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October 23, 2013 News

What's the 'paint colour of the year'? Pastel blue

by Robert Koci

Forget Fifty Shades of Grey, if your client is asking for neutral, this may be code for pastel blue, peach or pink.

October 23, 2013 News

Want skilled workers? Showcase the trades to young people

by Robert Koci

The Apprenticeship Forum has found that teenagers are more interested in careers in trades than they were nine years ago, but they aren’t getting much support from schools, employers or the government.

October 23, 2013 News

Majority of Canadians expect to renovate this year

by Robert Koci

A new Scotiabank survey finds more than two-thirds of Canadian homeowners intend to renovate this year, with most cashing in their savings to fund their home improvements.

October 14, 2013 News

Referral marketing 101: Keep your existing customers coming back for more

by Robert Koci

Your best lead for future work is an existing customer. Don’t wait for them to call you for the next renovation. Follow these steps to keep them coming back for more.

October 14, 2013 Video

VIDEO: Flip School's Ian Szabo, Part 2. Managing a crazy big work list.

by Robert Koci

Ian Szabo has a lot going on in the renovation business. How does he do it?

October 9, 2013 News

Two-third of Canadians planning home renos in the next year

by Steve Payne

45 per cent plan to do half the work themselves, while 18 per cent plan to do it all themselves.

October 9, 2013 News

Remember when tool companies would treat contractors royally? Well, a few still do…

by Steve Payne

Square Deal, a distributor of IRWIN Tools, recently took a trailer loaded with IRWIN product to a number of lumberyards in Southern Ontario, holding barbecues for contractors, offering deep discounts and giving out prizes. Why don’t we see more of this type of event?

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.

October 8, 2013 News

Boost your reno sales without sounding like a car salesman

by Robert Koci

It’s important to understand that people only do renovations because they have pain. While your client is explaining to you what they want done, your job is to find the real “pain point.” Is your prospective client embarrassed by the poor condition of their residence? Have they promised an upgrade in living space to their spouse?

October 2, 2013 News

Ontario College of Trades violates privacy laws: Doug Leitch, Ontario Contractor and Small Business Association

by Steve Payne

This is a copy of a letter sent by Doug Leitch, and electrical contractor in Eastern Ontario, founder of the Ontario Contractors and Small Business Association, to the Ontario College of Trades, asserting that the College is in violation of federal privacy laws. This is a serious charge.

October 2, 2013 News

Alec Caldwell weighs in on Jeff Koller's qualified support of Ontario WSIB expansion

by Alec Caldwell

Home renovation contractors are only “exempt” from mandatory WSIB payments when they are contracted by the homeowner directly and paid by the homeowner directly. The tight grip that the WSIB has over their lives, including all of their subtrades, including if they do commercial work, is almost totally unavoidable.

September 24, 2013 News

Dulux launches first-of-its-kind paint program to help add colour to commercial spaces

by Steve Payne

Dulux’s functional colour and design program helps healthcare and educational facilities choose colour schemes designed to have a positive impact on patients, students and staff.

September 24, 2013 News

Reader's Post of the Week: Just who exactly IS a "legitimate" contractor?

by Steve Payne

“When government gets so bloated from internal decay, I would say the “legitimate” contractors are the ones you won’t find on government radars, provided that they are still offering the end-user a “legitimately” high quality product,” writes Canadian Contractor reader Chris Langman.

September 24, 2013 News

A worksite supervisor melts down!

by Alec Caldwell

“Get off my site! GET OFF MY SITE!!” The super cranks up the volume. He’s in rabid dog attack mode. Why? Because he’s already had a jobsite accident at one of his sites and the Ministry of Labour enquiry is no fun at all.

September 17, 2013 News

Surety bonds: how to best position your construction company

by Steve Payne

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September 17, 2013 Video

VIDEO Coaches' Corner: Solving problems – the follow up stage, Part 4

by Steve Payne

Mike Draper of Renovantage.com concludes his chat with Rob Koci, editor of Canadian Contractor, about problem solving with clients

September 11, 2013 News

Housing starts 'stable' for the sixth straight month in August, CMHC reports

by Steve Payne

There were 187,197 housing starts in Canada in August, compared to 187,324 in July, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMCH) says

September 10, 2013 Video

Mandatory WSIB in Ontario: MPP Garfield Dunlop wants to clean up the mess (VIDEO)

by Robert Koci

Garfield Dunlop, Ontario’s representative for the people of Simcoe North, is not “just” a politican, he’s a licensed plumber