Jill and Mel hired a contractor who promised a second storey addition in 10 weeks for $125,000. Unfortunately they had to learn the hard way that a professional-looking contract doesn’t equal professional work and when you don’t spot the red flags, you get burned. Mike is called in but the news isn’t good: This is one of the worst houses he has ever worked on. Not only is the addition completely unsafe, but their entire home has also been compromised and it’s going to take a lot to make it right. After sinking $170,000 into their renovation it’s decision time for Jill and Mel.
Jill and Mel hired a contractor who promised a second storey addition in 10 weeks for $125,000 dollars. A year and a half later, the addition is nowhere near complete and the contractor has disappeared—but not before taking $170,000 of their money. Mike Holmes is called in and quickly discovers that he’s dealing with one of the worst homes he’s ever seen! Not only is it unfinished, it’s totally unsafe. For every step forward, Mike and his team have to take two steps back in order to uncover what exactly was done and what it will take to salvage this home. And for the first time in Holmes history, Mike offers them a way out but Jill and Mel are forced to make a decision that no homeowner ever wants to make.
Chili’s home was completely damaged at the hands of an arsonist. In order to understand what Chili faced that fateful night and what her home needs to make it safe, Mike puts on his firefighter boots and steps into the fire himself.
Lynn moved into her 3-storey townhouse just over a year ago. She noticed water was pooling on her rooftop deck so she hired a reputable contractor to fix the problem. But all it takes is just one rainfall and water starts pouring down to every level in her home. Her insurance company takes care of the cosmetic damages inside but never address the root cause of the leak. Fearing it could all happen again, Lynn contacts Mike Holmes who discovers that a small breach in the waterproof membrane on the rooftop deck is just the tip of the iceberg. Mike and his Crew are shocked by what they find, and by the number of layers that need to be pulled back to make it all watertight right.
Mike Holmes comes to the rescue of Sheila and Val, who were scammed by a notorious contracting criminal out of their money, their kitchen and their trust. But with the help of authorities and investigative journalist Pat Foran, Mike is able to get a closer look at the criminal’s rap sheet and discovers that he’s still wanted by the law. Mike learns the cheap tricks of the con artist’s trade, including occasionally doing one good job to lure other unsuspecting clients. It's a tough lesson and cautionary tale about how one good reference doesn’t make a good contractor, and that sometimes the only art a contractor is a real pro at is the art of deception.
A 5-year old house needs major repairs and the builder won’t do anything to help. Mike Holmes and his team of pros step in to give the family the safe home they need and make up for the shortcomings of minimum code.
Mike Holmes gets called to a house that’s flooding after two “monster” custom homes are built on either side. The homeowners want to blame the builders, but Mike reveals that the real solution lies closer to home.
Dan and Sarah bought their home 2 years ago with dreams of backyard bliss. They planned to extend the existing deck to create a more safe and usable space for their children to play. Needing to find the right person to do it, and liking what they saw next door, they contacted the same person who built their neighbours’ deck. Dan and Sarah received a quote that seemed too good to be true, and as the saying goes … it was. By the time they realized the project was much bigger than anticipated, vastly under quoted, and beyond the skills of their contractor, it was too late to turn back. In a moment of desperation, Dan and Sarah contact Mike who arrives just in time to make it right and avoid a major catastrophe.
A homeowner tragically dies due to mold in her lungs just weeks after working in her attic. Fearing the culprit could still be hiding in the attic, her partner contacts Mike Holmes to investigate and make the home safe for her grieving family.
Pam is a nurse who works countless hours at a brain injury centre. When her family breaks apart she quickly finds a small home for herself and her kids. But as soon as they move in the problems start piling up. Everything from the sump pump and the venting to the kitchen and the yard needs fixing, but she’s too busy supporting her family to do it herself. Her mother-in-law Aggie is so desperate to help, so tracks down Mike Holmes, writes him a letter and delivers it straight to his mailbox. Mike agrees to do whatever he can to help and puts his son, Mike Holmes Jr. in charge of making it right for Pam.
Mike Holmes discovers that a house that looks good on the outside is hiding a rotting secret just below the surface, and now it’s a problem that threatens an entire neighbourhood. He arrives onsite and tries to stop it from spreading.
