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Lisa Montano 623-826-2785 ac
excellent moderate
Lisa Montano, owns Montano A/C & Heating; can be reached at 623-826-2785. Her e-mail is: cooluoff#2@gmail.com. Dedicated to continuous improvement, having been in the business for 18 years, and works to educate customers on the best solutions for their problems.
Lynae Cole 602-300-9300

Mr Appliance (480)3133960 other
good
We had difficulty finding someone to fix our old stove. After calling multiple appliance repair shops, George was the only one that would do the repair.
Gary Hochstetler 6022531362

Rik Carroll 602-552-9254 handyman
excellent
On-time, dependable, lives in Story.
David Stanton 602-738-8005

Rik Carroll 602-552-9254 (b landscape
excellent inexpensive
On-time, dependable, lives in Story.
Lynae Cole 602-300-9300

Integrity Tree Service (602) 788-0005 landscape
excellent moderate
Understand how to prune native trees (mesquite, palo verde) Saved my Jacarunda tree. Pruning 3 trees cost $750. They hauled everything away. A small local business owned by John Eisenhower, a licensed arborist.
Tice Supplee 602-258-7080

Howard air 602-953-2766 ac
excellent
My A/C went out in late June, Steve from Howard air came out and gave me several options to choose from. I chose to replace me 25 year old roof top unit with a new Trane 16 seer unit. Howard air had it installed in 1 day and it works great. They were timely did a nice job installing the new unit and made sure it was operating properly before leaving. They also will service it the next 3 years bi annually free of charge.
Mark Kenly

Dimas Nunes 602-919-0448 landscape
excellent
Dave Stanton and I had Dimas work with us on our Jan., 2015 salvage job at the Good Egg. Given his incredible work ethic, we have decided to make his services available to our neighbors. As it relates to landscaping, Dimas has about 12 years experience working concrete; he formed slabs/casons, walkways, and wall structures for utility transformers and their related electrical service garages. Dimas has an incredible attention to detail, is super patient in his approach to work, and comes prepared to do what he has promised. We highly recommend him, and as that you call either of us with any questions.
Lynae Cole 602-300-9300

Dimas Nunes 602-919-0448 carpentry
excellent
I had Dimas work with Dave Stanton and myself on our Jan., 2015 salvage job at the Good Egg. He is terrific, always work to educate his customer, working efficiently, and keeping on schedule. He comes prepared, has incredible patience and attention to detail, and you will be ever so happy to have him do anything you need. Feel free to contact me or Dave Stanton at 602-738-8005 if you have any questions.
Lynae Cole 602-300-9300

Dimas Nunes 602-919-0448 handyman
excellent
Dimas worked for David Stanton and me on our Salvage job in Jan., 2015 at the Good Egg. Because of his high skill level, patience, and attention to detail, I am making this recommendation. Dimas works to educate his customer, is incredibly dependable, comes prepared to work, and does not stop until the job is done right. He works smart, always making sure that jobs are done with the utmost of safety and skill. You will be delightfully surpsied.
Lynae Cole 602-300-9300

Drew Allen owner (imagine construction) 602-690-1039 masonry
excellent moderate
Solved the problem of slab cracks coming through ceramic tiles. Replaced tile and it has not cracked after 9 years.
Patrick hines 8478883399

Two Sparks Electric 602.778.9191 electric
excellent moderate
Michelle is an excellent electrician. She was on time, precise, gave a good price, cleaned up after her work. The HVAC person was impressed too. She grounded some outlets and updated the power to the HVAC unit. She is licensed, bonded, insured. I highly recommend her.
Cindy Dick 602.516.6265

Art Birdwell 602-274-4121 plumbing
excellent moderate
Art Birdwell is sole owner operator of Birdwell Plumbing. Originally he was referred to me by a long-time Story resident over 14 years ago, and I highly recommend him to everyone. Art is most diligent in educating his customers on every call, always taking time to explain in detail what does or does not need doing in an effort to proivde the customer with added-value service. He is very affordable, is an expert in gas lines and replumbing, is always on time, and works most efficiently. Everyone I have referred him to has been 100% satisfied, and you will be also!!
L. A. Cole 602-300-9300

Lennards Plumbing 602-252-2882 plumbing
excellent moderate
Had a hot water heater TP valve failure- except I had no idea that is what it was. The drain overflow from the tankless water heater goes into the crawl space under the house. They impressed me immediately when they crawled under with no hesitation. Previous plumber said "No way"! The Lennards guys had no problem crawling through the very small access opening. Fixed the problem in a jiffy and all is well. I recommend the prompt and courteous service! I found this company from a previous excellent review by an FQ Story neighbor.
Tice S. 602-258-7080

Tristar Gas Services 602-695-2509 other
excellent moderate
Gas line installation ---Gas fireplace installation. Very pleased with their attitude, competitive cost and quality of work. Mike and Rob offer suggestions of the best way to complete a job but leave the final decision to the homeowner. They even loaned us a temp set of fire stones until our back ordered set of the correct stones arrived.
Joe Zbick 585-738-8888

BNC Air 602-772-1463 ac
excellent inexpensive
My neighbor recommended BNC Air. Bill is the sole proprietor and does the work himself. I contacted three companies for HVAC bids. The first one was Coolmasters (Colt sold their business to them). They tried to sell me the worst unit (per Consumer Reports ratings) for the most money. Climate Control offered a decent unit but still expensive. BNC represents American Standard (they are the highest rated units for both AC and the heating) for $2K+ less than the other two. He was on-time, thorough, clean, and put in a great unit. He also explained the estimate thoroughly. Moral of the story, always have an independent contractor in the mix when getting bids.
Cindy Dick 6025166265

Homework Remodels 602-478-5102 room
poor moderate
Remodel began November 2012, for a what was to take a six week double bathroom remodel. It is Jan 2013 and we are still having issues. We relied on our fellow historic homeowner references. See urls as follows: http://youtu.be/08Bn_VDHNDk http://youtu.be/4qJIwL23ArA http://youtu.be/3vE9UUFO1oI OR go to youtube and put in Homework Remodels and look for 3 videos

Dave Stanton- Stanton Advantage LLC 602-738-8005 windows
excellent inexpensive
Dave is an expert at old house window repair and is a competent and experienced craftsman. He did an excellent job repairing two double hung windows in my guest house at a very reasonable price. He is very prompt and gives accurate estimates of the time it will take to complete the repairs.

Thomas Mcintosh (480) 963-5399 masonry
fair expensive
Keeps padding the pricing. Jokes he will take your pension and by the increase in charges he will. Get everything in writing and make certain they clean up. (He would not clean up, and killed my plants). $1000 for 12 cracks. Original bid was $800 After feeling badly about how much he was taking us for he mentioned he did extra cracks for free, but turned around and asked for an additional $50. He makes a point to notice your personal cost of living, and makes comments in regard to others in the neighborhood.

Leonel - Construction PRO 602-421-4143 room
excellent
Leonel and his crew have been amazing. We are building out the garage for a laundry room and a darkroom. We added new utility service to the garage (water, sewer, gas, electric). They also, insulated and built out the garage. Leonel is professional and has gone above and beyond. Leonel did all the leg work to get all city permits and did all the research before giving me a final estimate. He has been very through and has also done a few other things around the house for me as well. I got 3 other quotes and Leonel was the least expensive, but the main reason why I chose him was because he was the most professional and before we even had a contract he went to the city and the historic preservation board to discuss the project and the requirements. I will definitely use Leonel again for other jobs.
Jena Schmidt 4807170369

Royal Wood Flooring 602-446-2613 floor
excellent inexpensive
excellent inexpensive Royal Wood Flooring 602 446 2613 specializes in wood floor installation, new and old hardwood floor repairs, screening, recoating, dustless sanding & refinishing. This compnay is licensed bonded and insured. Vinny at Royal Wood Flooring is the wood flooring contractor for any and for all of your wood flooring needs. Call him and see the Royal wood flooring difference.

