How big is the demand for remodelers on st Thomas, or surrounding islands? 44 Year old 23 years experience ..... Finish carpentry is a specialty !!! Start to finish......
Things are always in need of repair here - a good work ethic and reliable workers have no problem getting enough work - it will take some getting used to the availability of materials and often the make-do attitude frustrates stateside workers - but the work is here for good carpenters.
Ditto Exit Zero's comment. There are a lot of older condos that need updating. Once you get a good reputation, you are set. Word-of-mouth is powerful.
Great!! Sounds good! I do not advertise here anymore either, all my work is from word of mouth. Does the home depot keep a vast supply af material? And which islands have home depot?
And which islands have home depot?
STT and STX
I wouldn't characterize the supplies at any VI hardware store as 'vast' -- there is a lot of "this is what we have today" and improvisation is the real talent to bring to the workplace.
Have been renovating an old estate here for 3 years. The 'vast majority' of our materials have come from our supplier in Miami. Most places here don't have what you need(or want), when you need(or want) them and then it takes them months to get it. You're much better off having a good supplier in the States where you can order and ship yourself. It is quite easy and you save a ton of money, even with the shipping.
The Home Depots have what they have in the States and not what you need here. All there woodwork is pine which is termite fodder
They also have a very limited supply of stainless steel hardware which is mandatory here. There lumber supply is also minimal and pretty rough! They are good for plumbing and electrical components and all the other stuff you need.
Also remember, wood is not one of the preferred construction materials in the islands. Yes, is obviously some but minimal wood trim in houses and really not recommended unless treated, mahogany, Spanish cedar, teak, etc. The premium woods are very expensive here.
Right on gonetropo!! Just the answer I was looking for.... Thank you very much..mike