Care Free Homes, Inc. is a family-owned home improvement & construction company located in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.
An A+ member of the Better Business Bureau for over 20 years, we provide top-quality customer service, outstanding product warranties and guarantee all of our workmanship for a full 10 years. We are fully licensed and insured in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Care Free Homes customers are served by the Pickup Family and their own team of qualified craftsmen.
The Care Free Homes, Inc. Family
Dana Pickup, Sr. was 23-years-old when he co-founded a small, home improvement company with his brother-in-law, Wayne Edwards. Since its founding in 1978, Care Free Homes, Inc. has evolved from a small roofing, siding, and window business to a full service, custom home improvement and construction company. It is now one of the largest home improvement companies serving Cape Cod, Southeastern Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Although Wayne is no longer a partner, Dana and his three sons, Nathan, Russell, and Dana John, now co-own the company and maintain the family commitment to quality craftsmanship and service. Dana serves as president of Care Free Homes, Inc. In his free time he can be found cheering for his seven grandchildren at various sporting events or enjoying an afternoon motorcycle ride with his wife of 41 years, Joan.
Nathan Pickup, Sr. graduated from Fairhaven High School before earning his bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1997. He was commissioned as an officer and served 5 years on active duty as an infantryman in the U.S. Army, deploying to both Bosnia and Afghanistan. In 2002, Nathan returned home to work for the family business as a project manager and continued to serve as a company commander in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. Nathan serves as Vice-President of Construction Services and Care Free Homes, Inc. He volunteers much of his time to coaching multiple basketball teams for his daughters throughout the year. Nate and his wife, Stephanie, have been married for 17 years and spend their Care Free time camping, reading, and raising their four children.
Russell Pickup is celebrating his 20th year at Care Free Homes. Fresh out of high school, he began his career as a carpenter on a framing crew building custom homes, decks, and porches. After gaining much knowledge as a carpenter, he became a skilled craftsman and led his own framing crew. He continued to progress and began using his hands-on experience to provide customers with expert advice for their home improvement projects. Russell is the Care Free Homes sales manager and has a devoted client list that continues to grow with every appointment. Russell is most care free when cruising in his Jeep with Bandit, his beloved Australian Cattle dog.
Dana Pickup, Jr., a graduate of Fairhaven High School, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in 2004. Upon graduation, Dana began working as a compliance specialist for Brown Brothers Harriman, one of the oldest, privately owned financial institutions in the country. In 2006, he joined the family business and became the company’s project manager. He then returned to the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and graduated with his master’s degree in business administration. As the Projects Manager, he ensures projects are completed on time and that customers remain informed throughout the entire construction process. Dana volunteers much of his time to coaching his sons’ and daughter’s little league teams. He resides in Fairhaven, Massachusetts with his wife, Stephanie.
Bob Pickup spent most of his high school summers doing carpentry and small home improvement projects. In the early 1980’s, he joined his older brother’s business and became the foreman of a roofing crew. By 1997, he was a highly skilled craftsman and became a project manager. He excels in multiple areas of carpentry and is a certified installer of the Vinyl Siding Institute. In addition to being an avid coin collector, Bob likes spending time with his wife, Colleen, and their four children. The couple resides in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.
Andrea Caruso has been the mainstay of the Care Free Homes, Inc. office for the past 19 years. She attended Southeastern Massachusetts University (now the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth) where she studied accounting. With years of experience in corporate management and human resources, her knowledge of customers and company services are unbeatable. Andrea’s superb skills as the office manager are essential to the day to day functions of the Care Free Homes Company. As an animal advocate, she has dedicated her life to rescuing unwanted or stray pets; making her house a Care Free home for dozens of unwanted and abandoned animals.
Stephanie Pickup studied writing and communications at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. She is a published author and journalist whose work has been featured in local and national publications. Stephanie is also the co-founder/author of Our Heroes’ Tree, a national initiative and e-book which honors the service and sacrifice of our nation’s military and their families. She is the marketing manager here at Care Free Homes and loves combining her passion for helping others with her love for home improvement. Together with her husband, Nathan Pickup (Care Free Homes VP), she stays busy with four children, their Labrador retriever, Bear, and two fish. This Care Free mama enjoys reading, gardening, volunteering in the community and coaching in the East Fairhaven Elementary School’s Sole Sisters Program,a long distance running group that promotes physical and emotional wellness for young girls.
Erin Conner is celebrating her 2nd Care Free anniversary this year! Over a period of 5 years, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth (Class of 2010) while simultaneously working as customer service and marketing coordinator for a laboratory supply company. As a student, she volunteered in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. She is most care free while gardening, traveling, cooking and spending time with her husband, Kyle, her son, Lachlan, and their dog, Chloe.
Joe Martone is our most favorite blue-eyed, sunroom guy! Actually – Joe can give you a price on any project but Betterliving sunrooms and conventional construction sunrooms are his specialty. A super nice, easygoing gentleman – there isn’t a customer who doesn’t love Joe and his attention to detail. With four amazing children, Joe enjoys Care Free moments with family, baking biscotti (got to stay true to those Italian roots!) and playing fetch with his Golden retriever, Buddy.
Kerri Finnerty is an upbeat and fun loving gal who knows home improvement! Kerri has been part of our Care Free crew for over three years now. When customers need an appointment – chances are they will have the pleasure of speaking with our friend, Kerri! You’ll find her at all of our home shows and community events lending a helping hand (and sharing our Care Free goodie bags!) This Care Free girl enjoys star gazing (she always knows when the next meteor shower will be coming!) cooking, kitty cats and loving her 6 year old daughter, McKayla.