without mineral content. Most people prefer soft water for showers and laundry, but it’s not necessary for drinking, cooking or watering plants. Homeowners can have a dedicated “hard” water supply ran to locations for drinking, cooking and outdoor use.

Water hardness will very from municipality to municipality and sometimes even throughout the city. Its is recommended to have your water tested prior to setting up a water softener to ensure the softener is set up properly. For more information about water and water hardness check out the link below 

Good Practice - To ensure your water softener works properly and to prolong your investment. It is good practice to always let the salt in the brine tank dissolve almost 100% before adding more into the tank. This prevents the salt from hardening and keeps your softener from working harder than it needs to.   


Reverse Osmosis System or R.O. 

Some people prefer to drink water that is even more filtered then just by a water softener. An R.O. System can help ensure your drinking water is as filtered as possible. By using a 5 stage reverse osmosis system, your drinking water passes over multiple filters, further purifying your drinking water. 

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Stacey Disotell January 09, 2020

When it comes time to replace your roof, it is something that must be taken seriously. It is one of the most important components of your home and protects your entire investment.

Custom Comfort December 09, 2019

If you have a baby or toddler in the home, you may be hesitant to turn on the fireplace. Here are some tips to help baby-proof your fireplace this winter.

Alex Habibi December 03, 2019

This is a big dilemma when customers are unsure of whether they should spend hundreds of dollars in repairs of their existing equipment or purchase a new furnace or ac and have a piece of mind that their new product is covered under warranty for at least 10 years !


Kaitlin Bashutski September 09, 2019

Crawford Homes knows a lot about building kitchens. A family-owned and operated company, they have remained Regina’s leading high-quality home builder for 41 years. Kaitlin Bashutski designs and styles the company’s show homes. “We’ve built more than 5,000 homes — ranging from starter homes to custom executive homes. In the process, we’ve accumulated a wealth of experience and knowledge about kitchens. Your kitchen is where you eat and entertain, as well as where your kids sit down after school to share their day with you,” says Kaitlin.

Daryl Berden September 02, 2019

We’re almost through 2019 already, and we’re seeing some exciting trends for kitchen and bathroom fixtures, and renovations too! Dark, bold styles, high tech features, and eye-catching tile patterns are seeing a surge in popularity among homeowners. 

Jon Dezan August 29, 2019

So you've decided to "dive" into owning your first hot tub! Congratulations! If you've already started shopping around then you probably know how overwhelming all the features & options can be. Well our experts want to help so we compiled this list of 8 considerations for first time hot tub shoppers!

8 Tips for choosing your first hot tub

Daryl Berden July 18, 2019

If you are thinking of staying in your home as long as possible, then you also want to consider what changes to make to ensure your home allows you to continue staying safe and independent. 

Renato Celebre July 12, 2019

Every great tile layout starts at the centre.

Stephen Weir April 24, 2019

Get started on your spring repairs! Baeumler Approved connects homeowners to high-quality building professionals, contractors, and tradespeople. Become a member or find a local professional today. 

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Vince Camastra April 18, 2019

Almost every customer who purchases a swimming pool, at any time of year, wants to be the first pool to be installed in the spring.  There are also those that set their hearts on hosting a huge backyard gathering to celebrate the new pool, by a certain date. But there are several factors that effect how quickly that can happen, even if you look outside and see sunshine and grass growing and it looks like spring has arrived.

Paddy Wright-Harris April 16, 2019

While we all contribute to sewage waste on a daily basis, most people don’t understand how sewer systems function, including how sewage waste is treated, the types of sewers that exist, and what common sewer issues that they may face. In this article, we examine everything you need to know about how sewer systems work, and how to recognize when you’re in need of sewer replacement or repair.

Dave Lodde April 04, 2019

Your roof is a significant investment and needs to last for as long as possible. Unfortunately, Mother Nature sometimes has different plans.

Here, we look more closely at three actions homeowners can take to storm-proof their roofs.

Raymond Linklater March 05, 2019

Having trouble getting your furnace to behave properly? Here are a few helpful troubleshooting tips and tricks that you can use to try and remedy the situation and get your furnace working again.

Vince Camastra February 07, 2019

The most important step of swimming pool maintenance, is understanding the importance of PH water balance.

Pauline Hoffman February 05, 2019

Have you made changes since January 1, 2019?  Do you want to? Should you?  Read on....

