Training opportunity for Winnipeg contractors in the HVACR industryby Steve Payne
The opportunities on the mechanical side of the construction industry, throughout Canada, are huge. If you are thinking of moving into a new field, HVACR is worth a look.
Builders urge Ontario government to allow six-storey woodframe structuresby Steve Payne
Currently, builders in Ontario are not permitted to build wooden structures higher than four storeys. But when B.C. increased the height limit to six storeys in 2009, it created jobs in the industry and provided more affordable options for new homebuyers, Ontario builder and developer groups argue.
Professional painters: Mike Holmes wants youby Steve Payne
The “Holmes Referred” lead-referral service has been quietly rolled out, with painters being the first subtrade that Mike Holmes is signing up
Has your reno work been slammed by a customer online?by Steve Payne
Two weeks ago, our online columnist Alec Caldwell (president of CARAHS, the Canadian Association of Renovators and Home Services) wrote an opinion piece that argued that online consumer review websites should mediate in cases where homeowners have slammed their renovators…
Why most renovations start in the kitchen… and what homeowners might be missingby Steve Payne
What web search data tells us about how Canadian homeowners go about finding a contractor online
"Is your plumber certified? Check with College of Trades!" – Toronto Star spouts the propagandaby Steve Payne
The PR folks who handle the account for the Ontario College of Trades are probably going to be busy telling the public that without OCOT certification you are a bum. In so many words.
Provinces needlessly limiting apprenticeship opportunities, report saysby Steve Payne
Entry restrictions to the skilled trades are not the best way to protect workers and the general public, the C.D. Howe Institute says
VIDEO: Mike Holmes interview part 8: Educating your customerby Steve Payne
“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
VIDEO: What contractors earn – Outrank Salary Surveyby Steve Payne
Almost a quarter of all renovation contractors who responded to our survey are making six figures.
Home inspection: a new revenue stream for you?by Robert Koci
Home Inspection is a growing industry for which renovators are well suited
Engineer charged as Algo Mall collapse enquiry continuesby Steve Payne
For 30 years, water from the parking lot on the roof of the mall seeped into the steel structure underlying the hollow concrete slabs. A continuous rubberized asphalt membrane, that would have protected the steel, had been considered too expensive.
RONA wraps up its spring contractor trade showsby Steve Payne
5,500 contractors attended the RONA Contractor Shows this spring.
It's a no brainer: wear CSA-approved hard hats only!by Alec Caldwell
But I’m not thrilled with CSA-approved safety equipment that is made in China. While it may meet CSA’s rigorous standards, China didn’t care that it put melamine in baby formula, didn’t care that it exported children’s toys covered in lead paint, and for me, the trust factor just isn’t there any more.
The case for flat-rate pricing for service and repair workby Steve Payne
“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.’ “
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.”
That housing market crash everyone's been worrying about? Looking less likely.by Steve Payne
Housing starts up slightly. Fears of a Canadian real estate crash, which were widespread in the media just a few months ago, seem to be easing.
Help for contractor inventorsby Robert Koci
You have a great idea for a new product but how do you get it to market? Dragon’s Den? No, just call Steve Sennik
VIDEO: Mike Homes Interview (7): The products you buyby Robert Koci
Mike goes to bat for you on products