Canadian Contractor


July 27, 2015 News

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.

June 4, 2015 News

Contractors rank price of materials as most important factor only 28 per cent of time: Salary Survey

by 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

March 4, 2015 News

Homebuilder association gives thumbs up to a Vancouver regional tax

by 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.

February 4, 2015 News

B.C. builders protest rebar tariffs that could raise prices 41 per cent

by 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.

February 4, 2015 News

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.

November 7, 2013 News

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

November 4, 2013 News

Protecting cash flow

by 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

October 9, 2013 Video

VIDEO: Flip School's Ian Szabo talks about keeping a positive mindset when renovating

by 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 25, 2013 News

April 30 tax filing deadline: Who can claim self-employment

by 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.”

April 10, 2013 News

Unions lobby for CPP increase across Canada

by Robert Koci

CPP premiums are high enough.

January 22, 2013 News

2013 resolutions for the tech-savvy contractor

by Steve Payne

Smartphone, tablet, camera. Three almost-essential tools for today’s renovation contractor.

November 13, 2012 News

11 renovation business tips from RenoSummit, Vancouver

by Steve Payne

There’s another RenoSummit underway right now in Calgary.

September 4, 2012 News

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.

August 20, 2012 News

5 common mistakes contractors make

by 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

August 7, 2012 News

Jump start your reno business with seminars in Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg

by 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

August 7, 2012 News

Two new social media sites reno contractors need to know about

by Steve Payne

Pintrest excites your customers

November 3, 2011 Video

Motivating your staff without money

by Robert Koci

There is more to life than money