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March 22, 2012 News

Sell on value, not price

by Robert Koci

How many times do you hear, “The customer only cares about the price”? Here’s the truth: price is only an issue when it is presented as the only benefit.

March 22, 2012 News

WSIB's unfunded liability more than reported, says C.D. Howe

by Robert Koci

According to the C.D. Howe Institute, the $12.3 billion unfunded liability of the Workers Safety and Insurance Board in Ontario is actually $19.7 billion.

March 22, 2012 News

Construction union wage rates

by Robert Koci

The Construction Union Wage Rate Index (including supplements) for Canada was unchanged in February compared with the previous month. The composite index increased 2.0% compared with February 2011.

March 19, 2012 News

Conference Board says renos gain in importance

by Robert Koci

Demand for renovations in Canada will grow modestly in 2012, says Conference Board of Canada

March 19, 2012 News

National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB) talks to you

by Robert Koci

The NECB publishes a summary of its contents.

March 16, 2012 Video

Contractor Shorts 1

by Robert Koci

WARNING: This post will not help you build better, increase your market or help you make more profit.

March 10, 2012 News

Marketplace kicks contractor butt

by Robert Koci

Is this fair? Is it just a setup to sell adds for Marketplace?

March 9, 2012 News

New Housing Price Index Up

by Robert Koci

The New Housing Price Index (NHPI) rose 0.1% in January, following a similar increase in December.

March 8, 2012 News

Laneway houses

by Robert Koci

By David Godkin   Peter Simpson is an optimist at the best of times. Ask him about the phenomenon of laneway houses – homes built on existing lots in the footprint of a typical garage – and his enthusiasm knows

March 8, 2012 News

Starts break 200,000 in February

by Robert Koci

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts was 201,100 units in February, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This is up from 198,100 units in January.

March 8, 2012 News

Building permits down for January

by Robert Koci

The value of building permits fell 12.3% to $6.0 billion in January, following a 10.5% rise in December. The decline was the result of decreases in both residential and non-residential sectors.

March 7, 2012 News

The Big Orange goes Green

by Robert Koci

The Home Depot has partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council to provide a Green Home Products Database.

March 6, 2012 News

Multiple Trades On Site at the Same Time

by Mike Draper

The secret is all in the expectations of the trades

March 5, 2012 News

And you said social media would never work in construction

by Robert Koci

Home builder Pierre Martell, president and CEO of Martell Home Builders dives into social medial and makes it work.

February 27, 2012 News

What does this woman have to say about your reno business?

by Robert Koci

She says you have to match your brand to your core values or your company is going nowhere

February 27, 2012 Video

Hilti Brushless Power

by Robert Koci

Look for more brushless drivers this spring from Porter Cable and Milwaukee, too. More power, longer battery life and longer shelf life, they say.

February 25, 2012 News

2012 Salary Survey

by Robert Koci

Who you are. What you earn.

February 24, 2012 News

The perfect porch for a scary client

by Robert Koci

The challenge? Transform a classic Kelowna residence
by replacing an existing porch with a large, covered veranda that would perfectly match the house’s traditional design.