Vinny 602 446 2613 floor
excellent inexpensive
Royal Wood Flooring 602 446 2613 specializes in wood floor installation, new and old hardwood floor repairs, screening, recoating, dustless sanding & refinishing. This compnay is licensed bonded and insured. Vinny at Royal Wood Flooring is the wood flooring contractor for any and for all of your wood flooring needs. Call him and see the Royal wood flooring difference.
Dalia

"My Green Cut Yard", Jeff 602 799 9689 landscape
poor moderate
I worked with him on 3 occasions, and minor to moderate problems each time. In trying to resolve the issues, he was difficult to get ahold of.. I had to call several times after discussed work was not fully completed or problems were created and needed to be fixed, and long delays before getting any response. After 3 times all with problems and poor response there will not be a 4th.

Jimmy Lewallen, Sierra Custom Stone 602-349-0002 room
excellent moderate
Jimmy is a general contractor and his crew just restored 1335 W Lynwood. They special ordered tile to mimic the 1925 kitchen and bathrooms the home originally had and they stayed true to the era rather than gutting the home and adding new everything. The home now has modern appliances and plumbing but the look of 1925. It is well done and beautiful
Benita Yacenda 602-770-9671

Lennards Plumbing Inc 602 989-3973 plumbing
excellent moderate
AWESOME A PLUS job. Put in water softener and trenched missing other old plumbing jobs leaving my yard better than when they started. I love my soft water. He is also going to put in a more efficient waterless heater too. I HAVE used many of the other plumbers on our list and this guy is the best. I am very picky too.
Meg 602 256-2275

Drew Allen 602-690-1039 masonry
excellent moderate
We were so pleased to find Drew here. After bad luck with many contractors through the years we finally found a person that knows how to work on these older houses. He did a new plaster cieling in our living room that looks flawless. Later we had him install new wood and stone floors.Drew took the time to sit down with us and design the new floor layout. Can`t say enough how pleased we are with his work.

Ron Ashby 602-526-1438 paint
excellent inexpensive
Ron did an excellent job painting the outside of my house, using high quality paint. he completed the job quickly and professionally, with attention to detail.
Pat T

Ralph Delgrosso 480-241-9732 paint
excellent inexpensive
Ralph repainted the interior of our house in Story and the exterior of our previous home. He is a very talented painter and he always gives a fair price. In addition to painting he also has guys that do a great job with tile and small renovation projects.
Lauren Withycombe Keeler 602-3742173

Stanton Advantage (602) 462-5359 windows
excellent moderate
Dave does an excellent job on historic windows. I put his price down as moderate as I there are few to none others doing what he does.
Pat T.

Tidy Tree Trimming 602.889.7174 other
excellent inexpensive
They removed a giant Pine tree in an hour. I called three contractors and they had the best price - they were $900 under the highest bid. The full crew arrived on time and cleaned-up afterwards. They do big and small jobs. I highly recommend them.
Cindy Dick 602.516.6265

Las Canoas Masonry (623) 866-9547 masonry
excellent moderate
Las Canoas Masonry a.k.a. Manuel (Father) and Rafael (son) receive our highest recommendation for the pizza oven they helped us construct. They are true artist with masonry and can accomplish most any task to your pleasure, Their fee was reasonable, they completed the job in a timely manner and were a pleasure to work with. They showed up as promised and went the extra mile to get our satisfaction. Quality is high on their list and they will not do shoddy work. They offered great ideas on some unplanned situations. I could not ask for more. This small company (group of 5) specializes in masonry, plastering, stone, BBQ, chimney, pizza oven, waterfall, etc. They are licensed and bonded. ROC # 149273

Drew Allen 602 690-1039 electric
excellent moderate
Drew did some exterior electrical for our house and did an excellent job. He and his helper showed up on time and finished in a timely manner. He did what he promised to do and is a very honest person to deal with. We always enjoy having Drew over to fix something in this old house.

Constantino Rosas 602-486-6538 landscape
excellent inexpensive
Tino laid 50 100-pound pavers in our backyard and did a BEAUTIFUL job. I would highly recommend him!
Cindy Tassielli 602-252-4155

Thomas Hardge dba Rogue Aire LLC (623) 329-0650 ac
excellent inexpensive
Thomas has serviced our evaporative cooler on several occasions and I am finally getting around to giving him this excellent review that he deserves. In a field where squeezing the customer out of every red cent he/she has because of the precarious situation they face (no ac in the hot Arizona summer) Thomas stands out not only in his professionalism, but his honesty and expertise. He has always been very dependable, very reasonable in his fee and always fixes the problem. We would not consider calling anyone else for heating and air conditioning problems at our house. He has vast experience not only with evaporative coolers, but refrigeration (air conditioning) and gas furnaces. Give Thomas a chance, he will not disappoint.

Ryan Puckett 602-370-4520 handyman
excellent moderate
Ryan was a licensed contractor for nine years and as of 2010 is changing professions and is now in nursing school. I hired Ryan for several projects. He replaced the original 1950s front door threshold, patched the roof, and hung a sliding mirrored closet door. He was excellent. He is thorough, pleasant to work with, and he cleaned the work area after he finished. I highly recommend him.
Cindy Dick 602-262-5597

Beesco Plumbing 602-434-4741 plumbing
excellent moderate
I have used Beesco for my house (bathroom sink), my guest house, and a major plumbing leak under the concrete in my rental house (plus other smaller plumbing leaks). Sam is the owner and only plumber and is smart, reliable, and trustworthy. I recommend him to everyone that needs a plumber.
Cindy Dick 602-262-5597

Marty Meitl - Fine Arts Home 480-234-7792 room
excellent moderate
On time, completed the entire kitchen (including major demolition) in 7 weeks, fussy and therefore tidy and conscientious, no cost overruns, good follow-up, outgoing, great design
Noreen Baldwin 252-7875

J. A. Rainwater Studio, Inc. 480-518-3949 other
excellent inexpensive
Drafting and architecture design services by J. A. Rainwater Studio were provided for my home renovation this past year. The service was excellent and they were very attentive to my project objectives. I would recommend them again for historical residential architectural drawings.
Miguel

Drew Allen 602-690-1039 plumbing
excellent moderate
I was very pleased with Drews work. He replaced many of my leaky cast iron pipes, repaired the water damage to my basement wall, and repainted, including the decorative design, with precision! He was extremely thorough and really took the necessary time to do it right. He was always reliable and showed up when he said he would. I highly recommend him and would not hesitate to use his service again for pluming or other types of repairs.

Xochitl Miramontes 602-326-0786 other
excellent moderate
HOUSEKEEPING. I do not have a regular housekeeping service but when I need deep cleaning done thoroughly (like when my mother is coming to visit), I call Xochi. My house gets REALLY grimy, and Xochi is the kind of cleaner whose eyes are always scanning for something else to wipe down or scrub. Unlike other cleaners who would mop my bathroom floor and do little more than get the grime wet, Xochi really scrubs until it sparkles. No need to ask her to do things like clean the base of my pedestal sink -- she just does it because she notices the dust. She cleans the "hidden" stuff out from under my kids bed, again without me asking. In short, she cleans like this were her own house and I am delighted every time! I paid her $90 for 5 hours of hard work, and it was worth every penny.
Ginger McGarity

Drew Allen (602) 690-1039 electric
excellent inexpensive
Drew installed two antique chandeliers for us after " Phoenix Lamp" had repaired and re-wired them. As always, Drew is there when he says he will be, charges a fair fee, and knows what he is doing. Honest is another adjective I can use in describing this young man who loves working in Story and the homes of our neighborhood. Look for his many other reviews from myself and other neighbors. The real deal...

Phoenix Lamp (602) 955-5640 electric
excellent moderate
This listing is not your ordinary contractor, but a long time Phoenix institution (1946) for antique lamps, shades and repairs. Located at 2225 E. Indian School Road, this is the place to bring those antique chandeliers, wall sconces and anything old for new wiring and repair. George is the owner and he stands behind his work. We have purchased a pair of table lamps from this store, hard to find shades for wall sconces, and new wiring on 2 chandeliers and one gooseneck desk lamp. All done with a high degree of craftsmanship and expertise. This is a local Phoenix small business that deserves your business when it comes to antique lighting needs. They have the largest selection of shades west of the Mississippi. They also have a wide selection of antique lamps and chandeliers on display for purchase.

Drew Allen 602 690-1039 gate
excellent moderate
Drew has helped us on several projects. This time we had a rear gate that did not operate easily. Drew fixed all with 2 new hinges and rearranging the latch. Works great now! He is responsible, shows on time, honest, talented and remains high on our list of recommended contractors.