Janice and George are offered a percentage of their contractor-friend’s business for $300,000, with $100,000 going towards renovations on their home. They take the opportunity but realize something is seriously wrong after weeks of shoddy work and a few red flags. Eventually, they discover they are one of over 40 families that have fallen victim to an elaborate $15 million fraud. Their basement is destroyed, their savings are gone and their family’s future hangs in the balance. Mike and his team are called in to make it right and help restore their trust and self-esteem.
The City of Toronto faces a historic downpour causing Gina's basement to flood with water from the City's sewage system backing into her home. When things seemed like they couldn’t get any worse, the remediation company hired by her insurance provider fails to follow the right protocols, putting Gina's son, Joey, at risk when he tries to clean up the mess himself. Mike arrives on site to tackle the flood-ruined basement with his team. When Mike learns that Joey's grandfather was a self-taught carpenter, and had a workshop in the basement, he does double-duty to not only restore this family's home, but the fond memories of a grandfather's love and true craftsmanship.
Mike Holmes travels to High River, Alberta to help John and Gillian recover from a disastrous flood that ravaged through their community and their home. But what he sees he never expected. In the wake of the Province's worst flood, many homes in the community need to be completely torn down and rebuilt. But when Mike and a team of volunteers start working on John and Gillian’s home, they are all surprised by what they find. The house can be saved thanks to the builder's use of fire and mould-resistant products, which helped save their house from facing complete demolition, and this family from facing complete devastation.
After her home is set on fire, Chili is pressured to hire a contractor who doesn’t understand how to make it right. With nowhere else to turn she contacts the one person who does: Mike Holmes, and he’s determined to make her home safe.
The retaining wall on Elaine and Bert's property was starting to fail when a contractor working next door offered to help. As the job gets underway, the contractor is never there to supervise and it quickly becomes clear that the work being done isn't up to par. Elaine and Bert contact an engineer who confirms what the couple already suspect: it’s all wrong. Instead of making it right, their contractor completely gives up and literally picks up his tools and goes home. Mike Holmes takes on the challenge of finishing the job the contractor started and shows exactly what can go wrong when you don't do the homework that leads to the right pro.
When a contractor botches the roof of a barn that is home to a group of rescued horses, their winterfeed is threatened, along with their lives. The recently shingled roof starts to fall apart and into the surrounding pastures, leaving dangerous nails on the ground the horses could step on. In typical Holmes fashion, Mike arrives on site with his team ready to install a new roof but discovers that every part of the barn needs work, and without the needed repairs the horses would be sent to pasture. Mike and his Crew renovate the stable from top to bottom, adding improvements like a water supply that doesn't freeze in the winter and a flooring treatment that is hoof friendly, making it right with a bit of horsing around.
Mark’s been a pilot in the Canadian military for over 20 years and for the past 8, he and his wife Carol have been planning and designing their dream home to retire in – a custom log home for their family. Unfortunately they hired a “friend” of the family to build it. He said it could be done for their $600,000 budget, but after 2 years of building and an extra quarter of a million dollars, their home isn’t done and their contractor is long gone. Mark is forced to go back to work teaching fighter pilots on the other side of the world, while Carol faces her own battles at home. Mike Holmes and his team step in with reinforcements, and get a taste of ‘Boot Camp’.
Lali put her trust in the wrong hands. She paid $11,000 for $200 worth of work and has been living in chaos for the last 13 months. She hired her neighbour to renovate her kitchen but he's been serving-up nothing but excuses for over a year. Mike retraces the contractor's steps as he tears down the work and discovers that this guy is one of the 'ugly' contractors he warns homeowners about. Not only is the work unfinished, it's dangerous, which means the contractor has robbed Lali threefold: First of her money, then her trust and finally her safety. But Mike restores her trust as he restores her home, and helps mend a relationship that should have never been broken.
Manuel and his wife were like two peas in a pod, but now it's just one and the pod is in desperate need of some TLC. After his wife passed away, Manuel couldn't sleep in their bedroom, which was part of an old addition previous homeowners built. So he closed off the space, which opened it up to critters for the last 4 years. There's no foundation, no permits, and no way Mike is leaving without giving Manuel a warm space to fill with new memories. Mike takes it all down, and for the first time in Holmes history, let's the homeowner’s son play a big role in the rebuild. Before the job's done they'll need to redo a retaining wall, deal with asbestos and Manuel's son, Ben will feel the real pain of a bathroom demo.
