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October 27, 2014 · 0 Comments · Steve Payne

(VIDEO) How to Stop Wasting Time on Bad Leads

As a professional renovator or custom home builder, you don’t have a second to waste on prospective customers who are really just tire-kickers. Watch this video to learn how to “qualify” all sales leads before you drive out to see them.

October 20, 2014 · 0 Comments · Steve Payne

Excel Homes, Calgary, gives royal treatment to their 10,000th single family home customer

Barrett Budgell, a single father of 4-year old twin boys, didn’t know what a nice surprise was waiting for him when he bought the 10,000th single-family home constructed by Excel Homes, Calgary. The home, in Cochrane, Alta., came with some extra added features added just for Barrett and his kids – including $10,000 in education funding for the twins. Nice.

September 17, 2014 · 0 Comments · Steve Payne

VIDEO: Hardcore Renos: Pouring the Footings

Manny Neves and Anderson Hinds, the Hardcore Renos boys in Toronto who were featured on our July/August issue cover, produced one of the greatest self-produced construction videos of all time (seriously) when they poured their footings for their Rondale House project.

September 10, 2014 · 1 Comments · Steve Payne

VIDEO: Hardcore Renos blower door test by Blue Green Group

Blue Green Group gave the Hardcore Renos team a “flying colours” rating (well, that’s not the official rating, but you get our drift) for the blower door test on their Rondale Avenue new home build.

August 13, 2014 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Installing JeldWen windows the Hardcore way

The Hardcore boys, Manny Neves and Anderson Hinds install JeldWen windows

August 12, 2014 · 1 Comments · Robert Koci

What happens when a contractor walks into a bar?

Two contractors walk into a bar…

August 11, 2014 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Getting digital help

What are you doing online? Here are some ideas from Coach Mike Draper.

August 6, 2014 · 1 Comments · Steve Payne

VIDEO: Coaches Corner – The pros and cons of TV contractor referral programs

Should you consider associating yourself – or your “brand” as the marketing types call it – with that of a famous TV contractor? Will it do you any good? Is the entire idea any good? Mike Draper talks to Rob Koci about this topic.

August 1, 2014 · 1 Comments · Steve Payne

Coaches Corner (VIDEO): How to stay FOCUSED as a professional renovator

Focus comes from having distinct goals for your renovation business. Useful goals can be related to (1) Hours worked (2) Revenue and (3) Profitability.

July 31, 2014 · 1 Comments · Steve Payne

Goodbye Holmes Referred, hello Baeumler Approved

There are 300 contractors and other firms associated with the Baeumler Approved contractor referral program, Bryan Baeumler’s folks tell us

July 30, 2014 · 7 Comments · Steve Payne

VIDEO: The Hardcore Renos boys raising the walls and raising hell

Manny and Anderson have put up 122 videos detailing their insanely great building skills – and wacko senses of humour – at their Rondale Boulevard build

July 16, 2014 · 3 Comments · Robert Koci

(VIDEO) Ontario College of Trades: Licensed plumber Garfield Dunlop MPP hammers the Liberals on union bias

Ontario’s Liberal government, re-elected with a 9-seat majority, came under fire from Garfield Dunlop, skilled trades critic for the PC party, during today’s question period at Queen’s Park. Dunlop alleges a pro-union bias and a conflict on interest involving the Ontario College of Trades

July 16, 2014 · 0 Comments · Steve Payne

Check out Steve Maxwell’s cabin-building VIDEO series

Here is one of the latest “Sharpie Marker” construction videos that Steve is becoming (sort of) famous for. It’s all part of his new Cabin Building series.

July 8, 2014 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

(VIDEO) Coach’s Corner with Mike Draper: How to handle work crunches in busy season

If you’re a good contractor, and you’re in a good marketplace, you should be at your busiest time of the year right now. Contractor coach Mike Draper (www.renovantage.com) talks about how to use busy times to structure your business properly for the future.

July 2, 2014 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Are you a hardcore contractor?

You won’t get a better opportunity to work for an exciting, hip and happening residential construction company than this

June 4, 2014 · 0 Comments · Steve Payne

VIDEO: Steve Maxwell on the RIGHT Way to Anchor a Deck

In this video, Canadian Contractor contributing editor Steve Maxwell shows how to attach a deck to a house the RIGHT way.

