Canadian Contractor

Canadian Contractor

January 6, 2012 Voice

Meetings…what a waste!!

by Victoria Downing

Actually, meetings are critical to work flow and morale. Here’s how to make them productive.

January 3, 2012 Video

The death of home heating

by Robert Koci

If you hate installing furnaces, you’ll love Reiner’s house.

January 3, 2012 Voice


by Robert Koci

Is it the 90s crash all over again?

January 1, 2012 Voice

Reliably Dry: Best practices for keeping water out of basements

by Steve Maxwell

There are three main categories of features that work together to make a basement reliably dry.

December 30, 2011 News

How house sales affect renovations

by Robert Koci

CMHC’s Canadian Housing Observer, 2011, says there is a direct relationship between home sales and renovations.

December 29, 2011 Video

The Johnny Cash School of Decor

by Robert Koci

When colour is your thing, maybe you should use some.

December 28, 2011 News

How unions encourage the cash economy

by Adam

Pressure from unions push costs up, and workers out, of the legitimate economy.

December 28, 2011 Product

Tanks tank in study comparing them to tankless

by Robert Koci

Tankless water heaters reduce natural gas use by an average of 46 per cent and increase the use of water a little bit.

December 26, 2011 Voice

Underground truths

by Robert Koci

We must deal with the underground cash economy, but it’s not all our responsibility

December 23, 2011 Video

Bad Santa

by Robert Koci

Take a look at what Santa left in this neighbourhood

December 22, 2011 Voice

Showing off

by Robert Koci

Helping your local big box or hardware store put on Saturday morning seminars is a great way to get in touch with your market

December 21, 2011 Video

One contractor's opinion on home sales and renos

by Robert Koci

We asked yesterday how changes in home sales affect renovation activity. Here is one contractor’s reply.

December 20, 2011 Video

Does it matter to renovators when housing slows?

by Robert Koci

When housing slows, is it better or worse for renovators? There are good arguments on both sides.

December 16, 2011 Voice

The 3 million dollar road Part 1: The eight steps to growth

by Mike Draper

Most renovation companies gross under $1 million in annual sales. That’s small, but Mike Draper, consultant to renovation contractors, says it doesn’t have to be that way. In the next four issues of Canadian Contractor, Draper, vice president coaching at Renovantage Inc., will explain how his company helps contractors grow their business from startup status of less that $300,000 to the heady success of $3 million and more.

December 16, 2011 Voice

The 3 million dollar road Part 2: Along the $3 million road

by Mike Draper

The following is the second in a four-part series that will examine the road to a $3 million business. By Mike Draper Now that you have mastered the $300,000 annual sales level it is time to set your sights on

December 16, 2011 Voice

The 3 million dollar road Part 3: Beyond your first million

by Mike Draper

In the last issue of Canadian Contractor Magazine we took a look at how important cash flow is for a $300,000 business growing to $1 million. The following is the third in a four-part series that will take you on the road to a $3-million business.

December 15, 2011 Video

Profit is not a dirty word

by Robert Koci

In 2012, you’ll finally make a profit

December 15, 2011 Voice

The 3 million dollar road Part 4: $3 million and beyond

by Mike Draper

Before growing from $2 million per year to $3 million and beyond, a contractor needs to make sure his business is running at a very profitable level.