How did you get started doing this type of work?
When I was a teenager I began taking care of our family homestead owned by my grandmother. The skills I learned progressed naturally into my love of carpentry, construction and the general maintenance and up keep of property. Also, the economic uncertainty of whether or not I will be able to rely on social security income when I can retire, I chose to pursue investing in, and maintaining multi family properties.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Construction is a seasonal business. In the spring and summer clients are looking for decks, sunrooms and large additions. The fall tends to be more interior work as customers contemplate expanding their living space in preparation for another New England Winter, such as a master suite, kitchen renovation, a great room or a finished basement. The winter tends to be a season to minimize damage - roof repairs / gutters, etc.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Get several estimates, at least 3. Ask questions about the materials they will use. Who exactly will be doing the work and in what areas will subcontractors be used? How long will the project last? What are the common occurrences that add time to a project (the discovery of bug damage for instance)? Ask to view some of their previous work via a website or by speaking to a previous customer directly.