June 2, 2014 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

VIDEO: Steve Maxwell on the Wrong Way to Anchor a Deck

There is a big mistake in building decks that almost every builder makes at least once. Tools editor Steve Maxwell tells you how to avoid it.

May 20, 2014 · 3 Comments · Robert Koci

VIDEO: Steve Maxwell shows how to build a great deck foundation

Stuff We Like editor Steve Maxwell provides a detailed description of the perfect post saddle installation

May 15, 2014 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Perfect Decks. Stuff We Like editor Steve Maxwell’s deck-building series

Decks are a staple project for many contractors. If you’ve built many or few, this new Maxwell series on deck building is a must watch.

May 5, 2014 · 8 Comments · Steve Payne

Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak: We will abolish the Ontario College of Trades

In this video, Ontario PC leader stands alongside licensed plumber and PC skilled trades critic Garfield Dunlop in pledging to abolish the Ontario College of Trades, if the PCs are elected.

May 5, 2014 · 5 Comments · Robert Koci

(VIDEO) City of Toronto workers raking it in at record speed

When you’re done paying your HST, submitting your WSIB premiums, filling out Ministry of Labour forms, and dodging the Ontario College of Trades, give yourself a break. Watch this video

May 5, 2014 · 3 Comments · Steve Payne

(VIDEO) Rob and Steve talk about the Ontario College of Trades not showing for our planned interview…

… and we talk about our next issue – and “Job Site to Go”: some really cool mobile software for renovators and builders

April 25, 2014 · 2 Comments · Robert Koci

Rob and Steve with the Dimplex Fireplace. (Not even a paid spot!)

The safest fire is no fire at all. Or something like that.

April 23, 2014 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Coaches Corner with Mike Draper (VIDEO): “Making Home Shows Work For You”

A lot of contractors take a booth at a home show, but don’t get any worthwhile leads for new business, even though the show might be swarming with potential new customers. Renovantage’s Mike Draper tells you how to work a home show to get real leads, for real business, in this video clip.

April 9, 2014 · 5 Comments · Steve Payne

VIDEO: Steve Maxwell shows how to finish a basement properly (sponsored message)

Traditional basement finishing techniques using stud frame walls, fibre insulation and vapour barriers can sometimes work out OK. But this “traditional” method of building is not without its risks – especially in moist conditions. Steve Maxwell show us how to use foam panel systems and engineered subfloors to ensure a warm, dry and cozy final product.

April 7, 2014 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Don’t be a statistic: Look up and look out for powerlines! (sponsored message)

In the last decade, 20 people have been killed by contact with overhead powerlines. It didn’t have to be that way

March 28, 2014 · 16 Comments · Robert Koci

(VIDEO) Rob and Steve talk about the average Canadian contractor’s salary, plus the Ontario College of Trades

$69,550 is the median income of the Canadian Contractor readers who filled out our 6th Annual OutRank Salary Survey.

VIDEO: Interview with PROBUILT’s Mike Upshall: How to structure your renovation firm
March 18, 2014 · 1 Comments · Robert Koci

VIDEO: Interview with PROBUILT’s Mike Upshall: How to structure your renovation firm

Mike Upshall, a veteran homebuilder and renovator, talks about how he runs his firm using a lead carpenter system that puts on-the-tools carpenters into front line roles with full budgetary responsibilities

March 13, 2014 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

VIDEO: In a dispute about a tile or marble installation? Call these experts for a third party opinion

TTMAC, the Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Association of Canada (TTMAC), will send an expert to inspect your tile installation if you have a quality dispute with a homeowner

March 13, 2014 · 0 Comments · Steve Payne

VIDEO: Track your job expenses on your mobile device: JobSite To Go

Peter Douglas, a design-build contractor who got tired of struggling to record and manage job expenses using Word and Excel, has come up with a software program called JobSite ToGo

March 5, 2014 · 9 Comments · Robert Koci

Got a cash flow crunch? Help solve it with Square’s free credit card reader for your smartphone or tablet

Square’s device and the app that powers is is compatible with Android smartphones, iPhones and iPads. Presto, your customer’s credit card payment shows up in your bank account by the next business day.

