Consumer Review Guidelines
The reviews on HomeStars are individual opinions and are, by their nature, highly subjective and should be treated as such.
HomeStars endorses neither the reviews posted by homeowners nor companies’ corresponding responses. HomeStars reserves the right to delete a review or company response for any reason.
The following guidelines are directions we may take; since reviews are subjective, not every situation can be held strictly to all guidelines at all times.
What information does HomeStars require?
Before HomeStars will post a review you must provide us with:
- a valid email address
- zip or postal code
- online name and neighbourhood
What are HomeStars' posting guidelines?
HomeStars has sole discretion on what to post and in what form, but the following are useful guidelines for what we look at:
Reviews must be at least 30 words in length.
We will not post reviews that are with no substance, such as "They are great."
Reviews must be based on a financial transaction between a homeowner and company.
- Reviews published on a company listing must relate to a household repair, improvement, purchase, or construction undertaking, completed by a written or verbal contract.
- Pre-Sale Comments (where no money has been exchanged between the company and the homeowner) are unverifiable content and can appear only in the Pre-Sale information area of a company listing.
The content of a review must be family-friendly.
If you know someone who would blush at what you have written, so will our readers! HomeStars will not post – or once posted, will remove – any defamatory or insulting language, profanity, threats, prejudiced comments, hate speech, personal attacks, or other content considered objectionable.
Reviews must be submitted from a valid email address and with a valid postal code.
Our policy is to post your online name and neighbourhood of residence in association with a review, as well as the locality in which the work was done.
Ensure your review is unique, independent, and accurate.
You may submit one review of any given event. The review must concern a specific company you have worked with and a specific event, not hearsay.
The review itself should focus solely on your experience with that company, product, or service. You should not refer to a company’s competitors by name if you are giving a comparison of your experience with two separate companies.
As others may rely on your reviews, we urge you to make your comments helpful, reasonable, and above all, truthful to your experience. Ensure your content is as factually accurate as possible according to your knowledge and experience.
Ensure your review is legal and non-infringing.
We will not post, and will remove from the site, any review that is or becomes illegal or infringing.
Reviews may be removed and a marker showing the user name and date will be shown in any of the following cases:
- Homeowner has requested their review be removed.
- Review is currently being investigated. It will either go back up or rejected if it is not validated by the user.
- Review is removed as not from a validated client.
We will not post a review written by or about minors (under the age of 18).
Company owners, management, or employees (past or current) may not pose as consumers and post reviews about their own company.
This is considered to be fraudulent behaviour, and will be treated accordingly.
Do not respond to a review using a review.
We allow representatives of parties or entities that were reviewed to respond to posted reviews by way of Respond to this Review. HomeStars will apply the same posting guidelines set out above to such responses.
Please note that the identity of a representative that files a response to a review will be made known on the site. A company that violates our privacy guidelines may be suspended from using the site.
Reviews must be non-commercial.
HomeStars will not post any web addresses, e-mail addresses, HTML code, or promotional materials of any kind.
- Reviews must be written in English.