Best Orlando Contractors of 2012
Allen’s Appliance Service | Orange City, Fla.
Orange City, Fla., Angie's List member Doreen Burkey appreciated how an Allen’s Appliance Service technician gently moved her three 7-month-old kittens out of his way as he repaired her refrigerator. “He was just real patient,” Burkey says. “He did get it fixed the same day.”
Owner Walter Naumovitz credits his success to high-quality service and continuing education for his technicians. Naumovitz bought the company in 1995 from his former boss, and after about seven years as a one-man operation, he now employs three service technicians. “I make sure that we get it done and do it right,” says Naumovitz, who services portions of Seminole and Lake counties.
Naumovitz, whose appliance repair work requires no license in Orlando, says his flat rate and no hidden fees also take the fear out of hiring someone. Lake Mary, Fla., member Julio Aparicio says the final cost to repair his dryer did not differ from the estimate. “You’re not going to be surprised that it costs a lot more than you expected,” he says.
Allen’s informs clients about the benefits of switching to energy-efficient appliances and it recycles all appliance computer boards, Naumovitz says.
Certified Climate Control | DeBary, Fla.
Certified Climate Control turned Orlando member Kyle Thornton’s home into a much more comfortable environment after a technician replaced his air ducts with the correct size and closed a hole in the ductwork, eliminating the need for his air conditioner to run all day to cool the house. Now, he says, every room maintains a consistent temperature and his monthly energy bill saw a significant decrease. “Pretty much the day that they left was the happiest day in my house,” says Thornton, one of 19 members who nominated the company for a Page of Happiness in the last year.
Owner David Hill, who has 18 years of experience in the industry, says he or his general manager checks every job completed by one of their service technicians to guarantee the work is done properly and meets the company’s standards. Certified Climate Control holds the required state A/C contractor license.
Deltona, Fla. member Daniel Doody, who purchased a Big Deal for maintenance on his air-conditioning system, appreciated Certified’s detailed work and says the technician even pointed out shortcuts other companies had taken to resolve his cooling problems. “They definitely had an opportunity to sell me something I didn’t need but not only did he not do that, he pointed out that what you think is a big issue is significantly smaller,” Doody says.
After becoming dissatisfied with a previous employer’s ethics, Hill says he decided to rely on his expertise and a 401(k) to start his business. “These machines just unfold in my mind,” he says. “It clicks with me so well.” Not content to sit in the office all day, Hill estimates he spends about 60 percent of his time in the field and manages the business the rest of the time, which makes for very long days.
Hill says the company recycles the metals, refrigerant and plastics used on jobs. “We’re doing everything in this industry to leave a smaller footprint,” he says.
Home Pride Inspection Services | Longwood, Fla.
Owner Dominic D’Agostino inspected two homes for Lake Eola Heights, Fla., member Tom Benson in two days, and Benson says his meticulous work identified several immediate repairs and future fixes. “He was able to determine that the roof absolutely had no more life left in it, even though there were no leaks,” Benson says.
D’Agostino became a licensed home inspector after working in home remodeling. He says he enjoys solving mysteries, and every home presents an element of danger. “The most potentially dangerous was crawling through the attic on the framing and having it crumble underneath,” says D’Agostino, who escaped unharmed.
Casselberry, Fla., member Patrick Kelly says D’Agostino’s friendly demeanor made it easy to ask questions and voice concerns. “He really put my mind at ease,” he says. On one home, Kelly says, D’Agostino pointed out a squirrel-chewed exhaust pipe on the roof. “Who would even think about that?”
Liberty Locksmiths | Apopka, Fla.
Becoming a locksmith is part of owner Robert Kowal’s genetic code, as working with metals spans generations to his family’s roots in Poland. Kowal and younger brother Greg operate the three-time Super Service Award winning company, which began in 1999 and has grown to eight employees. Liberty needs no license to operate, but Kowal performs a background check on every employee. “That makes me safe for customers,” Kowal says.
Deltona, Fla., member Selma Joseph called Liberty Locksmiths to replace door locks on her new home. Instead, Liberty rekeyed her locks by only changing the locking mechanism, saving her money and materials. “Now I know the difference,” Joseph says. “If I ever have to move again, I know exactly what I’m looking for.”
More Orlando Best Contractors of 2012
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My Guy Plumbing | Sanford, Fla.
Sunshine Air Conditioning | Belleview, Fla.
Thomas Scott Painting | Longwood, Fla.
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