JT 602-999-7883 landscape
excellent inexpensive
Great Lawn care service, JT is a registered landscape architect that actually will maintain your property. He is professional, and are nice and trustworthy.

Drew Allen (602) 690-1039 plumbing
excellent moderate
Drew has done numerous jobs around our house and we have always been pleased with his work and professionalism. He arrives on time and charges what promised. For repeat customers, I think he might even offer a slight discount. Anyway, he is well worth it. This latest renovation was the installation of a new kitchen sink and faucet. Very happy with how it turned out. Plumbing can be an expensive endeavor, but I think he charged a fair fee for his services. My wife and I would give Drew Allen only our highest praise.

Acacia Wood Floor 602.574.9410 floor
excellent moderate
WOW, most of my experience with contractors has not been good. Most of the time I am happy if the contractor shows up AND comes back to finish! ACACIA WOOD FLOORS!!!! Best contractor experience I have EVER had in Phoenix!!! Here on time finished as promised. Acacia went FAR above and beyond!!!! Great experience! Mike is the owner.
Jill 602.410.7770

Silver fox 602-745-8375 plumbing
excellent moderate
Brian, owner operator of silver Fox came to my house to finalize past work that was not completed that a friend had worked on. He was so thorough and very honest and personable. He did not hesitate to complete the job someone else had started. His service was great and punctual! Price was extremely reasonable too!!
angela 602-430-0387

John Huse of Huse Home Improvements 602.296.4048 room
poor expensive
Guilty by association he acted as Operations manager for D. Olson General Contractors for our bathroom remodel in April 2007. Windows were ordered through him that we never received. After we filed a complaint with the ROC, he continued to support the Olson group by being the representative at all ROC inspector meetings. During which time he continued to spread the lies of Mr. Delbert Olson. To this date (September 2008) we are still in the ROC process and still have a completely gutted Master bathroom. All while Mr. Olson and his operations manager Mr. John Huse took $7500 from us.
Jeff Ohm 602.797.5993

Ben Franklin Plumbing 480 812 1855 plumbing
poor expensive
They would charge me thousands of dollars to not even fix my problem. They do not know how to work on old homes and they give the profession of plumbing a bad name. Lutz plumbing fixed the problem for about one-tenth of the proposed price.
Kelly Powell 602 885 1907

Lutz Plumbing 602.717.8127 plumbing
excellent inexpensive
Geno Lutz is a smart man and knows how to fix things...good traits in any profession and invaluable in a plumber. I have worked with a half dozen plumbers and most of them just change parts. Lutz is analytical and saved me thousands of dollars (and came out on Saturday no less). Call me if you want more details.
Kelly Powell 602.885.1907

Universal Drain 602.482.1900 plumbing
excellent inexpensive
Ed from Universal is the best drain man in Phoenix. I have used a host of companies, most of them successful to some degree, but Universal actually understands how old homes work and how they are put together. I will never use another drain cleaner.
Kelly Powell 602.885.1907

Attic Access 623-825-9662 other
excellent inexpensive
When we discovered all the usable storage space in our attic, we decided to have an pull-down attic ladder installed, since the small crawl hole in the closet made access so difficult. I found Attic Access (basically Mike, one man show) after searching the internet. We also had him install some flooring in the attic. Mike works fast and efficiently and cleans up perfectly - must be his former military training. The ladder has worked flawless since installed. A few weeks after the install we ran into him at the Home Show at the fairgrounds where he had a booth. www.atticaccess.com
Ian

Hees Electric 480-254-4627 electric
excellent moderate
June 2008. We had all wiring redone and electric panel replaced by Hees Electric. Kerry Hess lives in the Coronado District, so suffice to say, he understands the special needs we have for our cherished historic homes. It was a pure pleasure working with Kerry. Hes efficient, meticulous and dependable (and our kids love him). Even if his estimate comes in higher, go with him because he will do the job right (kind of important when it comes to electric, eh.)
1100 block of Lynwood St.

Foresite Foam Insulators 480-539-5730 insulation
excellent moderate
May 2008. We had all the ancient blown-in and batt insulation removed from our attic and had Foresite apply sprayed (expanding) foam to the underside of our roof deck. Now our attic is a completely sealed space. Its awesome! We now use the attic for storage because its only about 5-7 degrees warmer than the main house. Also our AC works half as hard because the ductwork is not sitting in 130 degree space. I interviewed 9 different companies for this job before picking Foresite. Spray foam is more expensive than traditional insulation, but its worth it. www.ForesiteFoam.com
Lynwood St.

Homework Remodels 602-470-5102 room
excellent moderate
Steve Shinn of Homework Remodels paid great care and attention to details in the recent remodeling of my kitchen All work was performed within the time frames stated and the agreed upon budget. He was very cooperative with the changes I made, and also came up with a number of creative suggestions and alternatives in keeping with the historic flavor of my home. His floor plan design made the most of my limited space and I am really pleased with the results. Additionally, I would like to comment on the fact that I was out of town during the final completion of the project and had total trust in leaving my house key with him. What a pleasure it was to come home to my new kitchen remodel.
Sue Morse 602-363-6070

Fresh Air 623-434-3897 ac
excellent inexpensive
April 2008. We are converting our attic to storage space and needed all leaking metal ductwork on the attic floor removed and replaced with R8 flex duct suspended from the attic roof. I went with them because they were recommended by a trusted contractor, they were less than one-half of another quote I received and they seemed very knowledgeable about older homes. I made the right decision. They did everything they said they would do and they did not even step through our plaster ceiling. Highly recommend for any ductwork repair or replacement. They also offer an integrated air purifier system that I am still considering.

Accutemp 602-957-3745 ac
excellent moderate
Accutemp was recommended by APS. The process of installing a new 4-ton 3 phase unit was easy and uncomplicated. The sales person was not pushy and the job foreman really knew his stuff - putting a 50+ foot "run" to the back bathroom where there had previously not been a vent. I would highly recommend them.
Cindy Tassielli 602-252-4155

Freelite 602-233-1981 windows
excellent expensive
January 2008. I gave up on getting a Phoenix window grant for a variety of reasons. More power to you if you have the patience and willpower to go that route. The primary requirement of our whole house window replacement was to maintain historical integrity, even though we were going dual pane and something other than all-wood as currently existed. Freelite matched the new window grids to the original wood grids identically. They used a vintage style which places a grid on the interior, exterior and in between the panes. And even though I went with fiberglass frames, manufactured by Milguard, now that they are painted, you can not tell the difference between original and new from the street. The bottom line is Freelite understands the historic nature of F.Q. Story. And their installers are in house, not contracted. I did not even consider that when price shopping, but the installation process is as important as anything else. One side note, even though I did not use them, I almost went with Phoenix Door And Window because they seemed decent. Whatever you do, avoid Andersen Windows, unless you enjoy being mistreated by a salesman. Also, please do not go cheap by getting vinyl frames. Your historic home deserves better. Good luck.

Colt Heating & Cooling 602-712-1245 ac
excellent moderate
Randy (owner) and his team are courteous, professional and on time. They showed great respect to my home in historic Cheerylynn. Their work was top notch and I was impressed by their timeliness and attention to detail. They cleaned up thier worksite each day and Randy inspected every aspect of the job. I highly recommend this company to anyone considering work on thier existing system or instalation of a new one.
Carlos Lee Capaz 602-296-4412

1st American Flooring, LLC - Darius Zaha 602-332-3331 floor
excellent moderate
This company came highly recommended by Arizona Hardwood Supply, a company we purchased our wood floors from. Darius came and met with us at a moments notice over the Holidays. He had one of his skilled workers come a day early for prep and leveling. The next day, Darius team, finished 600 square feet of floor in 4 hours. The floor looks amazing and I would recommend Darius and 1st American Flooring to anyone. This is the kind of installer that puts in flooring in multi-million dollars homes in Payson, Prescott, Oro Valley, etc. Quality work for a decent price.
Shane Doherty 602-315-3058

Drew Allen 602-690-1039 handyman
excellent moderate
12-18-07: Drew cleaned our gutters, which were long overdue for some maintenance. He was fast, friendly, and did a bang-up job. So thanks for the references, neighbors. I would definitely use him again.

