Mike Holmes Bio

 
“I’m Just a Contractor” – Mike Holmes
 
To the millions of people around the world who watch Mike Holmes on TV every day, he is far more than just a contractor. Fueled by a larger-than-life personality, Holmes is the powerhouse behind a media empire that encompasses several award-winning television series, syndicated newspaper columns, bestselling books, DVDs, magazines, and his own line of personal protective equipment manufactured by 3M. Dubbed “Canada’s most trusted contractor,” his reputation for quality, integrity and honesty have international appeal. His reno-reality shows, Holmes on Homes, Holmes Inspection, and his latest endeavor Holmes Makes It Right, air in multiple countries around the world, built upon the premise of Mike’s “Make it Right” credo.
 
 
 
CHILDHOOD
Mike Holmes circa 1966
Michael James Holmes was born in Canada on August 3, 1963. He grew up in a modest three bedroom home in the east end of Toronto, Ontario with his mother Shirley and father Jim. The middle child of three, Mike shared a room with his younger brother, while his older sister got her own room. Growing tired of not having his own space, Mike took it upon himself to “renovate” his closet into a bedroom – one of his earliest building projects. Mike's father allowed him to keep the makeshift room for about a year before making him restore the closet back to its previous state.

Mike described his childhood family as poor but content. Kraft Dinner and hotdogs were standard fare in the Holmes household, but Mike and his siblings never felt like they were lacking. Most importantly, growing up in a blue collar working class family taught Mike the value of “doing things right the first time” – an ethic which both of his parents exhibited.
 
Mr. Haggett's 5th grade class, 1973-1974
 
 
From very early on, Mike exhibited great interest and a natural proficiency in the skilled trades. At the tender age of three, he began to follow in the footsteps of his father, a licensed plumber employed with General Motors as an engineer, who also happened to be a “jack of all trades, master of none.” Stuck to his father’s knee as he completed odd jobs around the house and neighborhood, Mike took advantage of his father's wealth of knowledge. “He would always say to me ‘Why am I doing this?’ So he made me think for myself,” he said in a TV interview.

From Curiosity to Craftsman

As a youngster, Mike would often dismantle his toys to see how they worked to the chagrin of his father. As he grew older, however, Mike's potential as a master craftsman became evident to all around him. At the age of six, the young prodigy helped to rewire the second floor of his family’s home, as well as using Jim's entire supply of lumber and nails to build a three room tree fort in the front yard. At the age of 12, under his father’s supervision, he finished his uncle’s basement completing the electrical work, plumbing, bar, and stairs. Mike also recalled putting his building skills to good use crafting some of the most amazing go-carts the neighborhood kids had ever seen. In later lears, Mike admittedly excelled in school classes such as shop and auto mechanics, citing such classes as part of what enticed him into skilled trades.

Mike's Parents

Learning the skilled trades from his father was one of the greatest influencing factors in Mike’s life. To this day, he frequently credits his dad with instilling in him a love of craftsmanship and his “make it right” ethic. “In my eyes, he was Superman,” he recalls. “I talk about my dad all the time…sometimes I get the feeling I talk about him too much, but he is the inspiration behind what I do, for sure.” Mike’s dad not only passed down his knowledge of the trades, but a heart for people as well. While growing up, he often observed his father doing odd jobs around their eastern Toronto neighborhood. Whenever any of the neighbors needed help fixing something up around the house, they would often call on Jim, who had a soft spot for helping others in need. In his eyes, it was just the right thing to do. While Mike described his dad as a “tough guy [with a] heart of gold,” he described his mother as an intelligent woman who was ahead of her time. As an example, he cited the fact that his mother taught him and his siblings sex education while they were young at a time when doing so was considered taboo. “My mom was my really good friend and my dad was my buddy, and they brought me up the right way,” he stated in a TV interview.

Mike, Shirley, and Jim
 
 TEENAGE AND YOUNG ADULT YEARS
 

As a teenager, Mike found himself at odds with authority and would often butt heads with his teachers. Unable or unwilling to deal with the pressure of school, he dropped out in grade 11.
 
Mike's Tattoos
 
At the age of 17, Mike and his friends decided to get tattoos, and Mike chose an English bulldog wearing a hat, placed on the lower portion of his right bicep. A year later, after some peer pressure to get a second tattoo on the other arm (“because it was the cool thing to do,” to paraphrase Mike), he chose a small cobra on the lower portion of his left bicep. Years later at the age of 48, Mike would have his teenage souvenirs covered up with larger, more appropriately placed ink. On his right arm, he now sports a half sleeve cover up tattoo of a large bulldog, arms folded wearing his trademark overalls against the backdrop of a brick wall. “Make It Right” a remnant of his previous tattoo added in 2006 is highlighted in a banner, above a hammer and saw, crisscrossed “skull and crossbones” style just above his elbow. On his left arm, Mike sports a half sleeve black and grey Viking on bended knee, which is a tribute to his Nordic heritage. “On my mom’s side… we date back to the Vikings,” he explained in a recent episode of his show.
 
Marriage, Kids, and Early Career
 
At the age of 19, Mike Holmes married a woman by the name of Alexandra Lorex and began a career as a contractor. Later that same year, he started his own contracting company with 13 employees --quite a feat for such a young man. From the start, Mike began to make a living at fixing the mistakes of other contractors. His early business cards read “The F-up Fixer.” At the age of 21, Mike became the father of a daughter, Amanda. He also made large strides in his professional life, becoming the owner of his own renovation company.
Passing the Torch
 
It was during this time early on in Mike's career that he started to realize he had not only followed in his father’s footsteps, but had surpassed him in his skill and knowledge of the trades. Mike recalled the time he brought his father onto one of his jobsites to show him a $60,00 bathroom he had just completed. “He was speechless,” said Mike. “I’m walking around and he goes, ‘This is beautiful.’ I said, ‘Dad, you could do this in your sleep,’ and he goes, ‘actually, no I can’t Mike…You talk things I don’t even understand. You’re talking codes that I don’t even know exist.’” Mike reluctantly admitted to becoming teary-eyed at his father’s remarks because it was at this point that he knew his father was truly proud of him and all that he had accomplished.


In only a few short years, Mike’s family would grow once and twice again, with the addition middle daughter Sherry, and youngest son Mike Jr. By the age of 25, Mike Holmes was a husband, father of three young children, and a successful business man.
 
 TOUGH TIMES
The early 1990’s was a difficult time for world economically. The recession that followed hit Mike’s young family especially hard, nearly wiping out his entire company, as well as the entire construction industry as a whole, leaving only “bottom feeders,” who were willing to do poor work on the cheap. As a result, Mike’s company went bankrupt and he was forced to sell his business and lay off all of his employees. The dire situation he found himself in became a huge strain on his young family, and Mike’s marriage crumbled. He sold his car and separated from his wife soon thereafter. At the age of 30, Mike and his wife divorced. A month after his marriage ended, his father Jim died at the age of 55 in a tragic accident. As he was walking down a narrow staircase with no handrail into the basement, he missed the first step and fell. As he tumbled down the stairs, he broke his neck and died instantly. Shortly after his father’s death, Mike’s younger brother suggested to him that he get his left ear pierced in memorial to his father. Mike thought it was a great idea, and he bought a pair of matching diamonds. He had one made into what would later become his trademark left stud, and set the other aside for a later date.  A few years later, his mother Shirley passed away at the age of 56 from a heart attack. Mike described his mother’s death in an interview as partially the result of complications from a dental surgery gone awry. His mother had suffered throughout her life from a heart condition, and years of over-medicating from the surgery she’d had on her jaw eventually took her down.
 