Andrew Day February 05, 2019

This main floor addition brought warm, modern touches to a beautiful home nestled in Waterloo, Ontario.

Stacey Disotell February 01, 2019

Our Canadian climate produces just about every possible weather event throughout the year. From extreme hot temperatures, to hail producing thunder storms in summer, to extreme cold and heavy snow in winter. Our homes must be built to withstand all of that within an eighty-degree temperature swing through the seasons.

Dave Comia January 15, 2019

The REAL reason why your bedrooms are too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer.

Stephen Weir December 19, 2018

Your historic home may be protected by government laws, so let a Baeumler Approved contractor help you buy and install a new furnace that is compatible. Baeumler Approved connects homeowners to high-quality building professionals, contractors, and tradespeople. Become a member or find a local professional today. Contact us for more information at

Adel Jawhary December 10, 2018

As you’re coming up to your home, you happen to look up and notice that something, ‘doesn’t quite look right ‘, on your roof. As you get closer, you feel a pang of dread in the pit of your stomach as you realize that some of your shingles are lifted and some are even missing all together. What has happened to your roof my friend, is what’s referred to as “blow off”

Stephen Weir December 05, 2018

Redeveloping sites comes with its own set of challenges, being prepared for these challenges can help ensure it is an exciting and enjoyable process right from the start.

Stephen Weir November 19, 2018

When you hire a contractor, you expect to get exactly what you paid for. There are good contractors and there are bad contractors. The bad ones don’t represent the majority of builders and craftspeople that take pride in their work, however, they can leave a stain on the entire workforce. The only way to combat this bad batch of contractors is to make sure you don’t get seduced by them. Here are 10 warning signs that you’re dealing with a dishonest contractor.

Stephen Weir October 24, 2018

If you work from home, it’s time to take your home-office seriously. Upgrade your office space for improved productivity by hiring a Baeumler Approved contractor. Contact us today for more information:

Stephen Weir October 15, 2018

With popular home renovation television shows, buying and renovating an old home can be really enticing. However, it’s not all about the fun aesthetic repairs. Old homes come with major problems that can cost way more than new homeowners ever anticipated.

Jeff Jans August 23, 2018

The dangers of asbestos and what to do when you find it.

Pauline Hoffman August 06, 2018

You can feel absolutely over-loaded when it comes to decisions and running errands while renovating any part of your home. If you don't take care of the never ending list in your brain it's going to short circuit!

Perry Curiston July 23, 2018

Home renovations typically aren’t anybody’s idea of a good time, so when it comes to getting it done, it’s important to make sure you are doing it for the right reasons and that the outcome will be worth the stress, investment, and inconvenience.  Consider these right – and wrong – reasons for renovating and choosing to upgrade your home.

Pauline Hoffman July 09, 2018

You're frustrated, You've tried everything from changing your son's layout of his room to making his space less engaging. Changing the physical appearance and location of a child's "study space" can definitely help, but remember it may not fix everything.

Johannes Snethlage July 05, 2018

Major Decorating warns that this winter season in the Waterloo area has been very cold. The danger of burst pipes requires homeowners and tenants to take preventive steps to avoid water damage. We outline several steps you can take and describe why pipes burst.


Perry Curiston June 29, 2018

A major kitchen or bathroom remodeling project in your Toronto home can be a hassle and an inconvenience. Before you hire just anyone to begin the project, you must ask the right questions and learn as much as you can about the company and its workers. Here are 10 questions you should always ask before hiring a renovation contractor in Ontario.

Pauline Hoffman June 29, 2018

You've had enough of the clutter. You're looking for motivation!

Heba Ahmed June 26, 2018

A typical renovation project can result in moving walls, prying up and replacing old floorboards, or perhaps a fully updated kitchen. However, a full home renovation is an entirely different type of project that requires realistic expectations, dedicated planning, and a firm understanding about the project's scale.

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Perry Curiston May 18, 2018

Looking to update/remodel your kitchen and not really sure where or how to allocate your funds? Check out these tips for where to splurge vs save.

Pauline Hoffman May 14, 2018

There's always something to do...There's always a mountain to climb. But we're here to tell you that Rome wasn't built in a day and you shouldn't feel that organizing your home or life is going to be done in a day either. Trust us! We know what we're talking about.

Holly Parsons May 04, 2018

Upgrading your fuse panel to a breaker panel is a smart move that could make your life simpler, make your home safer and save you money!