February 26, 2014 · 1 Comments · Robert Koci

Coaches Corner (VIDEO): Work less, make more (it can be done)

If you are working too many hours as a renovator or contractor, there are two bad things that can happen to you. One, you can burn out – have physical health problems. Two, you won’t be able to sell your business when you want to retire.

February 19, 2014 · 0 Comments · Steve Payne

Coaches Corner (VIDEO) with Mike Draper: Managing your customer’s emotions during their renovation

At the beginning of a renovation, the client is nervous, but likes you – and is excited. They might even bring your guys donuts and coffees and become your friend. Then, things go sideways. How can you avoid this happening?

February 12, 2014 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

VIDEO: Coaches Corner with Mike Draper: Getting beyond the “business plateau”

Every contracting business has a certain plateau at which it can’t make any more money for the owner without hiring more skilled help – or setting up better systems – or both. In this video, Rob Koci and Mike Draper talks about how to accomplish that, espc

February 5, 2014 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

VIDEO: Interviews with contractors at the RONA Show, Vancouver

RONA is conducting 10 Contractor Shows across the country, and Canadian Contractor is there

January 29, 2014 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

(VIDEO) Coaches Corner: How to generate more leads – without spending a fortune

What’s the difference between “building a brand” and “lead generation”? The first term is “nice to have,” but the second is “need to have,” as Renovantage’s Mike Draper explains in this short video clip.

January 7, 2014 · 1 Comments · Steve Payne

VIDEO: Rob and Steve talk about WSIB’s cash grab, rookie contractors and our Outrank Salary Survey

The two ink-stained wretches who bring you Canadian Contractor in print talk about what’s making news in our upcoming February issue.

December 20, 2013 · 2 Comments · Steve Payne

Steve Maxwell: “When did Canada become a dictatorship? A long time ago!”

“We have a veneer of democracy covering the reality that unelected, invisible bureaucrats make the big decisions that affect day to day lives.”

December 19, 2013 · 29 Comments · Robert Koci

Drywaller suing WSIB for $6-million (VIDEO). Our most-viewed video this year

If you haven’t seen this video yet, watch it if you can. A contractor is taking it to the WSIB in the courts. Now, that’s a switch.

November 27, 2013 · 1 Comments · Robert Koci

Coaches Corner (VIDEO): “There is no deficiency list!”

What happens when you decide there will be no deficiency list? It changes everything and makes you much more profitable.

November 20, 2013 · 3 Comments · Robert Koci

VIDEO: Victoria Downing on the key to successful renovating

If you feel you aren’t making nearly enough money as a renovation contractor, watch the president of one of North America’s leading contractor training organizations tell you how her members have dramatically lifted their profits.

October 14, 2013 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

VIDEO: Flip School’s Ian Szabo, Part 2. Managing a crazy big work list.

Ian Szabo has a lot going on in the renovation business. How does he do it?

September 17, 2013 · 2 Comments · Steve Payne

VIDEO Coaches’ Corner: Solving problems – the follow up stage, Part 4

Mike Draper of Renovantage.com concludes his chat with Rob Koci, editor of Canadian Contractor, about problem solving with clients

September 10, 2013 · 9 Comments · Robert Koci

Mandatory WSIB in Ontario: MPP Garfield Dunlop wants to clean up the mess (VIDEO)

Garfield Dunlop, Ontario’s representative for the people of Simcoe North, is not “just” a politican, he’s a licensed plumber

September 10, 2013 · 6 Comments · Robert Koci

Problems with mandatory WSIB in Ontario (VIDEO): Interview with Jeff Koller, OCFIA

Jeff Koller offers qualified support for the new mandatory WSIB premiums for the Ontario industry

September 3, 2013 · 9 Comments · Steve Payne

Why the Ontario College of Trades should stay in business: Jeff Koller, OCFIA (VIDEO)

The Ontario Construction Finishing Industries Alliance (OCFIA) represents unionized painters and managers in that sector of our industry and Jeff Koller is a frequent spokesperson in favour of the Ontario College of Trades.

September 3, 2013 · 2 Comments · Robert Koci

Why the Ontario College of Trades should be abolished: Interview with Garfield Dunlop, MPP (VIDEO)

When Garfield Dunlop speaks out so strongly against the Ontario College of Trades, he isn’t just being a Progressive Conservative politician taking shots at yet another bad idea from the Dalton McGuinty government. He’s speaking as a Canadian Contractor. He’s a plumber.

