Best Philadelphia Contractors of 2012
Francis X. White Builder | New Britain, Penn.
Julius Ciesielka says the days of preparing holiday meals in a cramped kitchen ended when Francis X. White Builder enlarged the room and installed an island. “The most happy person is my wife — she got the kitchen she wanted,” says the Angie’s List member from Warminster, Ga.
White got his start in the industry when he began working for his brother’s carpentry business as a teenager and at the age of 21, White built his own home in seven months. His business focuses on bathroom and kitchen remodels. “Our repeat customer base is 60 percent,” says White, a licensed contractor with 35 years’ experience.
Ken and Nancy Robinson of Doylestown, Ga., are among the firm’s return clients. They hired White, who received 13 Page of Happiness nominations last year, for several small home-improvement jobs and to rebuild a deck. “We recommended him to people across the street,” Ken says.
The company sponsors community outings each year, along with supporting local sports teams and a scholarship fund. He offers customers the option of using energy efficient windows and doors, as well as working with EPA-approved lumber, composite materials and insulation.
Great Valley Moving & Storage | West Chester, Penn.
Great Valley Moving & Storage impressed Angie's List member Susan Carter of Glen Mills, Ga., for carrying a heavy bed up a steep staircase and fulfilling other requests like repositioning her furniture. “They just did a lot of little extras that a lot of other companies wouldn’t have,” says Carter, who was among 27 members who nominated the company for the Pages of Happiness last year.
Benjamin Kane founded the moving company in 2008 after working for another company in high school and college. “It’s something different every day,” says Kane, whose company recycles boxes and once helped move a dinosaur exhibit in Delaware. The 2011 Best Contractor is licensed to move in 48 states, according to U.S. Department of Transportation records.*
Bill Mullen Electric | Upper Darby, Penn.
After working for 25 years in the commercial electrical industry, Bill Mullen Jr. decided to expand his company to include residential electrical work. “I feel like it’s a little more rewarding than 80 outlets a day,” Mullen says.
Paul Pat of Havertown hired Mullen three times in three months after buying a Big Deal for the firm. He says Mullen fixed electrical issues that stumped others. “If I have an electric problem, I’m going to call Bill first,” Pat says.
Mullen, who received 11 Page of Happiness nominations last year, donated his services to fix electrical problems at a local convent where two of his aunts are nuns. He offers compact fluorescent lighting and solar lights, and installed solar lighting at Haverford Reserve nature preserve.
More Philadelphia Best Contractors of 2012
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Central Lending Services | Langhorne, Penn.
Dan Spagnolia Electric | Marlton, N.J.
Gentle Clean Carpet Care | Blue Bell, Penn.
Healthy Homes Systems | Allentown, Penn.
The Home Improvement Coach | Chester Springs, Penn.
Flooring Services By Lennon |Voorhees, N.J.
Gallagher’s Plumbing | Horsham, Penn.
PhillyJunk | Bryn Mawr, Penn.
Ramsey Builders | Elverson, Penn.
Safeguard Moving Co. | Philadelphia
Safe-T-Sweep | Glen Mills, Penn.
Total Performance Automotive | Ambler, Penn.
Tribal Loom Oriental Rugs | Frazer, Penn.
*Editor's note: On Jan. 2, the Montgomery County District Attorney announced the arrest and scheduled arraignment of Benjamin Kane, owner of Great Valley Moving & Storage in West Chester, on a felony charge of homicide by vehicle and several related charges stemming from a fatal crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in October. This information was made public after Angie's List Magazine's print deadline for the January issue. The company's editorial recognition as a 2012 Best Contractor in Philadelphia was based on its overall performance in 2012, per member reviews, and relevant information about the company and its owner that Angie's List received by Sept. 1, 2012.