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The Mike Holmes Nausea Monitor: This week's winner

"Bringing Mike's superhero status to life..." "...a hero to the people whose lives he has touched." Blah, blah, blah


Not that you can’t find your own, but we’re now scouring the Intrawebs looking for the most nauseatingly over-the-top Mike Holmes-as-God quotes we can find each week.

We use a complex algorithm that involves typing “Mike Holmes” into Google Search. Most of the search results are potential winners.

This week’s prize of a bulging airsickness bag goes out to www.channelcanada.com, a website that provides news feeds about Canadian television stations and channels. Actually, the prize should go to the PR folks at Shaw Media who wrote this… um… stuff.

“As any superhero fan knows, with great power comes great responsibility, and Mike Holmes is every inch the hero in his new series Holmes Makes It Right. HGTV Canada is bringing Mike’s superhero status to life in a powerful national marketing campaign driving mass awareness and excitement for the new series that premieres on Tuesday, October 16th at 9pm ET/PT.”

And then further down:

“Mike Holmes is a hero to the people whose lives he has touched, so this big powerful concept could not be more fitting,” said Solange Bernard, Director of Marketing and Publicity, Shaw Media.

Nausea factor: 9 out of 10.

If you find better ones, feel free to post them below.


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24 Comments » for The Mike Holmes Nausea Monitor: This week's winner
  1. Chris Cheese says:

    “Mike Holmes freed the slaves.” – Abraham Lincoln

  2. PGD says:

    Mike Holmes scares Chuck Norris….

  3. Bruce says:

    Mike “three arms” Holmes How else is he going to keep patting himself on the back while he “works”

  4. Steve your article is spot on and draws attention to the somewhat unfair rap contractors and trades in the home renovation business have been receiving in the hands of people like Mike Homes for years. I believe it’s about getting balance, as there are lots of fantastic contractors and trades out there doing a great job and this has to be recognised. I feel they out weigh the small minority of bad apples that Mike Homes seems to tune in to and seems to hold this small minority as the industries representatives in order to further the Mike Homes road show and sponsors.

    I just received a blog reply to Homes posting from Dave and I’d like to share it.

    Dave said “The media is 100% slanted AGAINST tradespeople – when do you ever see on TV or on the radio news piece about the homeowners who rip off tradespeople? Mike Holmes does NOTHING to repair this situation, in fact his schtick is that any tradesperson who isn’t Mike Holmes approved is a criminal as well! This chump should be sticking up for hard working people who routinely do dozens of things to give their clients more value. His inaction is disgusting”

    All comment expressed here are Alec Caldwell’s and do not come from CARAHS.

    Thank you,
    Alec Caldwell (CARAHS Founder)

    CARAHS is a non profit Association delivering Safety, Education & Benefits to Self employed Contractors, Renovators, Builders, Trades & Home Services

    Toll free 1-866-366-2930
    Visit us at http://www.carahs.org

    CARAHS – Canadian Association of Renovators And Home Services

  5. In another reply to Alec Caldwell’s blogging of Steve’s article, the following comment came from Ryan.

    “I’m a firm believer that over kill is as bad as not enough. Making people pay for things they don’t need is as bad as having people pay for a bad job! My biggest problem with Mike Holmes is that he doesn’t have to sell anything to a real customer. He foots the bill, so when he does things over the top, there isn’t anyone that has to pay for it. Every contractor would love to be able to build over the top. The problem is, the market all too often, is not willing to pay for it!”

    See Ryan’s comment at

    http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Mike-Holmes-Nausea-Monitor-See-4302720.S.177744002?view=&gid=4302720&type=member&item=177744002&trk=grp_email_like_post

    • bob says:

      Those contractors out there who do quality work have nothing to fear from Mike Holmes. It is amazing how many responses on this post turn out to be insecure tradesman who wind up talking about their own work rather than showing an understanding behind the goal of Holmes show. The show and the foundation are for education an advancement of the trade. Mr Holmes constantly acknowledges the existence of many qualified professionals in the industry. The point of the show is to demonstrate how to best prepare yourself to interact with an industry that is filled with those who would take advantage of their clients either by out right dishonesty or good intentions but lack of knowledge. Most of the problems come about by contractors who incapable of talking to their clients. A knowledgeable physician with a lousy bedside manner can do more harm at times than good. Same with the industry. As far as cost, the point of the Holmes philosophy is paying a little more up front will save you from having your life savings drained. I am amazed at the shear jealously. Education is never a bad thing and those who attack the show and foundation are probably the reason why the show gained such popularity. The show has matured and learned along the way and clients have become better consumers. So either get with the program or get out of the field.

  6. Carlo Perez says:

    I think you’re spot on, Alec. Great article.

    I don’t think anyone would dispute that there are issues in the industry. It’s one of the largest industries in North America ($-wise) catered to by the third largest group of small businesses in North America. What we find the most difficulty in is that, like Dave said above, the conversation is never about how to make anything better. Holmes, season after season, puts the industry on stall in terms of progress, if not sends it backwards: The problem is that the contractor was wrong. The solution is to hire Holmes or his affiliates. And the net result is a legion of customers with expectations completely misaligned with reality.

