Lutz Building Enterprises was born in February 2018, by Thomas Lutz, founder and owner and consummate artist, out of a strong passion for the construction industry and a solid conviction of autonomy and independence.
In the face of some very hefty challenges, namely the downturn in economy during the last couple of years, coupled with the crippling COVID-19 pandemic, Lutz Building Enterprises is growing steadily and marching forward in full force. They are even planning to expand their workforce by hiring one full time employee and one part-time.
This stubbornness in facing life challenges is due largely to the unwavering determination that Thomas has in making it a success against all odds.
This fact is summed up best in his own words: “I have built the business; it's growing and we're moving forward. Determination and sticking with it is what brought me here. I hope that's inspiring to someone.” This is very inspiring indeed.
Lutz Building Enterprises provides a wide spectrum of market offerings to clients. They run the gamut from residential to commercial construction.
From interior renovations to painting, and from drywalling to flooring; as well as finishing decks, fences, even custom woodworking. They are flexible, agile, and open to almost any type of construction project.
In the world of business today, competition is fierce everywhere and anywhere. Of course, being located in a small city like Red Deer, this business fact of life is that much more prevalent.
This challenge, however, can be surmounted by being readily available to clients’ inquiries, questions, and requests. As well as being fair, accurate, and transparent with your prices.
As Thomas puts it aptly: “as long as customers know where you're at, you can do pretty well. But if the other guy has a little bit more time on his hands and can reply to phone calls and emails a little bit faster, then he's going to cut you out.”
In fact, it is this particular trait in Thomas that is giving him the strong competitive advantage over his competitors in the marketplace. Being honest with his pricing, having attention to details, especially those details that the client haven’t thought about during the planning process.
Thomas is always willing to explain the whole process clearly, precisely and point out things at the beginning so that clients know what to expect rather than being surprised at the end. It is operating with integrity and not taking advantage of people, whether they know a lot about renovations or nothing at all.
Being an ambitious entrepreneur, Thomas envisions the future of his construction business blossoming into a much bigger entity, having five to ten employees working full time, taking care of multiple renovation projects simultaneously with himself evolving into a project manager role.
Thomas ends his inspiring story with a potent advice to budding entrepreneurs:
“There's a lot of temptation to get a full-time job. But if you're really passionate about what you do, and you really want to build your business, you just need to power through sometimes, which is a lot of work, but the payoff of being your own boss, do your own thing, and build your own business is worth it.”
Courtesy of Alberta Chambers of Commerce