August 28, 2013 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

VIDEO: Coaches’ Corner, Solving problems with the client, part 3

In this video, Rob Koci of Canadian Contractor and Mike Draper, contractor coach at Renovantage.com, talk about the third step in solving conflicts with clients: The Action Plan

August 13, 2013 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Coaches’ Corner VIDEO: Solving problems with the homeowner, Part 2

Whenever there’s a glitch, a screw-up, or a surprise on a renovation project, it’s tempting to forge right on with a solution that you, the renovator, thinks will work. But you need to make sure the client agrees with the changes you are going to make to the plans, to the schedule or to the finished look. Watch the video for more.

August 6, 2013 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Coaches’ Corner VIDEO: Solving problems with the homeowner, Part 1

In our latest Coaches Corner video (here), Mike Draper of Renovantage.com chats with Rob Koci, associate publisher of Canadian Contractor. This week’s topic: How to get to the REAL root of any problems…

July 22, 2013 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Managing your online reputation: VIDEO interview Part 2 with Brian Sharwood, HomeStars

You are online whether you want to be or not. You need to manage what is being said about you and your company.

July 16, 2013 · 12 Comments · Robert Koci

How to manage your online reputation: Interview with Brian Sharwood, HomeStars

It’s a listing you never asked for and don’t want and there are bad reviews from angry customers attached. What can you do? HomeStars president Brian Sharwood tells us why the listing is there and how to protect your reputation.

July 2, 2013 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Contractor wins an iPad for filling out our salary survey

Toronto contractor Alan Jenkins is the proud new owner of an iPad, simply for filling out a few questions on our annual OutRank Salary Survey back in February and March.

May 2, 2013 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Home inspection: a new revenue stream for you?

Home Inspection is a growing industry for which renovators are well suited

http://youtu.be/E-VlgEuNQ2Y
April 23, 2013 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Help for contractor inventors

You have a great idea for a new product but how do you get it to market? Dragon’s Den? No, just call Steve Sennik

http://youtu.be/C_zEa6FYMvA
April 16, 2013 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

VIDEO: Mike Homes Interview (7): The products you buy

Mike goes to bat for you on products

April 9, 2013 · 3 Comments · Robert Koci

A website contest…A trade gives his employee back to Ontario

Here’s a chance to improve your website. And here’s a contractor that is giving his employees and their families back to the government of Ontario to look after.

http://youtu.be/GNY_wIGArZA
April 1, 2013 · 3 Comments · Robert Koci

VIDEO: Mike Holmes recalls his bankruptcy, Part 5

Some contractors knock Mike Holmes because he once went bankrupt while he was a full-time contractor. He did, but he has something to say about that.

http://youtu.be/FvxR9u9DW-s
March 28, 2013 · 1 Comments · Robert Koci

VIDEO: Ontario College of Trades threatens Alberta electrician’s Interprovincial License

Think you are unaffected by the tax grab in Ontario? Not so fast.

March 11, 2013 · 4 Comments · Robert Koci

Mike Holmes interview Part 4 (VIDEO)

Mike’s insurance and how he estimates his jobs

March 11, 2013 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Are you on the first page of Google? (VIDEO)

If you are not, you are a dead man… or woman. Carrie Shaw tell us why.

March 5, 2013 · 8 Comments · Robert Koci

Mike Holmes interview Part 3

Mike turns his beefy guns on customers

March 1, 2013 · 6 Comments · Robert Koci

Contractors protest Ontario WSIB Bill 119

Contractors from across the province are saying enough is enough and they will no longer accept the WSIB’s effort to dig into their pocketbooks to deal with the $14.5 billion unfunded liability.

February 26, 2013 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

The next issue of Canadian Contractor

Why parents don’t want their kids to be trades people. And what to do when your customer owes you $100,000

February 21, 2013 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

The real battle we face: Keynes vs Hayak

Do we need central planning or should we let the free market sort things out?

February 20, 2013 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Mike Holmes interview Part 2

The curse of TV and the help of sponsors and contractors working for free

February 12, 2013 · 10 Comments · Robert Koci

Protesting Bill 119 in Hamilton, Ontario

Independent operators in Ontario mobilize to tell the Ontario government how they feel about the increased cost of doing business as a result of Bill 119

February 7, 2013 · 28 Comments · Robert Koci

Mike Holmes Interview Part 1

What Mike really thinks about contractors

January 30, 2013 · 11 Comments · Robert Koci

Rob and Steve VIDEO: Moonlighting firefighters. Mike Holmes answers his critics.

