Magazine for professional home renovators.

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Alberta contractors report most sales increases in country, Atlantic Canada places second

Ontario and B.C. have the least optimistic contractors – when asked about sales increases in their region – in Canada.

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Grow your contractor business: Get an advisory board

Small businesses that added an advisory board grew an average of 67 per cent in just three years, according to a new study by the Business Development Bank of Canada. Currently, however, just…

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VIDEO: Interview with PROBUILT’s Mike Upshall: How to structure your renovation firm

Mike Upshall, a veteran homebuilder and renovator, talks about how he runs his firm using a lead carpenter system that puts on-the-tools carpenters into front line roles with full budgetary responsibilities

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VIDEO: Interviews with contractors at the RONA Show, Vancouver

RONA is conducting 10 Contractor Shows across the country, and Canadian Contractor is there

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How to sell, sell, sell your renovations expertise year round

Winter’s coming and you may be up to your eyeballs in work right now. Great, right? But what are you doing to prepare for that inevitable slowdown in January? “Market when you’re busy…

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Protecting cash flow

Learning to manage cash flow is one of the most important things you’ll ever learn as a business owner. Cash flow mismanagement can very likely sink you. And it’s not just a problem…

Is your crew undermining your reputation as a contractor?

“I watched as a crew showed up the day after Canada Day to spend four hours sitting on the front porch, drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.”

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Promoting your contracting business via Facebook

Have you been avoiding Facebook because you think it’s just for kids? Think again. There are more users over the age of 40, including men, on Facebook than there are teenagers. It’s an excellent medium to promote your reno services.

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VIDEO: Flip School’s Ian Szabo talks about keeping a positive mindset when renovating

Keeping your cool under pressure in this crazy business of renovating houses is a matter of learning to “hit the reset button” in your own head, Ian Szabo advises.

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Coaches’ Corner VIDEO: Solving problems with the homeowner, Part 1

In our latest Coaches Corner video (here), Mike Draper of Renovantage.com chats with Rob Koci, associate publisher of Canadian Contractor. This week’s topic: How to get to the REAL root of any problems…