    The irony of the superman reference is that it really does fit how he wants homeowners to think: he’s the only one you can trust to save you. But unlike the real Man of Steel, you really do have to question the integrity of a business whose number one marketing tactic is to label all of his competitors crooks.

    I doubt Superman would approve.

    Instead, I think a real superhero might use all that marketing power to help build up the industry instead of knock it all down for his own gain. (I’ve obviously read too many comic books…)

    (Reposted from LinkedIn)

  7. Don M says:

    Is it not possible to explain to the people that Mr Holmes lives in a fantasy world. After 40 years in the construction business I have never heard a customer say ” No matter the cost, let s do it right” . it s more like ” can it be done cheaper?”

  8. Carlo who’s part of the Networking for Trade Professionals Ontario LinkedIn group blogged in reply to Alec Oct 24 post:

    “I think you’re spot on, Alec. Great article.

    I don’t think anyone would dispute that there are issues in the industry. It’s one of the largest industries in North America ($-wise) catered to by the third largest group of small businesses in North America. What we find the most difficulty in is that, like Dave said above, the conversation is never about how to make anything better. Holmes, season after season, puts the industry on stall in terms of progress, if not sends it backwards: The problem is that the contractor was wrong. The solution is to hire Holmes or his affiliates. And the net result is a legion of customers with expectations completely misaligned with reality.

    The irony of the superman reference is that it really does fit how he wants homeowners to think: he’s the only one you can trust to save you. But unlike the real Man of Steel, you really do have to question the integrity of a business whose number one marketing tactic is to label all of his competitor’s crooks.

    I doubt Superman would approve.

    Instead, I think a real superhero might use all that marketing power to help build up the industry instead of knock it all down for his own gain. (I’ve obviously read too many comic books…)

    Thanks Carlo for your feed back.
    Alec@CARAHS

    CARAHS is a non profit Association delivering Safety, Education & Benefits to Self employed Contractors, Renovators, Builders, Trades & Home Services

    Contact us Toll free 1-866-366-2930
    Email alec@carahs.org

  9. Mike Piazza says:

    I have two comments: anyone can be seen as “a hero” when he is providing a product/ service at little to no cost to the customer! I would love Mike too if he came to my home and did all my repairs/ renovations for little to no money. A real “hero” is someone who can bring a solution to an issue with a sense of reality. Holmes has NO such sense of reality in his shows. I also LOVE and agree with Alec’s comment:
    “Making people pay for things they don’t need is as bad as having people pay for a bad job!”
    Actually instead of calling him a hero, making someone pay for things they don’t need; that sounds more like a criminal to me!

  10. Todd Best says:

    Mike holmes is an IDIOT !! He never touches on the most crucial area’s of hiring a contractor or tracking a budget or even a schedule for that matter. He’s to busy doing every trades job but fails to mention he isn’t actually qualified to do any of them. First rule of thumb is hiring trade qualified subcontractor’s. All of my men go to tech school and get there trade tickets. I myself am a ticketed journeyman. Is Mike ? I highly doubt based on the fact i use his shows to show my eldest son how not to build and pick apart his procedure’s every chance we feel like getting a laugh.

    Please take this clown off the air !!

  11. From Alec Caldwell @CARAHS. Carlo at the Network for Trade Professionals Ontario just blogged his reply to this article and I though I’d share it with you:

    Carlo said:

    “I look at it a lot like news coverage nowadays. Think back to how SARS was covered around the world – completely misleading and that lack of integrity hurt Canada badly.

    Mike over-sensationalizes what’s going on and, in doing so, he misleads people and gives homeowners unwarranted expectations. For any business (consulting, construction, or otherwise) expectation is THE most important factor to mitigate against. It’s the difference between a good job and a bad one (note that I believe expectation trumps ‘quality’ because, as we all know, it’s usually the case that the customer will do whatever they can to get things cheaper in ANY industry which is fine, as long as they know what to expect).

    I think Mike helps raise awareness and that’s a great thing. But as Ryan says, education is not happening in his show – it’s just finger pointing – and its gotten to the point where it is hurting the industry more than helping.

    I’d be interested to hear what people think about this infographic. We wanted to try and help people see this a different way”

  12. Dan Brown says:

    Mike Holmes is just a TV entertainer for Christ sakes.

