Tell me how much you like working for Mike? Or tell me
what it's like working for Mike?
I like working for Mike. It's great.
You guys have a lot of fun, that's for sure.
We do. We do. And we get a lot of stuff done in a short
amount of time.
Do you have a nickname too?
My friends call me Rando Commando.
Why do they call you Rockin Rog?
Because I rock baby.
I'm going to ask you a question and I want you to be
honest with me. Picture yourself at home on your couch. You're watching
Property Brothers. These guys come in. They flip an entire house in six weeks.
Looks easy enough, right? Well, we are onsite today with Mike Harris, who's the
general contractor of both 45053 Enterprises and Onsite Solutions. And let me
tell you, he has the most amazing team. Like I've never met a group of
hardworking people. I'm Annie Venerable with Pivot Realty Group. Let's go have
We've been flipping now for four years. We started doing
whole house renovations for investors and started doing it their way. And I
would see things in a little different light. And man, when you're getting told
what to do all the time and you're doing all the work, it's kind of hard. But
now I feel like I work for the house itself.
I love fixing stuff. And I like finding solutions to
problems. I have another business it's called Onsite Solution and I've always
considered myself somebody to figure things out pretty easily. Regardless of its
homes or anything. I mean, I've just learned to always learn how to get around
stuff and navigate stuff pretty well. So taking these old houses like this and
giving them a second life, it's pretty rewarding. And I think that's the bug I
caught, is taking something that nobody else wants, and I'll refer to this and
you'll probably bleep it, but it's called a shitbox. We buy them all the time.
We take one of those that probably should be pushed in or pushed over and we
give it a new life. And a family comes into this and treats it completely
different than it's been treated for the last 20, 30 years, or however long
it's been empty.
You'll hear the definition of good bones all the time.
Start at the bottom and work your way up. I mean, obviously, you have a roof
leak. It's pretty apparent. Foundations are big things, settlement. And if
you're not confident in yourself to be able to fix it, it's going to cost a lot
more than what you're expecting. When you have a third party, especially right
now, having a sub is really hard because these guys can name their own price
and a lot of things. So whatever timeframe you put yourself on for a project,
if you're wanting to do it for the first time, I would add a couple of weeks,
if not a month to it. Possibly more depending on how dedicated you are to it.
HDTV makes it look really easy because they have the best
of the best and they call them and these guys, it's what they do every day. So
they make a project that takes seven weeks on TV. It's going to take you 14, 15
weeks double it, if not more because they're seasoned in it and they have the
If you're not scared to do it, you can make anything work. That's what I've come to realize. I mean really
looking back, I mean it's a lot of work and it's a lot of dedication. I've
started out working six days a week, 12 hours a day, not seeing much of the
family. I mean, there are some sacrifices you're going to have to make in this
and if you don't make them, you're not going to get the reward of it. I mean,
if this is just a part-time gig, good luck because that's how I inherited this
You got to take the fear out of the factor. You just limit
yourself, if you're scared of something. That's my biggest attribute. And my
biggest downfall is my fearlessness.
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