Best Columbus Contractors of 2012
Lance’s Hidden Fencing | Columbus, Ohio
Westerville, Ohio, Angie's List member Doug Shepelak wondered whether anyone could train his mixed breed rescue dog that jumped on people and ran away until Lance Sinkowski alleviated his concerns. “She had this habit of just shooting out the front door,” says Shepelak, who paid Lance’s $750 for hidden fence installation and a training session. “It was so nice to see Lance’s demeanor with her. We feel 100-percent comfortable when she’s in the yard.”
Sinkowski, who earned his fourth straight Best Contractor distinction, says he calibrates the shock collar’s settings depending on a dog’s size and responsiveness. “I try to get the bare minimum reaction,” says Sinkowski, who isn’t required to be licensed. “You don’t want the dog to feel betrayed in any way.”
Angie's LIst members say he sometimes involves kids in his training. Hilliard, Ohio, Angie's List member Rebecca Seiple swears by Lance’s methods. “Training J-Bird, our rescue dog, was really difficult,” she says. “I felt like he didn’t charge me enough.” Lance’s compiled 26 Page of Happiness nominations and owns five straight Super Service Awards. He donates hidden fencing to charity auctions.
Champion Pest & Termite Control | Pickerington, Ohio
Dwight Holloway says pest control isn’t a glamorous field, but he enjoys trying to brighten his customers’ moods. “I like going into a situation where people are upset — it’s a challenge,” says Holloway, who owns Champion Pest & Termite Control, also a 2011 Best Contractor.
Angie's List member Mike Quick appreciated Holloway’s expertise and the speed at which he eliminated the termite problem at Quick’s Canal Winchester, Ohio, home. “They were swarming around a door in front of the house,” Quick says. “He arrived within two hours of my call, came back the next day and surrounded our home with termite bait. It was one of the best customer service experiences I’ve had.”
Holloway, a Toledo native and 15-year industry veteran, moved to Columbus in 2005 and started Champion in 2008. He currently works independently out of his truck, but says he hopes to open a storefront location in 2013. “It’s not a job to me because I’m passionate about what I do,” he says. Clintonville, Ohio, Angie's List member Nathan Rotter says Holloway provided him with additional service during a call for an ongoing carpenter bee problem in his shed. “I asked him if he could do a quick, general spray around the house and he did that,” Rotter says. “Customer service isn’t what it used to be, but Holloway was prompt, shook my hand and handed me his business card. He was top-notch!”
Other Angie's List members report that Holloway works with customers to confine dogs while he’s working and lets them know when it’s safe for pets to roam the house following a treatment. Holloway, who carries an Ohio Pesticide License, says he offers green-friendly termite bait instead of spray to clients while exterminating.
When he’s not exterminating termites, Holloway battles bed bugs. He says Columbus’ recent bed bug resurgence keeps him busy, and estimates that bed bug extermination comprises about 30 percent of his work. “I did five bed bug jobs in one day,” he says. “There’s always new things evolving in this industry, and I’m excited to learn about them and eliminate them. I want people to be able to sleep in their own beds.”
Toni Sits Pets | Columbus, Ohio
Angie's List member Deb Oskin, who lives in the Worthington neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio, interviewed three pet-sitters in 2004 when she moved to Columbus and Toni Sits Pets won the job after co-owner Judy Bryant played with her dogs throughout the interview. “They leave a daily diary of every visit,” says Oskin, adding that she wouldn’t consider anyone else to watch her cocker spaniel and chihuahua.
Friends Bryant and Suzanne Loosbrock bought the business from Toni Downs in 1999, and elected to keep her name. They’ve won 10 Super Service Awards since. “We were looking for something like this we could make a living doing,” Bryant says. “We’re animal lovers and perfectionists.”
Toni Sits Pets isn’t required to be licensed, but Bryant says they vet their 10 to 15 part-time sitters closely. “Not everyone is a vet tech, but they’d better be animal lovers,” she says.
Scott Hall Remodeling | Groveport, Ohio
Scott Hall’s grandfather built homes, his father was a lead carpenter and he started similar work early in life. “I was making picnic tables at age 10,” says Hall, who started a handyman business in 1999. Since then, his business evolved to focus on bathroom remodeling.
He won Super Service Awards six times, dating to 2001, and wowed Ostrander, Ohio Angie's list member Laura Kerepesi with his communication and responsiveness during her $18,000 bathroom remodel. “He would email me pictures of the progress,” she says. “When I had an issue with the bathroom a year later, he fixed it for free.”Hall holds a home improvement contractor license, and member reviews report that he explains his work to their children and looks out for pets while on the job.
More Columbus Best Contractors of 2012
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A-1 Appliance Repair | Lewis Center, Ohio
Absolute Irrigation | Worthington, Ohio
Air Duct Busters | Columbus, Ohio
All Star Painting | Blacklick, Ohio
Auto Detail Doctor | Alexandria, Ohio
Fletcher’s Custom Design Brick Paving | Westerville, Ohio
Leak Medic | Pataskala, Ohio
Palumbo Painting | Delaware, Ohio
RMH & Associates | Hilliard, Ohio
Shamrock Overhead Door | Dublin, Ohio
The Paper Lady | Columbus, Ohio
Tim Newman Roofing | Sunbury, Ohio