The first segment of our exclusive interview with Mike Holmes, as he responds to a barrage of criticism from Canadian Contractor readers. And Steve and Rob talk about moonlighting firefighters doing renovations for cash in their spare time… while they pocket gold-plated, public sector benefits packages.

January 16, 2013 · 0 Comments · Steve Payne

Rob’s 3 biggest mistakes as a renovation contractor (VIDEO)

Rob learned the hard way as a renovator. His 3 biggest mistakes will never be yours if you watch this.

January 8, 2013 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

How your moulding is made: VIDEO

See how they make moulding at Royal Woodworking, a moulding manufacturer in Bradford, Ontario.

December 16, 2012 · 49 Comments · Robert Koci

The product that keeps basement floor installations dry

A “Made in Canada” product you will want to install in your customer’s basement

November 30, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Tree protection, good and bad

Keeping the site neat is a very good way to leave a good public impression

November 27, 2012 · 9 Comments · Robert Koci

Video: Rob, Steve and readers weigh in on the Ontario College of Trades’ fees for “compulsory” trades

The College will be invoicing lots of you in April. $120 for licensed trades in certain categories, and $60 for apprentices. Many readers of Canadian Contractor are angry about this, saying that the College is offering little or no value in return.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otzaEcHoKyM
November 27, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

How does a video like this get over 30,000 views!!

No offense to this guy, really, but how do five tips on bathroom renos that start with “Make sure you have a really, really good plan” get 30,162 hits? How desperate can we…

November 9, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Epic fails in construction

You thought your mistakes were bad!

November 6, 2012 · 120 Comments · Robert Koci

Readers respond to Mike Holmes’ comment that 70% of contractors are “bad” and 10% “ugly”

Mike Holmes hammers Canadian contractors in the latest issue of Readers Digest. “What percentage of contractors are doing good, honest work?” he’s asked in an interview about his new show, Holmes Makes It RIght. “I call it the good, the bad and the ugly: 20, 70 and ten percent, respectively” Holmes replies.

November 5, 2012 · 1 Comments · Robert Koci

Building your employee loyalty: lessons from WestJet

If you can learn from anywhere, learn from WestJet

October 31, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Why wood is better for building everything

And why Life Cycle Assessment is the only way to know what is truly “green.”

October 29, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Your personal invitation to RenoSummit

Make a lot more money as a renovator, without burning yourself out. Attend our RenoSummit one-day seminars in Vancouver (Nov. 12), Calgary (Nov. 14) and Winnipeg (Nov. 16)

September 26, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

R Values: Often misleading, sometimes useless

R Value credibility takes another serious beating

September 7, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Maxwell’s classics

Tools editor Steve Maxwell is the Tip King where building is concerned

September 3, 2012 · 3 Comments · Robert Koci

Slamming the Ontario College of Trades: VIDEO

Sean Reid of stopthetradestax.ca responds to Ron Johnson of the Ontario College of Trades

July 22, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Maxwell’s Rant

Our tools editor surprises us

July 9, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

The Marvin story: Part 1

What was it like to build windows 20 years ago?

June 14, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

We like this stuff

One of our favourite parts of Canadian Contractor magazine is Stuff We Like. We had a chance to enjoy a whole room full of stuff we could like at a recent showcase event…

June 4, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Can-saving your butt

When timing is everything, this Can Save

May 23, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Marvelling at Marvin

Marvin Windows and Doors shows you two of its favourite products

May 15, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

A Contractor Joke

What would you do if you won a million dollars?

May 14, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Rotating skyscrapers

Lake view, mountain view, city view…all in 90 minutes.

April 26, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

“Your tailgate just got ripped off, Ivan.”

Master Lock’s products for contractors Part 1

April 22, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Take a break

When was the last time you danced on site?

April 20, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Contractor shorts 6

Could this be Reiner Hoyer?

