Heiser Restorations the Small Business Development Center Client of the Quarter 2015. Maggie and Lucas Heiser were working at The Business Incubator Center when they married in 2012. Maggie was a Communication Specialist and spent half of her career assisting the Grand Junction SBDC office. Located at the Business Incubator Center She visited with people that had dreams and saw those who followed through and became successful. In addition, Maggie’s family has a history of entrepreneurial experience including her 92 year-old grandmother who is currently running a sign company. All of this inspired her to take classes and meet with coaches through the SBDC.Maggie and Lucas Heiser Married, left The Business Incubator Center to begin their first venture together. They worked with the SBDC to develop a business plan and launch a restaurant equipment service business. Although they closed down the business a couple of years later, they learned valuable lessons and were able to “follow our hearts and passion, and learn from a failure which keeps us persevering.” "It was a crucial step and destiny that lead us to do what we are doing today" Says Lucas. Later, they began their current business, Heiser Restorations, in July 2015 which was a full time turn around for which they had done on the side for themselves. Heiser Restorations restores antique products, sells antiques that are restored or need to be restored. Including gas pumps, clocks, Vintage Motorcycles, Soda Machines, Jukeboxes, Barber chairs and poles, Record Playeers and opening a vinyl record store, Their products are sold all over the United States. They offer something for every collector. In a few short months, the business has grown to over 4000 square feet of warehouse and showroom space. Maggie continues to use the SBDC coaching to help manage cash flow and make other crucial decisions.Maggie’s experiences have shown her that “it is ok to get messy, make mistakes, take chances and keep going.” Heiser Restorations are proud members of the ANRA - Chamber of Commerce - SBA -BIC donators - Autistic Awareness and Improvement Foundations -
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Does restoring re purposing or customizing Antiques Vintage pieces lower or escalate the value? Recent questions from our clients have asked us this while they love their antique or vintage item and really want it restored they do not want to depreciate the value of the item. This is an understandable dilemma. Hopefully this blog will help you eliminate your fears on what to do with that antique vintage piece.
Lets first talk about the process when thinking of restoring or re purposing your collectible vintage antique from clocks to coolers juke boxes or furniture the first thing you have to ask is am I enjoying this piece right the way it is or would my family enjoy it more working, in its original use or with a new use so I could use it everyday. Value is also based on your desire and your ultimate pleasure of the antique and vintage piece. If its so ugly or not working and just collecting dust and you cannot show the family how it use to work then perhaps this is something worth having restored customized or re-purposed.
For many of Heiser Restorations clients that is the case. Many people want that cash register working and customized with a coca cola look or hot rod scheme they want that clock to pop with bright neon and work with its original parts and this actually increases the value. Choosing the right professionals to perform the job is critical while papa may be a mechanic he may not have the vendors set up to order the parts needed, have the sandblaster or paint booth. Restoring without the right tools can devalue the item or destroy values completely.
Also many antiques especially metal art had paint with lead in it insulation with asbestos or the refrigerator is not cooling and it needs the updated refrigerate. By using Heiser Restorations technicians we look at all these factors and make sure that not only are your products restored with as many of the original parts working and repaired but that everything goes back into your unit that is safe.
What about money well actually restoring customizing or repairing the unit as long as its done by a professional can actually improve the resell value of a unit by as much as 7 times from being un-restored.
Our facility actually will give you free estimates to have your antiques and vintage items restored. I hope you found this article helpful and send us an email email@example.com