11 renovation business tips from RenoSummit, Vancouverby Steve Payne
There’s another RenoSummit underway right now in Calgary.
Smokey Bear lies in waitby Alec Caldwell
The Ministry of Transportation can derail your day with a fine. And they can even derail your livelihood if they impound your vehicle.
RONA's president steps downby Steve Payne
During his 20 years in charge, Robert Dutton built RONA up from a regional, Quebec-based distributor to independent stores into a coast-to-coast retailing power, the largest in the Canadian home improvement industry. And he was adamant that the company not sell out to US-based Lowe’s.
Hate big box stores? Home Depot wants you to feel the loveby Steve Payne
Although many contractors love to hate those giant, corporate stores, and try to stay away from them, Home Depot is just one of the big home improvement retail chains in the Canada that is trying to change all that.
Epic fails in constructionby Robert Koci
You thought your mistakes were bad!
Hero Builders contest: a Mike Holmes antidote?by Steve Payne
Hammerati.com has launched Hero Builders, a superhero-themed contest designed to challenge the negative stereotypes about the renovation industry and “help rebuild trust between contractors and homeowners.”
Readers respond to Mike Holmes’ comment that 70% of contractors are "bad" and 10% "ugly"by Robert Koci
Mike Holmes hammers Canadian contractors in the latest issue of Readers Digest. “What percentage of contractors are doing good, honest work?” he’s asked in an interview about his new show, Holmes Makes It RIght. “I call it the good, the bad and the ugly: 20, 70 and ten percent, respectively” Holmes replies.
It's Facebook time!!by Robert Koci
If you are a contractor and you are on Facebook, you need to find us there
Tired of struggling as a reno contractor? Stay in the business but work smarter. Here's how…by Steve Payne
Next week’s RenoSummit seminars:
Vancouver, Monday, Nov. 12
Calgary, Wednesday, Nov. 14
Building your employee loyalty: lessons from WestJetby Robert Koci
If you can learn from anywhere, learn from WestJet
Why wood is better for building everythingby Robert Koci
And why Life Cycle Assessment is the only way to know what is truly “green.”
Dick's Lumber, Vancouver, wins Outstanding Retailer Awardby Steve Payne
“For 48 years, contractors shopping at Dick’s Lumber have been treated as more than just customers. They’ve been treated like partners,” the trade magazine Hardware Merchandising said, in presenting the award to Dick’s Lumber’s owners.
Your personal invitation to RenoSummitby Robert Koci
Make a lot more money as a renovator, without burning yourself out. Attend our RenoSummit one-day seminars in Vancouver (Nov. 12), Calgary (Nov. 14) and Winnipeg (Nov. 16)
3 ways to finance a reno: Using a mobile device!by Steve Payne
Helping your prospective customers to get renovation financing over a mobile phone, thanks to these new apps, is now a reality.
Will YOU have to pay fees to the new Ontario College of Trades? Here's the answer.by Steve Payne
Canadian Contractor readers, and CARAHS members, attend a town hall meeting to learn how the College’s fee structure will impact them
That little black boxby Alec Caldwell
Every contractor should possess a little black box, crucial to avoid liability in the event of an unthinkable serious injury or fatality on your jobsite. It’s called a Policies and Procedures Document. If you don’t have one, you could be in serious trouble with the Ministry of Labour.
The Mike Holmes Nausea Monitor: This week's winnerby Steve Payne
“Bringing Mike’s superhero status to life…”
“…a hero to the people whose lives he has touched.”
Blah, blah, blah
Social media contest recognizes "Hero Builders"by Steve Payne
Hammerati.com can help you distance yourself from those evil contractors that everyone loves to trash on television