Arizona Ceramic Tile 602-954-7575 masonry
excellent inexpensive
Dec. 18, 2007: We had to replace the tile surrounding our tub. Dale demolished the existing tile, installed backing and laid new tile. His work was excellent and thorough, and he worked long hours to get our job done quickly. He also happens to be a really nice guy who communicates well. I plan to use his company again, and I could not recommend him more.

Universal Drains 602 482-1900 plumbing
excellent moderate
This guy Ed only works on drain issues. He is excellent and I would definitely use him again. He gives you a base cost before he arrives, does not leave a mess and even guaranteed the work he did for us up to 1 year. He gives you a time and arrives at that time (usually within 6-8 hours) or else he calls to tell you if he plans on being late.
Joe 585-738-8888

Homework Remodels 602-478-5102 room
excellent moderate
We used Homework Remodels to add a full bathroom (inside detached former garage) and are very pleased with the result. We would highly recommend them to others considering remodeling and/or home improvement projects. They understand the concept of maintaining historic integrity and took great strides during the project to stay within Historic Neighborhood guidelines. Some of the qualities we appreciated during their work included: the presentation of low/medium/high cost options, attention to detail, consistent communication and a clear commitment to timeliness and efficiency. We can honestly say they showed up exactly when they said they would – every time – and they finished ahead of schedule! We could have gone with less expensive contractors, but I doubt the result would have been the same. Things went so well that we are now using Homework Remodels for additional projects.
Ian C.

Flavio Sesmas 602 423-6796 landscape
excellent moderate
About 8 months ago, I gave Flavio a poor review as you can read. However, he has made things right with us and I feel I need to adjust that previous poor review to now a very good one. He did tree trimming for us. I would give Flavio my best marks for his job trimming palm trees. I would watch him closely and communicate freely about your desires for trees like the Arizona Ash. He proved himself to us and now we will hire him for future jobs. Again his specialty is palm trees. He has other FQ Story residents happy with his work so this also speaks favorably about his job and character. Nice comeback Flavio!

Drew Allen (602) 690-1039 plumbing
excellent moderate
This is follow up critique of Drew's work as a plumber. See previous one on his carpentry skills. Yes he is as good with a pipe wrench as a hammer. Showed up when promised and took care of all details to our satisfaction. We replaced 2 toilets (Toto brand are just super), a replacement sink in the laundry room, a new faucet in the guest bath and shower handles and head. Drew did everything for our critical eye and scrutiny. A side note regarding where we purchased all these goodies...Clyde's hardware in Phoenix. Heard so much about this place over the years, so when it came to plumbing needs we went through them. Over-rated was our experience and disappointed when we expected so much...yes they do have stuff (European) that may be difficult to get anywhere else however they like only to deal with the contractors, so as homeowner they make it very difficult to get answers, etc. Must make an appt with one of their sales clerks to even get in the door. Once ordered it took forever to arrive and then we had damaged goods that took another forever. On my next project I will go through BPI (3 locations in Valley) or Ferguson's (NE Scottsdale). In closing we give Drew Allen however our highest accolades.

David Stanton (602) 462-5359 carpentry
excellent inexpensive
David is a true artisan. he has our old windows figured out and he is a wealth of knowledge. I highly recommend Dave, who is a neighbor and who cares about those tiny details that make a historic house so much fun to own.

A Splash of Color 602-405-2726 paint
excellent moderate
Arnold Longeau is the owner and did the painting project for my house. He is very profesional and easy to work with. he double and triple checks to be sure all is as you want it. He took on the project of my house personally. He totally appreciated the historic character and did very excellent work with all the woodwork. He charged as quoted even though the job took him longer than anticipated. His cost is very reasonable and he uses quality paint products. Clean up was done well and he has accomadated the detail of a return visit for final touch up after the historic windows were reassembled. A quality company that I highly recommend for our neighborhood vintage houses. For context, another painter that bid the project suggested that I replace all the original windows rather than bothering with restoring them. A third bid came in at the same price if I did all the prep work. A Splash of Color is a terrific good deal in my opinion.
Tice Supplee 602-380-3722

Ben Franklin Plumbing 480-812-1855 plumbing
excellent moderate
We had a plugged drain over the holidays. They arrive on time, very courteous and professional. Diagnosed and fixed the problem within no time at all. I would highly recommend this company.

Cadillac Tile 602-392-9000 masonry
excellent expensive
Great work. tidy too.

Palmer & Sons 480-695-8836 electric
excellent moderate
Nice electrician with good communication skills and honest too. He added many plugs outlets in my wood art studio and fixed things when the breaker kept switching off.

Cadillac Tile masonry
excellent expensive
This guy is superb at tile work. I designed a tile pattern to go around my fireplace and he did it beautifully. He is immaculately tidy and I belive is also a general contractor that can do other things as well. Would hire again. Is a bit pricey. Sorry I can't find the number, but he is listed locally.

20th Century Roofing 602 277-5085 roof
excellent moderate
This family owned roofing company is fantastic. Excellent work, on time, price is what he says it is. My roof looks beautiful and they are extremely tidy at end of each day. They had to take all the old shakeunderneath the old tiles to lay the roof flat.

Universal Drains 602 482-1900 plumbing
excellent moderate
This guy only works on drain issues. He is excellent and would use again. He is honest, skilled and direct. Price up front what it is.

Mr. Fixit 602-589-7274 handyman
poor inexpensive
This company is not good for home handywork. Their handyman are unprofessional in appearance and attitude and skills. Tried to use to put new sinks, disposal and faucets, but changed my mind once they arrived.

Angus Kittle 602-616-5315 handyman
excellent moderate
Angus does plumbing, electical and all aspects of home repair inside and out as well as the his plaster specialty. He did a beautiful job replastering large holes in my walls after my house was rewired and replumbed. I highly recommend him.

Flavio Sesmas Don't call landscape
poor expensive
Quoted me $400 to trim two trees and trim the bark smooth on a 12 foot palm tree. I thought it was excessive when he quoted, but he said when he did the job estimate it would take 3 guys 7 to 8 hours to complete, so I agreed with the price. His cousin, Alphonso does yard work for several homes in the neighborhood, so his recommendation counted a lot. After I complained to him and showed him the job, he himself backed off on this recommendation and said he should have done it himself. Well Flavio and two man crew spent 3 1/2 hours(not the 7 to 8 hours estimated--they said they worked fast). and did a lousy job. I had to tell him every branch that needed cut out of an Arizona ash. He has no concept of how to trim a tree and I know more about the subject after a quick research on the Internet. He butchered one tree. The palm tree came out okay. He used his powerful leaf blower to clean up and all that did was create a major mess for us later as all that dust,etc went right into the house via the non-airtight windows. Leaf blowers do not clean...all they do is move the dirt pile from one location to another and why they are so popular is beyond me. Seems a broom and dust pan and dumping it into the dumpster is the proper way of cleaning up one's mess. They did haul everything away to the dump afterwards. But their lack of skill, exorbitant price, and poor clean-up makes me wish I had done this job myself or hired someone who at least when they charge that much, can then do the job right and clean up afterwards in proper fashion. I felt this man really gouged me and I was taken advantage of in the fee charged.

Ceiling 2 Floor Painting (602) 380-8848 paint
good moderate
Great communication, showed up when they promised and did nice work. A few little details were confused here and there, but I would hire them again in a heartbeat - especially compared to most painters I've tried.
Kat Langman 480-223-2372

David Stanton (602) 462-5359 carpentry
excellent inexpensive
David has done many interior doors in our house and a set of 3 French door style screens on the exterior. He had changed out worn out thresholds at several locations. He does only quality work and his love of carpentry shows afterwards. He is honest, hard working and always shows as promised. David lives in the neighborhood and is one of our Neighborhood Association's past President. He understands the work involved on these older homes and enjoys doing it. He receives only the highest accolades from this homeowner.

Great Garage (623) 882-2499 carpentry
excellent expensive
Heard about this company on Rosie and Romey radio show on Saturday mornings on KTAR. They are "Rosie Certified" and if you go to RosieOnTheHouse.com you can find a great list of contractors that have met his high specs. Anyway, this critique is about Great Garage and the Great job they did in our garage. Fred installed 16feet of cabinets and a 4 foot workbench and let me tell you they are a sight to behold. Wonderful workmanship, very high quality, did the job in a timely manner as promised. Can't say enough good things about this company. The owner is John who was very good to work with regarding any concerns. Very organized company, but I guess if you are in the garage cabinet organizing you have to be. ALSO, they do floors and the epoxy "Desert Cherry" color we picked out is perfect for Arizona and our " like new " garage. For garage cabinets and flooring you cannot go wrong with this company.

