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How to Hire a TrustedPros Trade During COVID-19

Life happens and while we Canadians settle in for an unknown period of self-isolation, those unexpected emergency repairs and unfinished home renovation projects can't always wait. A few tips showing how TrustedPros can help you and your family stay safe and sound in your home.

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Ten Online Marketing Mistakes You're Making as a Contractor

If you're unfamiliar with the speed that digital and internet marketing is moving at then you better learn more before you're left in the dust! We're here to share some tips to help you lift your internet marketing efforts off the ground by showing you what to do and not to do.

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Reality Check: Survey Reveals Serious Flaws in Homeowner Renovation Hiring Behaviour

We surveyed 395 contractors across Canada and asked them about their clients' hiring behavior. Canadian contractors report that their clientele are not doing enough due diligence during the home renovation hiring process. Contractors report that their clients fail to ask them about their trade and business licenses. Contractors report that their clients mostly ask them about their liability insurance and Workers' Compensation Insurance. Click to read the full report which includes provincial and skilled trade category.

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Most and Least Trustworthy Contractors in Canada Revealed

A good contractor is hard to find. That's why we do our best to help homeowners understand what to look for in a remodeling or service professional before you sign a contract. We've analyzed thirteen years of data to bring you the most an least trustworthy home improvement contractors and service professionals in Canada nationally and provincially. Use this data to understand how much research you should do before you say yes! to your next contractor.

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10 Surprisingly Awesome European-Inspired Home Improvements

Are you looking to make some small home improvements that will change your life for the better? Do you want your home to run smoother and more efficiently? Do you want your home to be safer and cleaner? Wat about more comfortable? We've researched European homes to bring you some of the most interesting, innovative, clever, and useful home improvements that you can implement at home. Although North American homes have a familiar style there is so much to learn from our neighbours from across the pond! These home improvements can surely make your life at home better!

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Negative Online Reviews and the Chilling Effect--is Anti-SLAPP Legislation Protecting Consumers?

Consumers are more powerful than ever in the marketplace. They are able to post their business feedback online and do thorough research before purchasing goods and services. But how are consumers to handle the libel and defamation law suits which that aim to silence them? In this article we discuss how homeowners are at risk for false libel cases and what they can do to avoid them.

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10 New and Innovative Home Building and Design Materials

Home building and design products aren't just about aesthetics anymore. Scientists and designers work tirelessly to integrate sustainability, innovation, and allure into their products. Today's trends show us that building materials must be multi-purpose and eco-friendly. Contemporary values have influenced so many building and design spheres. We've created a list of some of the most exciting additions to the home improvement industry from new builds, to paint, to insulation. Find out more about the recent additions to the market that emphasize anything from marble replicas to energy generating technology.

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[Infographic] 28 Stats that you need to know about Home Renovations

TrustedPros mined and analyzed our data from 2016 to deliver 30 statistics on renovation trends from last year. Over 2 million users' search behaviour and project inquiries have informed us about nation-wide trends on home improvements, contractor expectations, and budget numbers.

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Top 10 Home Renovations in Canada for 2016

We pooled one years' worth of data from over 2 million users to tell you which home improvement projects ranked on top for 2016. Find out the top ten home improvement projects nation-wide and for each province. We've included information on how much money Canadians were willing to spend on each project as well.

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7 Unique Home Decor Gifts for 2016

If you're tired of the same gift lists from year to year then look no further. We've scoured design catalogs and artisan craft hubs to bring you a fantastic and original gift list for 2016. This list is geared towards those who love home d cor items (especially Canadian-inspired items!). We've hit every price point to make gift-giving easy this holiday season.

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6 Things you didn't know about paying your contractor in cash: Contractors spill and tell us why paying for home improvements under the table is all wrong

The contracting industry is widely funded by under-the-table transactions. Homeowners who submit to 'cash only' transaction agreements may think that they are getting a deal. However, the reality is that under-the-table transactions do more harm that good--for homeowners and contractors alike. Cash only deals bring on a slew of problems for both parties including scams, economic insecurity, audits, and warranty complications, among other things. Contactors across the country agree that cash transactions completed to forgo taxes can only be prevented by homeowners.

