The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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February 24, 2013

Hands-on businesses get ’er done



Whether you’re in need of electrical repairs, have plumbing issues or are just looking for a handyman to complete some jobs around the house, two local business owners have a solution.

Matthew Nish and his brother-in-law, Brian Bell, recently established three businesses — Honey-Do Handyman, Plumb-It and Wire-It.

“Honey-Do is a full-service construction company. We’ll do anything from remodeling to changing a light bulb to building an addition on a house.”

He said their work includes flooring, decks, roofs, siding and lawn care.

“Plumb-It is a full-service plumbing company. Our motto is basically that we offer professional, quick plumbing at a lower rate than the competitors. We’re cheaper than the big guys.”

He said their workers try to get there as soon as possible, hopefully on the same day.

“Wire-It is new. We just started it, but it’s a full-service electrical company with licensed electricians, with the same motto as Plumb-It. We can handle any kind of electrical/wiring issues you have, from a plug in the wall to brand new electrical services.”

Nish said he has owned properties for a while now and had trouble finding people to do certain jobs.

“I decided I would just start a company and hire people and I’ll have them for that, as well as offering services to the public.”

He and Bell were on a trip to New York last March when they started talking about their business aspirations.

“He had wanted to have a company to do property preservations, restorations, that kind of thing, but hadn’t gone through with it.”

By August, the two had their licenses and insurance in place, started marketing and hiring, and their businesses are thriving.

“Honey-Do is really busy right now. We haven’t done all the marketing for Wire-It yet, but we’re starting to get calls.”

He said one of the most unusual jobs Honey-Do has been tasked with was the repair of a day care that a car had run into on South Kanawha Street.

“It happened last week. The police were chasing him, and he crashed completely through the day care up there. It was a mess.”

He said although that has been one of their biggest projects, his crew completed the entire job in just four days.

“I was impressed by it. I would say that has been our most unusual project.”

Honey-Do Handyman employs six or seven laborers and highly skilled carpenters; Plumb-It employs one master plumber and one apprentice; Wire-It employes two certified electricians.

All three businesses have pages on Facebook.

Hours of operation are primarily 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, but Nish said they will work with customers around their schedules.

“Our whole philosophy is to take care of the customer. We return phone calls when a lot of these companies don’t. We hear that a lot. People thank us just for calling them back.”

Nish said many of their customers have tried multiple companies who won’t even come out to take a look at their work.

“I guess we pride ourselves on that. We’re courteous, inexpensive and local. We’re very hands-on as far as the ownership goes. We speak with the customers, visit the job site and we pay all of our employees very well.”

Both Nish and Bell are Beckley natives. Their businesses cover all of Raleigh County and most of Fayette County.

Honey-Do Handyman can be reached at 304-890-5812, Plumb-It at 304-890-5249, and Wire-It at 304-890-3090.

— E-mail:wholdren@register-herald.com

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