Drew Allen (602) 690-1039 carpentry
excellent moderate
Found Drew on this website and glad we have such a list because he proved himself a winner just as he did in his previous 2 positive critique from other neighbors. Drew showed up always as promised. He is honest and a hard worker. He does quality work. He is very reliable and does what he says he will. He finished on schedule and went out of his way to do so. We much appreciated all his efforts in the drywall, insulation, and electrical renovation he did inside our garage (now a guest house for my car). Liked him so much we invited him back to try plumbing in both baths and laundry room. It's in progress so I'll let you know if he as good with a pipe wrench as he is with a hammer.
JCA

StrucTec 480-329-3178 landscape
poor moderate
I had contacted StrucTec since previous Story President, Karl Obergh is a member of this company. The contractor Clint Hartmann did a horrible job with our concrete patio and after almost 5 months has still not made it right. The concrete cracks, slopes, etc . . . it looks horrible!!! My suggestion is to not do business with this company.
Jennifer Kingsley 602 393 8279

Arizona Helical Piers Company 480-854-7661 other
excellent moderate
I was pretty scared when my house starting cracking inside and out. Structural engineer said we needed four piers to stabalize the foundation due to shifting soil. I got some bids and liked this company the best. Excellent work, excellent customer service. The job didn't cost as much as I had feared and they didn't try to scare me into having additional stuff done.
Cheryl Thompson

Huse Home Improvements 602.296.4048 other
excellent moderate
They work with contractors for many types of home improvements. We used them to replace windows and other household improvements. They are a great company!
Shawnee Doherty

Huse Home Improvements 602.296.4048 windows
excellent moderate
They work with contractors for all kinds of home improvements, not just windows. However, we used them to replace our wood windows with double paned Jeld-Wen wood and were happy with the outcome.
Shawnee Doherty

Bob's Lock & Safe Center (480) 964-9841 other
excellent moderate
Matt P., a service rep with "Bob's Locks", a company who has been doing business in the Valley for 30+ years came to the house to replace a deadbolt lock. He arrived when promised, did more than required/expected and in turn deserves my recommendation for anyone in need of upgrading their present locks. This company aka LifeTime Security Group offers 24 hour service and market rates. It offers a wide spectrum of services with the exception of alarm systems which they do not. You can never be too safe and check this company out if the need arises.

Chaundoin Construction Kevin Hotchkiss (602) 367-1175 masonry
excellent moderate
This company is very good at repointing and repairs for historical brick work. They did my entire home and it looks fantastic as they matched the old grout and old bricks well. Very conscienscious and they do quality work. They also clean up well afterwords.
Meg

Air Care Heating and Cooling LLC 602 721-3681 ac
good expensive
The work done was good but VERY OVERPRICED. There was a 500% mark-up on a fan for my compressor unit. The fan cost $115 at a place here in the valley and they said it was $588. I told them it was higher that I thought it should be but was told that it was a "special fan" and only it would work. After he left I looked it up on-line and found it for sale in the valley for $115. When I called the office the next day I was told that it was too bad as I had paid for it. I was also told "we are in the business to make money and we could charge you a million dollars for it if we wanted". PLEASE AVOID AIR CARE HEATING AND COOLING LLC!
Paul Devoe (480) 445-9444

Gary S. Hochstetler dba GSH Computer Con (602) 253-1362 other
excellent inexpensive
Gary advertises in our monthly newsletter and that is how I was fortunate enough to cross paths. My outdated computer needed a good debugging, devirusing and despying (all my own unique Computer lingo). After 368 viruses and almost as many spy programs bit the dust my old computer works like new and is fast enough now I feel like racing. Anyhow, Gary did the job as promised, was prompt, and was extremely reasonable and knowledgeable. He gets my stamp of approval and Hal my computer now no longer locks me out of my house............

Andy Solymos dba Security Plus (602) 881-1875 other
excellent moderate
Andy installed the security system in our home for its previous owner. She was nice enough to pass his name along for future use/reference. He had to re-install much of it after our major renovation. Did excellent work. Very reliable. Honest. He then can set you up with a local company(Tempe, AZ) to do monitoring. Fee / month is very reasonable and better than the big boys who's monitoring company is located in Houston, Texas or somewhere across the continent. We feel secure in our home since Andy's contribution.

Arizona's Elite Shutters, Inc (623) 979-1200 windows
excellent moderate
One of the joy's of our old house restoration was the custom built shutters we had installed in 15 windows. This company's manufacturing plant is very close to the neighborhood. Their quality is unsurpassed. We visited the factory..had the tour... and then saw the final product before we even placed the order. 4 years later those shutters have worked to perfection. I'm a shutter decorator from here on out...especially for Arizona. Rating 10/10

MW Tree Service (Wayne Blackburn) 602-244-9626 landscape
excellent inexpensive
Mr. Blackburn came to my door seeking work and seemed very knowledgeable, so I told him to come back the next day. He did, but overnight I had read the negative remarks about him on this web site. I wasn't sure what to do, so I told him about the posting (no names or anything) and said I would give him a chance, but would not pay him until everything was to my satisfaction and hauled away. He was very distraught over the web posting and appears to want to rehabilitate his reputation. He has been nothing but fabulous in doing work for me. He knows a lot about sprinklers, trees, plants, landscaping, etc. and is always willing to do a little job here or there that I'm not technically paying him for. I am not doubting anyone else's experience by any means, but this is guy is really trying to repair his reputation in our neighborhood and, as a result, he's doing a great job for a low price, at least in my limited experience. Might be worth a try. Posted 3/24/06
Nancy Giles 602-252-1788

Jason Varnum masonry
poor moderate
-Doesn't have the skills necessary to tile older (read:not perfectly level) homes. - No pride in his work - Charged us twice for labor for the mistakes HE made. - Unprofessional attitude, calls went unanswered - Would not hire

Rich Varnum plumbing
average moderate
Rich started off okay and was polite. But when it was time for him to come back and finish the job he never showed or returned our calls. We found out that he didn't use all the new parts supplied when we went to finish the job ourselves. Overall I found that his attitude was extremely unprofessional. I would not recommend him to anyone.

HSM Electronic Protection Services other
poor expensive
**Warning, beware of this company** HSM is a Phoenix home security monitoring service. Avoid them at all costs - They will milk you for all you're worth. They sometimes use the Honeywell name and logo as their own, but make no mistake, this is not Honeywell - Honeywell sold it's home security division in 2004. Hall of Shame nominee of the year.
Kevin

Tony Chandler 602-741-9723 handyman
excellent moderate
Tony did a number of improvements to my home at a reasonable cost. He framed and enclosed a roof over my patio and parking area, and he hung a security door and interior door and built a custom-designed closet--all for very reasonable rates. The work was very clean, and he worked fast and efficiently. He also shopped around for the best price on materials and passed the savings along to me.
Keith Anderson 480-529-8505

Drew Allen 602-690-1039 handyman
excellent moderate
I can't say enough good things about him. He shows up when he says he is going to. Prices are very reasonable. He completed his work on schedule. He is experienced with older homes.
bob iverson 602-262-4298

Tom Milligan floor
excellent inexpensive
Da bomb!Fast, NEAT, price is as bid, VERY RELIABLE!!!!!!They moved all of our belongings as if they were Ming dynasty treasures.Our floors are beautiful. Couldn't find one bad thing to say.

Air Flow control ac
excellent moderate
Excellent. Only people who knew about old steam heaters. Reasonably priced and reliable, professional,on time and does what they say they are going to do.

Eagle refrigeration ac
poor moderate
Absloutely sucks!! Forget about being called back,poor follow up to correcting HIS mistakes, actually caused 2500.00 dollars worth of damage to our home due to carelessness. Nice guy though.

