TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A Wabash Valley woman says contractors ripped-off her grandparents so now she has started her own company to offer others like her a fair deal.
Dee Mitchell was a single mom with an 8th-grade education and living off government assistance when she says her grandparents got a bad deal when having their roof replaced.
She used that experience to change her life and raise the bar for women in contracting.
Dee says her family paid for the full removal and replacement of shingles on their roof. Just a few short years later she says the roof started leaking. That's when Dee says her family made a shocking discovery.
"There's 15 layers of shingle on this roof. So we had to tear it all off but I mean they paid a pretty penny for that roof."
Dee took the experience and learned about the industry. She has owned All-N-1 Roofing and Home Repairs for a little more than two years and employs nine roofers.
She says being a woman in an industry dominated by men has actually been an advantage.
"No offense to men out there but I feel like women are more the type to fix it right where a man will duct tape something, you know what I mean!"
Dee says her business is all about transparency. Her crew records video while on the roof for estimates.
“We want the homeowner to see what the problem is and not us just tell them.”
Dee says All-N-1 offers quality work for good prices just like she set out to provide.
"It doesn't matter if they live in an elite neighborhood or they live on the avenues, everybody deserves what they pay for."
She suggests making sure your contractor is licensed, bonded and insured so if something does go wrong you're protected.
Dee is licensed and provides free estimates.
Dee says she owes thanks to Menards and contractors who have helped her learn the trade.
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