Dave is a handyman. At least that’s the best category that Porch.com could fit him in. He does a bunch of different things, including assembling treadmills, basketball hoops, sheds, patio furniture, ikea furniture, you name it. Basically if it needs to be assembled or installed, he does it. Lately he has been taking up the Swing Set Installation, backyard playsets for kids and toddlers. We know all about swingsets here at cofundit, so we wanted to reach out to him for a little glimpse into the world of swingset installation.
Q. So what’s it like being an “installation professional” as it says on your site?
A. It’s pretty much what you would expect. I take care of peoples problems for them, as long as those problems involve big things that need to be put together. Sometimes it’s tiring, but often times it’s not so bad. You actually help people a lot, more than you would think.
Q. Is SwingSet Installation in high demand?
A. Actually, yes. When I started out I was working with a friend of mine, he brought me into his operation as a worker. I thought “Playsets? You have a business installing those things?”. Apparently yes, it is a decently sizeable business, especially in New Jersey, which has a lot of backyard space and lots of families with little kids.
Q. Do you work directly for the customers? How do they find you?
A. Most of our business comes from retailers. We work with ToysRUs and other big stores that sell the sets themselves, and we come in to deliver and assemble it. However we also get a decent amount of business from people who simply bought the swing set but need to install it and either don’t know how or don’t want to. That’s when we really get to help people. I think I’ve personally saved at least a few marriages.
Q. What do you mean, saved marriages?
A. People start to assemble the thing thinking it won’t be a big deal, only to find out that they can’t do it on their own. The husband is usually the one trying, pridefully, to put it together, and he just can’t. The arguments ensue, and eventually they call me. I come in to save the day. It’s a good feeling, actually.
Q. Wow, that’s wild. Does that happen often?
A. All the time man, all the time.
Q. So tell me, does it ever get tiring?
A. Hell yes. It’s hard work, just like any handyman activity, but it pays off. I’ve taken on a few more employees so I don’t have to do all the heavy lifting. I still have to get my hands dirty to keep up with the work, but that’s a good problem to have.
Q. Do you think this will keep up?
A. I think so. I mean, people keep having kids and what not, so they are going to buy swing sets, and then people are going to have to put them together. If it’s not playsets, it could be treadmills. People love treadmills.
Q. Thanks Dave.
A. Thanks Man.
Dave is the owner of SwingSetInstallationNJ.com, a Swing Set Installation Service serving all of New Jersey and parts of New York.