For most, a home will be a person’s biggest investment! Mike Holmes, Professional Contractor & TV Host, offers tips and advice on how to Buy It Right, Protect It Right, Own It Right and Sell It Right. Listen to season 2 of the Holmes On Homes Podcast, as Mike brings in subject matter experts to give listeners an inside experience of the conversations he has about building better, picking the right materials to build a healthy smart home, improving the homeownership experience for all, and even the importance of the skilled trades.
Mike Holmes on Homeful and the Future of TV
30:19Mike Holmes has been in the industry for over 40 years and on TV for more than 20 years. While Mike never wanted to be on TV, he found this as an opportunity to educate millions of homeowners at once on how to Make It Right. Fast forward to today Mike has over 15 series and has helped over 300 homeowners! So what comes next? Mike Holmes and his children, Michael Holmes and Sherry Holmes are excited to be joining Homeful TV —a global home renovation, real estate, and design TV brand. The channel is available to stream for FREE in the US, Canada, and more countries coming soon where you can watch all the Holmes classic shows. In this podcast episode, Mike is joined by Craig Junner, SVP Programming of Blue Ant Media and a walking TV encyclopedia, and his son Michael Holmes as they talk about what Homeful is, what people can expect, the future of TV and even some fun conversations about their guilty pleasure shows. Don't miss another fun-packed Holmes on Homes podcast episode!
Mike Holmes on Making Indoor Air Quality Right
48:51Did you know that your indoor air can be 5x more polluted than outdoor air? I've seen a lot of homeowners not paying enough attention to the air they breathe inside their homes, but it could be filled with allergens, pollutants, dust, and a lot more things we don't see that in turn could be affecting their health. It's important to take the right steps to make our homes a healthier living environment, which includes improving our indoor air quality. Luckily there are many simple solutions out there that can help improve the indoor air quality in your home such as ERVs, air purification systems, and ventilation fans. In this podcast episode, I’m joined by Sonny Pirotta, Panasonic Indoor Air Quality Expert and Bob Deeks, President of RDC Fine Homes as we talk about the importance of indoor air quality and what every homeowner should know and products you should have to improve the indoor air quality in your home!
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Mike Holmes on EV Charging Stations and What You Need To Know
46:37There are a lot of EVs on the road today. According to an estimate, more than half the cars sold in Canada will be electric by 2030. Recently I've been hearing a lot of scary stories about people not properly installing charging stations in their homes. It's important to understand the different types of EV charging stations available, what's required to install one at home, and electrical safety tips to avoid a potential fire hazard. In this podcast episode, I'm joined by James Fraser, General Manager at The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) as we talk about everything you need to know about EV charging stations and installing one at home SAFELY.
Mike Holmes On What Is Pondscaping?
18:23We all know about landscaping, but have you heard of pondscaping? I have a pond on my property, it was one of the things I first fell in love with when I bought my place —to me it was serenity. However, while I'm always very meticulous and keep my grass nice and short, the pond did start to overgrown over the years. I tried everything including sending one of my guys in to clip the weeds right at the bottom of the pond, but it continued to grow more and more until I got in professional pondscapers. They taught me all about how the excessive weeds and algae are harmful to the wildlife population in the pond, how they get rid of the weeds in the pond and how to properly maintain it moving forward. In this podcast episode, I'm joined by Nick DeMarco from WeedsBGone as we talk all about what pondscaping is, what causes a pond to get run down, how to maintain your pond, and more. They told me they can turn swamps into swimming pools, I'm mind blown. So if you're like me and have a pond on your property —you don't want to miss this episode.
Mike Holmes On The Shortage Of The Skilled Trades
25:59I've been a professional contractor for over 40 years, and over the course of my career one recurring theme I've seen has been the shortage in skilled trades —and that's largely been due to the stigma surrounding it. While my kids and me have been working hard to encourage more youth and women to join the skilled trades, this shortage is a real issue, which has been noticed by many professionals in the construction industry. There is a need to promote the skilled trades as a viable career, because we’ll always need people to help build our homes, roads, and hospitals. These structures don’t just sprout up out of the ground! In this podcast episode, I'm joined by my son, Michael Holmes -Professional Contractor & TV Host, and JT Bhabra President of TruBuild Fine Homes, Holmes Approved Homes Builder as we talk about some of the issues caused by the skilled trades shortage, what this means, and how to overcome it and encourage more people to join the trades.
