The benefits of hiring a qualified home inspector prior to renovations

The benefits of hiring a qualified home inspector prior to renovations

It’s a small price to pay to avoid expensive surprises later By John Bleasby Allan Spisak is the Director/General Manager of ACISS Home & Commercial Inspection Consultants based in Ontario. Allan is also a past Chair of the Professional ...READ MORE
Do you have work site insurance for your tools?

Do you have work site insurance for your tools?

Stolen tools mean downtime, financial loss and headaches all round by John Bleasby It’s one of the biggest complaints of contractors and trades from coast to coast — tools that disappear overnight from the work site. We asked insurance ...READ MORE
Matching certification programs to your energy-efficiency commitment (New Series)

Matching certification programs to your energy-efficiency commitment (New Series)

Part One: Passive House heads the chart of energy-efficiency programs by John Bleasby Canadian Contractor begins an overview of energy-efficiency and sustainable building programs in Canada, outlining which programs suit the variety of consumer demands in today’s eco-conscious marketplace. ...READ MORE
Business cards: Your chance to make a good first impression

Business cards: Your chance to make a good first impression

You can say a lot about your company in a small space First impressions: Charlie Brown and Linus were talking. Charlie notices something odd. “Linus, you’ve only polished the front of your shoes! Why didn’t you polish the rest?” ...READ MORE
Apprenticeship initiatives from coast-to-coast attempt to fill the funnel

Apprenticeship initiatives from coast-to-coast attempt to fill the funnel

Innovative programs are addressing the national skilled trade crisis by John Bleasby Canada’s shortage of skilled trades continues to be an issue in most provinces across the country, with new initiatives being created to engage, encourage and recruit a ...READ MORE
Home-based contracting businesses need specific insurance coverage

Home-based contracting businesses need specific insurance coverage

Standard homeowner policies are not adequate to cover all risks  by John Bleasby  You started out small with just a home office in the spare room. As the business grew, you hired some staff to work in the expanded home ...READ MORE
Radon gas risks are real, but action and reaction is inconsistent

Radon gas risks are real, but action and reaction is inconsistent

Health Canada recommendations for radon mitigation could cause deaths, CHBA says by John Bleasby The 2016 report from the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) is quite clear. “Radon is a radioactive gas which is a decay product of uranium, and is ...READ MORE
Four tips for managing your contracting firm’s debt

Four tips for managing your contracting firm’s debt

Is your contracting business struggling with bad credit management, poor cash flow and personal use of business funds? If so, read this. by Mahyar Hansotia Running a small business can be challenging at the best of times as owners ...READ MORE
5 Ways to Relieve Contractor Aches and Pains

5 Ways to Relieve Contractor Aches and Pains

5 great exercises to relieve contractor aches and pains Kitchen and bath contractor Joel demonstrates simple exercises that can help your body to cope with job site stresses and strains As contractors, manual labourers and home builders, you face ...READ MORE
Nail Gun Safety

Nail Gun Safety

Nail gun safety? “Don’t worry, be trigger happy!” Safety devices are built into most nail guns and shouldn’t be short-circuited By John Bleasby Is there a scarier tool on a job site than a nail gun? Probably no other ...READ MORE
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