Updated: 03/15/2017 12:52 PM | First Published: 02/19/2017 06:15 PM

Mike Holmes' HGTV shows chronicles his contracting skills & experiences

Mike Holmes and his son Mike Holmes Jr.

Mike Holmes excelled in his school in shop & auto mechanics. He cites such classes as a part of what attracted him to the skilled trades. Establishment of The Holmes Foundation and rapid success in the field with winnings of titles like “extraordinary craftsman” throughout Canada inspired him to take his experiences and skills to share to the people through television.



In 2001, he shook hand with HGTV Canada to broadcast his show Holmes on Homes. At first, the show focused on new ideas for home improvements but later it focused more on bad renovation and how to get over it. The show was televised for four seasons. Later, he stated that he received hundreds of e-mails every week from people throughout Canada asking him for help. 

After the show ended and before he started a new Holmes Inspection, he starred in and a 1-season series on the construction of a new home in New Orleans’s Lower Ninth Ward to replace the homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Holmes Inspection began airing in 2009. The series documents home inceptions gone wrong. Firstly aired in HGTV Canada, the series debuted on HGTV America in the fall of 2010. 

The new series Holmes Makes It Right that documents disaster-struck homes & repairs them to make them right, was debuted in 2012. Mainly, the series focuses on bad home inspections and natural disasters. A mini-series about constructing a man-cave garage for Mike by his son Mike Holmes Jr. & daughter Sherry was aired on HGTV Canada. The show starred Mike Jr. and Sherry, while Mike Sr. just landed guest appearances. In the fall of 2016, Mike starred along with his son in a series Holmes + Holmes produced by Make It Right Productions. 

He was present in judge panel for all seasons of Handyman Superstar Challenge. Moreover, he was also a judge on the 1st season of Canada’s Handyman Challenge and All American Handyman with Scott McGillivray. He teamed up with The Fox in late April 2015 to air an eight-episode show Home Free. The show featured 9 couples, who spent every week renovating a dilapidated home. The best couple was awarded their dream home.  In 2009 Holmes was awarded his career’s second Gemini Award for his show Holmes in New Orleans. First, he received in 2004. 

Holmes is an owner of his six companies currently, including one TV production company Make It Right Productions. The Holmes Group is a corporation & holding company for his other companies while Mike Holmes Inspections established in 2009 is a residential home inspection company. The Holmes Foundation is working in improving skills of tradespeople. Residential construction studies students are granted scholarships and bursaries by the foundation. 

His children are helping him all of his ventures. For his outstanding work, he has been granted several awards and accolades including Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Medal (2012), and Parton of The Royal Canadian Regiment (2013). The highly awarded contractor has accumulated an estimated net worth of around 25 million dollars.