April 17, 2012 · 2 Comments · Robert Koci

Help a food bank. It will take one minute

Watch a video, feed someone

April 14, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

The White Knight’s triumph

We follow up on our December 2011 issue story of the project that the experts said couldn’t, or shouldn’t, be done

April 13, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Contractor Shorts 5

Mark makes some extra money

April 5, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Contractor Shorts 4

Making a deposit?

April 2, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Broken? Or just an R9 super efficient French door

This tilt-French door has “German engineering” written all over it.

March 26, 2012 · 2 Comments · Robert Koci

Contractor Shorts 2

A contractor walks into a bar…

March 16, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Contractor Shorts 1

WARNING: This post will not help you build better, increase your market or help you make more profit.

February 20, 2012 · 11 Comments · Robert Koci

The Anti-Angie’s List

Customers have had the chance to comment on your business online. Now it’s your turn.

February 19, 2012 · 2 Comments · Robert Koci

Super smart home

Viewer warning! This video is five minutes long, but it was too hard to cover the smart homes system’s features in less.

February 17, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

What’s the ROI on this excavation?

Digging out a basement with radio controlled diggers and dump trucks a not-for-profit exercise

February 15, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Why Velux stays on top

Want to be successful? Be like Velux. Roll with the punches and stick with what you know. Then make a product like this.

February 14, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Ottawa firm gets in front of the curve

Retirement living will be the biggest trend in renovation and custom homebuilding over the next 20 years. Don’t miss it. Healthcraft isn’t www.healthcraftproducts.com/

February 12, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

The IBS show in three minutes

You couldn’t make it, so here’s your tour.

February 9, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Who attracts the most attention at Orlando’s IBS?

And he used to write a column for Canadian Contractor…when he was still speaking to us.

February 9, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

IBS Orlando, 2012. Design that makes you look up

The cool design idea that puts you above the competition may be over your head.

February 8, 2012 · 2 Comments · Robert Koci

The shower that does everything

How to make your client feel like $6,000 of clean and fresh for only $700. Kohler scales its highend shower control system for the masses.

February 7, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Salary Survey preview: What you are doing online

The number of online contractors has not increased. It may even have gone down.

February 5, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Salary Survey: What reduces profit?

In the Canadian Contractor Salary Survey, you said it was mostly competitive pressure that hindered profit. But that’s not all…

January 30, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Decorenza

A one stop shop for renovator clients

January 26, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Salary Survey: What you earn

Why are you making so little money?

January 23, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Go Rici Construct Canada Reno Roundtable: Part 4

How would stand up under the scrutiny of The Reno Coach?

January 20, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Go Rici Construct Canada Reno Roundtable: Part 3

More and more, there are third parties getting involved in cleaning up the renovation industry.

January 19, 2012 · 2 Comments · Robert Koci

Go Rici Construct Canada Reno Roundtable: Part 2

Who is the bigger danger to the renovation industry, the guy with the fancy website or the guy working for cash?

January 14, 2012 · 3 Comments · Robert Koci

Go Rici Construct Canada Reno Roundtable: Part 1

You’re not a renovator, you’re an educator

January 11, 2012 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Health as a profit strategy

A few days in hospital focuses the mind.

January 7, 2012 · 1 Comments · Robert Koci

What you need to think

Where do you reload? Reboot? Repair yourself? What thoughts do you have? What thoughts should you have?

January 3, 2012 · 14 Comments · Robert Koci

The death of home heating

If you hate installing furnaces, you’ll love Reiner’s house.

December 29, 2011 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

The Johnny Cash School of Decor

When colour is your thing, maybe you should use some.

December 23, 2011 · 5 Comments · Robert Koci

Bad Santa

Take a look at what Santa left in this neighbourhood

December 21, 2011 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

One contractor’s opinion on home sales and renos

We asked yesterday how changes in home sales affect renovation activity. Here is one contractor’s reply.

December 20, 2011 · 3 Comments · Robert Koci

Does it matter to renovators when housing slows?

When housing slows, is it better or worse for renovators? There are good arguments on both sides.

December 19, 2011 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

Cost-side smarts

An example of how one contractor reduced his cost.

December 15, 2011 · 1 Comments · Robert Koci

Profit is not a dirty word

In 2012, you’ll finally make a profit

December 14, 2011 · 2 Comments · Robert Koci

Reiner’s House

The Reno Coach Reiner Hoyer has some tough words for the contracting industry.

