Magazine for professional home renovators.

Distractions

“It’s not what you ask for, it’s also how you ask.”

Here’s a Sales 101 story to remember the next time you have to ask anyone for anything, including a customer.

“If you are going to achieve better margins you will need to do more than just increase your mark-up.”

Presentation is everything. Presentation is everything. Presentation is everything.

“33 per cent gross margin? Lean and mean is the flavour of the day”

Nickel N. Dimeless divides his jobs, on paper, into two parts: (1) His real cost to do the job (2) The hoops and hurdles he will have to overcome from government and regulatory agencies.

“Good on Jim Caruk for his Renos for Heroes organization”

Popular radio personality contractor Shell Bussey weighs in on the Caruk versus Holmes debate started by Alec Caldwell

Are homeowners compromising your work site?

Homeowners generally won’t look at an area undergoing professional renovation in their own homes as a “job site.” But if they get injured where you are working, you are just as legally liable as if a member of the public injured themselves on a wide-open, unsecured commercial job site.

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Who would you rather have Christmas dinner with: Jim Caruk or Mike Holmes?

For some reason Alec Caldwell doesn’t want to contemplate Christmas dinner with Bryan Bauemler. In his mini-poll, it’s a choice between Mike Holmes and Jim Caruk.

“There are bad developers… but bad subtrades, too.”

Obviously, not everyone thinks developers are “greedy scumbag thieves” as one subtrade posted here last week.

“A number of homes sold and occupied and not one single trade or supplier received a red cent.”

Drywall contractor Sean Keane explains Ontario’s lien act, and how it contain loopholes that can make it very difficult for a sub trade to collect from a builder/developer.

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What I learned at the Safety Round Table at Queen’s Park

Congratulations to Ontario MPP Mike Colle for arranging this industry gathering at Queen’s Park to discuss ways to prevent tragedies like the underpinning-related death of Ryan Pearce, 19.

“The HVAC business in Ontario and Canada is being take over by BIG companies.”

“The big firms have lots of office staff to deal with all the red tape and bureaucracy, which is why they charge $78 a month for 20 years for a furnace that only costs $1,200 at the wholesaler.”