    • Author: bob
      Comment:
      Those contractors out there who do quality work have nothing to fear from Mike Holmes. It is amazing how many responses on this post turn out to be insecure tradesman who wind up talking about their own work rather than showing an understanding behind the goal of Holmes show. The show and the foundation are for education an advancement of the trade. Mr Holmes constantly acknowledges the existence of many qualified professionals in the industry. The point of the show is to demonstrate how to best prepare yourself to interact with an industry that is filled with those who would take advantage of their clients either by out right dishonesty or good intentions but lack of knowledge. Most of the problems come about by contractors who incapable of talking to their clients. A knowledgeable physician with a lousy bedside manner can do more harm at times than good. Same with the industry. As far as cost, the point of the Holmes philosophy is paying a little more up front will save you
      from
      having your life savings drained. I am amazed at the shear jealously. Education is never a bad thing and those who attack the show and foundation are probably the reason why the show gained such popularity. The show has matured and learned along the way and clients have become better consumers. So either get with the program or get out of the field.

      AUTHOR Dan Brown, RHI

      I don’t know why this article from “Bob” popped up on this string but I gotta say
      ” Bob you are an idiot”.
      The point of the show is not to educate!!! It is pure entertainment (it may even be tongue in cheek). The point of the show, as with almost all TV shows (if not all) is to make money. Period. End of story. I suspect Mikle giggles all the way to the bank.
      Dan Brown, RHI

  13. Mike Holmes claims to know everything there is to know about construction. As someone who has worked on both small residential and very large ICI construction jobs, I can say from experience that Mike would be absolutely LOST on a large ICI job. The king of construction wouldn’t be able to run the tool room on these large projects. His qualifications are self generated, and anyone with construction knowledge knows this.

  14. Roy gariepy says:

    Wow. I find this commentary from all of you very funny . I ( a customer) find that mike holmes is someone that is a very welcome person. Someone who says what he means. Even when it pisses every one off. Contractors by and large ALL want to make money. But they frequently if not always lie about it. He does spell all of it out peice by peice. Possibly you should all try it. The tv show is about drama. Hence tv show is dramatized. If you want a documentary make one about your jobs. Odds are very good that you won’t cause then we all see just how much you don’t do. Mike is not the be all and end all of contractors but neither is he a demon out to destroy your livelihood. You all do a good enough job of that all on your own. He helps your industry by exposing crap. Do your jobs right and you will be thought of the same way. Wow. Tough to do.

  15. Mr m Cassel says:

    Hi, I am an English trained Builder, Over 40 years in the Construction Industry.
    I have watched Holmes a few times on Canadian TV, All in all the work he does [ or rather ] his crew does, is good work, It has to be good he’s on TV!
    He comes accross as a bit of a know all, Me Me Me all the time.
    He goes into someones home with problems and usually guts the place, which isn’t what you can do most of the time as people don’t have the finances.
    We have to come up with solutions to fix the problems on a real tight budget especially when the elderly or retired folks are concerned.
    It would be wonderful to go from job to job gutting the place and starting again,
    Easy! Yes,Holmes puts himself right up there as the Building Pro, but after 40 years in the trades, I can see he is very good at hiding his faults except his very big head, he helps people which is fantastic,it makes decent TV for people to watch, but anyone can do what he does and much better without devastating each home he enters, but it always looks good on TV, Wow! bare walls, and look at it now!!, He plays the camera’s too, has the word skills and the odd tear in his eyes to boost his earnings, but put him in a crew of top trades guys, they would leave him standing, Nothing against the guy, but when you act like he does, your going to get shot at sooner or later, I will still watch the show if there is nothing else to watch, it makes me smile but mainly the programme dips when he walks in the room, He hasn’t a humble bone in his body, I bet he would love a few medals to hang next to his qualifications he hasn’t got, It just goes to show, anyone with a bit of knowledge and the nerve can become a rich man

  16. Rodger Dodger says:

    Mike Homes is reality TV
    TV broadcasters are in love with “reality TV” because production costs are extremely small. It is a cheap product that the public, up to this point, has been willing to purchase. The problem is “reality TV is anything but. It does not reflect any reality that I know or have experienced. I have yet to find a customer that has had a previous bad experience say “tear it all out and make it right….. and dam the cost”. If anything, their funds were used up in the first go round and they have no money to invest in a solution. If Mike Homes had to play in the real world he would have to reel in his exaggerated over the top approach to building (as well as his belt).

  17. John Bleasby John Bleasby says:

    Mike Holmes could fix the Leafs!

  18. Nigel says:

    Mike Holmes does point out things in the Reno industry for new customers that are upgrading there homes to make them more comfortable for there families. Customers need to do there research to get the contractors that take the time to get the schooling and training necessary,(Red Seal ticketed) but these fly by night contractors that are not doing the right thing should be dealt with by the proper authorities and if they continue to steal from people throw them in jail .Mike Holmes and other leaders in the industry are good as a whole to inform people ,but he makes comments every now and then that people don’t agree with like most of us.

  19. Ara Der-Garabedian says:

    I would like to walk into a customers home and say”yes we have gut your house and start from scratch.” The first thigh the homeowners say is how much is this going to cost me. They don’t say ohh yea go for it. Mike has sponsors pay for it and a lot of donations. Where contractors pay for the materials, no donations or sponsors. My work speaks for itself and word of mouth. If I had a crew like his, I could walk around and tell everyone what to do and WOW would love to have his budget too.

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