A NEW START – TELEVISION
If you ask him, he’d be happy to tell you – Mike Holmes never sought out a career on television. “It was an accident,” he has stated numerous times, and a “happy accident” at that. In 2001, while working as a stagehand building sets for the HGTV show Just Ask Jon Eakes for a measly $400 a week, Mike Holmes met Michael Quast, the director of studio programming for Alliance Atlantis at the time. Quast was taken aback by the loud and outspoken Holmes, who “came in with veins popping out on his neck, and diarrhea of the mouth, talking about how he was sick and tired of seeing people get screwed by contractors.” Quast thought Mike was on to something and wanted to turn his ideas for a new kind of TV show into a reality, with one small caveat – he wanted Mike to be the host. At first, Mike was opposed to being on camera (after all, he was just a contractor), but Quast saw star potential in Holmes, and after a little persuasion, Mike reluctantly agreed to do a pilot.

 
HOLMES ON HOMES
Getting Holmes on Homes off the ground turned out to be a greater challenge than anyone could have ever imagined. “Nobody wanted anything to do with Mike. We couldn’t get into anybody’s house to film,” said Holmes on Homes director Peter Kettlewell. There were very few submissions to the show at first, and Mike was reduced to handing out fliers in Home Depot parking lots to drum up participants.
Holmes on Homes first aired on HGTV Canada in 2003. The episodes in the first couple of seasons were 30 minutes in length and had much lower budgets than the hour long episodes in the later seasons. By the show’s fourth season, however, the show had exploded in popularity and Mike was receiving hundreds of emails a week from desperate homeowners begging for his help. It became clear to Mike that there was something fundamentally wrong with the industry, and the “minimum code” as it stood had to change. Mike has stated often that he went into television for two reasons. One — to be able to teach many people at once about how to avoid getting scammed and ripped off by bad contractors, and two – to fundamentally change the industry. Holmes on Homes created the perfect platform for Mike to get his message out to the masses. Mike was particularly pleased with how his show was loved by kids. He has since erected a “wall of fame” in his office filled with pictures of coverall-clad children wearing tool belts and brandishing hammers who want to be like Mike Holmes when they grow up. 
The shooting schedule for Mike and his crew was grueling. Early mornings and late nights were the norm, and shooting often took place seven days a week. In 2007, Holmes on Homes officially wrapped after seven enormously successful seasons, which aired to captive audiences all over the world, and continue to air in syndication building Mike’s fan base internationally. Although he had initially stated he would only do two seasons of the show and that was it, Mike slowly began to realize that there was a huge need for what he could offer people, and that he could do a lot of good in front of the camera.
 

HOLMES IN NEW ORLEANS
In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina swept through the southern gulf, breaking levees in Louisiana. The rising floodwaters took many lives and caused tremendous amounts of damage to the city of New Orleans. In 2008, celebrity superstar couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie started a foundation to render aid to those affected by Katrina in the poorest and most heavily devastated areas of New Orleans, particularly the Lower 9th Ward. They called their foundation the “Make It Right Foundation.” Although the A-List couple had only good intentions when they started their foundation, they failed to realize that the phrase “Make It Right” was already trademarked to Mike Holmes. Instead of starting a war over words, Mike decided to pack up his crew and head down south, where he worked to help build the foundation’s first house in the Lower 9th Ward. Their efforts were filmed for the special Holmes in New Orleans. The recipient of the first house was Gloria Guy, a woman who was doing her best to raise her deceased daughter’s gaggle of children.
The work was physically, mentally, and emotionally draining for the crew. “It was brutal. Unbelievably HOT AS HELL…Seriously – the heat was extreme. We were shocked every day how it got so hot and humid from early in the morning, and it never let up,” Mike stated in response to a fan’s question during a 2009 live chat on his website. The experience proved to be too much for one crew member, Corin “Pinky” Ames, who left the show during the filming in New Orleans and never came back. Those who survived were left with lasting memories, and some even decided to commemorate the occasion by getting tattoos as physical and visible reminders of their work. In lieu of a new tattoo, Mike decided to have his other ear pierced as way of taking his experiences in New Orleans with him wherever he goes.   
 
It was only after the work was done that Mike got to have a face to face sit down with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Mike recalls his meeting with the celebrity couple as a pleasant experience. “Better than I expected,” he stated in an interview. He glowingly described them both as “nice people” who were “not spoiled.” He also stated that Angelina was “awesome” and described Brad as a “great guy.” It was around this time period that Holmes on Homes was just making its way onto American television, and he recalls being photographed with Jolie by paparazzi who erroneously identified him in tabloids as one of Angelina’s bodyguards. He also joked about wondering if the tabloids would think that he, with his buzz cut and brown overalls, was Angelina’s “new man.”

 
HOLMES INSPECTION
In 2009, post Holmes on Homes and Brad Pitt, audiences eagerly awaited Mike’s new show Holmes Inspection. HI combined Mike’s expertise and know-how with entertaining and educating computer graphics. “I call it Holmes on Homes meets CSI,” Mike said to fans in 2009. “I think it’s really great for teaching the viewers about what’s going on behind the walls of the house. I can’t show things like air quality or mould spores on camera, so the special effects lets me do that.” The concept of the show was similar to its predecessor, with one main exception. “I saw an opportunity to educate homeowners so they can hire the right inspectors – just like Holmes on Homes tried to teach people how to hire the right contractors.” Throughout the show, Mike would not just re-inspect people’s homes, but would do the equivalent of exploratory surgery, sometimes going so far as to punch holes in walls to find the source of leaks, creaks, mold, funny odors, and much more. Armed with sophisticated equipment such as the FLIR IR camera (cost: around $20,000) as well as the more standard fare of a flashlight, digital camera, and a ladder, Mike proceeded to document items and issues not caught by the original home inspector. Mike’s diagnosis was often grim as he pointed out the problems, education and explaining every step of the way.
Unlike Holmes on Homes, Holmes Inspection turned over the bulk of the on-site work to right hand man and construction supervisor Damon Bennett. Damon took on the role and persona of Mike as he supervised the crew, including Mike’s son-in-law, Adam Belanger, and Mike’s two children, Sherry and Mike Jr. “MJ” Mike’s real life uncle Billy “Uncle Billy” Bell rounded out the crew, making the show a family operation. Holmes Inspection was a great opportunity for Mike’s fans to get to know his protégé Damon; however, many were disappointed to see Mike taking a more off-camera role. “I don’t miss getting dirty so much,” he said. “I worked hard for years – and I tell you, overseeing as the white helmet is better… for the first time in years I feel like I have a life – I have a few days off in a week.”
 

