If there’s one thing Jason Tidmore learned during his two-year stint in the U.S. Marine Corps, it was a mindset that there’s no challenge you can’t overcome.
That philosophy is guiding the 46-year-old Fairview Park resident as he launches his new business, Tidmore Home and Appliance, LLC.
If there’s a home project or appliance repair that needs to be done, Tidmore’s objective is to get it done right, as well as affordably.
“I go into (a project) thinking, ‘OK, what do we have to do to accomplish the mission,’” said Tidmore, who joined the Marines after graduating from his New Jersey high school in 1994 and served until 1996. “Whether that’s a project I’m working on for a customer, or negotiating with my almost 13-year-old son, there’s a certain end result you’re after, or a goal or a mission, and the Marine Corps really tools you well to have the mindset that problems are solvable, and no matter what it takes, we’re going to get it done.”
The business is a passion project for Tidmore, who has spent much of his adult life learning how to perform do-it-yourself home projects, ranging from deck building to appliance installation. Only in its second week of operation, the company consists of Tidmore himself, his many tools and his pickup truck. His headquarters is his Fairview Park home on Nottingham Drive.
He currently boasts around a dozen customers as he is attempting to establish himself on Cleveland’s west side. When he’s not working on a project for a client, he spends several days a week at Lorain Furniture and Appliance, 4617 Lorain Ave. in Cleveland, getting hands-on training in appliance repair in what he described as a sort of apprenticeship.
“Throughout my life, I’ve always been a do-it-yourself person,” Tidmore said. “I’ve always done my own bathroom remodels, my own light plumbing and electrical, my own carpentry. If I needed something done, I was always kind of confident that I could figure out how to do it myself. As my skills built over the years, I’d often have people ask me for help. My career in this kind of started as me helping out friends and family take care of stuff they needed taking care of, whether it was redoing a bathroom or building a deck.”
Home improvement as a profession is a bit of a departure for Tidmore, who spent the previous two decades working in the insurance field, managing automobile insurance claims for Progressive, and more recently for a fleet management company called Fleet Response, in Independence. After he was laid off in February, he decided to turn his DIY hobby into a full-time job, and has enjoyed the shift to a completely different line of work.
“The work-life balance and the satisfaction I get out of what I’m doing now is just so much more than where I was as I was managing auto claims and teams of adjusters and working with body shops and coverage and liability and all the stuff that comes with that world,” Tidmore said.
Besides jobs that can range from one to several days to complete, he is also offering a monthly subscription service for homeowners who may need help with a variety of smaller tasks, such as installing a new ceiling fan or furnace filter. For $39 a month, Tidmore will take on these jobs that help keep a home functioning, with participants granted two house calls per month.
“What makes it worthwhile for me, is I can help someone who’s maybe a little intimidated by these home-repair projects that I have the skills to do,” he said. “I feel like I’ve got a broad enough skill set to where I can help people out.”
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