Sneak peak: Building Code
Here’s an excerpt from our feature on apps and other software for contractors, running in our February/March 2019 issue.
New contest – introducing the wow factor
In the February/March 2019 issue, we’re introducing our latest back page contest: “The Wow! Factor.” These are those situations you walk into and say to yourself, “Wow, what were they thinking?!?”
Virtual construction using 3D technology
3D technology enables landscapers and homebuilders to show off the finished project, long before the first shovel goes in the ground – and while it’s still covered in snow
What should be Included in a roofing estimate?
You may spend a lot of time, money and effort optimizing your website for search engines, creating a strong social media presence, running PPC campaigns, or doing traditional marketing to attract potential clients, only for them to be turned off by a poorly prepared roofing estimate.
Building smart homes and smart businesses
My own fatherly advice: stay on top of the things clients are interested in and, if your business is struggling, seek out advice from knowledgeable people who can how you figure out what you’re doing wrong.
Install a bathroom anywhere with Saniflo
Install your dream bathroom anywhere, without breaking concrete!
What are your rights when injured in a slip and fall accident at a shopping mall?
Grillo, who has been in the forefront of shaping personal injury litigation in the GTA for the past 30 years, observes that you have certain rights under the Occupier’s Liability Act when injured in a slip and fall accident in a shopping mall through no fault of your own.
All about your bathroom… What brands are the best?
From our experience and the feedback we get from our clients, below brands are the industry leaders when it comes to the major bathroom fixtures namely bathtubs, bathroom sinks, bathroom faucets, and toilets.
What is an arborist and what do they do?
Arboriculture is a professional practice that involves a lot more than just trimming and pruning trees.
Mini Materials Cinder Block Building Guide
Can’t get enough work at the office? Then how about playing with these mini cinder blocks on your desk at home?
What to see at IDS 2019
The countdown is on! Only days remain till the annual Interior Design Show, Canada’s premier showcase of design taking place Jan. 17 to 20 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre but this year, in a new location in the South Building.
Top 6 selling bloopers (and how to avoid them)
In the world of business, there are similar blunders – particularly during buying conversations with potential customers – that end up favoring the competition.
Are small signs of economic uncertainty indicators that we should be concerned?
VIDEO – HOMES Publishing Group celebrating 34 years in 2019
A new year is always exciting, and as 2018 comes to a close and we look forward to 2019, HOMES Publishing Group prepares to celebrate its 34th year in business next year!
The latest in home tech? How about a water leak watchdog?
Whether by slow drips or sudden pipe bursts, water leaks can lead to substantial home repair costs – a per-case average of about $6,000 in Canada, in fact.
Affordability is a challenge: The prices of condos have been rising
The prices of condos, which used to offer homebuyers a more affordable choice, have been rising, reducing the advantage of this option.
Five reasons to cheer highrise development — when it’s done right
Reduced traffic, better commutes, improved streetscapes and more positive impacts that might turn a NIMBY into a YIMBY.
Keeping the trades satisfied: Labour crunch leads to survey
Labour crunch leads to survey to learn how to keep construction workers happy on the job.
Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should
Take the time to evaluate your workplace, align it to the overall business plan and empower it to maximize your most critical asset: the employee.
Five unwritten rules of customer confidentiality
Customers may not feel comfortable asking you for discretion, but they always appreciate it.
Perfecting your marketing message: Identifying your ideal client
One of the most common challenges business owners face is figuring out exactly how to consistently and effectively reach their target market.
Van Review Sneak Peek
Herb Ellis follows up his review of the latest pickup trucks in Oct/Nov by taking a look at work vans. Here’s a sneak peek at his write up on the Ford Transit Van.
Another survey says!
Houzz released its annual home renovation report. Here are some of the key findings…
Province rejects York’s request for more revenue tools
Homebuyers and owners, maybe you do have a friend in the provincial government.
We get a lot of press releases in the Renovation Contractor inbox, many of them completely irrelevant to us – like the no-expenses paid invitation to attend the grand opening of a beauty salon in London, England.
Ontario’s new apprenticeship ratio a boon to home building industry
The Ontario government’s plans to change the 40-year-old apprenticeship system is welcome news to the home building industry.
Recall Roundup: Vac Zap
Ridgid 6-Gallon and 9-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum Cleaners
Under Pressure, Part 2 of 2
As we make homes tighter, we increase the risk of dangerous combustion gas build-up
Ontario needs to revisit the GTA West Corridor plan
The new government made a commitment to re-visit the environmental assessment for the GTA West Corridor and it’s time they make good on this promise.
THE COUNCIL: Bill 148 and new homebuyers
For hard-working people who have scraped together a downpayment for a new home over the course of many years, Bill 148 is a tough pill to swallow.