HOLMES MAKES IT RIGHT
Holmes Inspection officially came to a close in 2012 after three successful, albeit controversial years. Mike received just about as much criticism as he did praise over Holmes Inspection. Critics pointed to Mike’s lack of a background in engineering and accused Mike of playing it up for the cameras. Undeterred, the work-a-holic Holmes spent the better part of the year 2012 filming episodes for a new show, Holmes Makes It Right, which debuted to eager audiences on HGTV Canada in October 2012. The show is a lot like its predecessors Holmes on Homes and Holmes Inspection, but with a few major differences. One, Holmes Makes It Right goes beyond helping one family at a time to helping entire communities. With episodes such as “Building Castles” in which Mike and his crew rebuild a beloved playground in Toronto, and “Labour of Love” in which Mike steps in to support a shop teacher and a group of students who try to help the family of a deceased classmate, the scope and impact of the projects seem to be much broader than in previous shows. “With this series we really wanted to get back to the roots of building and helping families who need it. But we are looking for stories with a lot of heart--if we can help a community, like we were able to with this High Park build--that's even better.” As with Holmes Inspection, episodes utilize computer graphics to explain and illustrate not just complex concepts, but also what Mike is thinking throughout the episode. “We've used a new FX idea--all the handwriting you see on the shows, in the titles and any drawings is all mine. Pretty cool the way new technology gets used in television now… I'm really happy with how the concepts get shown to viewers so they can visualize the project.” Mike stated in a 2012 live chat with fans.

After a ten month delay, Holmes Makes It Right finally debuted in the United States on the DIY Network on August 6, 2013. “We would have loved to have the series air at the same time in the US and Canada--in fact that is what we were planning on…I'm disappointed that our US fans have to wait…” Mike stated in October 2012 to anxious fans about the delay. Several tentative dates were given as to when US fans would be able to see the show air, including “early 2013,” none of which panned out. It was announced by TV Guide magazine in early 2013 that the show would debut on the DIY Network in August of 2013, a date which was later confirmed by the Holmes Group via social media pages and their official website.   

 
OTHER PROJECTS

Being the handyman superstar that he is, Mike has served as a judge on the hit show Handyman Superstar Challenge in Canada and its American counterpart All American Handyman. Both shows are competitions between tradesmen and women who particpate in challenges designed to test their abilities in the trades. In the end, one person is crowned the master craftsman champion, receiving a handsome prize package. Since 2005, Mike has also participated as the official spokesman and self-proclaimed mascot forSkills Canada. Skills Canada is part of WorldSkills, an Olympic-like world competition for the skilled trades that Mike endorses as a way to entice young people to consider a career in the trades. For years, Mike has attempted to address and remedy the looming shortage in skilled tradesmen and women in the coming decades. Part of solution, he feels, is WorldSkills, which celebrates young people for their excellence in trades such as carpentry, landscaping, robotics, mechanics, cooking, and more. In July 2013, Mike and his son MJ attended the WorldSkills competition in Leipzig German, where Mike addressed the Leadership Conference about having future competitions televised as a way to get young people excited about the skilled trades. He cited computers, video games, and the removal of shop class from standard school curriculum as reasons for the lack of interest in the trades, and hence the shortage of tradesmen and women.  After his address, he was honored by being made an official WorldSkills Ambassador.
 
 
 
In 2006, given the immense popularity of Holmes on Homes throughout Canada, Mike Holmes accepted an endorsement opportunity with Nescafe brand instant coffee. Mike did several nationally-aired commercials for the brand, which encouraged users to “start their day off right” with Nescafe, “(so it won’t go wrong.)” The campaign was hugely successful, and Mike’s contract was renewed three times.
In 2012 Mike Holmes teamed up with innovative product company 3M to create his own line of personal protective eyewear through their 3M TEKK Protection line. In 2013, Mike Holmes began a national campaign in the US for 3M Filtrete brand air filters, in which he was branded “America’s Most Trusted Contractor” in a humorous commercial he did with Chicago actress Christy Bonstell. The commercial featured a young mother holding a small baby, and Mike Holmes informing the mother how she could make the air in her home healthier for her little one by using Filtrete brand air filters. The commercial allowed Mike to show a little bit of his natural humor and improvisational
skills as he and the actress interacted with the baby.


In June of 2013, while in Vancouver, BC with Skills Canada, Mike announced on a local morning show that he would be featured in a series of commercials and online videos for insurance giant Allstate, one in which he would play “Ike” the not-so-handy husband, and others in which he would star as himself. In the first of several nationally run commercials entitled "Nightmare," Mike Holmes magically appears at the side of a couple's bed as they fret over insurance related worries. He comforts them and lets them know that they're not in a dream, they're in an Allstate commercial.


CHARITABLE AND PHILATHROPIC ACTIVITY
Much in the same way his father Jim sought to help others by doing odd jobs for people around the neighborhood, Mike Holmes has spent nearly a decade of his life in service to others. Often referred to as “Canada’s most trusted contractor with a social conscience,” not only does Mike seek to help victims of bad renovations, but also people and children around the world and at home who are in dire circumstances and desperately need a helping hand. A philanthropist to the core, Mike has lent his name, time, and resources to children’s charity SOS Children’s Villages, traveling to Africa to drum up support for orphaned and abandoned children in the third world. Mike’s involvement in the charity began in December 2005, when Mike participated in a nationwide television campaign to raise money and awareness for the charity. In 2009, Mike traveled to Kenya and Tanzania in Eastern Africa to participate in another campaign for the charity. In a short film produced by SOS Children’s Villages, Mike visited with two young boys, Elian and Moses, whose father had died of AIDS and mother had been missing for almost five months. He also visited orphans Rebecca and Godson, whose entire family had been wiped out by AIDS, and who were currently residing in a dirty smoke-filled barn. He implored viewers to support the charity to help feed, educate, and provide a loving environment for boys and girls just like the ones he had visited with. Mike has also done humanitarian work in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake through SOS Children’s Villages.
Although he’s done some amazing work internationally to alleviate suffering, for Mike, charity has always begun at home. In June of 2013, after a flood caused by torrential rain devastated areas in the neighboring province of Alberta, Canada, Mike was quick to do what he could to help his fellow countrymen. After making a donation to the Canadian Red Cross to help with flood relief, he implored others to do the same. He then toured the devastated areas, rendering a great deal of comfort and support to victims. In July, Mike spoke to flood victims and first responders at the rodeo grounds in High River, offering some common sense advice, and a little humor.  Although stating he couldn’t fix everyone’s home, he pledged his future support, stating that he would “make it right for one family” and help up to 500 more families with a special contractor package he was developing. It was exactly what Albertans needed to hear during this challenging time.

Mike Holmes and his crew have also been proud participants in “Movember,” an event in which normally clean shaven men grow mustaches throughout the month of November as a means of raising money and awareness for men’s health issues, especially prostate cancer. “That was a lot of fun for all of us. Prostate cancer is an important cause for all of us personally--Uncle Billy who we all love, is a survivor,” he stated in regards to team “Grow It Right,” Mike and crew’s Movember team.