November 10, 2011 · 0 Comments · Robert Koci

A new way of selling to homeowners arrives

As if there were not enough ways for consumers to go shopping, a one-stop-shop option for renovations is coming to a town north of Toronto. The 600,000 square foot space will house dozens…

November 3, 2011 · 3 Comments · Robert Koci

Motivating your staff without money

There is more to life than money

  • (VIDEO) How to Stop Wasting Time on Bad Leads
    (VIDEO) How to Stop Wasting Time on Bad Leads
  • Excel Homes, Calgary, gives royal treatment to their 10,000th single family home customer
    Excel Homes, Calgary, gives royal treatment to their 10,000th single family home customer
  • VIDEO: Hardcore Renos: Pouring the Footings
    VIDEO: Hardcore Renos: Pouring the Footings
  • VIDEO: Hardcore Renos blower door test by Blue Green Group
    VIDEO: Hardcore Renos blower door test by Blue Green Group
  • Installing JeldWen windows the Hardcore way
    Installing JeldWen windows the Hardcore way
  • What happens when a contractor walks into a bar?
    What happens when a contractor walks into a bar?
  • Getting digital help
    Getting digital help
  • VIDEO: Coaches Corner – The pros and cons of TV contractor referral programs
    VIDEO: Coaches Corner – The pros and cons of TV contractor referral programs
  • Coaches Corner (VIDEO): How to stay FOCUSED as a professional renovator
    Coaches Corner (VIDEO): How to stay FOCUSED as a professional renovator
  • Goodbye Holmes Referred, hello Baeumler Approved
    Goodbye Holmes Referred, hello Baeumler Approved
  • VIDEO: The Hardcore Renos boys raising the walls and raising hell
    VIDEO: The Hardcore Renos boys raising the walls and raising hell
  • (VIDEO) Ontario College of Trades: Licensed plumber Garfield Dunlop MPP hammers the Liberals on union bias
    (VIDEO) Ontario College of Trades: Licensed plumber Garfield Dunlop MPP hammers the Liberals on union bias
  • Check out Steve Maxwell’s cabin-building VIDEO series
    Check out Steve Maxwell’s cabin-building VIDEO series
  • (VIDEO) Coach’s Corner with Mike Draper: How to handle work crunches in busy season
    (VIDEO) Coach’s Corner with Mike Draper: How to handle work crunches in busy season
  • Are you a hardcore contractor?
    Are you a hardcore contractor?
  • VIDEO: Steve Maxwell on the RIGHT Way to Anchor a Deck
    VIDEO: Steve Maxwell on the RIGHT Way to Anchor a Deck
  • VIDEO: Steve Maxwell on the Wrong Way to Anchor a Deck
    VIDEO: Steve Maxwell on the Wrong Way to Anchor a Deck
  • VIDEO: Steve Maxwell shows how to build a great deck foundation
    VIDEO: Steve Maxwell shows how to build a great deck foundation
  • Perfect Decks. Stuff We Like editor Steve Maxwell’s deck-building series
    Perfect Decks. Stuff We Like editor Steve Maxwell’s deck-building series
  • Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak: We will abolish the Ontario College of Trades
    Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak: We will abolish the Ontario College of Trades
  • (VIDEO) City of Toronto workers raking it in at record speed
    (VIDEO) City of Toronto workers raking it in at record speed
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    (VIDEO) Rob and Steve talk about the Ontario College of Trades not showing for our planned interview…
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    Rob and Steve with the Dimplex Fireplace. (Not even a paid spot!)
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    Coaches Corner with Mike Draper (VIDEO): “Making Home Shows Work For You”
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    Don’t be a statistic: Look up and look out for powerlines! (sponsored message)
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    VIDEO: Interview with PROBUILT’s Mike Upshall: How to structure your renovation firm
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    Got a cash flow crunch? Help solve it with Square’s free credit card reader for your smartphone or tablet
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    Coaches Corner (VIDEO) with Mike Draper: Managing your customer’s emotions during their renovation
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    VIDEO: Coaches Corner with Mike Draper: Getting beyond the “business plateau”
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    VIDEO: Interviews with contractors at the RONA Show, Vancouver
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    (VIDEO) Coaches Corner: How to generate more leads – without spending a fortune
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    VIDEO: Rob and Steve talk about WSIB’s cash grab, rookie contractors and our Outrank Salary Survey
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    Drywaller suing WSIB for $6-million (VIDEO). Our most-viewed video this year
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    Coaches Corner (VIDEO): “There is no deficiency list!”
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    VIDEO: Victoria Downing on the key to successful renovating
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    VIDEO: Flip School’s Ian Szabo, Part 2. Managing a crazy big work list.
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    VIDEO Coaches’ Corner: Solving problems – the follow up stage, Part 4
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    Mandatory WSIB in Ontario: MPP Garfield Dunlop wants to clean up the mess (VIDEO)
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    Problems with mandatory WSIB in Ontario (VIDEO): Interview with Jeff Koller, OCFIA
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    Why the Ontario College of Trades should stay in business: Jeff Koller, OCFIA (VIDEO)
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    Why the Ontario College of Trades should be abolished: Interview with Garfield Dunlop, MPP (VIDEO)
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    Coaches’ Corner VIDEO: Solving problems with the homeowner, Part 2
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    Coaches’ Corner VIDEO: Solving problems with the homeowner, Part 1
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    Managing your online reputation: VIDEO interview Part 2 with Brian Sharwood, HomeStars
