Contractors who attended our first RENO FOCUS, last December, raved about how much they learned – and who they met
It’s probably the most important aspect of selling anything to anyone: Do NOT get to PRICE until you have established your VALUE.
Victoria Downing, president of Remodelers Advantage, shows you six things you should be doing if you want to increase the percentage of renovation pitches you actually close
Of three dozen subtrades and installers that John Bleasby dealt with on his recent new home build, not one asked him – as the general contractor – how satisfied he was with their work. There is money to be made – serious money – in asking that question.
John Bleasby interviews a consummate handyman professional: Wayne Jackson, Wayne Jackson Handyman Services, Amherstburg, Ontario.
Ben Kuypers compares the leads he is getting from three contractor referral sites: HomeStars, Trusted Pros and Baeumler Approved. He says HomeStars provides “more consistent and better quality” leads than the other two sites.
Yes, you can do a few favours for free – in the context of a much bigger reno. But don’t just blurt those offers out. Do them only after careful consideration.
Mike Draper, our resident contractor coach, tells you how to figure out a reasonable and fair deposit when you win a new project
Only FOUR per cent of the survey respondents say they “always” check contractors’ reviews online
Yvette Aube’s chimney service company asks for deposits in the range of 25 to 33 per cent of the project total.
You have to know what business you are in – and what type of work you want to do. Albi Homes’ president Allan Klassen attributed his company’s success to “direction” and “focus.”
Our 7th annual Salary Survey, at the printer now (check here tomorrow for the digital edition), asked almost 40 questions. One of them was “What’s Giving You the Most Grief?” It’s marketing.
Marketing yourself as a contractor in the centre of a city may require a different approach than the type of marketing that will work in outlying areas.
I recently hired a contractor to do some work that I couldn’t get to. His price was fair, but leaves me reeling at what the legitimate costs of a reno has become.
Ever punch in a search you expected would find your website on the first page? You might be surprised at what you don’t find.
Ottawa’s Home Renovation Tax Credit, in 2009, pumped $4.3-billion of extra work into our industry. Now, a similar idea for Ontario has at least reached the conversation stage.
There were prizes being announced almost every 5 minutes last night at the Home Hardware Contractor Pro Show in London, Ont.
HomeStars won’t help you out with getting bad reviews taken down, simply because you advertise with them.