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April 26, 2021  

Guide for Air Conditioner Repair – Costs, Troubleshooting Tips and FAQs

A properly functioning air conditioner is essential for indoor

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September 7, 2020  

Building profits with Lean construction

No builder would deny that controlling costs is a

September 1, 2020  

Basement humidity-busting tactics to beat summertime mustiness

As a contractor, no doubt you’ve been asked to

August 12, 2020  

Style and function in the junction – How Carmelin Design and Build created an award-winning project

When the new owners of a century home in

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.

May 6, 2020  

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

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

March 4, 2020  

Boost your window game

Three steps to success

December 6, 2019  

I don’t fail at anything

A couple of years ago, Steve Maxwell wrote an

December 16, 2016  

JELD-WEN’s 12-Day Home Winterization Checklist

Twas the first day of winter, and all through

October 24, 2016  

The Art of Sound Reduction

Whether you live in a busy household, have an

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.”

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.

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

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

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.

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?”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

November 19, 2012  

Can you sell your renovation business?

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  

A contractor's guide to getting found on the Internet

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?

August 7, 2012  

Jump start your reno business with seminars in Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg

Are you ready for your renovation business to deliver