Magazine for professional home renovators.

November 2011

Contractor Roundtable, Part 2: Regulations and the underground

In April of this year, six contractors from across Canada met with Canadian Contractor staff for a roundtable discussion: Steve Barkhouse, Amsted Consruction Inc., in Ottawa, Pawel Matonog, Archer Construction, of Mississauga, Ont.,…

The right price

There is a right price, and you need to charge it.

Need more sales? Act like it!

Over 75 per cent of our clients tell us they want more sales. What we show them is how to improve their customer’s overall experience in such a way that they get more…

Canadian Contractor Salary Survey is LIVE

For the fourth year now, Canadian Contractor magazine is polling renovation and custom homebuilding industry business owners to find out what their companies are doing, what they are making and how much they…

What Your Parents Never Taught You About Business

Having worked in and around renovating and renovators for 20 years, there are some important truths I have gleaned about this wild and wooley business.  They aren’t neat and they aren’t obvious but…

Improve

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…

CMHC Housing Report Q4, 2011

It looks like Canada won’t hit 200,000 starts this year, but the final number will be close.  And there is  promise of a strong housing market in 2012. CMHC’s Q4 housing report suggests a…

hurriquakenail

HurriQuake Nails

By Steve Maxwell Nails seem straight forward enough at first glance, but they’re not. The nails you choose for sheathing the roof and walls of your projects, for instance, can have a huge…

Greek Lesson

I find it strange. When it comes to the finances of your reno business and your personal life, everyone expects you will use a well thought out budget as the core of a…

US housing industry trends for 2012

Builder magazine is the premier magazine in the US for the residential single family homebuilding industry. Every year, it assembles a list of trends it believes will represent the direction of their industry…