You know how it’s been said that “good help is hard to find?” Well, over the years as a homeowner here in Phoenix, I’ve created a golden list of house-related service professionals I’ve come to trust. Most were referrals from other people first. I have known them all for years and they’ve done projects for me both big and small. The best adjectives to describe the people and businesses in the following list are:
- patient when educating the client
- cost effective
- leaves no trace
We are sharing this list with you because we love you and want you to have the same hassle and worry-free experiences we have had by using these companies. Let’s drive the economy and keep supporting outstanding small businesses!
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Dave Barber Realty, Inc. 602.230.1344
P.O. Box 15358
Phoenix, AZ 85060
Dave from Dave Barber Realty goes at the top of the list because frankly, many of these contacts are from him. Our family has known Dave and his family for years through our church. He has sold our family four (maybe even five) properties throughout the years. He’s as personable as they get and his philosophy is “I have no difficult clients…only clients with special needs.” Two years ago, he managed to complete the sale of a foreclosure house for the Lins in under two months from start to finish. Not only that, but he wrestled it away from a crooked realtor who was trying to buy it for himself. When you list your house with Dave or when you hire him to help you purchase a property here’s what you get:
- Someone who is your advocate. Dave fights for what you want and your budget. He helps educate you to understand the process.
- Someone who is truthful. He won’t hesitate to tell you when you might be making a mistake based on his experience. His integrity as a persona and business owner is something you can rely on.
- Someone who is an Arizona native and knows the market backwards and forwards. Not only that, he has a huge knowledge base in general contracting and can help refer the right people for a job.
If you ever need licensed realtor services, please call Dave. He just plain knows what he’s doing.
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Jay-P Custom Electric Inc. 480.703.1292
1170 N Meadows Dr
Chandler, AZ 85224
Justin Pietro of Jay-P Electric is just good at what he does…period. He’s redone some poorly thought-out wiring in our home and helped with all the electrical work with our kitchen remodel and other minor electrical work. When drywall needs to be cut, they do so in a way that minimizes damage and prepares the space for easy drywall repair. Justin gets it done right the first time and always has multiple solutions to any one problem.
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Reliance Refrigeration Inc. 602.944.9585
20022 N. 24th Way
Phoenix, AZ 85050
Dalen Blumentritt and his crew of professionals not only know HVAC, they are so familiar with the history of builders in this valley, they know the pattern of problems associated with ductwork in various development areas. He was able to give our older air conditioner another potential 5-7 years of life by moving an air handler, easing the stress on the unit. Many other shops would have tried to convince us to just purchase a new unit. At the cost of a few hundred dollars and quite frankly a more attractive and efficient location of the air handler, we now enjoy a more well-circulated lower level.
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New England Painting Co. 480.215.0358
John Ley (Last name pronounced “Lee”) has industry experience and it shows. I’ve never seen another painter paint a perfectly straight line in a wall/ceiling joint without taping it off. It’s a sight to behold. John doesn’t do a lot of fancy artistic finishes- if that’s what you’re looking for, then you might want to hire someone else. However, with a basic flat finish, he’s extremely fast, he knows his paint and he’s accurate. Not to mention his pricing is incredible! John has done the entire inside of our house. When we changed our mind halfway through to another shade, he took it in stride and just adjusted his pricing to reflect the additional work. Easygoing is the best way to describe John. He and his company are a pleasure to have in the house and I’m always happy with the results. If they ever miss any areas seen in the sunlight the next day, they are happy to return and fix the issue.
Professional Wallcovering Installation 602.205.3271
11225 N. 10th Pl.
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Larry Kaufman of Professional Wallcovering Installation chose a second career as a wallcovering professional because he loved doing it so much! I get so excited when people love what they do. Larry hung wallpaper for us on one wall of our kitchen. The slight texture gives depth and dimension to the room. It wasn’t an easy task considering there are three tall windows, the wall is curved and there are no sharp angles at the corner. Larry navigated the wall with the paper beautifully and even covered the outlet with wallpaper. The finished product is absolutely beautiful and we will certainly call Larry again should we need another papered accent wall.
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Pleasantries Design 480.993.4401
What happens when you have two people with strong opinions about color and design and they’re married? You hire a decorator to be the tie-breaker! Yep, Dave and I have redone our kitchen and a lot of cosmetic things with the rest of our 15-year-old home and continue to have a wonderful relationship. Margie, we give you the credit. Margie Bodemuller (Pronounced “Margie” with a hard “G”) not only has the most amazing color memory I’ve ever seen, she gives the client options so the home ends up looking like what the client likes and not just a decorator’s dream house. Margie is so much fun to work with, so easygoing and she fights to stay on budget. Margie was actually a referral from John (as seen above) and the two have worked together many times in the past. Our home is nearly done and both Dave and I are delighted with the results. She has made some very smart recommendations such as installing travertine in the downstairs area where we keep the dogs. Every time there is barf or pee or any manner of any other accident, I breathe a thank-you to Margie for having us install something durable.
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Blue McCaw Pool Services 623.210.7657
P.O. Box 11451
Glendale, AZ 85318
Steve Wiskow has been caring for the pool at 4911 E. Daley Ln. even before Dave purchased it in ’08! Steve had managed the pool for the previous owners and continued through Dave. He is a family man, a champion of small businesses and just plain takes care of his customers. He alerts us ahead of time with any potential pool problems and lets us know when there might be extra charges for a particular service each month depending on the need. He lets us know when he might be on vacation and will care for the pool earlier or later. OUR POOL HAS NEVER TURNED GREEN OR LOOKED ANY SHADE OTHER THAN BEAUTIFUL. I would repeat that last phrase but it’s in all caps and you can’t miss it. It’s always an extra expense and headache to get the pool back to normal when it isn’t properly cared for. Even in the most smoldering part of summer our pool is beautiful. Call Steve, he knows pools.
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Juan Natividad Landscaping Services 602.930.6343
3717 E. Emile Zola Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Juan and his crew have been taking care of the Lin home before it was Dave’s. When Dave moved in, the yard had been rather neglected and unimproved. Juan and his crew gave Dave a yard makeover for a very reasonable price. The makeover included thoughtfully placed cacti, desert flowering plants and natural rock levels. He has continued to care for the Daley Ln. yard and we recently hired him to take care of the in-laws house in Chandler when they are gone for the summer. He has done an exception job with that yard and keeps the HOA off our backs! Juan is an expert on every type of watering system and has great ideas for horticultural improvements. Good work Juan!
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The Plumbing Joint 480.228.2002
10558 E. Knowles Ave.
Mesa, AZ 85209
Aside from the very cute name and logo that appeals to the designer in me, Arlan Potter’s company does reliable work. Arlan has been in the industry for years and has seen it all. Arlan has worked with me on home improvements to our in-laws house and our own house. He always finds time immediately for us and is just pleasant to work with. Very personable, Arlan and his crew are careful about noise and cleanup afterward. Just an all-around great plumbing company.
Once again, this is our all-star list. I’m almost afraid to give it out for fear that they’ll become really popular and not have time for me anymore 😉 But I love you that much. If you don’t see a category on here that you may want, just shoot me an email. I bet I know someone. But these have made it on because of my very personal interactions with each and every one.