Mike Holmes on Post-Pandemic Renovation Trends
27:01While a lot of people may want to put the last two years behind them, the pandemic has truly affected the way people design and renovate their homes. More people, especially as it's the summer season, are kicking off their renovations by redoing their backyard to transform it into an outdoor oasis/entertainment area. Multi-purpose rooms are another big trend. But it's not just about redesigning your space it's about taking it one step further and thinking about your indoor air quality, renovating it right and planning for the future if you plan to age in place. In this podcast episode, I’m joined by my son, Mike Holmes Jr -Professional Contractor & TV Host, and Andrei Sosnovsky -Owner of Sosna Inc. Holmes Approved Homes Builder as we discuss some of the latest home renovation trends they're noticing in the market, what you should know before starting your next reno project, and what to consider when it comes to your indoor air quality.
Mike Holmes | Beware Of The Scammers
32:16In the world of technology, we live in anything has become possible. Unfortunately, that's not always a good thing especially when it comes down to fake news and professional scams that take thousands of dollars from innocent people. My name and brand, Make It Right, we’re recently used in a number of scams including CBD oils and fake casting calls pretending to help homeowners, using real HGTV logos and Holmes family pictures you'd believe it was the real deal. In this podcast episode, I’m joined by my daughter, Sherry Holmes -Contractor & TV Host, as we uncover some jaw-dropping scam stories that involved our Holmes family name and talk about how to protect yourself from scammers. There may even be a plot twist revealed along the way —so don't miss this episode!
Episode 5 Bonus: Mike Holmes | Why it's important to hire a Licensed Electrical Contractor?
1:29Electricity is a crucial aspect of any home, without it, our homes simply wouldn’t function. However, we don’t often pay too much attention to it, thinking that if everything is working then our home’s electrical system must be in good shape and operating properly. That is not the case! Just like anything in our home we must take the right steps to make sure our electrical is done right and meets our needs, especially if buying a new property or renovating. In this podcast episode, Mike Holmes speaks with special guest and long-time friend Frank Cozzolino, Licensed Electrical Contractor as they discuss the basics of electrical safety, who you should hire for your electrical work, and what you need to know to protect yourself and your family from a possible fire hazard. They also talk about what to watch out for when buying a house, especially an old property, and why an electrical inspection is important —you’ll leave this episode with the proper knowledge to own it right and protect it right. Listen to the full episode to learn more about the importance of electrical safety, hiring the right people, and making sure the job is done right.
Episode 4 Bonus: Mike Holmes | Why is Water Filtration Important?
4:36Water, we drink it, cook with it, and use it in daily tasks. It is an essential part of our daily lives, but how well do you know your water and how clean it is? The water sources in our homes can be filled with contaminants from lead and calcium to bacteria and viruses, and even radon. However, with the proper filtration systems, Kinetico’s water filtration solutions, you can ensure that the water flowing in your home is clean and worry-free. On this podcast episode, Mike Holmes is joined by water experts Dan Lake from Elgin Pure Waters and Michael Crepeault from Kinetico Waters, as they dig deep into the issues that can be found in your water, what signs to watch for to know your water is unsafe to use, testing your water, and finding the right filtration system for your home. Whether you rely on municipal water or well water, this episode will cover what you need to know to improve the quality of water in your home. Listen to the full episode to learn more about everything you need to know about improving your water quality and the importance of water filtration systems.
Episode 3 Bonus: Mike Holmes | Do Pools Add Value To Your Home?
6:36Thinking of adding a backyard pool but don’t know where to start? Worried about the time and money it will take to get a pool installed? Or the maintenance? You don’t have to worry anymore because with Leisure Pools installation can be as fast as 2 days, with best-in-class material to last generation after generation. Plus, learn about how their pools can be used all year long, even during the cold winter months. On this podcast episode, Mike Holmes speaks with special guest Heather Laing, Sales Representative from Leisure Pools as they cover everything you need to know about getting a pool installed at home. From materials and styles, to the installation process, and maintenance, you will have everything you need to get started no matter the size of your backyard. Listen to the full episode to learn more about everything you need to know about fiberglass pools and getting a pool installed in your home.