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Home improvement resource centre

This resource center is designed to provide you with tips related to improvements you may make to your home. You’re invited to review the articles below. If you have a specific question that you would like us to answer, please email us and we’ll do our best to respond.

Heating your home efficiently

Learn how you can save energy, and feel warmer when the cold season comes with tips from Square One. Also, learn more about carbon monoxide detectors.

Gardening around your home

If you're a gardener, Square One has some tips for both selection and planting. We also explain how home insurance can cover gardening items, trees,etc.

Conserving water

Canadians use the the second most water per capita in the world. Learn how you can save water throughout your home with easy to implement tips.

Learning about roof types

What type of roof do you have on your home? What should you do to maintain it? And, how does it affect your ability to buy home insurance? Get all your roof related questions answered here.

House foundation types

Learn about all the different types of house foundations, their cost per square foot, as well as other characterisitics, benefits and risks of each different home foundation type. We'll also review what information about your foundation is important for insurance providers.

Using rain barrels around your home

Learn what a rain barrel is, how it works, and how you can install one at your home. Rain barrels can be a great way to conserve water and can also be used to reduce the damage and risks from heavy rainfalls.

Earth Day 2019

Earth day is a great way to celebrate the commitment to protecting the environment. To help you reduce your carbon footprint, here are some tips and strategies that you can use every day.

Why LED lighting is environmentally friendly and energy efficient

Learn why LED lighting is more beneficial than incandescent bulbs and other types of lighting and how it is better for the environment. Also learn where you can use LED lights in challenging landscapes and outdoor conditions.

How an HVAC zoning system makes a more comfortable home

Wondering if an HVAC zoning system will improve the comfort of your home? Learn how HVAC zone systems are planned and how it can save you money in the long-run.

How to choose the right swimming pool for your family

Learn how to choose the right swimming pool for your family. From the location in your backyard to what material will be optimal for your budget and family, this swimming pool guide will help you make the correct decision. Also discover what design suits your home best.

How to compare contractor bids for your home renovation

Getting the right professional contractor for your home renovations is very important. By reviewing the suggestions covered here, you can make sure the contractor you choose is professional and right for your budget.

DIY or Hire a Contractor For Your Home Renovation?

To do or not to do it yourself, that is the key question when it comes to home renovations. Learn when you should leave the work to a professional or when you can do it yourself.

Are Solar Panels Worth It For Your Home?

Are you looking at your energy bills with concern and wondering if there is a way to cut costs? Many people today are looking to solar panels. Good idea?

Summer home improvement projects

When you own a home, there are always tasks on your “To Do” list. Summer is the perfect time to begin those home improvement projects that will increase the value of your home.

Your home’s permit history and renovations

Before you have plans drawn up, hire a contractor and dive into the project, you may want to do a bit of homework. Research your building permit history. It could save you a lot of money and time.

Renovate your home or move? Which makes more sense?

To move or not to move; that is the question many homeowners ask themselves as the space they are living in becomes more crowded. Which option suits you?

17 Questions to ask Before Hiring your Next Contractor

Renovating your home can be a huge financial investment. Knowing what to expect before the project gets started will help you better prepare for the process. Obviously, hiring the right contractor can make the difference between your project being a success or a nightmare. Here are 17 questions you should ask your contractor before starting a home renovation.

Home maintenance schedules

Access checklists for monthly, annually, semi-annually and every five years for your house repair and maintenance. Learn what you need to do around the home, step by step.

Keeping your home and sidewalks safe in the winter

Your home should always be properly protected from the elements during the winter months. Here are some easy tips you can get started with that will help prevent pipes from freezing, heat from leaking and keeping others safe on the sidewalks.

Closing your vacation property for the season

If you own a vacation property or second home that you don’t use during the winter, there are a few things to think about before you shut it down for the season. Follow this checklist so you can return next season without an unexpected surprise.

Spring cleaning

It’s time to get down and dirty, and give your home a thorough clean. Square One has researched tips from top experts, and have compiled a list for you.

Furnace short-cycling? Causes and troubleshooting

A short-cycling furnace can be hard to find the troubleshoot. To help you, here are 5 potential causes for short-cycling furnaces that you can try to fix without a professional.

Your home noise guide: What do all those noises mean?

Your HVAC, air conditioner, furnace and home duct systems can all make strange noises. Learn if these noises require professional attention or what you can do to prevent them.

Habits that shorten the life of your washer and dryer

Washer and dryers are an expensive purchase when you’re a homeowner and you’ll want to use these appliances for as long as possible. Follow these tips and habits to make sure your washer and dryer can run smoothly for the long-term.