The Smart Comfort of Good Canadian Values
Gotta love a long weekend! And one that celebrates who we are as nation is just that much better.
Canadians often ponder what exactly defines their unique “culture”. Of course, right away things like hockey, maple syrup, celebrating the outdoors, and I dare say good beer come to mind. On a deeper level, politeness, a sense of community, and making an effort to always “do the right thing” come to mind.
As a contractor in Canada – a home insulation contractor no less! (does it get more Canadian than that?) – I bear witness every day to the Canadian spirit of community, co-operation, and the desire to do what’s right in my dealings with customers, suppliers and fellow contractors.
Being an insulation contractor – and one that stands the test of time and stays in business – means not only doing a good job: it also means doing right by your customers.
Here at Insta-Insulation, I have always strived to live up to the sense of community and the sense of justice that makes for good business. I don’t think of them necessarily as Canadian values (though they are), but rather just as good business principles that let you build a good business reputation.
This Canada Day I got to thinking that these values really do define the contractors Insta works with. Especially when you look at some of the ones who have come to define the best-of-the-best, these Canadian/good business values are apparent.
Is it possible Canada has some of the best home renovation contractors in the world? If by best you mean a contractor that is up-front and honest about your situation, gives you all the options and potential scenarios, works with quality materials and suppliers offers rates that are accurate and fair, endeavours to do the best possible job as quickly as possible using the most recent knowledge available, and conducts business in away that is tidy, polite, friendly, and respectful of your needs – then yes, I think we do!
I have the privilege of working with these kinds of contractors. And as I spend this long weekend in a very Canadian way, I can’t help but think some very Canadian thoughts: that good character, good intentions, and the ability to think in terms of what’s good for the other person too is what defines what it means to be a great Canadian – and a Canadian business.
Having had the pleasure of working with guys like Mike Holmes and Bryan Baeulmer, I can honestly say they don’t come better, which is to my mind, at least this weekend, the same thing as saying, they don’t come more Canadian!
So kick back, crack a cold one, offer one to a friend and celebrate what it means to be Canadian.
And yes, that means helping put up the tent!