Matt and Kaytie Smith
In 2008, they married and soon moved to the Birmingham, AL area, where they still reside with their two children. Kaytie worked as a hairstylist for 6 years, before deciding to stay home and raise their family. Matt continued policing as a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy until 2021. After 18 years in law enforcement, and a horrific motorcycle accident that left Matt a below-the-knee amputee, they knew it was time for a change. Matt returned to full duty for 3 years before deciding to retire from the Sheriff’s Office.
Matt and Kaytie always talked about owning their own business –to be their own boss, to be able to take off work when needed, to be able to go to their kids’ school plays or games, to be able to travel… but they didn’t know where or how to start. Matt’s younger brother, Luke Smith, started a Brothers Gutters Franchise in Columbus Ga, which then birthed the idea to start one in Birmingham. After seeing how much Luke loved it, his success, and the family that is The Brothers Gutters Corp, it was a no-brainer.
Kaytie’s grandpa used to say that if you work for yourself, and choose a business that people will always need, you will always have work. We knew that Gutters will always be needed.
We get a lot of rain here. So, I think many of the homes in the area could benefit from 6” gutters, instead of the 5” that are on most homes. We also plan on offering stainless steel gutters or copper gutters… they look beautiful and will stand out because a lot of people don’t have those here. They will help resale, and be an upgrade to any home, leaving neighbors envious!
With The Brother that just do Gutters franchise, we feel like we are set for success. It’s like having an older sibling helping you navigate through life…“do this, not that” or “don’t do that, do this”. We have full confidence in the franchise system. They are our business family, helping us and pushing us forward, every step of the way.
It is super exciting to transition from our current roles to becoming business owners, but it can also be super overwhelming. We have so many more responsibilities, but also, so many more possibilities. We just focus on accomplishing one task at a time.
I am passionate about providing local jobs for people in the area and becoming a leader of an amazing team. Our one-year goal is to have 4 trucks with $1.5 million in revenue so that we could consider adding a fifth truck. We are excited to build our team and to create a family-oriented atmosphere that is designed to help everyone succeed, not just in work, but in life.
We clean gutters, and we install gutters and gutter guards… but we do so much more than that. We develop a relationship with our clients. Communication is key. We educate our clients. We discuss the work we are doing before doing it and make sure we are on the same page as our clients. We will strive to provide the best experience they’ve had with any home improvement company, and leave them wishing we did more than just gutters!
One of the reasons we are excited about The Brothers that just do Gutters franchise is that they have a support team and technology that will help us provide the five-star service that our customers deserve. We are professional. We respect our clients’ time. We will show up on time, and if we are running late, we will call our clients and let them know and let them know when to expect us. We will be friendly. We will do an amazing job. We will clean up afterward and leave your home looking better than we found it. You can count on loving your experience with us, and being proud of the decision you made to hire us.