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August 30, 2012
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Meet Your Merchant: Fix up your home with 30 years of experience with Housesmiths

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — With more than 30 years of experience, Housesmiths is a safe bet for all your remodeling needs, whether it be inside or outside of your home.

Founder and owner, Jim Nelson, originally from Maine, has several decades of experience working within the carpentry field. Nelson moved to Tahoe in 1996, and has been busy remodeling homes ever since. Before he lived in Incline Village, Nelson spent time in the Midwest, working with timber frames.

“(Housesmiths) started out doing log and timber work. When I first got here, we were working on several log homes,” Nelson recalled. “Now we do a little bit of everything, from changing a light bulb to full on remodels.”

The company does interior and exterior jobs, from remodeling to additions, including bathrooms, kitchens, garages and decks, as well as erosion control. Nelson is licensed and insured in Nevada, allowing him to draw up his own plans.

He works directly with owners to make sure the plans are correct before any construction work begins. For some work, including tiles and cabinets, Nelson and his company have specialists with whom they work.

Housesmiths also offers maintenance services, often checking in on homes they have done work on to make sure everything runs smoothly. This is especially important for second home owners in the area, who rely on Nelson and his crew to check in on the house while they are out of town, making sure everything is OK and completing small repairs if necessary.

With a crew of just four, Nelson is able to oversee all the work.

“I’m a remodeling expert,” Nelson said. He added, “I have a great crew.”

Customer service is a priority for Nelson and his crew, who work closely with owners to develop plans and choose various fixtures for the job. Nelson will meet with owners to draw up sketches and discuss the plans, then make a list of materials needed. Next, he does a walk through, take measurements and draw up a skeleton plan.

“I like to involve the client in choosing what they want, and involve them in the research,” Nelson added.

He added that he invites clients to research on their own, finding various fixtures they want to use, from plumbing supplies to cabinet fixtures and appliances.

Once the plan is set, Nelson gets to work on figuring out costs and putting a contract together. He added that even though the winter months are cold, him and his crew work year round to get jobs done, even if it means working outside.

“I have a good crew that doesn’t mind working outside. Nowadays, you have to be flexible,” Nelson said. “You have to be able to do everything.”

Nelson added that it’s been a busy summer for Housesmiths. The company works primarily in Incline Village, but just does work as far out as Reno.

Like many other Incline Village residents, Nelson is concerned about the environment, and works as often as he can to make environmentally conscious decisions involving his work. Nelson added that environmentally friendly decisions are not always the cheapest options, but are often smarter in the long run. For example, LED lights are more costly up front, but do not have to be replaced nearly as much as regular lighting.

“We do the whole nine yards,” Nelson added.

Whether it be a big or small job, Housesmiths has you covered with year-round service for additions, remodels and repairs.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Aug 30, 2012 01:13PM Published Aug 30, 2012 01:05PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.