Maricopa Renovations: Flooring contractor with nearby concentrate

The colorful caricatures beautify the Maricopa Renovations work van. Photograph by Bob McGovern

Maricopa Renovations may well get interest with the caricatures of proprietor Gary Hopkins and his spouse Sandy, but he is aware of it is the impeccable amount of shopper provider that men and women will recall.

Hopkins, who began the small business in 2014, has 26 yrs of expertise in reworking. He came to Maricopa in 2004 from Chicago, where by he acquired his commence in the field approximately a few decades ago. In seven yrs, he estimates he has reworked much more than 500 homes in Maricopa.

The business enterprise, which specializes in flooring and renovations of kitchens and bogs, operates to differentiate itself in many techniques to place the purchaser to start with.

“We are the only contractor with a storefront location,” Sandy famous. “You can wander in our door. No matter whether it is now, or six months from now. Which is the significant big difference with us.”

While existing or long run customers can stroll in off the street, Maricopa Renovations strives to make it simpler for customers to do all the things from household.

Gary goes the extra mile to pay a visit to the purchaser at their residence.

“We convey the showroom to them,” he reported. “They can decide resources and colors suitable in their individual house. I offer with the owner from start off to finish. The gross sales stop of it. The layout end of it. Managing the job.”

For the most part, the enterprise does get the job done only in city, once in a while managing the odd, out-of-town referral. That choice stems, in component, from the couple’s memories of making an attempt to get repairmen to appear to their property to do any get the job done.

“It was like pulling teeth,” Gary said, introducing they would be explained to, “You guys live in Maricopa, it’s likely to be an further $100 to appear out there.”

The want to work only in Maricopa has usually been there, and now there have been adequate households built in excess of the decades to provide a big purchaser foundation, he explained. Doing work neighborhood will help assure top quality command, much too.

“If I’m browsing homes in my hometown, I can pop in and out on positions continually to continue to be on leading of items,” Gary mentioned. “If I do one thing out of city, it will get considerably harder to do.”

That nearby emphasis also would make it less complicated to produce on a single aspect of mission-critical purchaser company: a sensible timeline for completion of jobs.

“We get in and get out,” he explained. “We really don’t sit on the career for a few months and do the job on 10 positions at the same time. We install in a sensible volume of time. We notice that’s what the consumer desires, since it is what they’ll recall.”

Reputable Team

For 10 yrs following arriving in Maricopa, Hopkins was an owner-associate in a reworking firm.

In 2014, he offered his share of the organization and started out his have organization in the town. He functions as a normal contractor, doing the job with a reliable team of tradespeople with whom he has a background. For illustration, his tile man has been with him 8 decades and his flooring crew five yrs.

His clientele is a blend of men and women residing in some of Maricopa’s oldest homes from the early and mid-2000s as nicely as new home owners.

“I’ve received people today who just closed on a house,” Hopkins claimed. “They haven’t moved in however. A manufacturer-new residence just designed. Tore up all the carpet and place new flooring in.”

Maricopa Renovations has been “crazy busy” considering the fact that the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, Gary explained.

“I guess much more folks are being at residence, hunting at their property and thinking ‘What can I do?’” he explained. “No 1 was using vacations and they had some dollars to expend.”

The pandemic also spurred a number of requests for mother-in-law suites. In addition, the corporation has been hectic with vinyl plank flooring installations, together with a the latest project wherever wall-to-wall tile was ripped out of a dwelling and changed with the durable flooring alternative.

“Vinyl flooring is huge right now,” said Sandy. “It is awesome. So straightforward to clean up. You can have individuals little Roombas go all around and you never even have to cleanse your flooring anymore.”

Because Gary orders flooring specifically from suppliers and doesn’t have significant overhead expenditures, he can commonly conquer major-box store selling prices on regular by 30%-40%.

Other well known remodeling jobs are removals of the shower-tub combos in so lots of city houses to make way for larger, wander-in showers.

In the kitchen area, Hopkins is setting up a large amount of white cabinets and quartz counter tops, primarily the assortment of gray marbling that many clientele are picking out as a sharp-hunting complement to the stark-white cabinetry.

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Gary Hopkins with Sandy, his wife and organization associate.


It’s reasonable to say numerous men and women master about Maricopa Renovations by means of phrase-of-mouth and intelligent branding.

Gary and Sandy use colourful caricatures of on their own to draw awareness to their organizations.

In the early days of the organization, they had their photo on a billboard.

“We experienced a billboard on the 347 likely seven many years ago,” Sandy recalled. “There was a photograph on there and that was the picture we put everywhere, and all people understood it. I would operate into men and women and they would be like, ‘Oh that does not seem like you.’ So, which is where I came up with the caricature idea. It is you, but it is not you.”

Final year, they had their caricatures set on the do the job van, up coming to the text “Maricopa’s Assets Pair.” Gary wears denims, T-shirt and baseball cap and holds a hammer. Sandy retains a “Sold” indicator.

“It makes individuals stop,” Sandy claimed. “It’s memorable.”

Sandy reported she mocked up renderings of herself and Gary and set them on Facebook to get responses.

“I would say, ‘Here’s my character, what do you believe?’” she recalled. “And they would say, ‘Oh, she requirements purple nails,’ or ‘Oh, she needs lengthier hair.’”

Gary stated the van advertising and marketing his remodeling providers and Sandy’s realty expert services that reads “Maricopa Renovations & Serious Estate” does confuse some people today.

“They call me and say, ‘Do I have to have to provide my home in get to have you renovate it?’ he claimed. “And I say, ‘No, you are studying the back again of the van also practically. You really do not have to offer your residence.”

Till not too long ago, the Hopkinses have relied on social media to advertise their expert services. They are now executing some promotion, self-assured persons will select them for transforming do the job if they have a likelihood to get to know the firm.

“That’s the major matter,” Sandy claimed. “People do not know we’re here. We want persons to know we are in this article.”

Age: 55
Hometown: Chicago
Maricopan: Considering the fact that 2004
Occupation: Operator-operator of Maricopa Renovations
Household: Wife Sandy, four kids and four grandchildren
Passion: Golf
Preferred quotation: “It is what it is.”

This story seems in the August situation of InMaricopa magazine.