Team "Grow It Right"
Along with individual acts of good will, Mike Holmes can say he’s one of the very few contractors with his very own charitable foundation. Started in 2006, The Holmes Foundation seeks to “ensure that residential renovation and construction is done right,” according to their website. They do that by providing scholarships and bursaries to deserving students who “demonstrate both a commitment to a career in residential renovation or construction and a need for financial assistance to obtain training.”  
 
THE HOLMES FOUNDATION
In 2006, Mike took on what was supposed to be just another project for Holmes on Homes. The homeowners had hired a contractor to renovate and add a second story addition to their home. However, as Mike inspected the structure, he soon came to the realization that the previous contractor had done such abysmal work, no amount of repairs could sufficiently save the home. Mike knew the homeowners were in a heap of trouble and that the entire house needed to come down. He approached the show’s producers with the details of the situation and expressed his desire to help the family. Although producers attempted to talk him out of it, Mike was adamant, and he threatened to leave the show if they wouldn’t let him do it. After two years of work, the infamous "Lien on Me" aired, documenting the build. The ordeal affected Mike in such a profound way, he was inspired to create The Holmes Foundation. The Holmes Foundation seeks to aid victims of renovations gone wrong, and encourages young Canadians to choose careers in the skilled trades by providing financial aid and bursaries for the training of future tradespeople. “Canada does not have enough skilled trades people – in construction or in other trades – and the problem is only going to get worse as the baby boomers retire unless we do something about it,” Mike stated on his website. He also stated that the only remedy for an abundance of bad contractors is to train good ones, and without good trades men and women, the future looks pretty bleak. Through financial aid and assistance, the Holmes Foundation awards scholarships and bursaries, half to men and half to women, who desire to have a career in the skilled trades.   

ACCOLADES AND AWARDS
As someone who has made a living out of improving the lives of others, Mike Holmes has been the recipient of many honors.
On December 14, 2004, Mike Holmes was the recipient of the Viewer’s Choice Award during the 19th Annual Gemini Awards for his work on Holmes on Homes which had quickly become the number-one show on HGTV/Canada. He received another Gemini Award for Best Lifestyle/Practical Information Series for the special Holmes in New Orleans in 2009.
On October 30, 2006, Mike Holmes was recognized by Canada's House of Commons for his promotion of skilled trades and for his advocacy of improved building standards. He was acknowledged by the Honourable Peter Goldring, MP for Edmonton East, as an “extraordinary craftsperson” and “an accomplished master builder with a social conscience.” That same day, Mike received a special award from the Government of Nova Scotia for ads he shot to promote the first ever Skilled Trades Day in Canada.
In 2009, Mike was honored by being made the 2009 Stampede Parade Marshal for the world famous Calgary Stampede, which kicked off on July 3, 2009. Donning a cowboy hat and boots, big belt buckle, and a cowboy shirt, Mike lead the parade on horseback along with 8 other Honorary Marshals from Skills Canada’s Albertan team. Cheered on by 300,000 people who lined the streets of downtown Calgary, with military jets roaring overhead, Mike Holmes cut the ribbon officially kicking off the event.
 
 
When your reputation is built on integrity, it’s not hard to realize why people would rank you high in the trust department. Such has been the case for Mike Holmes in poll after poll. For the last several years, Readers Digest Canada has been conducting a poll asking Canadians to rank their favorite notable countrymen in the category of trustworthiness. As one would expect, Mike has ranked quite high over the years. In 2010, 2011 and 2013, Mike Holmes has snagged the #2 spot amongst readers and the #5 spot in 2012. Mike Holmes also was also named by Forbes Magazine as the 3rd most trusted celebrity in 2012. "You always hear about Forbes list of trust billionaires or top-earners. But this is one list I'm really proud to be on. I just can't believe I beat Betty White,” he gushed in a news release.
In June of 2012, Mike Holmes was honored as an outstanding Canadian citizen by being awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The award was given to citizens or residents of Canada who “have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada.”
Although Mike Holmes has never attended a formal University, he has been recognized and honored for his contributions to the academic world as a teacher and an outstanding representative in his field of work. On February 21, 2008, Mike was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology during their Winter Convocation ceremony, during which he wore his overalls, work shirt and steel toed boots underneath his cap and gown. “Honorary degrees are the highest accolade that BCIT bestows, and are awarded to individuals who are widely recognized for their outstanding and sustained achievements in their area of expertise,” stated the university in their 2008 spring newsletter. “With more than two decades of construction experience, he has earned an outstanding reputation for his honesty and professionalism,” they added. On May 13, 2012, Mike Holmes received yet another prestigious award, this time from Niagara University. As one who initially agreed to do television in order to teach many people at once about the importance of doing things right, Mike was honored by the university with an Honorary Doctorate of Pedagogy.  “Today, it is our turn to recognize a man steadfastly determined to improve the lives of those around him,” stated Niagara University President Joseph L. Levesque in his introduction to Mike Holmes, who made a rousing speech to the graduating class, many of whom were eager to shake Mike’s hand as they passed him on their way to receive their diplomas.
MIKE HOLMES TODAY
Mike Holmes currently resides in Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada. Mike “doesn’t live in a palace,” to paraphrase him. In fact, his 1970’s era home is around 2,000 square feet and sits on 10 acres of property in the rural community located just west of Toronto. Mike admittedly has a huge garage, which he plans on converting into a workshop once he completes construction on his even bigger garage to house his collection of toys. Some of his “toys” include a 2012 Mustang Boss 302, which he brings out for events such as the DaSilva Racing SickKids Charity Open House, a charity to raise money for an Ontario children’s hospital. Mike Holmes is also a past grand marshal for the Megaspeed Car Show, where he likes to show off his pair of rebuilt 1932-style Ford roadsters. Built from new components to resemble their classic counterparts, Mike spoke of his “deuces” to a Canadian hotrod magazine,


 “What I love is that I didn’t take an old car and fix it up. When someone said he could build a brand-new one, I wanted it. I like new building technology and how it relates to the car. It’s like driving a brand-new car built in 1932.” Mike Holmes also enjoys riding motorcycles, especially his Can Am Spyder 3-wheel motorcycle. For the past several years, Mike Holmes has been an avid participant in the Ontario Spyder Roadster Rally, an event for Spyder enthusiasts to raise money for the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation. Along with classic rods, Mustangs, and motorcycles, Mike Holmes loves to go ATV riding, and his annual ATV Ride for the Holmes Foundation has been a successful fundraiser since it started back in 2006.

Mike Holmes is a divorced father of three. His three children, Amanda, Sherry, and Mike Jr. (nicknamed “MJ” by crew and fans of the show alike) work at his side in different capacities. Both Sherry and MJ work in front of the camera as members of Mike’s crew


 
Mike is currently not married, but is in a relationship with his long-time girlfriend Anna Zapia, whom he often refers to as his wife. He has said that his two favorite places in the world to be are at home and on his boat, which he described in a Reader’s Digest article as a “41-foot apartment: two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and a kitchen.” He keeps his boat docked on Lake Ontario.



