Powerful, Intense & Capable...Midwestern Work Ethic!
Known for our hallmark "shades"... we are a "formidable team," defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as "powerful, intense, and capable." We are definitely personable, however, so call us by our first names--Rose and Chuck. We married in 2014 and have run three successful businesses together. Chuck started his handyman business in 1997 in Nashville, TN. I, Rose, gave him the moniker "The Tennessee Handyman" in 2013 and built him a website that ranked #1 for both the state and county until it was sold in 2015. The Florida Handyman was launched in 2015 to experience the west coast of FL & The Charleston Craftsman was launched in 2017 to experience the entire eastern coast of the US, one state at a time, before retiring. We found that people relegate "handyman" to one who does "odd jobs" and value a "craftsman" with bona fide [which means "in good faith"] skills, hence the name change in 2017. Chuck creates custom woodworking projects like fireplace mantels and reclaimed wood tables, in addition to directing all home repair and renovation projects. He knows the best way to complete every home project you may have. Customers are assured of high ROI when Chuck has worked on their home. I bring 25 years of management expertise to that same table, researching options for you, designing home décor under Rose Couture of Charleston and directing FSBO/FRBO marketing as the CharlestonSEOLady. Chuck was a military policeman in the USMC from 1980-1988 and traveled to 18 countries ; I grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, and hold a BA in Secondary English Education. We both have a strong Midwestern Work Ethic. No matter the scope of your project or repair, rest assured it will be done right the first time, without equivocation and within budget. We are here to serve those that recognize and value quality workmanship. If that's you, contact Rose to set an appointment. SEMPER FI! Chuck [Bearden] + Rose [Ferreri] = The Charleston Craftsman
If you are a homeowner...you need to THINK like an INVESTOR!
An investor is a person that puts money into a property with the expectation of achieving a profit. If you are a “landlord” or a “homeowner”… you are an “investor" whether you know it or not! It doesn’t matter whether you have one home or twenty to maintain. Even renters have to think like investors...if they ever want to save for a home and buy one! If you are not thinking like an investor-- doing "quick cover-up, patch it up fixes" every time there is a problem-- your home will deteriorate over time and be a losing venture. Not every home in Charleston is "historic" some are clearly decaying due to basic neglect. "Quick fixes" are the stuff of which COMEDIESare made; consider the ridiculousRed Green, who fixes everything with duct tape and bungie cords. In truth, your home is either losing value or gaining value, depending upon the capital improvements you make to it on an annual basis. If are doing the bare minimum, do not be surprised to find that it has LOST value and you have to resort to calling those who are posting signs at every Charleston intersection saying: “We buy UGLY houses!” If you are just pocketing the rent money, allowing your rental home to deteriorate with minimal to no upgrades, it will not be of value to anyone when you sell! When you do nothing and then hurriedly do a 7 page punch-list from your home inspector, you will not be able to compete with those who have faithfully done annual upgrades and have the receipts to prove it to the next homeowner. When I bought my last three homes, I asked to see the maintenance log for each! Those who did not have one were not considered. Why? I was not going to take the chance that the past homeowners had covered up major issues in a flip, just to sell quickly!
We have seen numerous “upgrades” done by DIYers that will never achieve ROI because they are a potential fire hazard; they look cheaply done, and/or they are done using the wrong materials. What will give you ROI and what will not? Read on:
Lighting: There is a reason lights come with a tag that warns you not to modify the interior or exterior; it's patently unsafe. Do NOT paint old light fixtures. Don't hot glue items onto a fixture; they will overheat and start a fire. Never, ever cover a cord with shirred fabric. Lighting that’s older than 8 years needs to be replaced; the wiring inside has deteriorated. Lowe's and Home Depot have sales nearly every month on lights that will refresh your home, so don't purposefully create a fire hazard in your home!
Flooring: Carpeting with holes, or carpeting that has not been stretched in ages is an eyesore. The backing on carpet deteriorates, the padding soaks up stains. Nobody wants to buy or rent a home that has somebody else’s spills and smells in the carpet. The latest trend is bamboo flooring which lasts 50 years and is hypoallergenic. Bite the bullet and have it installed. There are also some great hardwood floors in the $2.99-$3.99/sq ft price point. The cheaper you go, the thinner the flooring becomes, the more it cracks, chips, warps, and delaminates/separates every year. Peel and stick and linoleum dates your home back to 1969, when it was first invented-- that's hardly a selling feature
Wall Paint: FYI: There are different finishes to wall paint. They are NOT interchangeable. Don’t put flat on eggshell or satin on glossy. Don’t use paint that has been left in the garage to overheat and has so separated it’s unrecognizable. Buy new paint every time you paint, as professional painters do. The old cans are used by them only for a color match. Keep just the lid with label instead, which gives all the vital details so it can be remade to perfection. Believe it or not, there are some homeowners who do not remove nails and fill nail holes before painting--they paint right over them! We've seen curtain rods hung without anchors, destined to fall within a month...if you are going to do a job, do it RIGHT the first time.
Appliances: If yours are more than five years old, replace them. Electric coil burners are impossible to keep clean and nobody likes the way they cook or look! Let's be honest: they are the cheapest style for a reason. Your refrigerator should cool to the appropriate temperatures for freezer and fridge, regardless of which level things sit upon. Nothing ages a home more than old appliances that work one day and not the next, making sleep-disturbing noises into the wee hours of the am.
Exterior Porches, Decks: We’ve seen DIYers use interior materials on outside decks, with water wicking TOWARD the home, inflating like a sponge twice its size whenever it rains. Should your homemade structure fall upon someone or damage your home, you risk being sued and your insurance will definitely not cover repairs to your main house when they see the unstable structure that caused the damage. Building structures is best left to professionals
In sum, you are responsible for maintaining your home to code for however long your own it. It's an awesome responsibility. So, unless you are a happy-go-lucky renter who has no intention of EVER buying a home, you should be thinking like an INVESTOR and want your RENTAL home and PRIMARY home to increase in value annually and that's done with capital improvements made annually by a quality CRAFTSMAN, like my husband, Chuck. Sincerely, Rose