Canadian Contractor

Canadian Contractor

November 22, 2011 Voice

Need more sales? Act like it!

by Mike Draper

Over 75 per cent of our clients tell us they want more sales. What we show them is how to improve their customer’s overall experience in such a way that they get more referrals and repeat business from previous customers.

November 22, 2011 News

Canadian Contractor Salary Survey is LIVE

by Robert Koci

For the fourth year now, Canadian Contractor magazine is polling renovation and custom homebuilding industry business owners to find out what their companies are doing, what they are making and how much they take home for their efforts. If you

November 11, 2011 Voice

What Your Parents Never Taught You About Business

by Victoria Downing

Having worked in and around renovating and renovators for 20 years, there are some important truths I have gleaned about this wild and wooley business.  They aren’t neat and they aren’t obvious but they are true.   1.     Running a

November 10, 2011 Video

A new way of selling to homeowners arrives

by Robert Koci

As if there were not enough ways for consumers to go shopping, a one-stop-shop option for renovations is coming to a town north of Toronto. The 600,000 square foot space will house dozens of home improvement supplier outlets, the idea

November 9, 2011 News

CMHC Housing Report Q4, 2011

by Robert Koci

It looks like Canada won’t hit 200,000 starts this year, but the final number will be close.  And there is  promise of a strong housing market in 2012. CMHC’s Q4 housing report suggests a leveling off of starts, from about 191,000

November 8, 2011 Product

HurriQuake Nails

by Steve Maxwell

By Steve Maxwell Nails seem straight forward enough at first glance, but they’re not. The nails you choose for sheathing the roof and walls of your projects, for instance, can have a huge impact on the strength of that structure

November 8, 2011 Voice

Greek Lesson

by Robert Koci

I find it strange. When it comes to the finances of your reno business and your personal life, everyone expects you will use a well thought out budget as the core of a sustainable plan. It will include debt and/or

November 3, 2011 News

US housing industry trends for 2012

by Robert Koci

Builder magazine is the premier magazine in the US for the residential single family homebuilding industry. Every year, it assembles a list of trends it believes will represent the direction of their industry the following year. Though the magazine is

November 3, 2011 Video

Motivating your staff without money

by Robert Koci

There is more to life than money

November 2, 2011 Voice

A hand up, not a hand out

by Robert Koci

By Rob Koci There is something truly pathetic about grown men in suits whining for government handouts, especially when they are builders and you are working 15 hours a day trying to make a go of an honest, above-board renovation

November 2, 2011 Voice

Your Leadership Style

by Glenn Gutek

By Glenn Gutek. In leadership, leaders must understand this simple truth: style does matter. The following six styles are the most prominent: Charismatic: This is leadership by infusion of energy often embodied in the leader. The style may encompass a

October 25, 2011 Product

Maxwell's magnificent 7

by Steve Maxwell

By Steve Maxwell Tools editor Steve Maxwell weighs in on his super tool pics Good tools don’t necessarily look different than bad tools at first glance.  Hands-on experience is the only way to tell the difference, and here’s my latest

October 25, 2011 News

Stairway to Heavenly Design

by Robert Koci

One of the pleasures of design/build is confronting the challenges of thinking through at the design stage what you want to build and then, once you’ve drawn your vision, seeing it through to realty. Or as builder Andrew DelZotto says

October 25, 2011 Voice

A Canadian View of the American Housing Industry

by Robert Koci

According to the U.S. Commerce Department, seasonally adjusting housing starts for September in that country hit 658,000 units. Canada’s rate for September was 205,900. The U.S. population is about 307 million. Canada’s is a bit over 34 million. A little