Notwithstanding this being mentioned elsewhere, I have over 40 years practice, experience, training, and exposure to diversified worlds of building-services trades. These include both commercial and residential properties. I first became interested in this highly diversified field of property maintenance, refurbishment, and improvement when I was eight years old.
My first gig was in the attic of a private single family home in Flatbush, Brooklyn (1960-something). My dad was there to replace all the insulation. I was just there to help.
I was around 13 years old when, for the better part of one summer (school break), I was the manager (then called “superintendent”) of a four-story multiplex. My dad knew the owner. He’d done work for him at his private home. So although I really didn’t think of making a career out of the building-service trades, I tended to gravitate toward it irrespective of whatever else I did in life.
In my experience I’ve met quite a collection of residents and contractors as well. I’ve seen, heard, and learned quite a bit about what it really takes in this realm for getting jobs done … the right way. Yet, of course, on the flip side of things, a most disheartening aspect of it all, is learning and knowing how some guys are innately crooked about how they opt to conduct home business.
Much of what I’ve learned and of the tricks they play aren’t really known by the typical resident until it’s too late. A leading reason is that what you don’t know is very much part of the “malicious side” of trade secrets which incorporates dozens of ways to “make you think” you’re getting such a great deal that you gladly forego your due diligence.
Yet on the brighter and practical side of things, when you’re exposed to anything or part of any profession/occupation long enough, yet especially in this realm, you tend to read into situations and uncover some of the most incredible truths about successfully stifling the mischievous onslaught of scoundrels through exposing them for who they are and encouraging you towards making better decisions towards clinching better deals with better people. This is my calling.
Please, help me to be of assistance to you towards safer and more effective home maintenance and improvement policy, okay? Now, let’s DO this!