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"I cannot thank Mike Holmes enough for enlightening my customers to the reality of construction," reader writes

"If you're as good as you think you are, you should be able to show your customer why your work costs as much as it does," says Don Beaulieu.


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December 13, 2013 by Steve Payne

The following comment was posted by Don Beaulieu on Dec. 9th.  He was replying to some of our older posts taking shots at Mike Holmes for (many of our readers seem to feel) making customers distrust renovators, in general.

“I am amazed at the comments made by some of the contractors on here. I have been involved in home renovations for over 40 years and cannot thank Mike enough for enlightning my customers to the reality of construction. Your typical homeowner has little to no experience in construction and, in most cases, is at the mercy of the contractor.

Mike points out the proper channels people need to take to hire an experienced tradesman. Is he perfect? No he’s not, but he does teach people that they need to take the bull by the horns and do their homework. If you listen to his dialogue, he doesn’t slam honest, experienced contractors, he thrashes the fly-by-nighters. These are the people who ruin our industry by giving us a collective blackeye. The argument that I hear over and over by contractors is that his budget is way out of line with reality. Well, the truth is, he shows the audience that to do a proper job, this is what it should have cost. So, the next time you quote on a job, think about that. If you need to lowball your price to get the job, then maybe there is an issue with you and not Mike, Because if you’re as good as you think you are, you should be able to show your customer why your works cost as much as it does. Most people want a proper job done, not just a bargain basement solution.


Steve Payne

Steve Payne

Steve Payne is the editor of Canadian Contractor magazine
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