Doing ‘favours’ for clients: Look before you leap

Doing ‘favours’ for clients: Look before you leap

Ever heard the expression “no good deed goes unpunished”? It’s really important that renovation contractors understand the risks of doing extra favours for clients. By Rob Koci It’s natural to want to be generous. As nice as it is ...READ MORE
Job cost tracking for residential contractors

Job cost tracking for residential contractors

Here is a no-nonsense primer on the most important number crunching you will ever do. You probably understand very clearly that your contracting business, like any other, must sell its products for more than it costs to make them. ...READ MORE
Young talent shines at the 2019 Skills National Competition

Young talent shines at the 2019 Skills National Competition

There is a bright future for the trades in Canada By John Bleasby The 2019 Skills Canada National Competition, held May 28 and 29 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, closed out after two days of intense competition in 44 skill ...READ MORE
Mortgage test adds stress, not affordability

Mortgage test adds stress, not affordability

It is estimated the stress test has reduced home buyers’ purchasing power by 20 percent By Casey Edge New Canadian mortgage rules came into effect on January 1, 2018. Under the new rules, all Canadian home buyers must undergo ...READ MORE
Read these court reports from construction accidents and you will never play fast and loose with safety again

Read these court reports from construction accidents and you will never play fast and loose with safety again

Serious injuries or death are always lurking on any job site By John Bleasby When a worker is injured on the job site, the worker can lose time away from work, even their livelihood or life. Not only that, ...READ MORE
The incredible power of saying “Thank You”

The incredible power of saying “Thank You”

“I consider it a privilege to work for clients, and you should, too.” By Steve Maxwell Back in the 1990s, I had the chance to interview dozens of construction company owners over a period of years for ongoing articles ...READ MORE
Opinion: Building better gives you many reasons to feel better

Opinion: Building better gives you many reasons to feel better

By Rob Bernhardt When my son and I were building our house, my wife refused to believe we wouldn’t need a clothes dryer. Here on the West Coast, where rain can fall for months without end, how could we ...READ MORE
Meeting the Net Zero Energy challenge

Meeting the Net Zero Energy challenge

Ottawa wants all new Canadian housing to be Net Zero Energy Ready (NZEr) by the year 2030. Here are some of the implications. By John Bleasby With Net Zero Energy-ready the ultimate goal for new Canadian housing by 2030 ...READ MORE
Good contractors versus bad contractors

Good contractors versus bad contractors

“Success leaves clues,” it is often said. Here’s how to tell the ethical contractors from the scam artists. By Steve Maxwell   Last year, I was asked to give my professional opinion on four renovation disasters in which contractors ...READ MORE
How to get the most out of your accountant

How to get the most out of your accountant

Did you know that your accountant can do a lot more for your business than just keep tracking of your numbers and filing your taxes? By Mahyar K. Hansotia Do you only speak with your accountant when it comes time ...READ MORE
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