Quality. integrity. Trust.

Mike Holmes

Most Trusted Contractor

Mike Holmes is a professional contractor and the host and creator of the hit TV series Holmes on Homes®, Holmes Inspection and Holmes Makes It Right.

After working in the building and renovation industry for more than 20 years, Mike was asked to develop and host his own television series, Holmes on Homes®, which became an international success and broke ratings records, solidifying Mike’s career in television. Since then he has been able to use television as a tool to educate homeowners on proper building code, what to look for in contractors and their rights as homeowners.

His no-nonsense, Make It Right® approach struck a chord with television audiences worldwide, leading him to be named Forbes’ Third Most Trustworthy Celebrity and Reader’s Digest’s Second Most Trusted Canadian. Today fans can watch Mike do what he does best in his new series, Holmes Makes It Right.

"They say it takes 10,000 hours to become a master at any skill. Mike’s put in over 80,000 hours." 

 

STATS

HOME TOWN:

Toronto


TRADE:

Contractor


YEARS WORKING IN THE INDUSTRY:

32


CAREER HIGHLIGHT:

Earning his father’s respect.


DID YOU KNOW?

Forbes named Mike the third most trustworthy celebrity in 2012.


 

 

Mike Holmes grew up in Toronto learning basic home repair and renovation from his father who was a jack-of-all-trades. Mike learned fast and it wasn’t long before his father was passing him jobs that he was too busy to do himself.

By the time Mike was 19 years old he was running a renovation company. Years later, after completing a major commercial job, Mike was hired to build sets for a home renovation television program, Just Ask Jon Eakes. While working on set he was approached to develop and host his very own series. Mike became the host and co-creator of one of the most popular television programs in HGTV history, Holmes on Homes® which went on to become the #1 show on HGTV Canada, and an international success.  

Homeowners around the world learned from Mike's tips on Holmes on Homes®, from how to manage a renovation to proper home repair and maintenance. And thanks to strong supporters in both the broadcasting and building industries, the award-winning series ran for seven successful seasons.

"Mike became the host and co-creator of one of the most popular television programs in HGTV history, Holmes on Homes®." 

In the fifth season of Holmes on Homes® a desperate couple contacted Mike after a contractor put a lien on their home. They just wanted Mike to finish their floors but he decided to tear the whole thing down, brick-by-brick, and built them an entirely new home using sustainable building techniques. The entire project was captured in a two-part special entitled, Lien on Me, which set ratings record for HGTV Canada with 40 percent more viewers than the network’s next highest-rated program.

Between Season 6 and 7 of Holmes on Homes®Mike showcased his initiatives in new-home construction and eco-friendly building when he and his Crew travelled to New Orleans to build a sustainable and hurricane-resistant home for Gloria Guy, a victim of Hurricane Katrina. The entire journey was captured in the special series, Holmes in New Orleans, which was a ratings success when it aired in April of 2009—even winning a Gemini award for Best Lifestyle/Practical Information Series.

After Holmes on Homes® wrapped in 2008, Mike began working on his next project, Holmes Inspection, a series dealing with homeowners who face unexpected, expensive repair bills and in some cases, potentially dangerous living conditions due to incomplete, vague or simply incorrect information from a home inspector. The series ran for two seasons and became the No. 1 series on HGTV in the US with an average of more than 1.5 million viewers tuning in weekly.

In 2012 Mike launched his third series, Holmes Makes It Right, which had the strongest premiere of any HOLMES branded series to date when it aired on October 16, 2012 on HGTV Canada. Still in its second season, the series has been Mike’s most ambitious television venture, with construction jobs ranging from castle playgrounds and horse barns to solariums, additions and complete home renovations.

Mike has spawned a number of thriving projects related to his field of expertise, including television and media production, product and service development, as well as publishing. Mike has also successfully launched the Holmes Approved Products program, which is based on building key partnerships with industry leaders, such as 3M and Eaton.

As a craftsman with integrity, Mike not only understands the practices of the building trade, he adapts them to the changing needs of homeowners and the environment. His endless dedication to improving building standards and sustainable construction has been recognized by both the Canadian government and building industry.

"Mike has spawned a number of thriving projects related to his field of expertise, including television and media production, product and service development, as well as publishing."

He has been officially acknowledged by the Canadian House of Commons for his promotion of skilled trades and advocacy for improved building standards, and holds two honorary doctorates—a Doctorate of Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, as well as a Doctorate of Pedagogy from Niagara University.

Mike Holmes has consistently proved his expertise, technique and skill when it comes to building, but it’s his passion and integrity to Make It Right® that has struck a chord with homeowners and industry leaders alike. It’s this kind of passion which prompted him to become the national spokesperson for Skills Canada, a WorldSkills Ambassador, an honorary guest speaker for the 2009 GreenBuild conference and ‘Eminent Advisor to the Canadian Government’ for the COP15 in Copenhagen (United Nations’ conference on climate change).

Mike’s mission is to improve the building industry from the ground up and raise standards across the board. He believes that educating the public at large on the importance of upholding proper building code and construction principles is essential to preserving and enhancing the safety and well-being of communities and households, both at home and abroad.

 

 

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