Having trouble collecting your holdback? Read this…by Mike Draper
Nobody can afford to give a 10 per cent discount to a customer by being denied their rightful holdback cheque. Our contractor coach Mike Draper gives you some tips on getting your final cheque.
Contractors rank price of materials as most important factor only 28 per cent of time: Salary Surveyby Steve Payne
Selection, Service and Convenience – when shopping for materials and supplies – were chosen by almost 3 times as many contractors as those who told us that Price was number one
Homebuilder association gives thumbs up to a Vancouver regional taxby John Bleasby
Contractors and developers are among the most vocal anti-tax business people in Canada. But the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA) has come out in favour of a 0.5% regional tax in Vancouver to pay for transit and infrastructure.
B.C. builders protest rebar tariffs that could raise prices 41 per centby Steve Payne
The B.C. government and the province’s builders are protesting a Canada-wide tariff on Asian rebar imports. Shipping costs from domestic rebar producers make Canadian product unaffordable, they claim.
Should Henry Bugden take this job as a "property manager?"by Steve Payne
In this case study, an odd jobs man gets a chance to double his income by working for a rich business magnate and his “bossy” wife. Are the red flags worth the risk? Let us know what you think.
VIDEO: Victoria Downing on the key to successful renovatingby Robert Koci
If you feel you aren’t making nearly enough money as a renovation contractor, watch the president of one of North America’s leading contractor training organizations tell you how her members have dramatically lifted their profits.
RenoSummit seminar report: How much should you be marking up your work?by Steve Payne
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
Protecting cash flowby Brynna Leslie
Learning to manage cash flow is one of the most important things you’ll ever learn as a business owner. Cash flow mismanagement can very likely sink you. And it’s not just a problem for small companies — almost every major…
VIDEO: Flip School's Ian Szabo talks about keeping a positive mindset when renovatingby Steve Payne
Keeping your cool under pressure in this crazy business of renovating houses is a matter of learning to “hit the reset button” in your own head, Ian Szabo advises.
April 30 tax filing deadline: Who can claim self-employmentby Steve Payne
The tax advantages of declaring yourself self-employed are obvious. But be aware that Ottawa has four specific rules for the definition of “self-employment.”
Unions lobby for CPP increase across Canadaby Robert Koci
CPP premiums are high enough.
2013 resolutions for the tech-savvy contractorby Steve Payne
Smartphone, tablet, camera. Three almost-essential tools for today’s renovation contractor.
11 renovation business tips from RenoSummit, Vancouverby Steve Payne
There’s another RenoSummit underway right now in Calgary.
Who's responsible when a flood occurs on the job?by Steve Payne
The chances are, you are: the general contractor. Which is why liability insurance, and using licensed plumbers and electricians, is key to avoiding expensive mishaps.
5 common mistakes contractors makeby Steve Payne
by Karen Hamilton 15 years ago, my husband and I bought a vacation home in Haliburton, ON. Built in the 1960s, our cottage stayed in its original form until last fall, when we could finally afford to renovate it. Our…
Jump start your reno business with seminars in Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipegby Steve Payne
Are you ready for your renovation business to deliver better results? Then plan to attend one of the one day RenoSummit educational seminars coming to Vancouver (Nov. 12), Calgary (Nov. 14) and Winnipeg (Nov. 15). The seminars will focus on…
Two new social media sites reno contractors need to know aboutby Steve Payne
Pintrest excites your customers
Motivating your staff without moneyby Robert Koci
There is more to life than money