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Fraud contractors are one step ahead of you - and this is how to outsmart them.

It's always a shock to hear about vulnerable homeowners who get scammed by contractors they thought they could trust. The truth of the matter is that these stories tend to follow the same patterns time and time again. TrustedPros is back with more advice for homeowners to avoid getting scammed. We cover common vulnerable targets such as high-demand markets, senior citizens, poor payment plans, and industry awareness.

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4 Reasons Why You Should Care about Licensing, Permits, and Trade Qualifications

Homeowners are often encouraged to find contractors who are qualified, licensed, permit holders. But are homeowners aware of the problems that can arise when they hire a contractor who doesn't fit the bill? Three different examples in this article help illustrate clear problems with hiring uncertified experts'. Although it may be cheaper to hire contractors who aren't totally legitimate, the harm that they could cause might be exponential.

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Four Compulsory Contractor Requirements that Consumers Need to Know About

Consumers may be led to believe that a certified professional is an expert at the job. However, this isn't necessarily true. Instead, consumers ought to know that certified professionals are more legitimate and legal than anything else. Nevertheless, the four qualifying certifications and requirements that help legitimize contractors and projects in Canada are often overlooked, misunderstood, or forgotten. This article helps clear up some confusion. It identifies the importance and tension around trade qualifications, licensing, permits, and Workers' Compensation Insurance.

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Paying with Cash, and Dealing with Fraud Businesses

There are drawbacks when you choose to pay in cash. This article examines the drawbacks of cash deals in the contracting world. Some consumers have a hard and fast rule about strictly cash business: don't do it. Some consumers are happy to pay cash. Some consumers prefer to combine payment methods. This article discusses how to tell your contractor is running an illegal business. Inside are tips on how to identify legal and illegal cash deals via national legal business operating standards and tips from our trusted contractor community. Learn how to avoid fraud businesses and scams before you get on the bad side of one.

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20 Smart Home Technologies from the Consumer Electronics Show 2016

Homes can lose their luster quickly because styles and technology changes often. Luckily, we can keep our homes up to date by outfitting them with new items on the market. New technology can help improve your old furnace's energy efficiency, and help save you money. Smart fridges can gear down on energy consumption through an app on your smartphone. New fans look beautiful and operate with your presence in the room. The Consumer Electronic Show teaches us that home improvements can be done on a smaller budget using technology, and still have great results. Today we're talking about how technology can improve our homes in more ways than 'cool!'. Technology can add real benefit and aesthetic to our homes. Stay tuned for more!

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Radon Gas is Deadly and it May be Lurking in Your Home

The radioactive element uranium is turning up in our homes as radon gas. Seeping in through cracks in house structure that have contact with soil, radon accumulates in low-lying rooms. While radon is odorless, tasteless, and colourless, it remains the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada, behind smoking. On average, it kills 3,000 Canadians a year. This article discusses how to control radon gas if it is accumulating in the home. Other topics include information about radon gas and its affects on our health. Protect your home and your family, don't be a victim of radon gas.

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The Benefits of Child-Proofing Extend Beyond your Little Ones

Welcoming a newborn or child into your home is an exciting and invigorating experience. So exciting, that it's easy to forget potential risks within your home that are safety hazards for children. TrustedPros is here to help you with child-proof ideas within the home. We cover windows, locks, water, lights, electrical hazards, and doors, among other things. We see an added advantaged to child-proofing; namely, energy savings, family safety, and even reducing toxicity.Learn about the specifics to making your home a safer environment inside!

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The 'Empowered Homeowner'

The barriers that previously limited a homeowner's ability to access information, ideas, and find talent are no more! Mobile technologies such as Internet-based apps, software, and social networks have helped to educate the homeowner online and instill a new confidence and desire to not only be informed, but to also be more involved.

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Bell Fined $1.25-Million for Fake Reviews

The Competition Bureau set a precedence this week by fining BCE Inc. $1.25 million, after it was revealed that employees within the company were leaving fraudulent reviews for 'MyBellMobile' and other applications found in the Apple AppStore.

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