A friend recently told me about a discussion that had come up when she was out for dinner with some of her friends. One of the dinner guests mentioned how difficult it was to find a handyman to come to her downtown Toronto condo.
Then she told them about Fixit: we do a lot of work in condos.
Everyone was surprised that there is actually a company that likes to work in condos. One of the dinner guests was so excited to hear about us that she booked an appointment the next day.
She had a list of jobs that are very common in the condo community. We hung up a curtain rod, installed some floating shelves and hung up 3 paintings and one heavy mirror. Some people seem a little embarrassed when they call us with this kind of a list because they think they should be able to do it themselves.
They shouldn’t feel like that!
We probably work on half a dozen identical job lists each week! Our clients are both men and women. In fact when we reviewed our past year, we were pleasantly surprised to find that 55% of our clients are men!
A lot of condos have concrete walls and there is simply no way around it: if you don’t have a proper concrete drill, the screw is not going in the wall.
Without Fixit, there would be a lot of bare walls in condos! High ceilings are also a challenge. Few people have the room for a 10 foot ladder in their storage locker.
We actually just spent 3 hours changing light bulbs at one of the private residences at the Ritz.
It’s not surprising that so many contractors prefer to stay away from condos since they are a completely different environment than residential neighbourhoods. Downtown condos have restrictions about times that contractors can work in and parking for trucks can be nearly impossible.
We aren’t concerned about parking or concierges, or booking the elevators. We have mastered the process. In fact, we are on a first name basis with some of the concierges in the buildings downtown.
If you have a ‘honey do’ list that never gets done, please get in touch with us. We’d love to help.