Pestrivas Construction room
excellent moderate
Did a complete remodel on a bathroom on a property in the Garfield Neighborhood. Price was good, project was completed on time, and within budget. The initial quote was quite vague, but in the ned he did honor the initail quote. Angelo was a referral of a business associate, and would use him again. His preference is haigh end property, does a lot of work in N. Sct, but had no problems with the house here. If anyone is interested I will be glad to provide you a number and referrence.
C.J. Carenza 602-253-2671

OFAM Kevin Bode 602-791-1095 paint
poor
call Kevin out to get an estimate on painting my house and garage and he never followed up so I would not use this person for any paint jobs. He was posted as a good ref. but never mailed or faxed me an estimate, I tried more then 3 time to reach him with no luck
Scott Pometta 602 595 7364

M W Tree Service (Wayne Blackburn) 602-244-9626 landscape
poor expensive
Mr. Blackburn stopped by my house last year and offered to trim my palm trees. After he trimmed those, he asked if I had anything else that needed trimming. He seemed to have done a passable job with the palm trees so I took him back to a large, old Chinaberry tree that had many dead limbs. He quoted me a price that I thought was fair and he indicated that he would haul away all of the debris. It took him about 5 minutes on the Chinaberry and when he finished, the poor thing looked mutilated. Then, to make matters worse, he piled all the debris behind my house in the alley and told me that bulk trash was coming and they would pick it up. I had not been in the house long and wasn't really familiar with bulk pick up but he said he had just done another neighbor down the block and the neighbor had indicated it was time for bulk trash. I bought it. He did say that if the city didn't pick it up, he would come back and haul it to the dump. The next week, I got a "problem notice" from the city indicating that I had one week to get rid of the trash because it was put out too early (like a month too early)! I called Mr. Blackburn several times, had to leave messages, and finally reached him (the phone number is a cell phone, I believe and there is no address on his business card or I would have driven straight to his house). He said he would come by during the week and make sure it was hauled to the landfill before the city's deadline. He never came by and the next time I reached him on his cell phone, he blamed it on one of his workers. I paid my landscape maintenance guy $50 to haul it away and then called Mr. Blackburn and asked that he reimburse me the extra $50 I had to pay to finish his job. He promised he would. It has been over a year and I still haven't seen his check. On top of it all, he had the NERVE to stop by again this year and see if he could trim trees. I wasn't here when he came by and it's probably a good thing for him! I told him I was going to spread the work in the neighborhood, so..........better late than never. Stay away from this guy........I had to have the Chinaberry tree removed!

P.M. Plumbing & Mechanical, Inc. 480-844-2892 plumbing
excellent moderate
P.M. Plumbing & Mechanical have done plumbing repairs in my home for the past 15 years and have always done an excellent job. Recently the time had come to replace all the 75 year old galvanized pipe in the house with new copper piping. P.M. Plumbing completed the job within the proposed price and time frame. They were always prompt to show up in the morning, were conscientious about keeping the area as clean as possible, and straightened up and secured the areas at the end of the day. I highly recommend P.M. Plumbing & Mechanical as being honest and trustworthy and effecient at their work.
Patricia Wakefield 602-254-0595

Jose Luna 602 269-2852 other
excellent moderate
House Cleaning person who has been working for me for 10 years. Honest, trustworthy, speaks English and does excellent cleaning.

Jim Brown & Sons Roofing 623-247-9252 roof
excellent moderate
The previous contractors that built an addition to the original structure left us with a flat roof with no pitch and a half-arse foam job. Needless to say, during the rainy season, I was either sweeping 4 inches of rainwater off my roof or using a bilge pump. I looked a several roofing companies and went with Jim Brown & Sons because they suggested the best material for my roof at the best price. Eventually, I had Duralast laid down on the roofs of my house and detached guest house/garage. Duralast is a synthetic 2-ply membrane that roof specialists use on commercial buildings and ballparks. It carries a 15 year warranty so that was comforting. I did put in two drains so the water could go somewhere but if ponding was to occur, it can't get through the Durolast. They were very professional and knocked the job out in two days. I stand by their work and would recommend them to anyone.
Shane Doherty 602-595-1355

American Electric 480-705-5733 electric
poor expensive
The contractor was three hours late for the job and did not even start the work. The contractor offered to do the work when he could (a few weeks later, actually) and at 3 times the quoted price. We were already concerend with a possible fire issue, and called another contractor to begin work the following weekend. Of course, the garage burned to the ground that very night... an electrical fire.
Jay Roberts 602-626-8160

Custom Design & Building 203-537-1469 other
poor
Not dependable at all. Not very truthful. If you need work done, don't hired him, if he's busy with other work, your not important.

Drew Allen 602-690-1039 room
excellent moderate
Drew has done a major renovation to our upstairs bedroom and bath, including electrical, floor tile, closets, attic insulation, painting, etc. He does quality work at a very reasonable price. Drew takes great pride in his work and went the extra mile to please us. I highly recommend him.
Larry Mello 602-253-1448

Absolute Comfort Cooling & Heating, Inc. 602.278.0211 ac
excellent moderate
I had a roof leak coming through my HVAC vent/ductwork. Absolute came out and resealed the HVAC unit. When the leak was still present after the initial work was completed they responded quickly and worked on locating other sources of leaks. They didn't ask for any more money over their initial price of the job, were very prompt in returning to continue working on the problem(arriving on a Saturday morning as promised), and were always professional and courteous in their dealings regarding the work. They were referred to me by a neighbor who had used them, and I would refer them to others.
Mike Galligan 602-751-1866

OFAM 602-791-1095 paint
excellent inexpensive
These guys were here when they said they would be. Very professional and had a large crew, so they got alot of work done fast.
Kevin Bode 602-281-2919

Designer Pools ? other
average moderate
Promises are made by the salesman -- who you never, ever hear from again once things get rolling. Price is fair and comparable to others, workmanship is fine (all pool sellers use the same subcontractors anyway), timing... way off. They are slow, slow, slow. Either that or their salesman is a liar, liar, liar.
Ronan Doyle 602-791-4558

Granados General Remodeling 602-743-9556 gate
good moderate
Marting Granados is the owner operator of this business. He was referred to me by Johnnie on Culver; across the street from Jim Ward. His specialty is all types of Block, Stucco, and Tile work. He was quite timely in submitting his bid, most reasonable, and completed the work specifically as I requested. I might add, it was great to have someone who actually showed up for the job (on time) when they said they would be there!!
Lynae Cole 602-300-9300

WE COME TO YOU AUTO 602.999.6378 other
excellent inexpensive
WOW!!! These guys are great!! They do auto repair and as the name states they come to you. I purchased a 55 Chevy last July... as with historic homes historic cars are an ongoing problem. For good reason I am very leery of auto repair people. These guys have met me on the side of the road and at my house 9X (always a different problem) their work is great, they are honest, and their prices are fantastic!!!!
Jillshome@cox.net

Sierra Hardwood Floors 2309 N. 7th Str floor
excellent moderate
We had Sierra Hardwood floors repair, sand and finish our existing hardwood as well as install new hardwoods in a previously carpeted area. Scott and his crew members were professional and took their time to ensure an excellent result. They were very careful in our home and besides a bit of paint touch up which we expected considering the large sanding machines, nothing was damaged. These are the best contractors I have had yet. Their web site is www.sierrahardwoodfloors.com. Check them out.

Voltaic Services 602-957-3602 plumbing
poor expensive
DO NOT hire this company, took over 2 1/2 months to re-pipe a one-bath house, numerous mistakes, way too much $ for the work, had to cut my losses as I was fed up trying to get the guy to finish the job. He is a sub-contractor for First Response Plumbing.

Greg Kennen 480-782-6637 handyman
excellent inexpensive
Greg did everything was painting to laying tile to hanging doors to putting up shelves. The work was well done and he often came up with ideas to cut costs without cutting quality. Greg works full time at Home Depot so his availability is limited but ... this also means he knows all the experts who work in the store. I was impressed with his honesty about his limitations and his willingness to get advice from those store experts.

Ron Ashby 602-526-1438 room
excellent moderate
Ron and his crew are very meticulous and have an excellent appreciation for the historic nature of our homes and the need to maintain that integrity. I would strongly recommend.

Neighborhood Painters 602-348-4648 paint
excellent moderate
I HIRED RYAN FERGUSON TO PAINT TWO ROOMS IN THE DUPLEX I LEASE. HIS WORK WAS NEAT, THOROUGH, AND EXTREMELY MODERATE IN PRICE. I WOULD RATE IT AS CHEAP, BUT I DO NOT WANT TO MAKE IT SOUND AS IF HIS WORK IS CHEAP. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ANYONE WHO APPREICIATES VALUE AND QUALITY WORKMANSHIP.

