Best Milwaukee Contractors of 2012

Best Milwaukee Contractors of 2012

Jay Appliance Service | Sussex, Wis.

When Enderis Park, Wis., Angie's List member Wendy Pologe discovered her oven didn’t work the day before Thanksgiving dinner, she called five companies for help. She says only Jay Appliance owner Jeff Yesko was willing to come out so close to the holiday, adding that he stayed after completing the repair to chat with her 91-year-old father. “He really came through for us — he saved Thanksgiving dinner,” says Pologe, who wrote one of the company’s 19 Page of Happiness nominations last year.

Yesko, whose work does not require a license, started the company in 1984 after buying his mentor’s repair company and renaming it. Yesko says doing all the work himself allows him to control the quality of customer service and work done. “It’s my name on the door, so I run my business with ethics and integrity,” he says.

Member reviews praise Yesko for his reasonable pricing, availability, friendliness with pets, and his ability to revive appliances that seem beyond saving. “I like to see the look on a customer’s face when they realize I fixed an appliance they thought they needed to replace,” says Yesko, whose business sponsors adult softball leagues.

All Style Quality Fence | Brookfield, Wis.

When Steve Judkins started fencing 27 years ago, he earned just $2 an hour as an apprentice. Today, he’s a four-time Super Service Award recipient who stick builds every fence to customize it to the landscape instead of using pre-fab fencing. Washington Heights, Wis., member Bill Kowaleski also appreciated Judkins’ use of quality lumber. “I’ve worked with people a long time and can tell when they have pride in their work,” Kowaleski says.

Judkins runs the business with his wife, Amy, and the two participate in every job. “I do things right and never cut corners,” says Judkins, who holds a Milwaukee home improvement license. Members say Judkins helps ensure the safety of children and pets by quickly helping with emergency fence repairs. Judkins recycles hardware and wood and donates to the Humane Society. 

Bradley’s Safe & Lockworks | Milwaukee

Castle Manor, Wis., member Randolph Bruso says owner David Bradley earned his respect after finishing a job that required more hardware and time than either anticipated. “When it came time for my bill, it was the price he quoted to me over the phone [with] no extra charges,” says Bruso of the nine-time Super Service Award winner.

Bradley, whose work doesn’t require a license, decided to start his own business after he says high pressure sales tactics and a quantity over quality mentality became the norm for locksmiths. “I focus on honoring my estimates and giving a fair price,” says Bradley, who members say is friendly with pets. “I treat people the way I want to be treated.”

Oconomowoc, Wis., member Paulette Traver says Bradley helped surprise her daughter with new locks for Christmas and wrapped a lock so she had a gift 
to open. Bradley recycles lock hardware and donates to the Salvation Army.

- additional reporting by Lacey Nix

More Milwaukee Best Contractors of 2012

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1-800-GOT-JUNK? | Wauwatosa, Wis.

Advanced Wildlife Control | Mequona, Wis.

B & K Contractors | South Milwaukee, Wis.

Dickenschrauf Plumbing Solutions | Wauwatosa, Wis.

DMC Electric | Muskego, Wis.

Infinity Painting | New Berlin, Wis.

K J Services (painting) | Franklin, Wis.

Richards Cabinetry | Mayville, Wis.

Sudduth Electrical Service and Repair | Waterford, Wis.

The Grout Doctor | Muskego, Wis.

The Painting Company | Kenosha, Wis.

The Painting People | Milwaukee

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