5 Ways to Keep Your Home in Tip Top Shape from Carlos Campos, Widow’s Handyman
So the unthinkable happened…your roof collapsed, plumbing failed, pipe burst. You begrudgingly call a handyman, already conjuring up images of mister burly and insensitive arriving at your door with an oversized tool belt and undersized smile. Sounds pretty industry standard, right? WRONG! Enter Carlos Campos, the jack of all trades with a heart so big it saw beyond standard fix-it issues to a more noble cause - helping those who aren’t in the position to help themselves. They call him, in fact, The Widow’s Handyman.
Carlos developed a passion for giving through labor on construction jobs alongside his father growing up. These skills came in handy when later in life his business partnership dissolved and everything was lost - we’re talkin office, vehicle, bank account. Carlos was even on the verge of homelessness when fate stepped in and he met a widow named Ruthie who needed help fast…
“Instead of sitting around and feeling sorry for myself, I thought let’s get out there and let’s serve, let’s give. When we are in need is the time to give to others who are also in need.”
Word spread about this handyman to the widows and within 48 hours he was donated a truck, a car for his wife, and a garage full of tools that would enable him to turn helping handfuls into hundreds. All of a sudden Carlos had himself a viable business (for both profit and service), and to this day he and his team of 12 still donate 10% of their time and efforts to people in need.
“We give on a Friday and on Monday the phone’s ringing off the hook! Call it a miracle, call it karma, call it whatever you want - when you give, it always comes back to you.”
Now I don’t think Carlos would rightly let me dot my last i without also giving something back to you lovely readers. So if you’re anything like me (a millennial girly girl whose idea of “home improvement”consists of buying a tub of drano or occasionally changing a lightbulb), you could perhaps also benefit from a few Campos words of wisdom:
Tip 1: In case of emergency or when a handyman’s not readily accessible, call on the google gods! Almost any scenario can be troubleshooted by a step-by-step tutorial or instructional video on-line.
Tip 2: Take preventative measures in order to substantially lengthen the life of your products…little things like cleaning faucet screens once a month in order to avoid clogs, keeping your AC unit filter fresh by changing it out bi-monthly, and getting your hot water checked at least once a year can save you a headache (and a hefty bill) later!
Tip 3: If you don’t already own the most basic tools (why you lookin at me?!) run to the store NOW and purchase yourself a hammer, a saw, and a screwdriver - no one should ever be without these!
Tip 4: When it comes to do it yourself projects, definitely stay away from any involving electricity as there are certain principles that need to be known/respected, and always leave structural jobs to the pros.
Tip 5: When hiring someone to do a service in your home, make sure to always ask for references, examples and pictures of prior projects, and proof of insurance. And don’t always go for the least expensive option if you want something done efficiently - you truly do get what you pay for!
Well I’m off to the hardware store, but if you're interested in learning more about Carlos, his website is super informative. If you're interested in meeting Carlos or other super-handymen like him, join us on tispr today! iPhone Android