Montalvo Remodeling Provides 20 Years of Remodeling Experience
Lucas resident, Felipe Montalvo, started his own remodeling business, Montalvo Remodeling, in 1998. He had been working for a remodeling company and decided that he was ready to start his own business. His first year in business for himself, he only had one job. His wife, Rocio Montalvo, financially supported their family during the early years. Felipe said, “I wouldn’t be here without my wife’s support. She’s been with me in the hard times and the good times.”
When he started Montalvo Remodeling, they only installed hardwood and tile floors and remodeled showers, now they do every type of remodeling. Felipe has an extensive remodeling background and said that everything he asks of his staff, he can do himself. He has 12 employees and does not hire sub-contractors. The person who installs the hardwood floors has been with Montalvo Remodeling for 15 years, the plumber for 12 years, tile installer for 10 years, granite installer for eight years and the painter for six years. Of his staff he said, “They are very trustworthy.” Felipe values the importance of punctuality. He doesn’t give a time window of when he will arrive, he gives a set time. If he says he’ll meet you at noon, he’s there at noon.
Felipe said when he arrives at homes to meet clients for the first time, he is fairly certain he will get the job because the majority of his customers are referrals. He treasures great communication with his clients and enjoys giving them ideas on their remodeling projects. He said, “The more I know about the job, the more confident the customer becomes.” Currently, some of the most requested remodeling projects are entire bathroom remodels. Many people replace their tubs with freestanding tubs. Quartz counters in kitchen remodels are very popular now. Felipe pointed out that quartz doesn’t stain easily and is easy to clean. He said that tile that looks like hardwood is highly requested as well as 12”x24” porcelain tile. They remodel fireplaces and he said he has noticed certain styles, such as contemporary or traditional, trending in different parts of the metroplex.
When his oldest daughter was young, Felipe worked every day of the week. When she was five years old she said to him, “You never have time for us. When you leave, we are asleep, when you come home, we are asleep.” This truthful observation made Felipe cry and caused him to change his ways. He took off every Sunday and only worked part of the day on Saturday. He regrets the time he spent constantly working. He now spends more time with his family. When asked, “How do you know you have been successful?” He answered, “I can go on vacation and not worry about having jobs lined up when I return. I know I have jobs lined up. Now, I can relax.”
The Montalvo family has lived in Lucas for four years, their daughters attend Lovejoy High School. They have found the Lovejoy community to be very friendly. He said, “I don’t know if it’s because this is a small town, but the school feels like family.” Montalvo Remodeling has clients in the Lovejoy community; Felipe would love to do more work here. Many of his clients call time and time again for all of their remodeling needs.
You can reach Montalvo Remodeling at 469-667-6967 or find them on Facebook.Contact them for a free estimate. For more information, see their ad on the back page of this issue.
Photos provided by Felipe Montalvo.