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March 31, 2012 News

Good news from RBC for renovators

by Robert Koci

Mostly, homeowners want to renovate, not move

March 30, 2012 News

The Creative Eye: Life On Site

by Robert Koci

Words and pictures from the job site

March 30, 2012 News

Keep this link

by Robert Koci

A free monthly report on new home building supplied by CMHC for your market.

March 30, 2012 News

Men At Work Win

by Robert Koci

Men At Work General Contractors win the GTA’s most coveted renovator award

March 30, 2012 News

Stats Can says construction industry down, and the res part is even downer

by Robert Koci

Almost all industries are up except construction. Within construction, residential is the worst.

March 29, 2012 News

I've never heard this insulation tip before

by Robert Koci

A really cool insulation tip from that friggin’ genius and our tools editor Steve Maxwell

March 26, 2012 Video

Contractor Shorts 2

by Robert Koci

A contractor walks into a bar…

March 23, 2012 News

Another contractor enters WSIB hell

by Robert Koci

It is great to have a government agency that we are forced to pay into, but that everyone is afraid to use…

March 23, 2012 News

Pro Painter magazine

by Robert Koci

If you would like to receive a subscription to Pro Painter magazine or receive the Pro Painter newsletter, send your name, the name of your company, your address and your email address to subscription@professionalpainter.ca

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