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Meet Peter Jazwinski of LA Doors and More in Culver City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Peter Jazwinski.

Peter, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
As a child in Connecticut, I watched my father work with tools on the weekend, and even though I was too small to use them, I loved touching them and holding them and trying to use them. I loved the smell of wood and began building tree forts with left over scraps. Then I moved on to go karts and boats and beds. I moved around the country, graduated college and worked in telecommunications, but I couldn’t resist playing with tools, being outside and having the thrill of making or fixing something. I’d always considered it a hobby, but office jobs were so uninspiring for me, that I decided to get serious and get my contractor’s license. I began with small projects like doors, cabinets, windows and the like. I found that contracting is a very personal interaction, and if people connect with you, they continue to bring you work as long as you’re good. I began posting videos of various projects on YouTube and my business really took off. People call me all the time and ask, “Are you the guy in the video?” It’s about a connection. If they relate, and you’re good, it’s easy to find work. I’ve done a lot of remodeling work including bathrooms, kitchens and garage conversions, but those can be tedious and time consuming. I love the feeling of bringing someone’s vision to life because sometimes they don’t even know what they want, and it’s my job to help them bring it into reality. I now balance my door installation and repair business with my fence and deck business. Those are the bulk of my requests and I love doing it. Keeps me fit, keeps me outside, keeps me moving around to other jobs, and it keeps me connecting with new people. I tell people, “It’s not HOME improvement, it’s LIFE improvement.”

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s been relatively smooth in that my business has steadily grown and I’ve not suffered any disasters or major mishaps. The struggles were mostly in the beginning with finding work and then learning how to estimate and execute so that I can get the job and then actually make money off of it. Sometimes I over estimate my abilities such as thinking I can do something in two days, but it actually takes four days.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with LA Doors and More – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I have a video on YouTube during which I’m building a fence for my ex-wife. I announce at the start of the video that I’m doing this for free because it’s for my ex. The male viewers email and comment, “Dude, you’re a better man than I…etc.” Or they’ll call me for a job and say, “Man, I couldn’t go NEAR my ex-wife. How did you do that?” I just laugh. The women who call me say, “I knew after watching your video that you’re a good guy since you did that for your ex-wife.” So I guess what sets me apart is a humanistic approach. I’m not nosey or chatty, but we’ll get to know each other somehow while I’m working and you’ll see I truly am just and honest, hardworking guy. I’ve learned that so many people have been burned or disappointed by contractors, that they appreciate when someone with integrity shows up. People are shocked that I show up when I say I will because they share that such a thing rarely happens with contractors.

Like my company name says, LA Doors and More. When I started out, the “more” was just about any darn thing I could do to get paid. Now, however, since I have a nice client base and am usually busy, I tend to work on only a few things. In addition to the door work, I really enjoy the fences and decks. Garage conversions are fun as well. All three of those things add an element of quality change to a person’s home and I enjoy helping them with that.

My company tee shirt says “LADAM” on the front. It was my idea and I’m proud of the reactions I get. I never hear anybody say to some guy, “Oh, Joe’s Plumbing,” but when I’m walking through the Home Depot or 7/11, people often say, “LA DAmm,” or “LA Dahm.” They just like saying it and I think it’s fun.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Yes, big changes. I’m in the process of creating some online training courses, but I don’t want to reveal the nature of the training at this time. All I can say it that it will be extremely valuable and there’s nothing currently like it.

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