Magazine for professional home renovators.

Victoria Downing

VIDEO: Victoria Downing on the key to successful renovating

If you feel you aren’t making nearly enough money as a renovation contractor, watch the president of one of North America’s leading contractor training organizations tell you how her members have dramatically lifted their profits.

RenoSummit seminar report: How much should you be marking up your work?

Contractors should be marking up their direct job costs (labour and material) between 50 and 65 per cent, if they want to make a good profit, Remodelers Advantage president Victoria Downing told contractors in Whitby, ON


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…


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.

Contractor U – The best way to higher profits: waste less time

The fastest way to increase your bottom line is to be more efficient – or, simply put, by saving time. Everybody has heard the expression “time is money,” but only a few contractors – the extremely successful ones – are masters at saving time and operating with brilliant efficiency.


April 30 tax filing deadline: Who can claim self-employment

The tax advantages of declaring yourself self-employed are obvious. But be aware that Ottawa has four specific rules for the definition of “self-employment.”


Unions lobby for CPP increase across Canada

CPP premiums are high enough.

2013 resolutions for the tech-savvy contractor

Smartphone, tablet, camera. Three almost-essential tools for today’s renovation contractor.

Make more money in 2013

At the end of January, 8% of your year will be over already. If you want to make more money this year, you need to get your 2013 business plan whipped into shape now. Here are a few tips.


11 renovation business tips from RenoSummit, Vancouver

There’s another RenoSummit underway right now in Calgary.