Canadian Contractor


February 12, 2021  

Gazing into the Crystal Ball

Experts discuss what to expect in 2021 and beyond.

September 17, 2020  

August 2020 another record-setting month for many Canadian housing markets

Statistics released by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA)

September 12, 2020  

Record lumber prices adding thousands of dollars to new home building costs

Soaring lumber and wood panel prices are adding thousands

September 10, 2020  

Pella Corporation releases free e-book ‘Building For Success: A plan for continued growth in building and remodeling’

During these uncertain economic times, home builders and contractors

August 27, 2020  

StatsCan building permits report: June 2020

The $687 million dollar Oakridge Centre mixed use redevelopment

August 13, 2020  

Building Better Estimates – Five ways to make the most out of every job before it starts

This is a sponsored post from Painter’s Mate Brand® Building

August 6, 2020  

Paradigm introduces automated takeoff technology for lumberyards

Lumberyards and building suppliers looking to spend more time

July 13, 2020  

Addressing higher construction costs during COVID-19

This article is intended as an update of a

July 2, 2020  

Pomerleau wins U of T Scarborough passive house student residence bid

Pomerleau is pleased to announce it has been awarded

June 3, 2020  

RealSpace3D – Five ways to use 3D renderings improve your next project

This is a sponsored post from RealSpace3D In the

June 1, 2020  

StatsCan building permits report: April 2020

The total value of building permits issued by Canadian

May 28, 2020  

B.C. begins new round of affordable housing projects

Government officials in B.C. are asking non-profit and Indigenous

May 13, 2020  

ECI Software Solutions acquires BuildTools

ECI Software Solutions has announced that it has acquired

May 4, 2020  

2021 colour trends, pantone palettes explored in webinars from IHA

The key to attracting consumers’ eyes in the coming

March 5, 2015  

Point and click measuring? Stanley has an app for that!

Stanley’s new TML99 and DML99 laser distance measurers, combined with the Stanley Floor Plan App, will help you create precisely accurate floor plans without moving from a single spot in a room.

December 16, 2014  

The Rule of One Third: Are you making a minimum of 33 per cent gross margin?

Markup on direct job costs (labour and materials) to reach One Third gross margin (33 per cent) is 50 per cent.

July 11, 2014  

A new slick scheme called Straightforward Pricing

“Under straightforward pricing, contractors go away from charging by the hour but, instead, go by a price list with different tier levels at that also includes a diagnostic fee, as if they were doctors,” Kevin Koch reports to us.

November 20, 2013  

Renovantage’s Mike Draper on turning leads into customers

“Never email a quotation,” Draper counsels. “Always visit with the client to go over the details so that you can make adjustments to include or exclude changes the customer wants to see.

November 7, 2013  

RenoSummit seminar report: How much should you be marking up your work?

Contractors should be marking up their direct job costs (labour and material) between 50 and 65 per cent, if they want to make a good profit, Remodelers Advantage president Victoria Downing told contractors in Whitby, ON

May 7, 2013  

VIDEO: Mike Holmes interview part 8: Educating your customer

“Too often I’ve seen contractors walk in with a pad, out of their pickup truck, and they listen to what the homeowner wants. They give them a price and ask for a down (payment). And there’s never enough education there.” – MIKE HOLMES

April 25, 2013  

The case for flat-rate pricing for service and repair work

“Until flat rate pricing becomes the industry standard – and realistically that would take a long time to bring about – there are bound to be customers who will ask how much you charge ‘per hour.’ “

November 9, 2011  

CMHC Housing Report Q4, 2011

It looks like Canada won’t hit 200,000 starts this year,