T.J. English and his wife, Jessica, are the owners of Carova Service & Construction LLC. Opened in January of this year, this family-owned business offers general contracting services, water well and septic systems installation and repair and pool/spa cleaning. They serve the Currituck Outer Banks 4x4.
Why did you decide to start your own business?
I was formerly half owner of Southern Home Improvements with my brother-in-law. We purchased the company from my father-in-law, Charlie Pool, in 2015. I worked for my father-in-law since 2000 learning the business.
I decided to split into my own company to allow both of us to grow in the directions we wanted for our lives. This allowed my to focus on more maintenance and service repairs and get more time with my family.
Why did you locate your business in Currituck County?
I grew up in Currituck. My mother’s family has been in Currituck for generations. Both my wife and I were in the Currituck County High School Class of 2001.
Why do you do what you do?
I like being able to quickly solve problems that a customer may have already tried to fix themselves.
What are your biggest challenges as a business owner?
Finding reliable skilled labor and subcontractors in the 4x4 area.
What are the biggest rewards?
Meeting many different people and becoming friends with our customers.
What sets you apart from other similar businesses?
We strive to arrive and resolve maintenance calls in order to keep guests happy. Many times we are there to address the problem within 30 minutes.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone starting a business in Currituck County?
Be open, honest and answer phone calls even when it is a hard conversation to have.
This Currituck Small Business Spotlight first appeared in COAST OBX.
Carova Service & Construction LLC is located in Carova, NC
Call them at (252) 619-6255
Visit them online at https://www.carovasnc.com/