“Make-it-right” contractor Mike Holmes of HGTV is something of a renovation superhero. In each episode of “Holmes on Homes,” the muscular man and his team of construction workers clean up somebody else’s mess.
The Holmes crew comes to the rescue of homeowners who have been abused by sleazy contractors who have ripped them off by performing incomplete and unsafe renovation projects. Mike’s mantra is always: Make things right.
The first part of each episode is about destruction — removing the mess made by the previous hired hands. Tearing out always precedes rebuilding.
Holmes criticizes those in his own profession who aim too low, cheat customers and/or cover over shoddy work. He also criticizes minimum code requirements that allow for problems such as mold in wet areas and the use of inferior quality products.
He understands what many in a variety of professions do not: that the reputation of the whole is tarnished by the actions of a few.
Then he brings hope and happiness to abused homeowners by fixing the failures of others in his business. Simply put, he does things right and well.
It reminds me of a Bible verse many of us learned as children in the English of King James: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might…” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
Work well done — in all areas of our daily living — is so rare that often it is received as a pleasant surprise.