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May 28, 2013 News

Training opportunity for Winnipeg contractors in the HVACR industry

by 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.

May 22, 2013 News

Builders urge Ontario government to allow six-storey woodframe structures

by 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.

May 21, 2013 News

Professional painters: Mike Holmes wants you

by 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

May 21, 2013 News

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

May 21, 2013 News

Why most renovations start in the kitchen… and what homeowners might be missing

by Steve Payne

What web search data tells us about how Canadian homeowners go about finding a contractor online

May 14, 2013 News

"Is your plumber certified? Check with College of Trades!" – Toronto Star spouts the propaganda

by 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.

May 7, 2013 News

Provinces needlessly limiting apprenticeship opportunities, report says

by 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

May 7, 2013 News

VIDEO: Mike Holmes interview part 8: Educating your customer

by 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

May 7, 2013 News

VIDEO: What contractors earn – Outrank Salary Survey

by Steve Payne

Almost a quarter of all renovation contractors who responded to our survey are making six figures.

May 2, 2013 Video

Home inspection: a new revenue stream for you?

by Robert Koci

Home Inspection is a growing industry for which renovators are well suited

April 30, 2013 News

Engineer charged as Algo Mall collapse enquiry continues

by 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.

April 29, 2013 News

RONA wraps up its spring contractor trade shows

by Steve Payne

5,500 contractors attended the RONA Contractor Shows this spring.

April 26, 2013 News

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.

April 25, 2013 News

The case for flat-rate pricing for service and repair work

by 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 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 23, 2013 News

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.

April 23, 2013 Video

Help for contractor inventors

by 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

April 16, 2013 Video

VIDEO: Mike Homes Interview (7): The products you buy

by Robert Koci

Mike goes to bat for you on products