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October 24, 2019  

Peer Group Diary: A face-to-face meeting in Calgary looks into the challenges of running a family business

“In a family business, humility helps”

October 24, 2019  

Your complete guide to estimating, Lesson 1 of 7: The foundation of great estimating

“Designing your company around repeatable, predetermined processes that follow predictable steps to known outcomes is great for accurate estimates.”

October 9, 2019  

Myths of contracting continued: I know about that, so I’m good

“Our lives, both personal and business, are full of things we know we should do, but we just don’t”

October 7, 2019  

Fast-growing Canada Needs Housing; Public policy needs to keep pace

“In welcoming these new Canadians, we have an obligation to ensure there is sufficient housing”

October 3, 2019  

Does a Carbon Tax Make Sense? I think I think so, says contributor and P Eng. Paul Duffy

“Here’s the cool thing—when you make a decision to conserve, you get doubly rewarded.”

October 2, 2019  

Myths of contractors continued: If I fund a project with my own money, there is no interest cost

“Whenever your money is tied up it does have a cost”

October 2, 2019  

Win more work!!

“the majority of contractors do a poor job of following up with leads out of sheer time restraints.”

October 1, 2019  

How to lose out because you didn’t think of everything when you made up the contract

Years ago, I had a service contract with a

September 24, 2019  

The first rule of holes: Stop digging

“The guarantee of the loss of a lot of money makes you stop”

September 23, 2019  

People are not things, and knowing how to handle things does not prepare you for handling people

“I became a carpenter in part because I had no confidence is handling personal relationships.”

September 17, 2019  

Canadian home sales edge higher in August, says the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA)

OTTAWA, Sept. 16, 2019 /CNW/ – Statistics released today

September 16, 2019  

More on what you pay your Project Managers: David Litwiller, Litwiller Renovations and Custom Homes Ltd., Calgary, AB

“They (my PMs) were hourly paid, making $70 to $80K per year on a regular basis “

September 16, 2019  

More on what you pay your Project Managers: Evolve Builders Inc.

“Our target wages for the role start at $50k up to $80k, with the median at about $64k.”

September 11, 2019  

Systems are good, but build loyalty first

“A company with loyalty as a key driver of its culture would have quickly realized from feedback that falling sales were clearly a symptom of the system’s installation”

September 10, 2019  

We asked our RenoFocus contractors how much they paid their project managers. Here’s one Toronto contractor’s response

“Our standard base salary is between $55-60k and goes against a base $750k revenue”

September 10, 2019  

Myths of contractors continued: I save money by doing chores myself

“If you can’t point to some fundamental improvement you haven’t been doing the job of a general manager”

September 3, 2019  

“Heavy upfront deposits help cash flow. We take 25% on acceptance and another 25% one day prior to starting.”

“Valid and reliable companies take massive risks for every job we take on”

August 23, 2019  

In 2020, the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation business will have new standards to meet

“Reducing greenhouse gases and climate pollutants is essential to the long-term survival of the planet and more urgently needed than ever in 2019”