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March 4, 2020 News

Boost your window game

by Steve Maxwell

Three steps to success

December 6, 2019 Voice

I don’t fail at anything

by Rob Blackstien

A couple of years ago, Steve Maxwell wrote an article about keeping outside water pipes from freezing, and like many of our advice pieces, there has been plenty of adding on from the professionals. Sam Trolinder recently responded to a

December 16, 2016 BUILDWIRE

JELD-WEN’s 12-Day Home Winterization Checklist


Twas the first day of winter, and all through the house, there were maintenance issues that needed to be worked out. Thankfully JELD-WEN came up with this plan, so homeowners could take matters into their own hands. Day 1 –

October 24, 2016 BUILDWIRE

The Art of Sound Reduction


Whether you live in a busy household, have an apartment in a noisy downtown neighbourhood or next to someone who practices bagpipes on their deck, sound reduction means getting the peace and quiet you need to relax in your living

November 12, 2014 News

Delegate or die: How trying to do it all yourself will kill your business

by Steve Payne

“The lack of courage to delegate properly, and the knowledge of how to do it, is one of the most general causes of failures in organizations.”

August 1, 2014 Video

Coaches Corner (VIDEO): How to stay FOCUSED as a professional renovator

by Steve Payne

Focus comes from having distinct goals for your renovation business. Useful goals can be related to (1) Hours worked (2) Revenue and (3) Profitability.

July 8, 2014 Video

(VIDEO) Coach's Corner with Mike Draper: How to handle work crunches in busy season

by Robert Koci

If you’re a good contractor, and you’re in a good marketplace, you should be at your busiest time of the year right now. Contractor coach Mike Draper ( talks about how to use busy times to structure your business properly for the future.

April 7, 2014 Video

Don’t be a statistic: Look up and look out for powerlines! (sponsored message)

by Robert Koci

In the last decade, 20 people have been killed by contact with overhead powerlines. It didn’t have to be that way

January 29, 2014 Video

(VIDEO) Coaches Corner: How to generate more leads – without spending a fortune

by Robert Koci

What’s the difference between “building a brand” and “lead generation”? The first term is “nice to have,” but the second is “need to have,” as Renovantage’s Mike Draper explains in this short video clip.

December 11, 2013 News

Do you have a business plan for your reno business for 2014? If not, read this….

by Mike Draper

This is the perfect time of the year to ask yourself this question. “Do I really want to fly by the seat of my pants as a renovation contractor, or do I want to try to come up with the Three Year Business Plan?”

November 27, 2013 Video

Coaches Corner (VIDEO): "There is no deficiency list!"

by Robert Koci

What happens when you decide there will be no deficiency list? It changes everything and makes you much more profitable.

August 13, 2013 Video

Coaches' Corner VIDEO: Solving problems with the homeowner, Part 2

by Robert Koci

Whenever there’s a glitch, a screw-up, or a surprise on a renovation project, it’s tempting to forge right on with a solution that you, the renovator, thinks will work. But you need to make sure the client agrees with the changes you are going to make to the plans, to the schedule or to the finished look. Watch the video for more.

June 25, 2013 News

Contractor U: Do you have a vision and a plan?

by Mike Draper

I recommend that renovation contractors have a Three Year Plan. Three years is a good timeframe as it is close enough that it is motivating, yet far enough out that you have time to reach your vision.

March 11, 2013 Video

Are you on the first page of Google? (VIDEO)

by Robert Koci

If you are not, you are a dead man… or woman. Carrie Shaw tell us why.

February 26, 2013 Video

The next issue of Canadian Contractor

by Robert Koci

Why parents don’t want their kids to be trades people. And what to do when your customer owes you $100,000

November 27, 2012 News

How he sold his renovation business

by Steve Payne

Edmonton contractor sold his business for close to $500,000. The buyer got excellent value and has already started to move the business to even greater heights. The key to selling a renovation business is to make sure it can run without you, using proper systems.

November 19, 2012 News

Can you sell your renovation business?

by Mike Draper

Recently, I worked with a renovation contractor in Edmonton who sold his business for $500,000. In order to do that, he had to make sure that his business was working well without him. That’s the key to being able to sell your business: set up systems, delegate, and get out of the day-to-day.

September 20, 2012 News

A contractor's guide to getting found on the Internet

by Steve Payne

When you Google “Vancouver plumbers,” you will get over 3,000,000 search results. So how is your contracting business ever going to get found on the Internet?