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November 6, 2012 News

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.”

November 6, 2012 Video

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.

November 5, 2012 News

It's Facebook time!!

by Robert Koci

If you are a contractor and you are on Facebook, you need to find us there

November 5, 2012 News

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

November 5, 2012 Video

Building your employee loyalty: lessons from WestJet

by Robert Koci

If you can learn from anywhere, learn from WestJet

October 31, 2012 Video

Why wood is better for building everything

by Robert Koci

And why Life Cycle Assessment is the only way to know what is truly “green.”

October 29, 2012 Video

Dick's Lumber, Vancouver, wins Outstanding Retailer Award

by 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.

October 29, 2012 Video

Your personal invitation to RenoSummit

by 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)

October 29, 2012 News

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.

October 24, 2012 News

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

October 22, 2012 News

That little black box

by 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.

October 22, 2012 News

The Mike Holmes Nausea Monitor: This week's winner

by Steve Payne

“Bringing Mike’s superhero status to life…”
“…a hero to the people whose lives he has touched.”
Blah, blah, blah

October 22, 2012 News

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

October 22, 2012 News

How to get ahead of the competition with YouTube

by Steve Payne

Two-thirds of all customers are “visual learners.” That means, to entice prospects into hiring you to do renovations for them, you need to excite them with images, not words. An online video on YouTube can do this for you brilliantly.

October 15, 2012 News

How to get BC homeowners to start their renos now

by Steve Payne

British Columbia renovation customers can save a whack of taxes by waiting until April 1, 2013, to renovate. Labour will no longer be taxable at that time, when the HST reverts back to the old PST and GST.

October 15, 2012 News

Do you have a question for the Ontario College of Trades?

by Alec Caldwell

The Ontario College of Trades will be sending fees invoices to many construction trades, with a mandatory requirement to pay them, early in 2013.

October 15, 2012 News

Making money as a renovator: RenoSummit seminars start Nov. 12

by Steve Payne

Learn the bottom line business skills you need, from the experts at Remodelers Advantage and Canadian Contractor. Vancouver Nov. 12… Calgary Nov. 14…. Winnipeg Nov. 15.

October 12, 2012 News

Ontario government to regulate home inspectors

by Steve Payne

The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI) applauds the “welcoming news”