By: Michelle Booth | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: February 2011
Erick Trimble, owner of Trimble Construction & Roofing.
Spring is just around the corner, making this a good time to start thinking about those home improvement projects on your list. Some projects such as painting, patching holes, and recaulking bathroom sinks are relatively easy, inexpensive and can be handled by homeowners themselves. But there does come a point when it makes sense to hire a contractor. “People watch shows like HGTV and think they can do their own home improvement projects in 30 minutes for $200,” said Erick Trimble, owner of Trimble Construction & Roofing, LLC. “In reality, it doesn’t work that way. People buy the materials, run into problems and end up wasting money.”
Lack of experience could cost homeowners money and sacrifice quality. If you have any doubt about a home improvement project, talk to a contractor before you begin. “If people don’t know the difference between a skill saw and a sawzall, they need to call a contractor,” said Trimble. “They shouldn’t skimp or do something on a whim because of a TV program or something they saw at a friend’s house that they liked.”
According to Trimble, periodic inspections can help avoid costly damages. Problems around the house can quickly turn into money drains if left unchecked. He recommends having gutters and pipe boots inspected every one to two years. “Pipe boots can sustain cracks from the extreme summer heat and cold winter temperatures,” he said. “If you don’t have them inspected regularly, you won’t notice any leaks until major damage is done.” He also recommends having siding, soffit, fascia and chimney flashing inspected each year.
Trimble Construction & Roofing provides custom additions, kitchen and bath upgrades, decks and fencing, in addition to construction and remodeling services. Trimble and his team are available Sunday through Thursday and will work with any budget and timeline.
The company is fully insured and bonded and has had no claims. “My business is about relationships. I care about the people in my community and remain friends with all of my clients,” said Trimble. “Doing the right thing is always worth more than any sacrifice I have to make. That’s how I try to run my business.”
Trimble offers free inspections and estimates, and does not use subcontractors. The company is located in Broken Arrow, but Trimble will travel up to 125 miles for home and commercial construction projects.
Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
To help protect your home in the springtime, “Consumer Reports” recommends watching for these potential issues: