Best Miami Contractors of 2012
All Rescreening | Sunrise, Fla.
Father and son owners Walter and Khris Mackinlay — whose company returns as a Best Contractor for the second year in a row — say their focus on honest communication and never cutting corners keeps the family business on top. “We stick to our estimates,” says Khris, whose work requires no license. “We really pride ourselves in keeping our word.”
Parkland, Fla., member Paula James says she trusts All Rescreening so much, she’s used them twice. “They always do a top-notch job, and they’re very honest about what does and does not need to be done,” she writes in her Page of Happiness nomination, one of 20 the company received in the past year. Even though she had to reschedule the work twice due to weather issues, James says she couldn’t be happier. “They returned as planned, and the work was done perfectly,” she says.
Other members also credit the company for suggesting pet- and kid-friendly screening options. Khris says he started the company, a five-time Super Service Award winner, with his dad in 2005 after leaving his lifeguard job in Hollywood Beach, Fla. He says his mother and cousin also work for the company. “My dad is my best friend,” he says. “This is a true family business.”
Guardian Storm Protection | West Palm Beach, Fla.
Tamarac, Fla., member Linda Duvall says just 48 hours before Hurricane Isaac hit her city in August, Guardian installed shutters that saved her windows from damage that many of her neighbors’ homes sustained. “The sliding storm shutters around our L-shaped patio were a blessing. We had no damage,” says Duvall, who adds that the shutters protected her windows again when Hurricane Sandy hit in late October.
Guardian owner Andy Kobosko, whose company earned 18 Page of Happiness nominations in the last year, says customers appreciate that he doesn’t require deposits and that they meet with the company owner before installation. “When people hire me, they know the job is going to get done right with a good price and that there will be no issues,” says Kobosko, who only services customers in Broward and Palm Beach counties, and holds the required general contractor license to work in both.
Member Adeal Frater, who lives about 20 minutes from Miami in Pembroke Pines, Fla., says Guardian’s estimate and presentation was the most impressive of the five he solicited. “Andy really cared about my satisfaction,” Frater says. “He had the best price, crew, work and follow through.”
Coral Springs, Fla., member Brian Marcus says Guardian beat other estimates he solicited for a $35,000 job to replace his front door and windows with impact-resistant materials and install accordion shutters on the sides and rear of his house. “This extraordinary business practice says a great deal about Andy and the confidence he has in his company’s work,” Marcus says. “We were lucky to find Guardian. It’s analogous to paying for a Toyota and driving home in a Mercedes.”
Kobosko started the company in 1996 after graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in electrical engineering. He says providing hurricane protection is close to his heart. “I want every customer to be left with the impression that exceeds their expectations,” he says. Guardian Storm Protection installs energy-efficient impact windows, Kobosko says, and the company donates to Wycliffe Charities Foundation.
Customer 1st Electric | Coral Springs, Fla.
William Malyska joined the Marines to become an electrical engineer, where he served two years in Iraq before returning home to start Customer 1st in 2010.
Malyska, who holds the required state electrical and alarm contractor licenses, says that experience taught him dedication, punctuality, follow-through and honesty. “If they can fix something themselves for less, I show them how,” says Malyska, who earned 17 Page of Happiness nominations in the last year.
Weston, Fla., member Marco Dotti says Malyska showed him an inexpensive fix for an electrical problem that another company estimated would cost $500 to repair. “I was delighted with the quality of work, honesty of Will and every single aspect of the job,” he says. Other members say Customer 1st is skilled and creative in tackling complex electrical issues. Malyska also recommends tankless water heaters and motion sensor lights to customers who want to save energy.
Discreet Restoration | Coconut Creek, Fla.
Weston, Fla., member Mary Shea says owner Josh Winton’s fast action to remediate mold in her daughter’s bedroom made a huge difference in the health of her child, who suffers from cystic fibrosis and fungal allergies. “Josh understood the seriousness and took the stress out of a very stressful situation,” says Shea, one of 13 members who nominated Discreet for a Page of Happiness in the last year.
Discreet Restoration returns as a Best Contractor for the second year in a row. “I look for a permanent fix to their problem and I won’t take payment until they are satisfied,” says Winton, who’s licensed by the state for mold remediation. Members also say he’s pet-friendly, and uses botanical cleaning products and lead-safe practices.
More Miami Best Contractors of 2012
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Appliance Pro | Cooper City, Fla.
Filtration Direct | Sorrento, Fla.
Florida Contract Painting | Pompano Beach, Fla.
Jack’s Junk Removal | Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Kelly AC & Appliance Service | Davie, Fla.
Melissa Adams, Re/Max Realtor | Miami
NuAge PC | Miami
Paws to Play | Cooper City, Fla.
SOHO Computer Services | Coral Springs, Fla.
Young Electric | Boca Raton, Fla.