The Benefits Of Having A Mother Addicted To 'The Home Depot'

Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

Female ContractorThe last time I walked into the local Home Depot with my mother, several employees greeted her by name -- then each took a turn hugging her as if passing through a wedding reception receiving line.  One staff member pulled me aside and said: "You know, we worry about her and wonder if she’s been sick when we haven’t seen her for awhile."  Why do these store employees care so much about my mom?  Because my 76-year-old mother spends an obscene amount of time at The Home Depot.  The fact is:  My mom has been rehabbing and remodeling properties for years and therefore, she has spent many waking moments at The Home Depot, or Lowe's, or at a number of other hardware and supply stores.

Everything I know about rehabbing and remodeling I learned from my mother.  Remember the good 'ole days when you could easily and effortlessly pick up a few great deals, rehab 'em, flip 'em -- then lather, rinse, repeat?  Gone.  A distant memory.  That being said, the all-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-rehabbing-windfall I inherited is certainly not going to waste.  It's kind of like when I take my car to the shop.  Anticipating the 'bad news' makes me a little anxious because all I know about vehicles is how to start them, drive them, and put fuel into them.  I've instinctively learned that knowledge is power.

Nothing quite compares to the tremendous sense of accomplishment one feels after installing dimmer switches without having the fire department show up at the front door.  Not to mention the exhilaration of putting in a complete toilet bowl fixture without accidentally flooding the downstairs apartment.  Yet, even after previewing properties for clients, I have often reached out to someone for a quick lesson in 'how things work.'  Not only has this practice benefited me in determining time and cost necessary for making my own repairs -- it has become an added bonus when consulting with buyers and tenants too.

What if you weren't given birth by a master rehabber?  Not to worry.  Luckily, many of the Do-It-Yourself stores have amazing staff with professional backgrounds in electrical, plumbing, carpentry, painting & decorating, you name it!  Just go in and tell them "Carie Shapiro's Mother Sent Me!"  Otherwise, they always seem eager to offer assistance and a valuable education.  Besides, you too might find Do-It-Yourself projects rewarding and fun.  All that creativity will give the right side of your brain something to smile about.  And, these days, our brains can definitely use something to smile about.

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Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Carie ~ You always have such a way with words and a style to tell your story.. I can  just picture you and your mom at Home Depot!! LOL

May 20, 2012 09:08 AM #1
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Mom was very wise to pass her knowledge down to you and you were very wise to pay attention.  :)

May 20, 2012 01:08 PM #2
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Janis:  Thanks!  My mom is pretty sharp ... and she sure knows her way around most any Home Depot :)

Judi:  Thank you ... I've learned a lot from her.  I'm very lucky :)

May 20, 2012 01:39 PM #3
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Carie, how lucky you are to have a mother still working and that you learned so much from her....both of you are very wise and lucky. Suggested.

May 20, 2012 01:57 PM #4
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


Great life sharing.  It's fun that you learned that from my mom.  I have a great handy husband, dad, not so much.  

However, dad taught me a ton about real estate and life that I truly treasure.

All the best, Michelle

May 20, 2012 10:13 PM #5
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Rebecca:  Yes, I have learned so much from her!  And, thank you for the 'Suggest' :)

Michelle:  Thank you!  It is funny because my mom is super handy and mechanically inclined -- and her brother can't screw in a light bulb :)  Sounds like you have received some meaningful lessons from your dad ... that's nice!

May 21, 2012 01:14 AM #6
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good morning Carie -

Now this is a cool blog and I must hit the suggest tab my friend.  Good for your mom being independent and hands on! 

Dixie is well known at Home Depot as well as a couple more places around Albuquerque that are pet friendly.  She rides in the buggy as we shop the garden area and draws much attention. A great way to meet and greet and of course ask are you looking for a good Realtor® to help with the purchase or sale of your home :)  Suggested.

May 21, 2012 01:16 AM #7
Regina P. Brown
MBA Broker Consultants - Carlsbad, CA
M.B.A., Broker, Instructor

Carie, you have a wonderful mom!  No doubt, that those store employees love her.

Thank you for sharing and have a great week!

~Regina P. Brown

May 21, 2012 01:25 AM #8
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Your mother sounds like a person I'd love - you were lucky to have a great role model!

May 21, 2012 01:50 AM #9
Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

Carrie, I love your mom!  They (mom's) certainly have so much to teach us don't they.  My mom was a Master Gardner before Master Gardner's and I learned more from her than anyone would have thought.  Home Depot is a great place in my mind as well and so many people who work there are just great.  Thank you for sharing.

May 21, 2012 02:33 AM #10
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

John:  Thanks ... I think my mom is cool!  And, that is so cute about Dixie ... I can just see you and Debbie wheeling her around in the cart.  How could anyone resist her :)  And, thank you for the 'Suggest" too!

Regina:  Thank you ... yes, the store employees are very fond of her :)

Wayne & Jean:  Thanks ... she has taught me a lot!  And yes, I think you would like her :)

Mary:  Moms do have much to teach us, that's for sure!  And, being a Master Gardner, your mom sounds like she was an incredibly creative and accomplished woman too :)  I think that's cool too!

May 21, 2012 02:55 AM #11
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Carie what a great real life story about your MOM!  I love it!  And how lucky are you to have a Mom that is a whiz at rehabbing homes. 

May 21, 2012 05:32 AM #12
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Anna:  Thanks!  Yes, I am very lucky to have a mom who's a whiz at rehabbing homes.  And, this may sound a little sappy ... but I'm also lucky to have my mom, too :)  She's cool!

May 21, 2012 12:41 PM #13
Kathryn Maguire (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

That is a neat tribute to your mom.  Thanks for posting this!

May 22, 2012 12:05 AM #14
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Kathryn:  Thanks!  She's a neat woman :)

May 22, 2012 12:50 AM #15
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Carie Mom certainly could teach you a thing or too.  You are fortunate to have some close with such skills.

May 23, 2012 01:25 PM #16
Dave Kinkade
Home Locators Property Management Tampa Florida - Tampa, FL
Director of Marketing - Property Management

Carie, that is so cool to have a mom like yours!  The great lesson anyone can take from this is to lose the words 'I can't' from their vocabulary.  Most of the time, if you are willing to be open to new possibilities and humble enough to seek help from those with can! 

May 23, 2012 02:29 PM #17
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Jennifer:  Yes, I am very fortunate indeed!

Dave:  Good advice!  I lost the words "I Can't" from my vocabulary many years ago :)

May 24, 2012 01:01 AM #18
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