Old Furniture vs. New TV’s

I like to say that a true Minnesotan is someone who heads north (typically, to their cabin) when they get a long holiday weekend or a few days off in January (“Head North, Young Man??”).

handymanSo, what’s my definition of a “handyman’s handyman?”

Someone (it could be a woman) who insists — occasionally to a fault — on fixing something that’s broken rather than throwing in the towel and buying new.*

How Rational?

Partly that attitude is due to personality:  great handymen simply like the challenge of figuring out how things work — then fixing them when they break.

Call it, natural curiousity plus a strong streak of persistence.

But, there’s a rational component, too:  I wouldn’t say it about old TV’s or computers (or windows or toilets!), but sometimes antique furniture, millwork, gas appliances, etc. have a craftsmanship and materials quality that you really can’t replace.

Lots of people feel the same way about vintage cars, motorcycles, violins & piano’s, etc.

*Great handymen are also not greedy by nature.

So, at least when they’re on the clock (working for a client), noodling with something broken really is about solving the puzzle — not running up a bill.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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