Canadian Contractor


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”

August 23, 2019  

Negotiating stories to learn from

“One contractor we spoke to about this topic said it was tough to provide any tips because he’s not the negotiating type anymore, for good reason”

August 22, 2019  

Everyone gets paid once the client pays

“In Ontario, within seven days of the receiving the owner’s payment, GC’s must pay sub contractors”

August 19, 2019  

Grow your sales, blow up your business

“Make sure you understand what you will need to fund the increase in project costs”

August 19, 2019  

How to enjoy being a struggling renovator by bringing Future You back here

“thank your lucky stars that you have struggles and suffering to engage you, to improve you, to define you”

August 17, 2019  

Code changes that could save thousands Part 2: The need for innovation: slab on grade

Why do we build foundations a minimum of 4 feet below grade in Canada?

August 13, 2019  

Markup and Margin: Where renovation companies go to die

“Ten plus 10 is so yesterday”

August 6, 2019  

How to get the most out of your accountant from starting up to getting out

“A good relationship with your accountant that extends beyond tax season can yield valuable information and contacts when it comes to your business’ sore points”

August 5, 2019  

YOUR VOICE: A $15/hour minimum wage would be good for the construction industry

“A minimum wage puts poor Canadians effectively out of work”

July 30, 2019  

YOUR VOICE last week: Only women need apply. What you said about hiring policies based on gender

“If a homeowner says they need all female painters, or me to be on site with my male crew for perceived safety reasons, I encourage them to call someone else”

July 29, 2019  

YOUR VOICE: Topic: Does Canada over-regulate, under-regulate or well-regulate the building industry?

“Builders, developers and renovators will do anything to make a buck, including cut corners and build structures that are unsafe and bad for the environment.”

July 25, 2019  

Municipal Policies Rooted in Appropriating Private Property

“Social programs, including housing, are the responsibility of taxpayers at large, not the mortgages of new homebuyers.”