The Profit Series Part 1: Why Profit?by Mike Draper
Profit is not a dirty word. You need to understand what it is, what it means and why you need to make lots of it.
CIBC poll has some good news and bad news for contractorsby Steve Payne
More Canadians say they will do some reno work on their homes this year (42 per cent) than last year (40 per cent). But budgets are down almost $3,000 compare with last year.
Radon Gas! Hiding in wait for you in residential home renovationsby Alec Caldwell
Over 20,000 Canadians die from lung cancer every year. Yes, smoking is the most common cause. But did you know that Radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer? About 16 per cent of all cases.
Under-the-table residential construction worth $12-billion a year: StatsCanby Steve Payne
Residential construction is 28.3 per cent of the total $42.4-billion underground economy in Canada
Survey: 75 per cent of homeowners did NOT check online reviews before hiring contractorsby Steve Payne
Only FOUR per cent of the survey respondents say they “always” check contractors’ reviews online
Residential construction needs 129,000 new skilled workers over next decadeby Steve Payne
With modest growth in new housing, and with Canadian housing stock ageing, construction jobs will continue to shift to the renovation sector, the report says.
Watch a thief stealing tools from a Regina home under constructionby Steve Payne
After tools worth $4,000 went missing, Regina contractor Dan Banesh brought in security cameras.
‘Fast tracking’ building permits in Surrey, B.C.by Steve Payne
Normally, the City of Surrey takes 4-6 weeks to process a permit. But if contractors join their Registered Builder program, permits can be issued within 10 days.
Ontario home purchasers still in love with brick, block and stoneby Steve Payne
British Columbians often shake their heads at Ontarians obsession with brick housing, but the status symbol of masonry just never seems to diminish in Southern Ontario
Trade contractors meet in Ottawa to urge Prompt Payment legislationby Steve Payne
South of the border 49 of the 50 states have adopted prompt payment legislation. The United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand have also enacted prompt payment laws. Why is Canada – both federally and provincially – so slow to act?
Building trades union to build $1.2 million monument to construction workers in Ottawaby Steve Payne
A monument to remember workers killed or injured on the job, a great idea. Comments from the union organization heading up the project that their members build pretty well everything in the country, not so great.
Canadian resale house prices up 4.7 per cent in past yearby Steve Payne
This national resale price increase is driven by red hot markets in Toronto and Vancouver – and held in check by slumping markets in Ottawa-Gatineau and Winnipeg.
Calgary’s Albi Homes wins Deloitte Best Managed Company awardby Steve Payne
You have to know what business you are in – and what type of work you want to do. Albi Homes’ president Allan Klassen attributed his company’s success to “direction” and “focus.”
The Top 3 accounting methods and the lies they tell to contractorsby Victoria Downing
Should you run your contracting firm on the Cash Method, the Billings Accrual Method or the Completed Jobs Accrual Method? Take 4 minutes to read this, and you will probably know.
Publisher Rob on new reno TV show, starting tonight, Monday, 11 pm ETby Steve Payne
See Canadian Contractor’s Rob Koci on the new Discovery Canada renovation show BLOOD, SWEAT AND TOOLS, premiering tonight at 10 pm ET.
DULUX: Canada’s fastest-growing paint brand?by Steve Payne
Getting pro painters to switch paint brands is a tough task. But Dulux Paints seems to making headway – when it was barely recognized in Canada only five years ago.
VIDEO: Interview with Melissa Almonte, Gregor Homes, about the Dove Missions project in the Dominican Republicby Steve Payne
Dove Missions is doing some fine work in Puerto Plata, helping to build, at a grassroots level involving local tradesmen working side-by-side with Ontario contractors, a much-needed Youth Centre.
J.A.B.A. Construction, Saskatoon, in ‘white knight’ renovation rescueby John Bleasby
Armed with an insurance payout, Janice Braden of Saskatoon hired a local contractor to repair the damage to her home caused by ice dams on her roof. But a so-called contractor took off with her money. It has taken J.A.B.A Construction and TrustedSaskatoon.com, among others, to bail Braden out of her renovation nightmare.