Steve Shinn Handyman 602-478-5102 handyman
excellent moderate
Steve has extensive experience with historic homes. I met him at the home across the street where he was overseeing a total restoration. He helped me with several major projects. The quality was great and the price is very reasonable.

Universal Drain 602-482-1900 plumbing
excellent moderate
This company was more than fair, more than honest. He did a GREAT job clearing a block in our main sewer line, and in my opinion went above and beyond what we expected. We'd call him again in a heartbeat.

D.V.Renovations 602-840-7996 room
excellent moderate
We did a complete renovation on our new historic home. Ralph Raymond, owner of DV Renovations did a big chunk of the work. He was our initial contractor and other smaller jobs later on we subbed out ourselves. Ralph spoiled us. We had no idea most contractors in this area are so unreliable and did such poor work. Not Ralph, he is the gold standard in my book. Honest, reliable, great skills. His employees are the best. If there is anything negative,its he is so popular he can sometimes be hard to get. Well worth the wait, however as you will read in future reviews I've had my share of nightmares with other Maryvale parolees--pardon me construction contractors. You need a contractor for a home restoration project...Ralph's your man.

Stevens Plumbing 602-957-2801 plumbing
poor expensive
I had a leaky kitchen faucet and broken kitchen drain replaced. Pricey is an understatement for what I paid for 4 hours work and minimal in material cost (I bought the new faucet). I obtained this company off the website and if any others are like this, I'll avoid the website recommendations in the future. Jack is the owner and Tony, the unpleasant, having a bad day dispatcher. If you win Power Ball, have a money tree in the back, or just like throwing money to the wind, then Stevens Plumbing is your bet. Otherwise, I'd wish I stuck to the Yellow Pages instead. I was gouged by this company, just like some gas stations gouged us during the gas shortage. I had this job later bid on at half the price Stevens Plumbing charged me.

Edmundo Aguirre Quinones 602-577-2317 landscape
excellent inexpensive
Edmundo has done a lot of work around our house. He is very reliable, honest, and hard working. He constructed two beautiful rock walls and 4 flower beds for us. He does general labor duties as well. He has always been punctual. Never late and always showed as promised. Espanol is a plus as my wife acted as interpreter. But if you don't speak more spanish than Hasta la vista, he'll understand and do more than just an adequate job. He is excellent and top notch.

Diamond Roofing 623-939-4383 roof
good moderate
Cedar shingle roofing--Scope of work included removal of existing roofing materials and replacement with cedar shingles on a very challenging roof design. Steve Mullis, owner wanted a challenge and he got one with this Cotswold Cottage roof. Took him longer to complete than anticipated. My biggest complaint was the lack of protection of my property and plants. Also a cupolo was painted which I did not want painted as it had a nice copper weathered finish. Steve and I had failures in communication. My desires were not always passed along to the roofers who did the job. I felt supervision was lacking and it was basically turning 3 guys loose to do this job. Clean up at end left a lot to be desired as my wife, myself and landscaper did more than I thought necessary. Had two hard rains since it was finished and it doesn't leak. But the entire experience could have been much better and too much heart and stomach muscle was expended with this job.

Strong Rock, Inc. 480-354-2349 landscape
excellent moderate
Pavers for driveway--Elio Francisco Vianna is the owner and he had a crew of 4.I was mesmerized watching them lay down those pavers--so quick. Pavestone is the local company that manufacturers most pavers in Arizona and they are located close by at the SE corner of 43rd Ave and Lower Buckeye. They have a showyard to view the different pavestones. Vianna's crew worked very fast and did excellent work. They showed up on time and finished the entire job in a day. Only regret is that I didn't do less concrete elsewhere and put pavers instead--at least their result drained well. My concrete job(other contractor) did not. If you are using pavers for a driveway or patio project check out this guy. Very honest, hard working and consciencious.

Classic countertops 602-254-6318 masonry
excellent moderate
Granite countertops-- This company is a direct sales and installation company. If you go to a home remodeler they go thru these guys for the countertops and you, therefore, pay more. I found them at the home show and because I got more than 20' of countertop - they threw in a $600.00 value sink for no extra charge. Their installation crew is very good and can do what it takes to fit the countertop on the job (excellent skill with old houses and hidden flaws). They do their own plumbing and clean up after themselves. They do various stone and solid surface countertops. They are also, licensed, bonded and insured.

A & W Tile Contracting 602-881-8332 floor
excellent moderate
I purchased my tile (almost 80 sq feet) and grout and they provided the mastic, greenboard and other surface material and labor. The gentleman who did the work was neat and efficient - the tile job was excellently done.

Ranger Pest control 602-973-4629 pest
excellent moderate
No real basis for comparison on price. This is his own business he has had for 20+ years. Timely response to my inquiry; very thorough job. Very pleasant demeanor.

Barrier Insulation, LLC 623-931-0637 insulation
excellent moderate
This company is owned and operated by Rick Cerasani. He was prompt and efficient. He showed up on the day and at the time scheduled to blow in 1100 square feet of Climate Insulation-turbines--Pro fiber glass insulation. To better access the attic, he asked that I purchase two Whirlybird turbines from Home Depot, which he installed for free as part of the job. The work was completed promptly and satisfactorily. Besides the Yellow Pages, Rick says he does not advertise and gets most of his work by referrals from satisfied customers.

Belville Repair and Maintenance 480-695-2614 landscape
excellent moderate
I have contracted Johnie Belville for a number of projects; Office addition, framing, door installation, etc. His latest project was to build a beautiful 40 foot arbor over the pool deck. His work is to your specification! I find him to be honest, polite, efficient AND he actually shows up as scheduled and finishes!!! Sadly, there are not too many contractors I would ever recommend!! Feel free to e-mail me for pics or questions. Jill 730 West Lynwood jillshome@cox.net
jill

Articulate flooring 602-434-8722 floor
excellent moderate
Jeremy is a young contractor who put in my kitchen oak flooring and I highly recommend him. He does excellent work and comes from a stock of contractors in his family. He is polite, trust worthy, and does incredible work. Call me for more info.

All Your Fencing Needs gate
average inexpensive
Concrete block wall--They did good work, wall looks wonderful BUT he never finished the job! Was supposed to hang a gate, but didn't return calls or come as scheduled

Spear Fence 623-521-2393 gate
excellent moderate
Bruce does excellent work. He is prompt, follows up estimates well, did the work on estimate and to spec. I will use him for all my fencing work in the future, and from my experience, I work recommend him without reservation

US Pool fence gate
poor moderate
Though our first impression was a good one, the minute something went wrong the experience turned ugly. The contractor broke our main water line and then refused to pay for the damage and restoration of the pipe. The matter has been resolved, but not without GREAT difficulty and extremely rude, poor treatment of this customer by the contractor.

Mission Hardwoods-Scottsdale floor
poor
They came highly recommended by several of our work associates and have won awards for their work, however we never got the chance as they backed out of our job before it got started. We had their people come out to bid the job, which they did. They faxed us their bid and we signed it and faxed it back. We called to confirm everything and they said to just drop the down payment into the mail. All was good. A few days later, I called to re-confirm their start date and to see if the down payment had gotten there. They confirmed the start date but said that the check had not yet arrived but not to worry, as everything was set. At the end of the week, I get a call saying that the scheduler had pulled us off the schedule three days prior as the down payment didn’t get there in time. They said there was now nothing they could do but to reschedule our start date for two weeks later. I drove up to Scottsdale and picked up my down payment and told them what I thought of their lack of communication between their bidding people and their scheduler. I guess I am glad they screwed me over before the money started to flow. I think they got a higher margin job in Scottsdale or PV and dumped me like yesterdays news. Does anyone know of a hardwood floor contractor that keeps his appointments?

Country Mechanical 602-620-8585 plumbing
excellent moderate
Exellent job on complete copper re-plumbing of my house. They are very professional and master patchers. Great service!

Competitive Edge Plumbing 623-332-3303 plumbing
excellent moderate
On time, reasonably priced, quality work. Specializing in custom remodel and historic homes. No need topay high flat rates. Professional, quality plumbing from licensed, jouneyman plumbers (unlicensed contractor).