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    How to manage your online reputation: Interview with Brian Sharwood, HomeStars
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    Contractor wins an iPad for filling out our salary survey
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    Home inspection: a new revenue stream for you?
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    Help for contractor inventors
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    VIDEO: Mike Homes Interview (7): The products you buy
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    A website contest…A trade gives his employee back to Ontario
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    VIDEO: Mike Holmes recalls his bankruptcy, Part 5
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    VIDEO: Ontario College of Trades threatens Alberta electrician’s Interprovincial License
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    Mike Holmes interview Part 4 (VIDEO)
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    Are you on the first page of Google? (VIDEO)
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    Mike Holmes interview Part 3
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    Contractors protest Ontario WSIB Bill 119
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    The next issue of Canadian Contractor
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    The real battle we face: Keynes vs Hayak
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    Mike Holmes interview Part 2
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    Protesting Bill 119 in Hamilton, Ontario
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    Mike Holmes Interview Part 1
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    Rob and Steve VIDEO: Moonlighting firefighters. Mike Holmes answers his critics.
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    How your moulding is made: VIDEO
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    The product that keeps basement floor installations dry
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    Tree protection, good and bad
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    Video: Rob, Steve and readers weigh in on the Ontario College of Trades’ fees for “compulsory” trades
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    How does a video like this get over 30,000 views!!
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    Epic fails in construction
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    Readers respond to Mike Holmes’ comment that 70% of contractors are “bad” and 10% “ugly”
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    Building your employee loyalty: lessons from WestJet
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    Why wood is better for building everything
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    Your personal invitation to RenoSummit
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    R Values: Often misleading, sometimes useless
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    Maxwell’s classics
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    Slamming the Ontario College of Trades: VIDEO
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    Maxwell’s Rant
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    The Marvin story: Part 1
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    We like this stuff
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    A Contractor Joke
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    Contractor shorts 6
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    Help a food bank. It will take one minute
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    The White Knight’s triumph
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    Contractor Shorts 5
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    Contractor Shorts 4
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    Broken? Or just an R9 super efficient French door
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    Contractor Shorts 2
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    Contractor Shorts 1
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    The Anti-Angie’s List
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    What’s the ROI on this excavation?
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    Why Velux stays on top
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    Ottawa firm gets in front of the curve
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    The IBS show in three minutes
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    Who attracts the most attention at Orlando’s IBS?
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    IBS Orlando, 2012. Design that makes you look up
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    The shower that does everything
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    Salary Survey preview: What you are doing online
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    Salary Survey: What reduces profit?
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    Salary Survey: What you earn
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    Go Rici Construct Canada Reno Roundtable: Part 4
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    Go Rici Construct Canada Reno Roundtable: Part 3
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    Go Rici Construct Canada Reno Roundtable: Part 2
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    Go Rici Construct Canada Reno Roundtable: Part 1
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    Health as a profit strategy
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    What you need to think
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    The death of home heating
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    The Johnny Cash School of Decor
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    One contractor’s opinion on home sales and renos
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    Does it matter to renovators when housing slows?
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    A new way of selling to homeowners arrives
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    Motivating your staff without money