Miscellaneous Mike Facts

Mike is 6’1” tall and has very, very blonde hair.

Mike has green/hazel eyes – NOT blue!

Mike’s favorite ice cream is strawberry.

Mike has three kids and two grandchildren.

Mike likes Crown Royal A LOT! It’s his favorite drink.

Mike likes to dance – he gets his dancing ability from his mother’s side of the family.
 
 
Mike use to be a D.J. in his teenage years, and even built his own stereo stand.

Mike loves reggae music, and his favorite artists are Beres Hammond and Freddie McGregor.

Mike has a large collection of watches. When it comes to watches, the bigger the better!

Mike’s favorite author is Dean Koontz.

Mike admits to owning at least 40 pairs of overalls.

Mike’s “Holmes” logo has been sported on Nascar’s Greg Biffel’s #16 3M-sponsored car.

Mike’s greatest regret is not spending enough time with his kids while they were growing up.
 

Mike likes to play the drums and has since he was a teenager.
 
 
 
LAST UPDATED -- OCTOBER 21, 2013

 

64 comments:

  1. Great bio! Great information. Thanks!

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  2. I was looking for a talk show video format, but this is good too. I have a few friendly questions that would be great to send up. Watching your various shows and seeing that your family is starting out too, alongside Damon. I like to know Sherry's, Mike Jr.'s, Damon's and your favourite or best skill? Also, I tend to think that you and your crew has a favourite room. Because I get the feeling that, you Mike; likes doing kitchens.

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  3. mike i paul from england and would just like to say you have got it right mate when are you coming to england to get it right or how about this for a show builded a complete community in the poorer area for the poorer members of the area not only can you use it as training for the younger member of socity but the poorer ones get the council to give you the land every one wins the funding comes from two places the rent from the poor and more importantly the place becomes a community again where all look after it

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  4. Sam from England.
    I have watched a few Holmes inspection programmes today 20/01/13 and think it is fab how all the guys pull together to give someone back their homes to a standard that is a million times better than it was when the programme started.It is shocking that some inspectors are allowed to get away with the turmoil and danger that they leave some people and their homes in.Keep up the good work Mike,Damon and rest of the hard working crew.

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  5. Since he been airing, I just push a button on the remote. It's to bad because I end up watching other networks and missing, perhaps other quality DIYer broadcast. Stay in Canada, MIKEY!!!

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  6. Mike. You're a great role model to young people who don't fit into the traditional educational experience. Common sense, hardwork, and good training have made you a terrific professional builder. Please keep supporting trades education.
    Your genuine goodness is refreshing.

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  7. As a private contractor myself, Mike Holmes has truly inspired me as well. His passion speaks for itself, and he clearly knows his sheet !

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  8. A suggestion for another way to help young people-how do they know which trade schools are legitimate, how to market themselves or start a business. How to know what trades are employable-what the market for employment is after graduation. And how to know what you might be good at if you've never had the opportunity to grow up in a household with 'handy' parents. And how can homeowners evaluate the credentials of a tradesperson other than word of mouth referrals? Keep up the good work, Mr. Holmes!

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  9. I so look forward to watching anything Mike Holmes and his crew do. They have restored my faith in people!! God bless them!!! Blessings--Barb Wall

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  10. The Holmes shows are entertaining and educational. He's a superhero as far as I'm concerned.

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  11. I liked playing around with wood as a child. My two Grandfathers were half ass carpenters by the standards of the day then. I took a carpenters course in 1979. I never finished it cause I got called back to my job in the plumbing business. When I met the guys that finished the course months later, they told me that everyone graduated, but no one found any work in the construction industry. Since then, the industry has changed so much.. When I see the young kids today in the business, I wonder many times why it was so hard for me at the time to find work in this field. Location, timing, could have been the reason. I have never been a lucky person and wished I could have had the chance to become a skilled tradesperson, rather than a life time general labourer. However, I am still working at the same job I once got laid off from, now 35 years later and closing in on retirement. To those in the trades today, you are very lucky people with a great future ahead of you. You were given a chance, a opportunity. Not everyone gets this coming their way. Some must look longer and harder then others. I am a firm believer that who you know sometimes is a greater asset then what you know. When you see the chance take. Don't live a life of regrets or self pity. Follow your heart and don't let anyone tell you that you can't do what you love for a living. All the best.

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  12. Mike Holmes is my idea of a real man, he is honest, has a huge heart his integrity never ends. Not to mention his endless knowledge. This is the kind of guy women should all set their standards for! Sincerely T.W.

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  13. i am a mechanic and had my own repair shop..some customers didnt have the money but could always find someone to do it cheaper and i looked like i was a crook..what would holmes show be if the customers had to pay their own bills...not like it is..

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    1. Colin I Think You Have Missed How He Began. He Got A Lucky Break And Has Become Famous For It. He Deserves It. Maybe You Could Do Something Like Him. Dont Be So Critical Because It Only Makes You Look Like A Tool. Mike Is Great And Everyone Loves Him For Good Reasons.

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  14. I agree with TW 150%. I have the hugest crush on Mike Holmes! His compassion, his passion, his integrity, his knowledge, his personal and professional relationships on his shows, his philanthropy, those biceps, those eyes. I would love to receive one of his hugs. Swoon! Always a fan, Brenda

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  15. I was a Caterer for Holmes Makes IT Right and I can tell you from feeding Mike and the crew daily, I could not have worked for a better guy and a harder working crew out there, what a great bunch of people.

    Thanks Mike, Say hi to Uncle Billy and the crew for me.
    Natures Own Catering

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    1. Wow! Thank you for sharing that. Very interesting, and good to know that Mike and crew are the same kind hearted hardworking folks on and off camera!

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    2. Its nice to know I am on a good path in many ways similar to you Mike!!! You certainly are doing what you are here to do and that is alot to do with being INSPIRATIONAL!!!

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  16. Mike
    Congratulations on your first 10 years. Your shows are educational, entertaining and yes....they are even somewhat depressing (when you see the shoddy work ethics of contractors...and non contractors). I have watched your shows since the beginning and will continue to do so as long as you are on the air.
    On a side note I have heard people often suggest that your standards are "way too high" and that people just can afford the standards and materials which you employ to build a product. I wholeheartedly disagree. Your standards are right on...especially when I am paying for excellent work as a homeowner. People who argue differently are in my opinion unfortunately trying to do the work on the "cheap"!!! in order to afford a house or complete a renovation. They do this by cutting corners and not obtaining permits/inspections (Building, Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC).
    As a Municipal Inspector of new construction and existing building conditions in Ontario I would advocate for a law that requires contractors to be licensed and in order to obtain a licence they would need to pass testing and maintain minimum standards of training throughout their career. This would be good for the contractor, the industry and the customer...and maybe not so good for you because there might be less work (LOL). It would weed out many people who are not qualified and hold them accountable for their work.
    The concept of licensing is not a popular idea because I think the building industry sees this simply as another tax and an impediment to development. Again I disagree because I think you would see better products and a elevated level of quality and professionalism.It will take the Province (Ministry of Municipal Affairs) to impose such changes.
    As an Inspector I have seen most of the horror stories you portray in your TV shows. What astounds me is the arguments and legal challenges I encounter when I require an owner to "make it right".