Shawn Dunn March 06, 2018

Explaining what and where they come from

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C. Gibson February 07, 2018

If you are tired of swimming in an ocean of greys and whites, the good news it this: the days of neutrals are over. The trend for 2018 and beyond seems to be rich, bold colours, and not just as accent walls anymore. Here are a few of the hottest new trends in interior paint colours for 2018. 

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C. Gibson February 06, 2018

Renovation can be an ideal time to think more deeply about the types of materials you use in your home. Fortunately, one of the results of the modern environmental movement is that homeowners now have a wealth of eco-friendly materials to choose from, both for major building projects and for interiors and finishing.

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C. Gibson February 05, 2018

While we’re not quite ready to let the computers do all the work, there are nonetheless many new products that can make controlling the environment in your home more convenient and efficient. 

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C. Gibson February 03, 2018

Winter can be an ideal time to tackle some mid-range projects, things that aren’t the flashiest or most inexpensive renovations, but that can nonetheless add a great deal to the livability of the home. And the bathroom, perhaps the most important yet often neglected room in the house, can be the perfect place to start.

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C. Gibson January 26, 2018

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it might be the right time to show your partner love by beautifying and improving your living space. 

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Andrew Day January 24, 2018

Well researched renovations can be a way to increase the value in your biggest investment, your home. 

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Capital Junk January 23, 2018

In today’s modern world, regardless of your age, it can feel overwhelming to come to a decision of which professional company to select for various services, including junk removal. However, many seniors fall prey to schemes and scams that target those who are most vulnerable. Here are the key characteristics of legitimate companies and employees, which everyone should keep an eye out for.

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C. Gibson January 19, 2018

Here are a few basic winter maintenance tips that will ensure that you aren’t looking at a disaster, or a mountain of repair bills, after the snow recedes.

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C. Gibson January 13, 2018

New season of Bryan, Inc. (premiering this Sunday, Jan. 14th on HGTV) explores the intersection of home ownership and interpersonal partnership

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Holly Parsons January 06, 2018

If it seems too good to be probably is...

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January 05, 2018

While you are setting New Year goals for yourself, consider that the concept of self-improvement can also encompass the space we inhabit. Here are a few New Years resolutions for your home.

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Shawn Dunn December 13, 2017

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Shawn Dunn November 14, 2017

8 Ways a Humidifier Makes Winter Life Immediately Better

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Global Administrator November 10, 2017

Bryan Baeumler: Anything you can put in a house, you can put in a cottage.

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Jason Sawers November 10, 2017

At this year’s Calgary Fall Home Show, we at Floorscapes got a special treat. As members of the Baeumler Approved Network, we had the privilege of meeting Bryan Baeumler himself.

Not surprisingly, the HGTV star is as down-to-earth as he appears on camera, a good ol’ Canadian boy with solid industry values.

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Enri Rexhmataj November 07, 2017

There is no doubt that the world's climate is changing. We see it in the increased temperatures across the globe as well as the growing number of severe weather events such as tornados, cyclones, hurricanes, etc. Ergo, the earth is warming up, and it is costing us dearly. We are losing a large number species and their habitats, and the chances that sensitive ecosystems will adapt naturally are slight. Furthermore, there is now an overwhelming consensus that global warming is taking place and man is the main cause of the gasses that are producing the greenhouse effect.

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Paul Bulat October 11, 2017

Hiring a contractor for your home improvement project can be stressful and time-consuming. Luckily, Baeumler Approved helps you find professionals with a great track record. But even good companies can have bad projects. What happens on the off-chance that you hire a company who's not living up to your expectations?

Learn how to recognize the warning signs of and what you can do to turn a renovation around, and protect yourself. 

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Global Administrator October 02, 2017

That bottle of cabernet sauvignon in your basement has probably improved with age. Your house, however, has probably not. Leave aging gracefully to the Helen Mirrens of the world. For your abode to retain its lustre as it approaches its twilight years, some work will be required.

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August 16, 2017

The Worksite Safety Compliance Centre is a Baeumler Approved affiliate and one of Canada’s leading providers of simple, effective, and accessible occupational health and safety training materials.

This month’s newsletter provides some updates on changes to Provincial legislation in workplace health and safety and seasonal hazards.

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Shawn Dunn August 14, 2017

Couple tips on DIY maintenance for homeowners.

