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BUILDWIRE
June 12, 2020  

5 tips for a seamless composite deck installation

Jase DeBoer, Senior Category Marketing Manager at Deckorators, offers five tips to ensure you achieve a seamless composite deck installation to create a beautiful build for your client.

Video
May 6, 2020  

EDCO’s Industry Experts Series – Concrete Surface Profiles (CSP)

This edition of EDCO’s Industry Experts interviews we define:

News
March 4, 2020  

Boost your window game

Three steps to success

Voice
December 6, 2019  

I don’t fail at anything

A couple of years ago, Steve Maxwell wrote an

BUILDWIRE
December 16, 2016  

JELD-WEN’s 12-Day Home Winterization Checklist

Twas the first day of winter, and all through

BUILDWIRE
October 24, 2016  

The Art of Sound Reduction

Whether you live in a busy household, have an

News
November 12, 2014  

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

“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.”

Video
August 1, 2014  

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

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

Video
July 8, 2014  

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

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 (www.renovantage.com) talks about how to use busy times to structure your business properly for the future.

Video
April 7, 2014  

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

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

Video
January 29, 2014  

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

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.

News
December 11, 2013  

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

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?”

Video
November 27, 2013  

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

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

Video
August 13, 2013  

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

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.

News
June 25, 2013  

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

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.

Video
March 11, 2013  

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

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

Video
February 26, 2013  

The next issue of Canadian Contractor

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

News
November 27, 2012  

How he sold his renovation business

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.