Natalie is overwhelmed by a second floor addition her mother Ingrid started but couldn’t finish. Ingrid poured her life savings into a small cottage in the hope of turning it into her "modern" dream home. But after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, the job's not done and the work's all wrong. Tragedy strikes after Ingrid suffers an aneurysm, followed by two strokes. Her daughter Natalie tries to balance taking over the renovation with taking care of her mom, but soon realizes she's in way over her head. She turns to Mike to finish the house, which means fixing the HVAC, redoing the plumbing, replacing the windows and properly sealing the home—all in the hopes of finishing the job in the best way under the worst circumstances.
A family runs into trouble after installing a one-of-a-kind wheelchair lift for their daughter who has Cerebral Palsy, only to discover it doesn’t work at all. Mike Holmes shows what can happen when custom invention becomes a great, big custom headache.
Mike Holmes is called in to teach some valuable lessons in construction when a high school student passes away suddenly, and his shop teacher and classmates decide to help the family with some renovations as a school project.
A DIY project goes very wrong, and Mike Holmes discovers the hearing impaired homeowner has not had a working shower for many months. Mike restores this basic necessity and adds an extra touch by making the home Sign Language friendly.
Mike is called to a house when the new owners of a century home find out they have a third floor they didn’t know about. Mike and his crew tackle the restoration project and discover why the finished attic was sealed up and forgotten about.
Mike Holmes intervenes in a renovation when a contractor, who doesn't have the depth of skills for such a complicated project, gets in over his head in an open concept bungalow renovation with a Mansard ceiling.
Mike Holmes and his team get on top of a bad roof that has plagued a family for 40 years. The damage Mike uncovers proves they have been coping with leaks for nearly half a century. There’s mold in the attic, barely any insulation and as a result, heat loss like Mike has never seen. Mike and his team conquer the scorching heat and accomplish their mission, re-engineering a truss roof into a custom roof. Through the process, Mike demonstrates that building a roof right protects everything underneath it – and that’s what counts.
When an arsonist burns down the beloved castle playground in Toronto’s High Park, Mike Holmes is fuming. He leads a legion of crewmembers, engineers, architects and firefighters into battle against extreme heat and construction challenges, all while the clock is ticking. With help from the community, Mike and his team overcome major setbacks to rebuild a brand new castle that's fit for any King or Queen, teaching kids that they can rise above any obstacle and build their own kingdoms.
Mike tackles a recently renovated home where nothing is leveling out. The problems start with the HVAC, which doesn’t heat or cool and sounds like a jet engine every time it’s on. The floor joists are splitting and the brand new shower is disintegrating. Mike and his crew arrive to put things right.
When the police arrest a kitchen contractor responsible for ripping off dozens of homeowners, Mike Holmes narrows in on this large-scale scam and shows what it takes to catch the con in ‘contractor.’ Mike and his team make things right by giving one of the victims the kitchen that was stolen from them.
Peggy and Don’s unfinished home was only inches away from being a complete demo. But Mike takes on the challenge of transforming an open wound into an open-concept home, doing whatever it takes to make it right.
Peggy and Don need Mike’s help after they paid a contractor to build them a second story addition and then took off to Europe, leaving thier home unfinished and exposed to the elements. Their basement is destroyed from rain, their belongings are ruined and Mike uncovers the biggest nest of carpenter ants he’s ever seen.
Rocco and Stephanie thought they bought the house of their dreams. But all the lipstick and mascara was hiding a nightmare and the measures that were supposed to protect them failed. City inspectors approved past renovations made to their home and now , today, the same work is questionable. There’s a baby on the way and no one’s budging so Mike steps in to do what no one else will. Mike is speechless when he discovers the basement was finished over a crumbling foundation – and the problems keep piling up. But Mike settles this title fight by making it right and brings stability to this family’s home.
A high school teacher is run down by a van after his home is vandalized. Tragically, his recovery means learning how to walk again and the ones responsible have yet to be caught. But Mike rises to the challenge to make this horrible situation right and the long road to recovery a little easier. The crew and sub trades rally behind him and go the distance. They start by building a fully accessible backyard oasis complete with hot tub, his and her matching dens and a display shelf that’s a shoe-in. But Mike doesn’t stop there, even bringing in boxing legend George Chuvalo to deliver this knockout performance.
Mike gets called to a house recently retrofitted with a substance that’s been banned in Canada for decades. But what starts as a problem with their insulation grows into a complete demo, and Mike faces a decision he’s reluctant to make.