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Steavi Potter August 05, 2017

When you are shopping for new replacement windows, it is fun to look at the many designs. These are some of the popular styles of windows that you might consider.

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July 21, 2017

Basements are great for keeping cool in hotter weather, but there are downsides of being 10 feet under. Be aware of the hazards when contemplating your basement renovation. Brought to you by the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. 

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Shawn Dunn July 12, 2017

At first glance, it may look bleak: you know you’re going to need either an AC repair or a new air conditioner. But you’re no air conditioning expert, and you want to make an informed decision.

Let the professionals at DunnClimateCare help answer your questions. 

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July 10, 2017

With summer upon us, rain for many across the country, and cottage season in full-swing, Bryan addresses a few questions relating to mould issues in a cottage and leaky chimney flashing. 

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Steavi Potter June 29, 2017

The best time for outdoor events is approaching—fresh air, open windows, and doors, and DIY projects on the patio are in order! This year, as the season for everything outdoors draws near, isn’t it time you update your backyard with a new sliding patio door?

Here are you seven awesome advantages of choosing Sliding Patio Doors for your home. Some great information from Brock Doors and Windows

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Global Administrator June 16, 2017

A home’s insulation not only keeps you warm in during the cold months, it keeps you cool in the summer heat.

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Bryson Bumstead Bumstead June 10, 2017

The decision has been made… are moving from the big city to a slower, more relaxed pace in the Georgian Bay area.  Whether it’s a summer home or your permanent residence, there are important things you MUST keep in mind before making your purchase and why getting that home inspection is crucial. 

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Paul Bulat June 10, 2017

Don't waste your time or money making mistakes on your deck project. We've covered the most important things to know so you can get the deck of your dreams without a headache. Check out these hacks on deck design, decor, and hiring a deck contractor. 

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Heba Ahmed June 01, 2017

When the cold weather finally starts to dissipate and the sun starts to stream through the windows, many people jump into Spring cleaning mode. Spring is a time for new beginnings (and also tax refunds!) and a great time to get your home ready to enjoy during the warmer months.

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Shawn Dunn May 22, 2017

Are you asking “Why Does My AC Smell?” – It’s Time for an HVAC Inspection!

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Global Administrator May 20, 2017

Tile over popcorn? Mildew on bathroom tiles? In-floor heating? Here are some questions answered by the man himself. 

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Holly Parsons May 11, 2017

Skip the frustration and use your custom shades daily with no effort, even in hard to reach places.

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Steve Letendre May 05, 2017

Flower beds against the home look great but can have negative effects leading to water intrusion of the home. Over the next couple of months when you clean up the yard and prepare for summer consider how water can be trapped against your home. Read more and see a list of tips to better understand what you can to to help prevent water intrusion. 

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Heba Ahmed May 04, 2017

The Spring season is a very busy time for renovations and upgrading bathrooms is a popular choice. Whether it’s the warmer weather that gets you motivated to change things up or that you are ready to put the planning you’ve done over winter into action, domilya Group can help you redefine your bathroom. 

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Heba Ahmed May 04, 2017

When you first purchase a home, it is hard to know how your needs may change and how you’ll need your home to change along with you.  If you add kids, pets, a home-based business or hobbies to your lifestyle, the storage and spaces used to organize your items may no longer work. 
Do you need to move? Not necessarily!  There is so much you can do within your current home to maximize the space and still make it work for you.  It is worth speaking to a trusted home renovation professional about custom renovations to find out more about building more storage for your home.

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May 03, 2017

As Spring arrives, many encounter issues with water and humidity. This month, Bryan Baeumler addresses some of these issues encountered by homeowners.

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Steve Letendre April 12, 2017

Is asbestos present in your home. Find out before renovating.

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Shawn Dunn April 08, 2017

Prevent water leaks and breakdowns by servicing your equipment and having peace of mind.

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Global Administrator April 04, 2017

All the people who write in with questions will finally get to see my family go through every possibility. The things that go wrong, the changes that are made, the expenses you incur and the stress. Even people like me, who do this every day, encounter surprises.”

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Holly Parsons March 28, 2017

Create your perfect outdoor space with custom lighting so you can enjoy your outside space as much as you enjoy your inside space.

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Don Edmondson March 22, 2017

A few things to think about when hiring a contractor from The Candu Group.

