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MIKE HOLMES’ STORY

THE Make it Right® PHILOSOPHY

Mike Holmes is a professional contractor, television host, public speaker, educator, influencer and writer.  As one of North America’s most trusted contractors his no-nonsense approach has struck a cord with TV audiences and industry leaders world wide, leading him to be named Forbes’ Third Most Trustworthy Celebrity and Reader’s Digest’s Second Most Trusted Canadian. Mike Holmes has built an international brand based on quality, integrity and trust.

With over 35 years of experience as a professional licensed contractor, he has completed over 220 home renovations and remodeling disaster projects and 52 home inspections throughout his television career. His record breaking, award-winning series and specials are seen in over 90 countries worldwide.

Forbes’ 3rd Most Trustworthy Celebrity and Reader’s Digest’s 2nd Most Trusted Canadian.

His Make it Right® attitude has resonated with audiences and industry leaders alike allowing him to expand his ever growing brand into a number of divisions, including television and media production, product and service development, as well as publishing. He is an international best selling author of “Make it Right®” and “The Holmes Inspection”.

Mike’s tireless dedication to improving building standards and sustainable construction has been recognized by both the Canadian government and building industry and was officially acknowledged by the Canadian House of Commons for his promotion of skilled trades and advocacy for improved building standards. To help ensure homeowners get peace of mind when purchasing a home, Mike created his Holmes Approved Homes program in 2012, which partners with key industry product leaders and builders across North America to bring together the best in building practices.

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 “I’ve been involved in World Skills and Skills Canada for years — and it’s a program that I love because it makes our young tradespeople feel like absolute rock stars as they take the next steps in their career in the trades”.

His passion and integrity to Make It Right® continues through his work as a National Spokesperson for Skills Canada, WorldSkills Ambassador, 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 building standards across the board. He believes that educating the public at large on the importance of upholding 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.

While Mike still dreams of retiring one day, he’s not slowing down any time soon. He, along with his children, Mike Jr. and Sherry will continue to Make it Right®. for homeowners in need across Canada for years to come.

To book Mike Holmes for appearances and partnerships, please email communications@makeitright.ca.

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Mike HolmesTuesday, June 22nd, 2021 at 7:58pm
Looking forward to answering your questions !!
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Mike HolmesTuesday, June 22nd, 2021 at 7:55pm
We are renovating a house for a beautiful family with 3 kids. We discovered poorly installed tiles in all of their bathrooms (previous contractor made some big installation errors). Water damage behind the tiles as well.

You know me-take it down to the studs. We did a thorough inspection of structural issues in the house, so we can address them first. Then we give them some nice features to improve their home ownership experience.

I’m a big fan of in-floor heating and highly recommend that you install it in your next bathroom reno. In-floor heating technology has improved tremendously and can now be easily installed even into an existing bathroom plus, many systems incorporate smart technology.

The best thing about the Schluter-Systems North America DITRA-HEAT installation is that the entire area can easily become waterproof by just sealing the seams and floor/wall connections with KERDI-BAND and Schluter SET, ALL-SET, FAST-SET or an unmodified thin-set mortar. The result is a waterproof installation that will not suffer damage in the event of an unexpected water leak.
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Mike HolmesTuesday, June 22nd, 2021 at 4:59pm
These before and after photos are from a renovation project in Edmonton, by Vicky's Homes This wasn't about giving the homeowner shiny new countertops or a new fireplace. This was about using the RIGHT products and the best trades to give these homeowners a home that will last.
Bathroom and kitchen renovations are the most popular home improvement projects. I just renovated my own bathroom, and I've been meaning to work on my kitchen (for 15 years now!). A contractor never gets to work on their own home 😂
When you are renovating your home, taking the time to understand what really is going in with the major systems of your home. It means staying away from “lipstick and mascara” fixes that are covering up major issues with the house.

Bathroom and kitchen renovations are the most popular home improvement projects. I just renovated my own bathroom, and I've been meaning to work on my kitchen (for 15 years now!). A contractor never gets to work on their own home 😂

I love working with builders and renovators across North America who are committed to RENOVATING IT RIGHT. Vicky and team do it right 👍 and I am thrilled that they are the Builder of the Year (Small Volume) by the @chba 🎉

Congratulations!
Canadian Home Builders' Association-Edmonton Region
Mike Holmes
Mike HolmesMonday, June 21st, 2021 at 11:44pm
For those who are renovating to age in place or remodeling for people with disabilities, I recommend you focus on taking care of the basic needs first – eating, sleeping, and bathing comfortably.

Building for life may seem like a big job – and it is – but if you break it down into smaller projects you can take it one step at a time. I have renovated a few handicap accessible homes in my career.

Being able to navigate your home could be a challenge as you age or are dealing with disabilities- the idea is to mitigate that as much as possible starting now. Here are some tips on building a wheelchair friendly house.

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 at 3:01pm
How can you stay cool without relying on A/C? Switch your overhead fans to run counter-clockwise to push any cool air down. It won't make the room any colder (so you can turn it off when you leave), but it will make you feel more comfortable while you use the room. #TipTuesday
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 at 10:03am
When renovating a bathroom, the key is to make it watertight! I always recommend you pick products that create a continuous layer of moisture protection. A high-quality waterproof system below your tiles is also a must if you want your renovation to last. @schluterNA https://t.co/tbGOMPsI0Y
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 at 2:00am
Installing a window is not a DIY job. No matter how good the window is that you buy—if it’s not installed properly it’s not worth much.

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MIKE’S TIMELINE

First episode of Holmes on Homes™ aired on HGTV Canada
2003
Gemini Viewers’ Choice Award for Favourite TV personality
2004
National Spokesperson, Mike’s involvement has helped raise over $19.5 Million
2005
Gemini Award Winner for Best Lifestyle/Practical/Information Series – Holmes in New Orleans
2009
Awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal
2012
Forbes’ Third Most Trustworthy Celebrity
2012
Appointed as Patron of the Royal Canadian Regiment
2013
Holmes 10th Anniversary Special – Behind the Overalls aired on HGTV Canada
2013
Eighth Most Trusted Public Name in America by The Marketing Arm and among the top 5 “Most Trusted Canadian” by Reader Digest since 2010
2015
Toronto Sun Readers Choice Awards, 24th Annual Best of Toronto, Mike Holmes – Best TV Personality (GOLD)
2017

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Mike Holmes has been Making It Right for TV audiences around the world for almost 15 years. You can catch his shows on HGTV and DIY network. In his latest series Holmes Next Generation, he is bringing his kids Mike Jr and Sherry along for the ride.

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