Canadian Contractor

Steve Payne

Steve Payne
Steve Payne is the editor of Canadian Contractor magazine
August 3, 2017 Voice

Her house needs ‘everything’ done to it – and her budget is zero!

by Steve Payne

Check out this post from a woman in Illinois who we really DO feel sorry for. “If you have to be paid, do not call me,” she helpfully suggests…

July 14, 2017 Voice

Too many renovators live like Rodney Dangerfield

by Steve Payne

The home improvement sector in Canada is worth $72-billion a year. We dwarf sectors like aerospace – or even pharmaceuticals. So why do we get so little respect?

June 29, 2017 Voice

City of Toronto tree-removal bylaws: The insanity continues

by Steve Payne

Caroline wants to take down one tree and replace it, at her sole expense, with THREE trees. Sounds simple, right? Wrong! She’s in bureaucratic hell.

June 28, 2017 BUILDWIRE

First-of-its-kind painters’ marketplace launched

by Steve Payne

Clients can use the online portal to find pro painters and contractors who are trained to apply new, leading-edge Dulux Effect Finishes paint

June 16, 2017 Voice

Faced with a difficult decision? Read this and watch your choice get clearer.

by Steve Payne

Steve Jobs was a famously difficult man to work for. But he had a highly successful business philosophy. Here is part of it…

June 1, 2017 Voice

This man has trained his ten year old kids to run “compact heavy equipment” on his farm

by Steve Payne

Before we all freak out about this man’s behaviour, look at the noble goal he is pursuing…

April 10, 2017 Voice

“Time for Elon Musk to go away!”

by Steve Payne

This reader is not impressed by the Tesla inventor’s idea for “solar roof tiles”

March 17, 2017 Voice

“No good deed goes unpunished” applies especially to renovation pros

by Steve Payne

Call me a cynic, but anyone who has been in this business for a while knows I am right

March 10, 2017 Voice

Is this GC in the legal clear by not paying this particular sub?

by Steve Payne

The sub owed him money. So the GC didn’t pay him on a particular job. Was this the legally correct action?

February 17, 2017 Voice

Here’s what these contractors are paying in development fees

by Steve Payne

What kind of increases have you been hit with? Let us know by posting a comment.

February 17, 2017 BUILDWIRE

Are you getting paid for your proposals? These smart contractors are…

by Steve Payne

Post a Comment whether you agree or disagree with this approach. And why?

February 10, 2017 Voice

Mainstream media continues to advise homeowners to “pitch in” on contractors’ reno work to “save money”

by Steve Payne

“Demolition” is a good place for an un-trained, un-safety conscious, un-structurally aware, un-electrically aware homeowner to start “saving money” on your next job, typical articles suggest.

December 9, 2016 Voice

More thoughts about customer flak

by Steve Payne

Don’t take all business insults at face value!

November 25, 2016 Voice

Experienced Edmonton framer seeks opportunity

by Steve Payne

“If you want a quality framer, I’m your guy…”

September 16, 2016 Voice

Ontario College of Trades continues to encourage the next generation

by Steve Payne

“I asked OCOT if there is any way to waive the (reinstatement) fee because it was an honest mistake,” young tradesperson says.

September 7, 2016 Voice

Negotiating 2: Advice from the masters

by Steve Payne

Many contractors pride themselves on their abilities to negotiate. Sadly, many others haven’t a clue.

July 15, 2016 Voice

More on Red Seal carpentry

by Steve Payne

“Being a carpenter is hard work and something to be proud of,” says Ray

June 28, 2016 Voice

Do you know your numbers?

by Steve Payne

Peer groups like Renovantage and Remodelers Advantage can help