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Global Administrator March 17, 2017

Q&A  - Sure, there’s a mounting list of DIY projects on your fridge right now. You’ll get to them soon enough. But before you begin, start with this question: are they really worth it?

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Shawn Dunn March 08, 2017

Frustrated? Asking Yourself "Why Does My Furnace Make Loud Noises?" Get an Inspection Today!

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Holly Parsons March 07, 2017

Limiting your screen time doesn't mean you need to limit your options when it comes to home control.

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William Young March 07, 2017

Knowing how you got to where you are is determined by what you did to get there.

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Holly Parsons February 22, 2017

Home control for new parents is a must have.

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Shawn Dunn February 14, 2017

Stop Asking “Why is My Furnace Filter Black.” Get to the Bottom of It!

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Global Administrator February 11, 2017

Wiping off your vanity countertop is not enough. The bathroom may be your hub of cleanliness, but mould, bacteria and other irritants could well be lurking underneath your tiles, especially if you love long showers. Bathrooms are an area where you get a high concentration of moisture, which can lead to mould, mildew, failing grout, rotting walls — you name it. So everything you put in there — whether a shower or cup surround — should be moisture-resistant. You should always be thinking about how to reduce the amount of condensation in that room. Otherwise, you’re looking at a lot of problems.

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Heba Ahmed February 08, 2017

How renovations impact you psychologically.

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John Ambrosio January 21, 2017

Selecting the right tile for your backsplash can be overwhelming. Here are some points to consider before venturing out to your local tile store.  

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Capital Junk January 13, 2017

The benefits of renting a dumpster and how it can make your house project easier and less stressful.

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Global Administrator December 20, 2016

Our wintry weather this autumn has been the source of a lot of unhappiness — and complaints.Don’t let unseasonably cold weather, whether it’s due to polar vortex or plunging jet stream, keep you from tackling your DIY to-do list for your home. This time of the year is ideal for taking on some projects around the house. You’re spending a lot of time holed up inside, anyway.

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Global Administrator December 20, 2016

So you used the wrong paint. Or you didn’t get the right permit. Or you bored into your brick wall with the wrong tools. Don’t hammer yourself over the head about it. When it comes to being a DIY ace, failure is the price of admission. 

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Global Administrator December 20, 2016

When humidity is high, it's inevitable that the wood in your house will expand. But too much movement might mean you need help. Spring is growing season. The climate is prime for your tulips, lilacs and trilliums to bloom to their fullest. But “growing season” also applies to your hardwood floor.

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Global Administrator December 20, 2016

Bryan Baeumler answers questions. Whether you're insulating a basement or an attic, a vapour barrier could be a key component.

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Global Administrator December 20, 2016

Some answers about how to ensure moisture is a dry topic of conversation.  “To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect,” once said Irish author, poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. It also shows straightforward common sense on the part of home owners.

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Global Administrator December 20, 2016

With just days left until fall begins, you may be considering how to cushion the blow of summer’s end.
Here’s a suggestion: cushion the inside of your home. It’s the perfect time to gird your home for the upcoming seasons. Now’s a good time to poke your head up into the attic and check how much insulation you’ve got. You may want to blow in some more insulation to save some money over the winter.

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Global Administrator December 20, 2016

How to embrace the transitions — both in the weather and within your own home. Pay close attention to the things happening in your home, from creaking noises to drops in temperature. No house exists in a vacuum. External factors affect them, whether it’s the climate or time.

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Global Administrator December 20, 2016

Homeowner would like to avoid opening up the wall
Spring has sprung, and that’s well and good.
But with the seasonal shift comes an inevitable thaw — a particularly big one this time around, considering the brutal, record-setting winter we just had.

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Global Administrator December 20, 2016

With winter showing its cold, cruel and true-Canadian nature, there’s nothing wrong with seeking some inner peace away from the outside world. Well, inner-household peace, at least.

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Global Administrator December 20, 2016

Forget New Year’s resolutions. Reno-lutions are what you really need.

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Global Administrator December 20, 2016

The wind is rising and the air is wild with leaves, but don’t become too mesmerized by autumn’s gorgeous performance. Now’s the time to fall into winter home-maintenance mode.

This is the time of the year that the leaves start changing colour and falling. They may look pretty, but they can also cause headaches. Periodically get up there and empty those eavestroughs, because if they’re full of leaves they’ll fill up when the ice and water start coming down and won’t drain well. That could lead to a leak in the attic.

