Revolution softwareby Robert Koci
BuildTools is about to change the way renovators run their businesses and Dwell Design Build Inc. of Toronto is its first beachhead in Canada.
Liar, liar pants on fire. Misleading proposals and how to avoid themby Robert Koci
Given some of the comments we heard at the recent Canadian Contractor roundtable discussion, it makes sense that we should take some time to sit in on a seminar intent on improving the, let’s say, moral quality of our sales proposals.
What friends are NOT forby Robert Koci
It’s good to be friends, but better to take care of business.
Survey your customersby Robert Koci
All you need to know to get started on a customer survey
Red Tape Awareness Weekby Robert Koci
When it comes to dealing with government red tape, you are not alone.
How house sales affect renovationsby Robert Koci
CMHC’s Canadian Housing Observer, 2011, says there is a direct relationship between home sales and renovations.
How unions encourage the cash economyby Adam
Pressure from unions push costs up, and workers out, of the legitimate economy.
Contractor Roundtable, Part 2: Regulations and the undergroundby Robert Koci
In April of this year, six contractors from across Canada met with Canadian Contractor staff for a roundtable discussion: Steve Barkhouse, Amsted Consruction Inc., in Ottawa, Pawel Matonog, Archer Construction, of Mississauga, Ont., Dennis Bryant, Bryant Renovations, in Toronto and…
Canadian Contractor Salary Survey is LIVEby Robert Koci
For the fourth year now, Canadian Contractor magazine is polling renovation and custom homebuilding industry business owners to find out what their companies are doing, what they are making and how much they take home for their efforts. If you…
CMHC Housing Report Q4, 2011by Robert Koci
It looks like Canada won’t hit 200,000 starts this year, but the final number will be close. And there is promise of a strong housing market in 2012. CMHC’s Q4 housing report suggests a leveling off of starts, from about 191,000…
US housing industry trends for 2012by Robert Koci
Builder magazine is the premier magazine in the US for the residential single family homebuilding industry. Every year, it assembles a list of trends it believes will represent the direction of their industry the following year. Though the magazine is…
Stairway to Heavenly Designby Robert Koci
One of the pleasures of design/build is confronting the challenges of thinking through at the design stage what you want to build and then, once you’ve drawn your vision, seeing it through to realty. Or as builder Andrew DelZotto says…