Adam Carolla, best known for his titular record-breaking podcast The Adam Carolla Show, as well as co-hosting Loveline and The Man Show is—to the surprise of many—also a seasoned homebuilder.
Before entering the entertainment business Carolla was involved in the construction industry for a decade, serving as a skilled carpenter. With his lifelong friend Ray Oldhafer, the two host a home improvement podcast called Ace on the House where they take audience calls and informatively answer email questions—all of course with a cheeky twist.
In addition to his home improvement podcast Adam also hosts Spike TV’s Catch a Contractor where, with an ensemble composed of Skip Bedell, a licensed contractor, and Allison Bedell, a private investigator, the team help homeowners deal with faulty contractors.
Regardless of the immense success Carolla has achieved in the entertainment industry, he has never ceased his homebuilding endeavors, “I’ve always been building my houses, my studios, my party house…I got into show business and I never stopped building. I just kept building my own stuff,” said Carolla.
Ace on the House addresses the multiple facets of the homebuilding process, but perhaps the most addressed topics from the audience include basement and waterproofing issues.
Working on Catch a Contractor, Carolla has gained insight through working directly with clients on what clients should be looking out for early on that might give off an indication that their contractor might not completely deliver, and what contractor’s should be aiming for when providing their service.
Carolla advises those to observe the contractors post-work: does the contractor clean up at the end of the day? Does he leave the premise with the air compressor still plugged in? Are there snips of wire dispersed throughout the work area? Leaving a messy work space is a good an indicator that the contractor is going to have faults in the future.
Even if a contractor finishes the actual work, the job is not over until everything is neatly cleaned up. “This wasn’t there before you showed up. Clean it up,” Carolla said.
It is important for a contractor to always remember that they are entering someone else’s home with kids, pets, and personal belongings; the contractor is the big stranger walking into a home. Carolla emphasizes, “So, do a good job, but also put them at ease by being prompt, and courteous, and clean, and not weird around the kids.”
The benefit of the contractor delivering beyond just the work is, of course, a referral. This eliminates the need to over-advertise for your work and let the actual work speak for itself. With so many indolent contractors around—enough to make an entire show out of—gaining a client’s trust needs to be at the top of the list. Clients need to be able to trust the individual to be there when no one is home. If you can get your clients to trust you, not only will you have done a good job but they will surely refer you to their friends.
“You either do work that’s considerate and professional or you don’t…Bad is bad and good is good. They’re indicators. It doesn’t take much,” Adam states.