Universal Drain 602-482-1900 plumbing
excellent moderate
Drain Cleaning--Came to fix a plumbing backup that Donley Service could not fix. Arrived on time on a holiday weekend no less. Fixed problem immediately and diagnosed the source. Very nice and very efficient. Beware of water saver toilets in these old houses, they don't run enough water to go the distance to the sewer. Yikes

Divine Light & Power 623-842-2965 electric
average inexpensive
I called them because of the recommendation on this list. There were issues. I spent a lot of time waiting for people to show up or calling Bartt because they didn't. There was also the problem that when someone did show up, they weren't always prepared and would disappear to get supplies or tools. If you don't mind playing General Contractor or don't have to worry about timing issues on the project then these guys will get the job done. If, on the other hand you want someone who has responsible employees who show up on time, ready to work and do the job in the timetable set - avoid these guys.

Divine Light & Power 623-842-2965 electric
excellent inexpensive
Bartt Frederickson - He was great, inexpensive and very thorough.

Aqua Tile 602-273-4495 landscape
excellent inexpensive
Jim designed and built a ramada, BBQ, patio & Fountain area in my back yard. He & his crew are creative & willing to design with historic detail in mind. He stuck to his budget & estimates. I recommend him to anyone.

Copper Valley Construction 602-841-7730 gate
excellent moderate
Wood fence--Dependable, showed up when scheduled and finished as scheduled. He removed our old termite infested wood fence and replaced it with a standard wood fence with chain linking on the alley side for added security.

Mercury Pools 602-768-3580 landscape
excellent moderate
Pool replaster/re-tile--Victor is very dependable and has a great creaw that works for him. He's very reachable by phone whenver I had questions. He's honest too - Suggested that I didn't need to replace captile since it was in good shape.

Dr.Fixit 602-589-7274 handyman
excellent
Handyman

Concrete by JR 602-934-1023 landscape
excellent moderate
Repave driveway and walkways--The contractor worked with us to help choose and layout driveway design (used colored psuedo-tiles). Work crew was on the job each day as promised and work was completed on time and within estimate.

Ken Tilton Electric 623-376-6221 electric
inexpensive
Additional outlets; wire up appliances--Very reasonable hourly rate for licensed electrician. Quality workmanship.

Rich Varnum Plumbing 623-583-4170 plumbing
excellent inexpensive
Rich reviewed the job within a day of call. Gave me price and stuck to it. Gave me option of supplying parts or he would do so. Very reasonable hourly rate. Would hire him again without reservation.

J.M. Welding 602-253-1586 gate
excellent moderate
Custom double swing gate for driveway--Did the work to specifications and within original estimate. After he was informed that the color on the wall did not exactly match origianl color, he came back next day and completed job satisfactorily.

Standard roofing (Randy England) 602-246-8661 roof
excellent moderate
Re-roof with wooden shingles--Did work on schedule and within original estimate; quality workmanship. Competitive price. Cleaned up very well at completion of job.

Dean Lemon Painting 623-915-3772 paint
excellent moderate
First of all Dean will call you back promptly (instead of not calling back at all, like every other painter we tried to contact). He gave a quote over the phone for the painting of the interior of a studio apartment. He showed up to do the job as scheduled, stayed until the work was done and we paid the price he originally quoted. He did a very thorough job and didn't get paint anywhere it wasn't supposed to be. He works only on referral and seems to be quite busy. We were scheduled about a week and a half after I called to make the appointment.

Steven's Plumbing 602-957-2801 plumbing
excellent moderate
This contractor did a complete copper re-plumb on our house. The work was excellent, and the crew leader happily went the extra mile to comply with our various picky requests. The re-plumb crew was on time, professional, and did the whole job - as promised - in one day. They even worked in the crawl space under our house, so the plumbing didn't have to go in our attic. We've also used this contractor for air-conditioning work. Again, the person was on time. Best of all, he was dead-on honest. He told us that he could fix our ancient unit by simply replacing an inexpensive part (which he promptly did), when he easily could have gotten away with selling us a whole new system. Very impressive!

Aaron's Handyman Svc. 602-254-7950 handyman
poor moderate
Handyman--A while back I had him install some eave gutter. The job was not the greatest but passable. Some time later I noticed that one of the spikes used to fasten the gutter to the house was sticking through the facia board. I called and asked him to correct it and when he finally arrived, attempted the repair only to make it worse. I told him this was not satisfactory. He asked me what I wanted him to do and I wanted it fixed correctly. He said that since the work was done several months ago he wasn't able to make any further repair. Granted the work was not done by a contractor but even a handyman should stand behind his work. I told him I would not be using his service again nor would I refer him to anyone even though he runs an ad in the neighborhood newsletter.

Arizona Pacific Spas 602-225-0101 landscape
excellent moderate
I like the fact that after we bought the spa that the company has been very responsive to our needs. We needed a board replaced and they came out and repaired it free of charge. Unlike some companies that tend to forget about you after they have gotten your money, the customer sevice at Arizona Pacific Spas is excellent.

David Smith 602-588-0908 landscape
excellent moderate
I had a deck build in my backyard and I am very pleased with the way it turned out. I really liked the fact that he had it finished within the time frame he had given me. I would highly recommend that anyone needing any type of carpentry work done to call Dave.

Free Lite, Inc. 602-253-1981 windows
excellent expensive
We replaced EVERY window in our house with French casement windows, similar to the original. We purchased Marvin brand windows which are top of the line. We had excellent sales representation, flawless installation and excellent follow-up. I am sure they can do smaller jobs and any budget.

Reypam Masonry, Inc. 602-352-0300 masonry
excellent moderate
I had received Reypams name from the F.Q. Story website and decided to try them out. I was very happy with the block wall that the company built for me and my family. The owner, Ray, said it would take 4 days, and it did. they cleaned up everything better than I had expected and my masonry wall is something that I am proud of.

20th Century Roofing 602-277-5085 roof
excellent
This is a family operation. I was very pleased with their work--on time, professional, guaranteed.

Arizona Tub & Shower 602-993-0334 floor
excellent
Custom Tile Work--These guys have done ceramic tile floors in our kitchen, master bedroom and both bathrooms, they also replaced the tile around the tub and built a whole new shower in our addition. Very nice work.We plan to hire them again to do our kitchen counters as soon as we get the money!

Jan Ashford Plumbing 602-273-6151 plumbing
poor
Yikes! This resident's review is too long to print in its entirety here. Go to http://www.fqstory.org/plumbing.html to see the entire review.

Marvin Green dba Merlin Svcs. room
excellent
I had a kitchen and bath remodeled using natural stone. Mr. Green's high quality work was creative, on time and within budget. This contractor has experience with and an interest in maintaining the integrity of historic properties. I was completely satisfied and would recommend his services to any friend. Additionally Mr. Green, the proprietor, is an F.Q. Story resident.

A Quality Electric 602-867-0806 electric
excellent
Repair storm damage

AAALL AC & Appliance, Inc. 602-244-2292 ac
excellent
Contractor was able to find a small switch that had burned out and refilled coolant quickly. Explained problem clearly. Came on same day as called.

Chris Barford ac
excellent
Installed a new gas heat/air condition unit with full warranty. Able to use existing duct work and roof jack. Fast, reliable, professional. Cash or check only, no credit cards.

Weaver Shutters 602-267-7000 windows
excellent
The quality of the shutters was excellent. The installer took a lot of care in the installation. The reason they got a 9 is that they did not contact the homeowner after the installation to check on satisfaction.

Brock Built (Jack Brock) 602-955-2215 room
good
Kitchen Remodel--The finished product turned out very nice, though the contractor needed to be encouraged to send someone every day to work on the project for more than 2 to 3 hours a day. The homeowner actually stayed home during the day and got his crew materials that were needed so that they could work. The cost of the items purchased for his crew were taken off of the final bill. He finally sent 1 person for 8 hours a day for the final 2 weeks after the homeowner got a little frustrated with the progress. The remodel lasted 4 weeks.

Stevens Plumbing 602.957.2801 plumbing
average expensive
I got this outfit's name from our website. They did a copper pipe replumb of my house. Like the first review, I felt the work was done well and ontime. I did not think they went the extra mile, though. They refused to go into the crawl space under my house. They also refused to go to the City to obtain permission for the Historic Preservation office, leaving that to me as the homeowner to do, even though the HP people said it was the contractor's responsibility.
Pat Ten Eyck 253.9336