Big Or Small, Hegarty Home Improvements Does It All
By Dylan Roche
Photo by Brian Lancione
W.J. Hegarty Home Improvements was established in 1977 by Skip Hegarty, who had experience in carpentry and wanted to start his own business. To establish his name, he went door to door introducing himself to his neighbors, who would eventually become his clientele.
Skip married wife Dawn in the 1990s, and she joined the family business. Dawn considers herself the fieldworker of Hegarty Home Improvements. She handles such responsibilities as keeping the books, handling the bills, and picking up materials. In turn, she sees her familys business as serving the community. I believe we have servants hearts, she said. Were here to serve.
The work team also includes Skips brother, Tim Hegarty, as well as his father-in-law, Billy Deaner. Skips father, Harry Hegarty, once served as the business salesman, who emphasized that small jobs are a specialty for Hegarty Home Improvements.
People think of home improvement and think it means huge projects, explained Dawn. But no job is too small for us whether its a hole in the roof, drywall repair, window repair or tile repair. However, the many projects tackled by the home-improvement team run the gamut from small to large. Last year, Hegarty Home Improvements completed an extensive addition to a home in Glen Burnie, which included closets and high ceilings.
Because the business is driven by a family workforce, its emphasis is on taking care of others and helping other families with house repair. From our family to yours, Dawn said. Our customers are important to us. Were thankful for them. Theyre putting their trust in us. In turn, we want to do a good job and stand by our work. As residents of Riviera Beach, Dawn and Skip participate in volunteer efforts and fundraisers, especially through Sacred Heart Church, where they are members.
Because customer service is at the core of the Hegarty familys mission, Hegarty Home Improvements seeks to help their clients network. If theres a project we dont handle, said Dawn, citing asphalt as an example, we will help our customers find someone who can take care of it. We see it as part of our job to help them. We believe in integrity.
Customers can best contact W.J. Hegarty Home Improvements by calling 410-439-0885. The business is located at 1509 Defense Highway in Gambrills.