    Good luck Mike. You have an up hill battle but you are making a difference!

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  17. Somehow these shows with Mike, Damon and his family must continue! The shows are extremely rewarding for the audiences to watch and puts a whole new spin on compassion, integrety, quality and the ability to make peoples lives better.

    I can't get enough.

    Thanks Mike, Damon and family for giving us honest and strong roll models!

    CS

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  18. Hi Mike I have watched pretty much all of your shows and I needed to do some jobs around the house. I hired Better Contracting to do my roof and all the soffits and facias. To my surprise the work was very sloppy they left all kinds of garbage including nails plastic that the shingles were wrapped in old shingles on my property and my neighbors properties it was a disgusting mess. I contacted Better Contracting about the job and to my surprise I found out they were sub contractors and were not Better Contracting. The actual roofing job with the shingles was good from what I can see but as far as the soffits and facias very poor. I have tried to get them on many occasions to come and fix it, finally the guy that did the soffits and eaves troughs showed up and told me that he cannot fix the issues I had, he told me that was the best he could possibly do. I trusted this company because of your show and now I dont want to pay them the remainder of the money I owe until these issues are fixed. I cant seem to talk to anyone at Better Contracting that wants to help me. Mike Graves called and gave me the excuse that he cant trust any one because they loose his tools smash his trucks and are always drunk on the job. Debbie from Better Contracting told me that this is the 3rd complaint about this guy and she thinks this is happening because all the emplpoyees just had a wage decrease because of the economy. Really is this my concern. Just wondering if you have any suggestions for me.I also have a huge HVAC problem as well, I hired Sears to install a brand new furnace and central air conditioning system. The crew that showed up to do this job were also sub contractors for Sears. It was a local company here in Ajax and it was a very poor install of the furnace and the A/C coil. I had the furnace and A/C installed in January 2011. The air conditioner failed this year on the hottest day of the year. I contacted Sears and they sent a Sears service guy to the house. No freon left in the system. He charged it with 400lbs of Nitrogen and said he would check it in a couple of days. He also made a comment that it was one of the worst furnace and a/c installs he had seen in a while. He did take a couple of pictures of it and then when no one was home a couple of days later he ordered an A coil. It took approximately 10 days before I heard anything from Sears. Finally I had to take another day off work and a differnt sub contractor came to install the coil. When he looked at the furnace he could not do the job it was the wrong part because my a/c has a box a/c coil and the one they gave him for the job would not fit. He too made comments on the poor install of the furnace and a coil assy. He could not believe that they did not replace the plenum because it did not fit. I am still waiting to hear back from them because appearantly they dont make my ac coil anymore. How is this possible when its only 1 1/2 years old. Your show has taught me alot I am a diy guy who is very handy and I am in the middle of a basement renovation by myself for my son and his fiance when they get married in October. I am installing a washroom and a bedroom and a living area as well as a laundry and storage area. I am waiting on Express Router to come and do my rough in for my drains. I was wondering if you had any suggestions for me to get all my problems resolved I am very frustrated and no one at Sears or Better Contracting seems to want to help but they did take my money pretty fast.

    Thanks Mike and I hope you can help
    Frustrated in Ajax

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  19. Great shows I cannot get enough of them even though many are quite old here in Australia - after having problems with contractors for various renovations I just wish Mike was here in Australia - there could be your next project- ' Holmes Makes it Right in Australia' - keep up the good work Mike and Damon - well done

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  20. I did a lot of reading about squeaky floors and heard a lot about how to fix them: from above, from below. Good advice but not really sure which applies for our situation. We live in a condo building and since we moved in the floors are squeaking and also in a certain spot the floor sunk in - it is a beam between the living room and dining area which I can see it's bent. When we bought the condo I thought "the squeaky floor is the last thing that would bother me" as long as I like the place. It seems my neighbour downstairs is not of the same opinion. Shortly after we moved she started to complain and push the condo board to do something about this. Sure enough the condo board did. They contacted you and you recommended some guys to do fix the problem. Which they did, or at least they'd tried. I don't know the name of the company as I was not the one to deal with them. Anyhow they said the job it is going to take 3 days to be done but after 5 days they did only 2 bedrooms and came back after a month and a half to finish. In the meantime I had my first Christmas in my new home totally ruined as the job was planned around Christmas and I thought I should be a good neighbour and don't say anything about the inconvenience. At the end I've asked the guys for how long my floor is going to last the way they fixed it, as really I did not want to go through the same thing again really soon. In the answer was: "for the rest of your life". Thank God I lived through as my floors started to squeak again after only 6 months. Not as bad as before but still they do and almost in the same spots.
    However, 6 years after the fact we are doing major renovations in our home and so far we redid our kitchen and the 2 bathrooms for which we had a lot of help and support from specialists at MAXXON and others (condo building means, as you know, gypcrete subfloor on top of plywood). Pretty complicated but we did it and followed all the rules and took all the precautions not to have problems in the future.
    Anyhow, the main problem we are facing now is the squeaking in the living room and dining area as the surface is pretty big and we want to install engineered hardwood. Before we do this we have/want to fix the squeaking and wondering which would be the best solution for this.
    I would like if you could provide us with some advice as the plan is to do it ourselves if it is do be done from above (our place). I have noticed some mistakes made by the team which fixed it 6 years ago and I don't really like the idea of having some other lousy job done and definitely I do not have the time. Also it gets really frustrating to have my neighbour downstairs telling me every time we meet on the hallways to fix the squeaky floor before we do proceed with the hardwood.
    In the last year, since we've started our renovations, we did some things ourselves and used contractors' services for some and really I am not so happy with what some of them did. For example, in the kitchen, where we did the tiling, the floor is perfect and sturdy. In one bathroom, where we used a contractor's services, the floor is squeaky in some spots (it is the tiles not the subfloor) and the tile baseboards started to come off after only a few weeks.
    After all these experiences I had to re-evaluate my position and now I am of the principle: "if you want something to be done right do it yourself". So if it has to be done from my unit I will try to do it myself because I know for sure I will not rush and look for shortcuts.
    I truly hope you could give us some advice and solutions to really last for "the rest of our lives" as we are pretty young and not planning to move anywhere as we love this place.

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  21. Maybe you could help this gentlemen out as he is living in tent after apartment ruined by flood in Mississauga.
    http://globalnews.ca/news/724460/man-living-in-tent-after-apartment-ruined-by-flood/
    I dont know him but you seem to be the kind of guy that would help out.

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  22. Mike, I have watched many or your shows and am always truly amazed at how you treat the people you help but "help" the people as well. I just wanted to tell you that I salute you and your staff. You always bring a smile to my face when I see how happy you make people when you show them "the right way to do things". Keep out the good work. I hope to meet you some day and just shake your hand and be able to say 'thanks' for helping your fellow man.

    PN

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  23. Mike, you remind me of my father. I spent my teens on jobs with his electrical contracting business, and would listen to him rail on about many of the same shoddy kinds of workmanship you talk about in your shows. I'm an avid viewer now, with my own home, and love the inspiration it gives me to take on projects and to stay on top of the contractors I have to hire for things I don't know how to do (plumbing, tile, masonry, etc). Thank you for your shows.

