Carey Smith began his business as a handyman on Marco Island in the 1990s. “I always had a passion for building, remodeling and fixing things,” he said. “As I got busier, took on more involved work, and needed to apply for permits, I decided to go back to school and learn about the legalities of the trade.”
Fast forward about 30 years, add in some hard work, and you have Smith Homes and Remodeling Services Inc., serving Marco Island and Naples. The business’ motto is “You get the best for less.” Smith considers himself to be honest, loyal and provide excellent craftsmanship. The company has earned a Five Star rating from the BetterBusiness Bureau and maintains a “good standing” throughout Collier County.
Smith’s first job in residential construction was in the Hideaway Beach community. With one satisfied customer, his business began to grow. Smith credits his wife of 20 years, Anna Marie, for inspiration, organization and decision making. “My wife and I grew this business on our own,” he noted.
As a Florida licensed building contracting firm, the company provides new home construction, additions, total renovations, kitchen and bathroom remodeling and flooring. “We provide all major construction from A-Z,” Smith added. “We also like to keep things local; that is why we use all local supply houses and lumber for flooring materials, doors, trim, hardware, cabinets, countertops and more.”
[/caption] />Startup businesses all experience obstacles, and Smith Homes was no exception. “Good employees are hard to find, and I have run into problems where I have had to take over the job to insure that it’s done right. I encourage my staff to meet the highest standards,” Smith said.
For wannabe contractors, Smith advises, “Obtain the proper licenses, be prepared, have patience and be kind until the job is done right.”
Marco Island is particularly appealing for those in the construction trade. “We live in paradise and I love it here!” Smith adds. “Marco Island is a beautiful community, and I have almost everything right here — good weather, beaches, restaurants and the ranking of being the number one island in the country.”
Building ahouse on Marco Island requires a lot of paperwork and fees. “There are a lot of codes changing, increases in impact fees, code enforcement, elevation rules, planning, designing, permits and a lot of hard work, but the results are rewarding and give me sense of accomplishment,” Smith explained.
Most importantly, Smith and his team take their work seriously: “We love providing quality and affordable work to the residents of Marco and Naples.”
For a free estimate, or to discuss new house plans or a renovation, call 239-389-8850. Smith Homes and Remodeling is located on Marco Island. Please visit their website to see if they can help you with your next project or home build: Smithhomesandremodeling.com.
Call 239-389-8850 for a free estimate or consultation.