Real Estate and Remodeling have always been a big part of my past. It all started around age 20 when I saw a TV infomercial promising financial freedom through investing in real estate. I purchased a program called “no money down” and a few months later I had purchased my first property. Was it a smooth experience? No, but I had seen it through and next it was time to fix up the house. The best way to describe my knowledge level with remodeling at the time would be to say that I wasn’t even comfortable operating a power saw, but I had the desire to learn. In the beginning before buying my first house, I even worked for a guy for free as his helper during the day before my night job just to learn. That’s literally how little I knew about it! I didn’t care if I was paid, and I didn’t figure anyone would be willing to hire someone who knew nothing. I literally knocked on the door of a guy that I had found out did remodeling work, told him what I wanted to do and started the next day. I worked with him for a couple of months, but he was an alcoholic, always having beer on the job and he started not showing up. To make a long story short, I combined what I had learned from him with remodeling videos from the library and did a bunch of stuff the hard way! Lol. I even took out the main bathroom down to the studs and removed the entire floor including the support joists, in other words if you opened the bathroom door and looked down you would see dirt. I then put in a new subfloor and installed a new bathroom including all new fixtures, tile, and sheetrock. Yeah, if you think that amount of learning curves wrapped up in to a first time experience totally sucked, your right. But I was proud that I had done it. After completely over-remodeling the house, (lol) I sold it then took a break from it all.
In the period that followed I created two independent films and among other things, I began working on my first attempt at developing Thinkpierce.com. Then I received a call from a realtor one day needing repair work done on one of their client’s properties, it represented a veer in the road from my goals with Thinkpierce, but I it was a convenient distraction as I was burning out at the time and needed a break. I accepted the job and the rest is history.
I started back up from scratch and went from knowing very little and having a few basic hand tools and a ford Taurus, to later owning three work vehicles stocked with high-end tools. I went from working for free just to learn, to receiving calls to do work in the wealthiest homes in my city. Real estate and remodeling will always be a part of my life, but I reached a point where I could fight the call of Thinkpierce no longer. I could almost say that I feel a conviction to finish what I started with a variety of Thinkpierce projects that currently sit dormant. One thing that I can tell you is that if you find my history with remodeling even the least bit interesting…just wait and see what I have planned in the future for Thinkpierce! If you’re not currently subscribed to my weekly e-mail, this is a great time to plug in to the experience. One thing I can promise you is that it will be a wild ride in to uncharted territory… Thinkpierce! Something New Every Friday.