Canadian Contractor


April 4, 2012 Voice

Where's Personal Responsibility?

by Steve Maxwell

A roll of PEX pipe I ordered a while back arrived in a carton that makes me worried. A 15 word warning is the reason why. It highlights a creeping menace that’s making it harder for risk-takers to make things

April 3, 2012 Voice

Tired of working 60 hours plus a week?

by Mike Draper

If you are like so many contractors, then you are working 60 hours plus a week and feel tired every night.  Maybe even a bit sore too. In this industry, it is all too common.  You know that if you

March 30, 2012 Voice

Ontario WSIB truth

by Robert Koci

In Ontario, you don’t have to be WSIB covered if…

March 30, 2012 Voice

The Federal budget for renovators

by Robert Koci

Steady as she goes, with help for the private sector and a Conservative twist to our fiscal direction

March 27, 2012 Voice

Sell More at Trade Shows

by Mike Draper

Last week I was at  the Spring Home Show.  As well as having a booth there to generate leads for our Renovantage Certified Contractors, I wanted to get a sense as to how the industry was performing and to get

March 24, 2012 Voice

A close shave

by Alec Caldwell

Remember, just because you’ve never had a guy wearing a blue hard come up to you on your renovation site all those past years you’ve been in the business doesn’t meant it won’t happen to you today.

March 21, 2012 Voice

A Thousand Decisions

by Steve Maxwell

Quality really boils down to a whole bunch of small decisions pointing in the direction of quality.

March 20, 2012 Voice

Best Way to Profit

by Robert Koci

Almost all contractors and sub trades are looking for ways to make more profit. One of the best ways to do so is to reduce your cost. Sounds simple enough, yet everyone struggles with how. Here is one secret….

March 20, 2012 Voice

Are you conservative?

by Robert Koci

Most small business owners are, but what does “Conservative” mean? What does “Liberal” mean, for that matter. Put your hammer down for a minute, and chew on this.

March 18, 2012 Voice

Being a MOL

by Alec Caldwell

After my close shave with the Ministry of Labour (MOL), I contacted them to compliment their inspector. You might think I’ve a screw loose doing this.

March 13, 2012 Voice

Win more business

by Mike Draper

To win more proposals you have to be looking at your proposal from the eyes of the homeowner.

March 8, 2012 Voice

The Profit Series Part 2: Markup and Margin

by Robert Koci

Knowing the difference between Markup and Margin can make or break your profit strategy

March 7, 2012 Voice

How can you compete against this?

by Alec Caldwell

You run a professional business. With the overheads you have, how on earth do you compete?

February 28, 2012 Voice

Home show strategies

by Mike Draper

For renovators, home shows are a must

February 3, 2012 Voice

How do you fire a client?

by Robert Koci

You ever have a client you just can’t work for any more? How do you end the relationship?

January 26, 2012 Voice

Union bully boys

by Robert Koci

Let’s learn how to protect ourselves from union bullying before the fight starts

January 13, 2012 Voice

The Passive House continued

by Robert Koci

Reno Coach Reiner Hoyer’s Passive House gets a new fan in Canadian Contractor Tools Editor Steve Maxwell

January 6, 2012 Voice

Meetings…what a waste!!

by Victoria Downing

Actually, meetings are critical to work flow and morale. Here’s how to make them productive.