Best Columbus Contractors of 2011
Fresh Touch Custom Painting | Grandview Heights, Ohio
Scott Criss of Upper Arlington says his neighbor seemed nearly as impressed as he was by Fresh Touch's paint job on his home's exterior. "My neighbor grabbed those guys when they were painting my house," he says. "[Company owner] Mark [Tabor] told him his house didn't really need [to be] repainted. That showed me he wasn't just out to make a buck."
That's one example of Tabor's approach to his customers, who submitted 22 Page of Happiness nominations in the last year. "Even though we're getting bigger, I try to maintain that small-business feel," says Tabor, who returns as a Columbus Best contractor for the second straight year. "In order to continue delivering a solid product, I don't plan on growing."
Nelson Harper of Columbus appreciates Fresh Touch's attention to detail. "They prepared the wood so well compared to any other painter I had used, and they were really thorough with the stucco," he says.
Fresh Touch, whose work doesn't require a license, is EPA lead-safe certified and uses Harmony Zero VOC paint, which emits very little or no toxic breathable gases known as volatile organic compounds. The company also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and donates paint to a local church.
Lance's Hidden Fencing | Columbus, Ohio
When Paula Morrow of Groveport learned her brother, James Morrow, hired Lance's Hidden Fencing to train his two dogs, she asked whether her dog, Mya, could be included.
Owner Lance Sinkowski, a four-time Super Service Award winner and Best Columbus Contractor three years in a row, readily agreed. "Whatever you need, he is always willing to accommodate you," Paula says. "He was meant to do this. His talent is definitely working with animals for people. These animals love that guy."
Many other customers agree as Lance's received 15 Page of Happiness nominations in the last year. The company installs invisible fences for dogs, but also trains the dogs to steer clear of the boundaries. His work with canines wins the most raves.
"Everything he does is based on the animals' comfort," says James, who lives in Pickerington. "When you're working with animals and electrical shock, that's very important. You're working with owners who don't want to see their animals get hurt in any way, shape or form. He's easy to work with and he does his best to make sure the animals and owners are comfortable with what he's doing."
Sinkowski is licensed in Cincinnati, but his work doesn't require a license in Columbus. He says his work is always evolving. "To somebody walking by, it doesn't even look like training," he says. "We're just sitting on the ground, talking, maybe putting treats at key spots in the ground. Most trainers who aren't veterans with containment training would focus on showing the dog what not to do. The focus should be on what the dog can do. Show them the part of the yard that belongs to them. We're shooting for the dog to have a casual relationship with the perimeter. The owner is a good first temptation, so we have them walk on the outside, check the mail, things like that."
He says he donates fences and money to local shelters and charity auctions, and he involves children in the dogs' training.
PSeeSolutions | New Albany, Ohio
Robert Zelli of Gahanna says PSeeSolutions showed great patience while trying to fix his computer, but ultimately it needed to be replaced. "They were very patient with a nontechnically proficient customer," he says. "They have my business from now on."
Owner Avi Gabbay, a four-time Super Service Award winner who's ranked as a Columbus Best Contractor four years in a row, got his start repairing computers for family and friends.
"I wanted to go work for the big corporate world, but I wasn't patient enough to wait for interviews," he says. His decision to start his own business in 2006 paid off, as evidenced by the company's 16 Page of Happiness nominations this year.
PSeeSolutions, whose work doesn't require a license, donates computers to LifeTown, an organization that works with special needs children. It also recycles computers and reuses salvageable parts.
Paul Miller Electrical Services | Columbus, Ohio
Paul Miller operates as a one-man show, which Bexley member Beth Marshburn prefers. "I really want individuals who know what they're doing, and don't just hire 100 kids," she says.
Miller, who's licensed to work in Columbus, started his own business about nine years ago, but has worked as an electrician since 1977. He keeps very busy, he says, but he prefers to be in control. "I worked administratively for 16 or 18 years," he says. "Physically, this is a lot more demanding; mentally, it's easier. I'm no longer relying on other people to perform a service."
Antoinette Errante of Columbus says Miller's knowledge goes beyond repairs. "I contacted about seven contractors for a recent job, and he was the only one willing to discuss the aesthetics of lighting," she says.
More Best Columbus Contractors of 2011
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A Unique Hardwood Floor | Columbus
Broadview Windows | Dublin, Ohio
CDS Landscaping | Columbus
Champion Pest & Termite Control | Pickerington, Ohio
Circa Renovations | Upper Arlington, Ohio
Denbrook Remodeling | Dublin, Ohio
Final Touches | Gahanna, Ohio
Konkus Marble & Granite | Hilliard, Ohio
My-PC-Guy | Columbus
RMH & Associates | Hilliard, Ohio
Scales Tails & Paws | Westerville, Ohio
Twinscapes Landscaping | Hilliard, Ohio
United Garage Door Columbus | Columbus