Best Dallas-Fort Worth Contractors of 2012
Crescere Group | Northwest Dallas
In past years, Casa View, Texas, member Katie Venegas relied on relatives and others to help file income taxes for her and her husband. When the person handling their taxes backed out in late March, she turned to Crescere Group owner Ron Mussett. “He asked questions we’ve never been asked before,” Venegas says, adding he found a student tax credit that she’s eligible to claim.
Mussett, who’s properly registered with the IRS to file tax returns, started his tax consulting and bookkeeping business two years ago after a series of jobs, including about 14 years preparing taxes. “My specialty is a lot of hand-holding for my clients,” says Mussett, who prefers to work side-by-side with customers. He recycles paper and used toner cartridges, and volunteers weekly at Watermark Community Church in North Dallas.
Like many of Mussett’s clients, member Marcia Doolin of Far North Dallas came to Mussett for help after receiving an IRS letter saying she owed more than $8,000. “He methodically reviewed my … tax return, and after finding multiple errors, he reconstructed my return, and much to my surprise, ended up getting me a refund of over $1,200,” Doolin wrote in her Page of Happiness nomination, one of 15 Crescere received in the past year.
Just Windows | Northwest Dallas
Owner Tommy Greene took a winding path on his way to full-time window cleaning, with stops along the way in public relations, finance and retail. But a chance suggestion by the wife of a friend set Greene on the window-cleaning path in 1995, when she set him up with a job cleaning construction debris from the windows in new homes prior to owners moving in. He says that job gave him the cleaning knowledge and his work background gave him the customer service skills he needed to start Just Windows.
“I incorporate all the things I learned in public relations and the customer service from savings and loan, all day every day in window cleaning,” says Greene, whose work requires no license. “A lot of people think window cleaning is a mundane activity, the same day in day out, but that’s not true,” he says. “I’m in a different atmosphere talking to new people.”
Carrollton, Texas, member Edith Prutz was the first to rate Just Windows on Angie’s List in 2009 and still uses Greene every six months. She’s also one of 16 members who nominated the company for a Page of Happiness in the past year. Prutz says she’s finicky about having clean windows, and she appreciates his attention to detail. He even plays with her two miniature dachshunds until they calm down, she says.“Window cleaning is one of those simple things that attracts a lot of unskilled labor, but Tommy has taken on this profession and elevated it to something special,” she says.
Since 2009, Greene has earned more than 50 straight A reviews and says he’s booked more than two months out, thanks to Angie’s List members. That streak of A’s earned him the business of member Katie Kim, who hired him for the first time in March to clean her Coppell, Texas, home’s windows. He impressed her by taking extra time to scrape caked-on dirt from the windows with a razor blade and to dust off a high plant ledge. “He takes a lot of pride in his business,” Kim says. “He was really good all the way through. It made the house seem like a different place.”
BC Remodeling - Fencing | McKinney, Texas
Bill Connor’s woodcrafting hobby turned into a cabinetry business that led him to remodeling and fencing, which comprises the bulk of his business in recent years as customers have scaled back discretionary spending. “It works because generally a fence guy cannot build cabinets, whereas a cabinet guy can build just about anything,” Connor says.
Princeton, Texas member Mark Mishler says Connor, who garnered 16 Page of Happiness nominations in the past year, impressed him with his spot-on communication and quality work. “I called him several times at different times of the day and he answered the phone every time,” says Mishler, who hired BC to replace 100 feet of privacy fence.
Connor, whose industry requires no license, says he reuses salvaged wood panels to build fences for local churches and nonprofits. Last year, BC also built the dance studio for Sensational Movement, a gym for children with special needs.
Independent Overhead Doors | Arlington, Texas
When member Don Antoniello’s garage door got stuck closed the evening before his wife had an important doctor’s appointment, he says Independent owner Doug Holloway alleviated the extra stress by coming immediately to their Arlington, Texas home. “He was very efficient, fixed it and got it running,” Antoniello says.
The three-time Super Service Award winner received 11 Page of Happiness nominations in the past year, as well as 90 straight A reviews from members. “People like that the person who answers the phone is the person who shows up on their doorstep,” Holloway says, adding that he started the business after working with relatives in the industry. Holloway, whose work requires no license, recycles the steel he removes, such as old doors.
More Dallas-Fort Worth Best Contractors of 2012
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Linked Up Media | Frisco, Texas
National Property Inspections | Flower Mound, Texas
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Southern Pride Openings | Rowlett, Texas
Tarver Pool Equipment | Fort Worth, Texas