Marketing & Sales
Home inspection: a new revenue stream for you?
Home Inspection is a growing industry for which renovators are well suited
RONA wraps up its spring contractor trade shows
5,500 contractors attended the RONA Contractor Shows this spring.
Canada's 'largest home improvement centre' launches inspirational publication
i Magazine is published by the people who are developing Improve Canada, which will feature 400 showrooms under one roof
Rob's 3 biggest mistakes as a renovation contractor (VIDEO)
Rob learned the hard way as a renovator. His 3 biggest mistakes will never be yours if you watch this.
What women want when you renovate for them
Women make the majority of home improvement decisions. So you have to know how to sell to them and build for them.
Calling all superhero contractors
Hammerati’s superhero contest is accepting entries until Dec. 31st
Three sales techniques you can learn from Santa
Contractors can learn more than a few sales tips from that overweight, 1700-year-od man in the red suit.
A little known way to reach potential customers
At a very basic level, Hometalk is great for market research. A once-a-day or even once-a-week scan can keep you up-to-date on trends and what homeowners are asking for.
How to "qualify" renovation prospects
The telephone can be the fastest and best way to qualify a customer. There is a simple but powerful question you can ask, over the phone, that can help create trust between you and the prospect.
Hero Builders contest: a Mike Holmes antidote?
Hammerati.com has launched Hero Builders, a superhero-themed contest designed to challenge the negative stereotypes about the renovation industry and “help rebuild trust between contractors and homeowners.”
It's Facebook time!!
If you are a contractor and you are on Facebook, you need to find us there
3 ways to finance a reno: Using a mobile device!
Helping your prospective customers to get renovation financing over a mobile phone, thanks to these new apps, is now a reality.
Social media contest recognizes "Hero Builders"
Hammerati.com can help you distance yourself from those evil contractors that everyone loves to trash on television
How to get ahead of the competition with YouTube
Two-thirds of all customers are “visual learners.” That means, to entice prospects into hiring you to do renovations for them, you need to excite them with images, not words. An online video on YouTube can do this for you brilliantly.
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?
"Aging in place" a new buzzword for accessibility renos
The most recent issue of Canadian Contractor featured a…
What homeowners do when they check you out online
Google yourself. See what your customers are reading about you. Your “webutation” may or may not be fair to you, but it’s important to know what it is and, if possible, improve it.
Five easy ways for tech-savvy contractors and subtrades to find each other
A long-term business relationship between a general contractor and a subtrade can’t be forged instantly. But finding each other can be done in a second, online. A look at various ways to get connected.
Five ways to increase your referral business
By Karen Hamilton As a renovator, getting business from…
Flooring is Canada's favourite reno project
The home renovation website www.houzz.com, is creating quite a buzz…
5 common mistakes contractors make
by Karen Hamilton 15 years ago, my husband and…
Rob's Radio Reno Report
A franchise for contractors
Jump start your reno business with seminars in Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg
Are you ready for your renovation business to deliver…
Two new social media sites reno contractors need to know about
Pintrest excites your customers
Seminar will teach "accessibility" reno skills
It’s been called the biggest new business opportunity for…
Build Your Brand Part 1: Know your target client
Three steps to marketing your business effectively
Welcome to your new, untapped market
Yesterday it was the Green market, today…
The HomeStars way
You want to be a HomeStars contractor? All it…
Homeowners will pack seminar in Vancouver
Your customers are getting educated
CARAHS chapter meeting: Five proven ways to grow your business
All are welcome to the second Toronto chapter meeting of CARAHS May 17th at the Canadian Contractor magazine offices; 80 Valleybrook Dr. Toronto. (York Mills and Don Mills area). Meeting starts at 6:30pm sharp