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Allen Shaw December 17, 2016

Everything you need to know about roof top snow removal. Does it need to be done, and if so, when and how.

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Donovan Illig December 07, 2016

Explanation and solutions for excessive condensation and ice forming on interior of house windows in cold weather.

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Steavi Potter December 01, 2016

When you are looking for different ways to save money as a homeowner in Toronto, a great place to start is your windows. When you replace old, inefficient windows, you can save money on your energy bills as well as get better comfort during the hottest and coldest months of the year. To get the most out of your energy efficient window replacement, have a look at the valuable tips in this insider guide from Brock Doors and Windows.

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Dominic Blago November 29, 2016

Blago Home Inspection is to serve the community that makes up Southern Ontario.  Inspecting homes from London to Toronto, and just about everywhere in between.  To give back, we are seeking to give a family a free home repair of an essential item that they may not normally be able to afford.

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Shawn Dunn November 17, 2016

Showcasing the importance of your furnace filter and why changing it is a good idea.

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Air Dunrite November 16, 2016

Our winters are long, dark and cold, and heating our homes is a necessity of life. But it doesn’t mean we can’t take a hard look at how much we’re paying to heat our homes and think about what we should be paying. 

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John Ambrosio November 15, 2016

Planning on starting a major renovation?  Here are 5 common mistakes home owners can make during a home renovation project.

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Holly Parsons November 15, 2016

A properly designed home control system can help increase your energy savings and save you money.

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Andrew Day November 10, 2016

Our clients Keith and Adrienne made the HUGE decision to completely gut their 1970’s bungalow and add an additional 1200 square feet of living space to their home.  With 6 year old twins and an infant, it was quite the undertaking to say the least, but they got through it in one piece and are happy with their new space! Check out what they had to say about the renovation process and how they are settling in now.

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October 26, 2016

Sometimes when we advise a potential client that the next step in their renovation process is to enter into a “Design Build Agreement”, it becomes clear that this is a term the homeowner is both unfamiliar with and intimidated by. Fortunately, a design build is less complicated than it sounds – in fact it is the opposite of complicated! Here are some common questions we are asked when discussing a Design Build Agreement.

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Holly Parsons September 12, 2016

When you make the decision to do a renovation it's an exciting time and no one would fault you for wanting to jump in with both feet.  Before you do hire the first contractor that comes up as result on your Google search though, there are a few important things you should consider.

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Darryl Exelby September 08, 2016

Yes, they can. In Vancouver of course but did you know they can grow in Southern Ontario? In fact at our location in Brantford, Ontario we have a few different varieties that will withstand Canada's Winter. With a little help there's no need to shy away from these ever popular exotic plants.

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Allen Shaw August 18, 2016

There are many roofing companies to choose from in most urban areas. Many claiming multiple years in business or to have the most expertise. That said, one will quickly discover that from one roofing company to the next you may find big disparities in the work to be performed.

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Holly Parsons August 17, 2016

Having a consultation with your Licensed Electrical Contractor about the specific, custom needs for your project can save money and time.

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Holly Parsons August 12, 2016

What you need to know before you hire an Electrician for your home or business.

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August 10, 2016

Spring has thawed and rejuvenated our outdoor spaces and now Canadians are enduring the summer heat. domilya Group is always working to help people love their homes that’s why we wanted to share a helpful list of summer home maintenance projects to keep your house in great condition.

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July 20, 2016

Creating a space that is as functional for entertaining as it is for relaxing, is ultimately what we all want – indoors and out. So when designing your outdoor space, don’t stop at the furniture and the gardens. Whether you have a city condo or a huge lakeside property, lighting and music are critical elements to create the mood – day or night.

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July 15, 2016

Walls Alive Painting, Bespoke Maintenance, and Lionsgate Design have joined forces with a shared emphasis on assurance and quality insured trades.  We have created a special Baeumler Approved 'Member to Member' service to help you from decoration concept to completion....and beyond.

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July 14, 2016

Welcome ladies and gentlemen, to the new Baeumler Approved blog space, and the inaugural blog! Continue to check this space for blog postings by our members. You'll be able to read more about them, their services, experiences and perhaps learn something along the way! Blogs are a great way for our members to stay in touch with you and another means to help you choose a Baeumler Approved member to work with on the next project in your home.

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