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  24. This is a nice bio, of a genuinely decent man with a big heart, and lots of integrity. Belated Happy Birthday Mike...wishing you continued success in all that you do. You are such an inspiration to many, and a life saver to the many that you have helped. I first heard about you through the work you did with the SOS Children's Villages, and was instantly drawn to the kindness and warmth that you displayed, despite being busy doing a job...to those children that need the love, that you were so blessed to grow up in.
    I did not actually get to see any of your shows, until 2011, which was when we switched to the cable provider that airs the channel that your shows are on. I was pleased to be able to watch you and your fine crew at work, and know that you are changing lives for the better. The season opener, for 2013, was heart wrenching for the family, and I cried...no one should lose a child, before their time. I thought the concept, of using a classroom of the young man's friends, and the shop instructor, was brillant! They got the chance to learn first hand, how "doing it right", includes compassion for others...as you learned from your Dad, as he willingly helped your neighbors. Not everyone is blessed with the first hand example that you got from your loving family, and that your children have gotten from working beside their Dad, and from having you as their Dad. I love the human touch that your show brings...reminding us all, that life is about reaching out and helping others. It is what makes us all grow stronger.
    I do not own a home, nor would I be able to afford one...but there is one thing that I would love to see you do...teach about using non-scented, common sense materials, if people are not able to use any chemicals in their homes. I have two sons that are effected terribly by man-made chemical scent, and it is everywhere. It has effected every aspect of their lives, especially schooling, as the schools are full of scent, and it is not something that others seem willing...or more realistically,...able, to do anything about. One of my sons, is a "shut-in" due to the scent, and how it effects a head injury he indured, and as a result, I am also somewhat of a shut-in, for him.
    As in most things, education is key...and I think that if not being able to use them (less scented options, or re-using old, already been off-gassed options)...possibly being able to mention them, would open up possibilities for a cleaner environment for all of us.
    You are a good man, with a wonderful family, and great work ethic! I would love the opportunity to meet you in person, you are a sweetie.
    May God continue to bless you and yours in all that you do!

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    1. Hello Mike,
      how are you and your family? I hope fine. I am seriously thinking of building a tiny home. What is your take on tiny homes and living off the grid with solar panels for heat and energy. Could you construct a tiny home and would it be possible in Ontario? Could someone get used materials from places like Habitat for Humanity or could your Foundation assist with materials, floor plans, ideas on designs, etc. anything needed to help someone get started building it. I think it's going to be huge when people see the advantages and freedom to be debt free. Maybe you could give some suggestions on trailers to put the house on or where they could be build a tiny house if they wanted it to be permanent on a private piece of land. Stuff like that. I always appreciate your advice MIKE. God Bless You!

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  25. I absolutely love you Mike, you have a big heart and help people in need keep up the good work you are truly a caring and loving person, a wonderful person. God Bless You Mike Holmes

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  26. Hi Mike i really love the work you do, always watch your shows.
    You should totaly open a contest, maybe i win and get my house renevated. LOL
    Thanks

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  27. Hi Mike! My question is and always has been, will you put your shows on DVD? I don't have cable because Anchorage AK only has one cable company and they are not worth a plugged nickel. I buy DVD's of the shows I love and many of those shows are the ones that you, Mike Holmes, is the star of. I have the first 5 seasons of Holmes On Homes but after that no more DVDs in sight. It would be very lucretive and hugely popular to have DVDs available of ALL your TV series for all us die hard fans. I'm a nut for learning how to do things right and I am a born perfectionist. PLEASE make DVDs of your shows. Love you bunches in Anchorage Alaska!

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    1. I believe up to season 5 you can get on DVD. In Canada, you can download Holmes on Homes in iTunes. If you live in the US as I do, you're out of luck on that one. For some reason, there were licencing issues, and it's only available in Canada. Write the Holmes Group letters and tell them that you're eager to have Holmes on Homes available in some format in the US... perhaps it will light a fire under their butts to get on it.

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  28. Hello Mike Holmes. Can you offer any suggestions for honest and knowledgeable contracters in Central Texas? I have had major problems with "electricians" and other so called professionals. I live in a small town and all of the contractors know each other. I need someone that is not a "good ole boy" and will do the job right. I love your show and all the great things you do for the people of Calgary. Love your ethic-----from Karma in Stephenville, Texas.goodkarma57@aol.com

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  29. What a fabulous young man you are Mike!!! God Bless You richly dear, you have inspired so many kids to know trades, which is so important! JESUS LOVES THE CARPENTER AND WE KNOW HE LOVES YOU FOR SURE!!!

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  30. Mike, I accidently came across your shows and have been watching for the past couple of months. You have made me a miserable person. I work for one of those "bad contractors". For the most part my boss does it right, but many times he just doesn't and has his guys do some pretty dangerous things. What do I do now? Can't change him.

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  31. very Impressive! I am curious of mikes educational back ground? What degrees does he hold? I also noticed someone said Jesus loves the carpenter!? He was the Carpenter!! question I have is what Mike thinks of Jesus!

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  32. We have a block foundation that is about 60 years old. It has developed cracks horizontally about 3 rows from ground level and the bowing is about significant.
    We have contacted several local waterproofing contractors and are getting conflicting advice on the backfill material, otherwise the description of the methods is consistent. One contractor says to put back the native soil (Essex blue clay) and the other says to fill with 3/4" clear stone to 18" from surface and replace the remainder with topsoil . We are confused as to which is the better way to fix this as we are retired and are going to have to cut into our retirement funds to repair this. We want to get it done but we want it done right the first time.

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  33. Mike is amazing... thank you

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  34. A true Canadian, trusted, fair, giving, hard working and all with a sense of humour!

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  35. Mike I would love to say congratulations on everything you have done in your lifetime. I am positive your parents are very proud of the man you have become. I have been a fan from the get go your very first show. I have followed your career you are one of a kind, too bad there aren't more like you. Your willingness to help people fix their houses to make it liveable and safe. Thank you I wish ee had someone like that in ct.

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  36. Hi Mike! I love watching your shows. My Dad was a contractor and I became a finance lawyer often working with lenders and borrowers funding large construction projects. Always loved dealing with the construction guys! Wanted to say I've noticed some typos on your website - I suspect your perfection extends to everything. If you'd like my help (one example is the misspelling of "Philanthropic") I would be pleased to vet the entire website carefully and inform you of all spelling/grammatical/diction errors. Maggie

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    1. Hi Maggie, this is a fan site, not an official website, and I am not Mike Holmes. When I wrote this I typed it in Word and no spelling errors were flagged, but I'll run it through again on my next update. As far as my grammar, I'm very proud of my grammar, and I don't wish to change that aspect of my website. But your comments are appreciated, although it would have been a bit nicer to get a comment like this in an email as opposed to posting it. I might be a bit more receptive of your suggestions.

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  37. Thank you so much! That did the trick, you saved me more endless hours of searching for a fix.



