Why contractors may want to choose a non-calendar year-end

Why contractors may want to choose a non-calendar year-end

By Mahyar K. Hansotia, President of Sobel and Company, Professional Corporation Given the seasonality of the homebuilding and renovations industry, having a Dec. 31 year end may not always be your best strategy Choosing a year-end for your corporation ...READ MORE
TrustedPros’ data peeks into the minds of the consumer

TrustedPros’ data peeks into the minds of the consumer

Who is the most trusted? Who is the least? How did they get that way? By John Bleasby One of Canada’s leading peer review platforms, TrustedPros, has released a report based on data collected over 13 years from their Canadian website, indicating ...READ MORE
Energy audits are coming! What do builders need to know?

Energy audits are coming! What do builders need to know?

Who are these “energy advisors” and what do the energy ratings mean? By John Bleasby Decades ago, home inspectors rode into town, offering home-buyers honest third party assessments of homes on the resale market. Now, in the current environment ...READ MORE
Building materials of the past; where are they today?

Building materials of the past; where are they today?

‘They don’t build them like they used to!” (Maybe with good reason!) October 24, 2017 by John Bleasby Nostalgia just isn’t what it used to be, or is it? Are you someone who feels that many things today are ...READ MORE
Is there a silver bullet to sound proofing?

Is there a silver bullet to sound proofing?

New construction or renovation, walls or floors. Each has challenges and solutions by John Bleasby Soundproofing arises as a major frustration for owners of both new and renovated homes alike. Whether it’s a semi-detached home with the future ACDC ...READ MORE
Different climate control solutions have implications for contractors

Different climate control solutions have implications for contractors

Save trouble later by knowing what the mechanical system designer has specified by John Bleasby As homes become more energy efficient, air movement and climate control on all living space levels becomes increasingly important. There is more than one ...READ MORE
The critical lead tracking step most remodelers are missing

The critical lead tracking step most remodelers are missing

By Spencer Powell, guest contributor to Remodelers Advantage Where are you getting the most leads? The best leads? (the leads that translate to design and construction agreements). Most remodelers are doing the basics, and are at least tracking the ...READ MORE
Meat in the sandwich: How contractors get caught in the middle

Meat in the sandwich: How contractors get caught in the middle

Pitfalls abound between architect, contractor and homeowner By John Bleasby Timeline management and clear lines of communications are keys to the successful completion of a new custom home build or major renovation. A recent article in the Toronto-based Globe ...READ MORE
Multi-generational households; opening more doors for contractors

Multi-generational households; opening more doors for contractors

If you build it, they will come…(and they will stay!) By John Bleasby The family nest is getting bigger. More adult children are living at home with their parents. At the same time, more parents and grandparents are finding ...READ MORE
Four considerations when choosing brick for your clients

Four considerations when choosing brick for your clients

By Steve Maxwell Brick is the oldest building material in the world, but there’s more to brick than just a simple, familiar name. When you come across clients who are interested in brick for new construction or renovations, you’ll ...READ MORE