Best Charlotte Contractors of 2009
Jack Slesinger Painting | Charlotte, N.C.
Jack Slesinger knows his customers value their time as much as their pocketbooks. Angie's List members rave about his quick response, punctual arrival and work completed before the estimated deadline.
"The job I'm working on is the most important thing I have until I'm finished," Slesinger says. His goal is to minimize the intrusion on his customers' homes and lives. The three-time Super Service Award winner has nine Pages of Happiness nominations this year.
To newlyweds Steve and Melissa Wall, time was of the utmost importance when trying to sell Steve's townhome because they wanted to spruce it up to help sell it. Slesinger finished the painting job in a day and a half. "He lowered our bill since they completed the job quicker than expected," says Melissa, adding that she plans to get a quote from the company for interior painting in their new home.
Slesinger, who's not required to have a trade license, strives to give customers exactly what they want, which includes offering low-VOC paints. "I just want to do a better job than anyone else my customers could hire," Slesinger says.
Island Creek Landscape | Stanfield, N.C.
Angie's List member Bill Boudouris hired Island Creek Landscape to bring his personal landscape design to life, and he admits it was complex — requiring precise interpretation and measurements. "It's hard to believe I'm looking at the same yard," Boudouris says. "The best part was seeing the yard transformed into something attractive and functional."
He says owner Daniel Griffin, a two-time Super Service Award winner, drove an hour out of his way just to buy six white flower carpet roses for the design. "He literally went the extra mile to please us," Boudouris says. "And it will only get better as our plants mature."
Griffin, who's licensed by the state, believes communication is key to a project running smoothly. He emphasizes to customers that it's important to tell him what they don't want, along with what they do want. "If expectations are clear, then the final inspection should be the easy part," Griffin says. The company also donates time and money to a local scholarship fund.
Abide Window Services | Fort Mill, S.C.
When Roger Lapham and his wife, Chrissie, moved to Charlotte from Monterey, Calif., Roger hoped to find a teaching or youth ministry job. But the homes in Charlotte — with their tall, hard-to-reach windows — gave him a better idea. "I did some window cleaning in California, but never thought it'd be full time," Lapham says of starting Abide Window Services in 2006. While located across the state line in South Carolina, the company services the Charlotte area.
Angie's List member Lisa Yarbrough immediately felt comfortable with Lapham when she hired him to wash her windows. Her curious 5-year-old son wanted to tag along while he worked, Yarborough says, and Lapham was happy to oblige. "I knew the minute I met him I'd trust him around my kids," she says.
Lapham, who's not required to have a trade license, teaches Sunday school and plans events for the middle- and high-school youth groups at Horizon Christian Fellowship. The Super Service Award winner says he uses biodegradable and earth-friendly cleaning supplies as a way to help future generations.
"We're happy with our decision to move to Charlotte," Lapham says.
— reporting by Kristen Rojowski