    Education Jobs in Canada

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  38. I came up with "grow it right" and posted it on Mike's Facebook page about 30 seconds after he posted a picture of himself with his Movember 'Stache. That's funny that they adopted the name "team grow it right". I did something positive for the world.

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  39. My son has committed to apprenticing as a carpenter, during a conversation it was mentioned the Mike Holmes is not a licensed tradesman. I have read through several articles and find it strange that nothing is mentioned regarding Mike's certification. He clearly has all necessary knowledge and skills but is he licensed?

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  40. The world needs more folks like Mike. If your flipping burgers or building rocket ships, take some damn pride in what you do. You can't B.S. your work ethic. Way to go Mike, I am a firefighter in Ohio, USA, me and the boys love watching you "Make It Right!"

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  41. Mike Holmes is a Canadian icon. We are blessed to have him.

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  42. If I can win the Lotto Max 50 million dollars. I want Mike to build my dream house. I want to throw this 100 year old house to the ground and build a new one. Everything leaks when the dishwasher is on or the washing machine is on we get a flood downstairs, the windows get all frozen with 3 inches of ice all around and the back door as well this winter has been though with 40 below temperatures. When all this snow melts guess where the water will go. Yup in the basement. This house is so cold. We found mold in our autistic boy's room we cleaned it with alcohol as best we could. We are both on disability pension so we can't afford to fix this old house. My husbands brothers came and changed our water tank because it was leaking. They patched the crack in the corner of the house under the solarium where water was coming in the basement. I don't know how it's going to hold up this spring when all this snow melts. This was one of the first houses built in this little town of Chelmsford, Ontario. This was my husbands mom's house and when she passed we inherited it.

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  43. Dear Mike: Thank you, for all that you do. When I watch your shows, my heart comes alive, to see so much love and kindness is wonderful. You are a good man, may the Lord bless you and your family always, keeping you all well and safe always.
    Thank you, Audrey Hazen

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  44. Its great to know I am on a similar path as you Mike. A good path. You are certainly living your life purpose and that is INSPIRATIONAL! Rob Kayce Toronto

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  45. Mike....Thanks for everything that you do to "Make It Right!" I wish there was more of you to go around!
    A modern day Hero to say the very least! :)

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  46. I like new building technology and how it relates to the car. It’s like driving a brand-new car built in 1932.”

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  47. Big Fans of your show Mike, we need a "Holmes makes it right" down under.

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  48. Mike, I have a coworker that could use help. I have never seen someone screwed so many times. We are near Cleveland Ohio. If it is possible, please email kaokan_x8@yahoo.com and then I'll give you the details. Thanks!

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  49. Mike, I need someone like you to help with my home problems in Ohio. Do you ever travel?

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  50. Hi Mike,
    My son-in-law is currently deployed and unfortunately right before his deployment 7 months ago the upstairs bathroom pipes began flooding through the walls to the downstairs bathroom. They live in a raised home on pilings (Louisiana) but enclosed the bottom area for more living space. Also following his deployment the entire A/C unit went out which had to be replaced. My daughter had to find funds from family members to repair the A/C unit but now she has no funds to repair the master bath before my son-in-law returns. She could REALLY use your help because she has not been able to use the master bath for 7 months and my son-in-law who is currently serving in Kuwait, will be returning around the beginning of August. They will be stressed enough upon his return and I know she would love to have this problem fixed before he returns. When he returns they should concentrate on spending time together and not stressing over the finances of this major repair, before he is deployed again. They are the most fun loving parents of a terrific and beautiful 15 year old and always doing what they can to help others and are well loved throughout their community. I hope you can help them if possible or refer us to an organization that helps military families in need of home plumbing repairs. Thank you for your time. God bless.

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  51. When are you going to bring back the show "BEST HANDYMAN". It was a great show, I only ever saw just the one show.

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  52. Mike, I watch your show every week. I am from a small town in Evansville, In. I know you get multiple request for and you cant get to everyone but Lord willing I know you will try your. I have always built my life on nothing beats a failure but a try so I continue tobtry and never give up. At the age of 13 I had my first child abd now at age 47 I have 14 beautiful grandchildren. My husband and I have been married for 7 years. We bought our hime on May 14, 2004. The inspection report said no problems with leaks and through the years we hsve been plagued with leaks and some flooding. My grandchildren are my world and now I wont allow them to stay with us for fear of mold. Our two year old everytime she has come over in the passed we noticed she would have thick mucus comingbfrom her nose. I would die if our home hurt het health wise. We first time home owners and we were very ignorant in the buying and inspection process. I pray there is a way I could talk with you send a video or something so you could see the gravity of our situation. Belueve we are very thankful for what we have being in social services industry I see situations beyond belief but we need your help. My husband has worked at his job for 23 years and a few years ago they downsized to survive until they called him back we depleted all we have to stay alive. We just want to be able to once again hear laughter in our home through our grandchildren. Will please be so kind to help in what manner you and your awesome crew can. Evsnsville, Indiana is a beautiful family centered town you will love it. Especially the first full week of October, annually we have one of the largest fall festivals in the country, with plenty of good eats. My name is Tracy and I can be reached at tracyeej@aol.com. May the Lord bless and take care of you all. Thank you for taking the time to read my post.

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  53. A question about spray foam insulation. I have a century home with a rock foundation in basement. Is spray foam insulation suitable for the rim joists? Does it need to be covered? Is there a problem with off-gassing or flaking?

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  54. Because of your ongoing education process, I knew the importance of having permits pulled for everything being done: Concrete, framing, and electrical. Just had the electrical inspector out and the inspection failed due to the question I raised (based in large part on watching you). Inspector caught the electrician in a lie and red-tagged the whole thing. GC is on the way out to address all of this right now. Because of you, I knew it was my responsibility to educate myself and ask questions of the inspector. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

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  55. I so love your shows but my husband hates when I show him a recording to show him some of your awesome work being that he's also a man of many trades lol well doesn't hate your shows but that I'm always Mike this Mike that but honestly a lot of things you teach us on your show I've seen my husband do so that's pretty awesome

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  56. As a contractor in fort mcmurray Alberta i come across many problems that home owners have. And i may go in to do one project for them, i often see other problems that they have. It might be from age of the home or a poorly done reno from the past. When i mention it to them i tell them that they should deal with it and i use your shows as inspiration for them to get it done. So thank you for the help in educating home owners. Many times i have home owners test and grill me and they tell me they learned it from you and your shows. So again thank you and the crew for a job well done. Keep it up and hope to see you do more shows. One last word . Tell MJ if you ever let him go i would be glad to have him on my jobs.

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  57. i have been watching HOH since 2006 i have recorded just about every show i can think bout Cable has surely brought Mike Holmes to the forefront of innovation.i have learned so much from watching his shows thanks Mike for the knowledge and fun times i hope it continues GOD Bless ps My Moms Fav Drink Crown Royal she 85

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  58. I had watched a lot of Mike Holmes and thought I could spot a bad contractor... Until I hired a drunk carpenter who made a mess of my double garage addition; nails all over the place and everwhere. It cost me a bundle to fix. First hand experience counts!

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