AlliedService.ca is the lean, disciplined and scalable‡ pro renovation, restoration, fine-finishing and handyman–craftsman awesomeness platform of its founding operator, Jeremiah Seip*‡ ('Sīpe'), of Guelph On.
Serving the greater Guelph, Tri-Cities area with pride, since 2001.‡
*Jeremiah 's worked as a freelance pro in the greater Guelph–Wellington (Tri-Cities, south-west-gTa) region since '01, apprenticed with 16 great, specialized veteran firms(+), and logged more than 20,000 pro hours, and counting.
ASap's Backstory: 2000 to '08 (J.S.)
Shortly after I moved back to Ontario (to Guelph, in July 2000), two brief, modestly successful partnerships had Seip Enterprises (now Seip llc) and 'Seip Painting' (now alliedpainting.com**) up and running. [See the note ** on AlliedPainting, below.]
With modest reserves sunk in tools, the winter of '02-'03 landed me on the crew of a good design & build contractor, where I enjoyed the change of pace, continued to expand my skill-set, and, without knowing it, set the pattern for the years ahead: Summer entrepreneurship, and winter apprenticeship*. [See * Journeyman, below]
By winter '03-'04 I had two men on the payroll (full-time), and an acute awareness of both the boom–bust nature of construction, and the strategic advantages of being smaller; as in, smaller and better. (Service, craftsmanship, profitability and value; with less risk, overhead and distraction...) Reluctantly, I let the guys go and 'un-branded' the business.
And began to focus almost entirely on discipline, passion, learning and skill; capitalizing on my upstart advantage: Shopping my skill-set around — apprenticing on specialized veteran crews, soaking-up knowledge and building skill.
Accordingly, over the next few years ('04 to '08) Seip Enterprises serendipitously developed two different 'brands', by word-of-mouth (honest hard work) and apprenticeship*: 'Skilled Services' (now AlliedService.ca), and 'Painting & Restoration' (ap**). [AlliedService + aliedpainting**= ASap™, AS|ap™ ... ]
** re. AlliedPainting: The lack of a proven, simple, and cost-effective solution to the problem of paint wastewater fostered my commitment to the trade, and I published ap** to set an example and, hopefully, reach the maximum good peeps.
* Journeyman, professional freelance apprenticeship: 3 veteran framing (structural carpentry) contractors: learning to build for 6 good and/or celebrated and/or award-winning builders. (Everything from production Energy Star to breakneck townhouse to multi-pitched stick-roofed executive mansion.) 2 veteran design/build general contractors: learning to build and renovate (on 4 nice additions – foundation to finish, lots of odds-and-ends, and one super-insulated studio/guest house.) 2 veteran plaster, drywall, tape & texture contractors: honing my finishing and restoration skill-set, and learning to tape & texture. 1 veteran, production boarder (drywaller hanger:) learning to board systematically. 1 veteran electrician who also dabbled in general contracting (and, became my second partner.) ... And 6 veteran Painting and Decorating outfits: refining my first bread-and-butter skill-set (on everything from luxury re-paints, to high volume commercial--residential, to chic commercial snazz-ups.)