Magazine for professional home renovators.


If a layman can buy your business and still make a profit, then that business has value.

In order to sell your contracting business one day, you want to become replaceable. And for that to happen, you need to set up systems and processes.

Two kitchen and bath contractors sent to jail under Consumer Protection Act

Three weeks after an unlicensed electrician from Burlington was sent to jail, two kitchen and bath operators from the same city are heading to the slammer, too.

I think there should be trade licensing (for carpenters) with category endorsements that reflect expertise levels.

A New Jersey carpenter and renovation contractor sent us this interesting post about graduated licenses for carpentry.

The (Ontario College of Trades) consultant will dream up a whole new way of shafting all the rest of you guys.

Bureaucrat Tony Dean appointed to “review” the Ontario College of Trades. “I am so relieved that another unqualified ‘suit’ has been appointed to oversee all the other clueless suits at OCOT,” writes contractor Mark Mitchell.

Will the private member’s bill in Ontario, aiming to reduce WSIB premiums for independent operators, eventually become law?

Laura Albanese, Liberal MPP for York South-Weston, has introduced a bill to reduce the WSIB fees for independent operators, sole proprietors, partners in partnerships and executive officers of corporations.

Cash, cash, cash

“The tax credit idea is by far the best way to keep everyone happy. More money for the government, more money for the honest contractor, better projects completed for the homeowner. DONE.”

I hire people, pay my taxes, collect HST, and yet I am treated like a criminal

“My business is legal, I have over 25 years of experience in the Painting and Decorating business. I am not a weekend or part time contractor who works for cash only.”

We have crappy tapers, good tapers and excellent tapers. There is no license that I know of that will made a shoddy taper better.

Sean Keane, Keyon Drywall, famously suing the WSIB for millions, writes an angry post about how contractors are likely to be treated by the Kathleen Wynne’s government – and their WSIB and OCOT cronies – in the majority years ahead

The repeated abuse of the rules by this individual merits his consequences

As Richard “Sparky” Hazel, the now famous unlicensed electrician, languishes in jail for a month for operating illegally, creating unsafe conditions, etc., we have to ponder how his punishment measures up against doctors who don’t even usually lose their licenses for sexual assault of their patients


On-site fire extinguishers: Yes, you have to have them, even for a small renovation job

Very few professional renovators give much attention to the issue of fire safety on the jobsite. Did you know that you are required to have fire extinguishers on your site, in locations that are plainly labelled, and that everyone on your site has to know how to use them?