Best Phoenix Contractors of 2012

Best Phoenix Contractors of 2012

JPG Security | Tempe, Ariz.

Owner Jim Godfrey served in the Navy in Operation Desert Storm and later nearly a decade as a police officer. When he retired due to a shoulder injury, he put his skills to work designing and installing security systems. “As a police officer, I had been really frustrated with security companies, because it seemed like the people selling the systems had never seen a burglary before,” he says. “I can go into a home and, with my experience, see what’s most likely to be broken into and the best equipment and placement you should use for that scenario.”

Fredric Grethel hired Godfrey to install a sophisticated alarm system. “I wanted all the bells and whistles, so he had a very big task, but he provided the best, most cost-efficient option,” the Paradise Valley member says. “He’s sincerely looking out for the best for his customers. He’s truly a consultant, not a sales guy.”

Godfrey, who isn’t required to be licensed, received 25 Page of Happiness nominations last year. Beyond work, he offers safety classes in the community and volunteers with the 100 Club, which supports families of fallen law enforcement officers.

Mike Macchiaroli Tree Company | Phoenix

Mike Macchiaroli applies a lifetime of experience to tree service — he grew up on his family’s citrus farm and spent decades as a citrus grower. “I’ve been working with trees for 50 years,” he says. “I’ve probably had a hand in 700,000 trees over my lifetime.”

In 2000, he received his certification with the International Society of Arboriculture and went into business caring for trees and landscaping. “I’ll make your home look like a park,” he says. “Trees are a lot like people. They have defense mechanisms and an amazing ability to survive in all kinds of conditions.”

He keeps a crew of just two men, and focuses on safety. He also worked forseveral years in the construction industry, which serves him well when he finds root systems lifting up hardscape or walls. “I always look at structure first whenI start a job,” he says.

Angie's List member Michele Klein of Peoria, Ariz., says the crew impressed her withtheir skills when pruning several trees. “His team got up into the trees and sculpted,” she says. “I couldn’t believe the amount of thinning they did. Mike also braced a shoestring acacia that had split, and ensured I could hold onto it for a few more years.”

David Winston called Macchiaroli for help after his homeowner’sassociation gardeners did unsatisfactory work. “They’ve never looked sogood!” the Scottsdale Angie's List member says.

Macchiaroli says he takes ecological concerns seriously. “I’ll do everything I can to keep a tree going,” he says. “I don’t take down a tree unless it absolutely has to come down. I also keep water and soil conservation issues in mind. Trees do a lot for energy conservation, whether it’s by providing shade or oxygen.” He also does occasional charity work for local churches and nursing homes.

Macchiaroli, who is not required to be licensed, received 16 Page ofHappiness nominations in the past year. In one of them, Angie's List member Elizabeth Bundsen of Phoenix praised how much he helped with her dogs, including leaving the yard to the dogs when they needed it.

Pipe Doctor Plumbing | Peoria, Ariz.

Marc Eisen says Pipe Doctor co-owner Chris Rusnell outshone all the plumbers he’s hired in the past when replacing a pressure valve. ”He didn’t try to upsell me, and he did the repairs in such a way that I could take action myself if the unit failed,” the Scottsdale, Ariz., Angie's List member says.

The Pipe Doctor draws from four generations of experience, according to co-owner Randi Rusnell. “Chris’ father and grandfather were master plumbers, Chris is a master plumber, and our son Chris Jr. is a journeyman,” she says.

They encourage clients to install energy-saving tankless heaters and water-saving fixtures, and they do charity work for a number of community organizations. The company holds a state plumbing license and received 13 Page of Happiness nominations last year, several of which praised their Big Deal for fixture installation. “They replaced my hose bibbs in no time at all,” Neil Burris of Surprise, Ariz., wrote.

Amped Sound & Cinema | Phoenix

Owner David Helser started working on televisions and sound systems as a child and continues educating himself on new systems to this day. He oversees a two-man crew and stays involved on every job from start to finish. “We can do anything from wall mounting to housewide systems,” says Helser, who started his business eight years ago. “But we really thrive on retrofits and tricky installs.”

Robert Shaw, an Angie's List member living in Scottsdale, Ariz., hired Amped to install a 70-inch TV, integrate it with an existing audio system and hide the wiring in the wall. “These guys pay attention even to details that are hidden away and seen only by technicians,” he says.

Helser, who is not required to be licensed, donates his services to install systems for a nearby orphanage. He received 11 Page of Happiness
nominations last year.

More Phoenix Best Contractors of 2012

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A Always Open Garage Doors | Scottsdale, Ariz.

A Arizona Chimney Sweep | Peoria, Ariz.

Arizona Mortgage by Eddie Knoell — O’Dowd Mortgage | Phoenix

Bradley Carpet Cleaning | Chandler, Ariz.

Budget Blinds | Phoenix

CKBR (remodeling — kitchen & bathroom) | Phoenix

Complete Custom Detail | Phoenix

Croffoot Heating and Air Conditioning | Chandler, Ariz.

Crossroads Plumbing | Gilbert, Ariz.

Homewerx Home Inspection | Mesa, Ariz.

Revolution Cleaning Systems | Gilbert, Ariz.

WF Shannon Painting Specialist | Mesa, Ariz.

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