Meet Tedd Cuttitta of NY Fireplace Designs Inc. in New City, NY. Like many of our members, Tedd got his start in the industry from a family member, and has since learned a thing or two about what it takes to be a successful chimney sweep.
What is a question you get asked most about being a chimney sweep/chimney sweeping/the industry?
Do you know Mary Poppins?
How did you get started in the industry?
My aunt sent my mother an ad for becoming a chimney sweep, which was meant for me as I was delivering, installing and selling wood stoves and fireplaces as a helper. However, my father was looking for something and HE decided to try his hand at chimney sweeping. When he got hurt falling off a ladder I was asked if I could do it, and as it turned out, I could. We became partners until he retired.
What advice do you wish you had received when you were getting started?
It’s hard to answer this question. My father and I had different dreams, different goals.... but if I had to pick one piece of advice it would be on how to manage finances.
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