Best San Antonio Contractors of 2012

Best San Antonio Contractors of 2012

Alamo Water Softeners 
| San Antonio

Since Alamo Water Softeners installed a softener at Melody Rutkowski’s North Central San Antonio home, she says her family uses less soap and water, ice tastes fresher and her coffee maker works better than it ever did. The Angie’s List member says she appreciated that owner Allen Townsend patiently answered her many questions without giving her a high pressure sales pitch. “I like that they’re a small business, but the biggest thing was how they treated me,” she says.

Alamo Water Softeners, owned by Allen and Trudy Townsend, earned their third straight Best Contractor award, receiving 21 Page of Happiness nominations in the last year. Allen holds a water treatment specialist license through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The company sells Gold softeners, which use up to 30 percent less water than other units.

The Townsends started AWS in 2004 and Allen boasts 22 years of experience in the water softener industry. They earned customers’ trust taking 
an old-fashioned business approach. “Our general philosophy is the same 
in our business as in our personal life: treat others the way we would want to be treated,” Trudy says.

Heaven’s Best 
Carpet Cleaning-Art | San Antonio

In March 2010 at the age of 50, Art Pacheco retired after 32 years in aviation and purchased a Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning franchise. “I thought it’d keep me in shape, and I’d make my own hours and run my own business,” says Pacheco, a 2011 Best Contractor who received 17 Page of Happiness nominations last year.

Pacheco says Heaven’s Best starts the carpet cleaning process with vacuuming, which he then follows with a low-moisture spray that doesn’t soak the carpet like steam cleaning. He says he finishes by raking the carpet so fibers stand up and the carpet dries faster. “I let them know upfront some of the stains might not come out,” he says. Pacheco says he doesn’t tack on extra prices or push additional services while cleaning, which starts at $40 per room, including stain removal and deodorizer. He also cleans grout, tile and upholstery.

Angie's List member Lisa Sheppard hired Heaven’s Best in May to clean her two-story Northwest side San Antonio home after reading Angie’s List reviews. “He showed great care in protecting our furniture,” she says, adding that he was friendly to her dogs. “He also did a follow-up phone call to make sure we were happy with the results.” Pacheco also meticulously vacuumed her carpets and baseboards before the cleaning and displayed a cheerful attitude throughout the job, Sheppard says.

Customers rave about Pacheco’s friendly demeanor and his honesty, and many say they appreciate that he doesn’t try to tack on additional costs when cleaning homes. Pacheco, whose work doesn’t require a license, also offers a reduced rate to clean senior apartments at one apartment complex. Melissa Key of North Central San Antonio hired Pacheco to clean her 2,700-square-foot home before her sister visited in April. “My house is still clean, and my carpet is in great shape,” Key says. “I’ll call him when it’s time to call again. I even gave his name to some friends.”

Seymore Staining | San Antonio

Seymore Staining owner Greg Seymore prides himself on his attention to detail. Before beginning a deck or fence staining job, he takes pictures so he can return patio furniture and plants back to their original places. “The key is listening to what [customers] want, not selling what they don’t want,” says Seymore, whose company won its second consecutive Best Contractor award last year. Seymore, whose trade doesn’t require a license, uses eco-friendly low-VOC stains and received 11 Page of Happiness nominations in the last year. “There’s no magic wand, but I’m tough on detail when it comes to my workers and myself,” Seymore says.

Angie’s List member John Douglas hired Seymore to sand, power wash and stain the deck at his Boerne, Texas, home, along with power washing and sealing two patios as well. “He said he’d be on the job,” says Douglas, who appreciated having the opportunity to hire a fellow veteran. “His price was extremely reasonable.”

The Real Stump Busters | Live Oak, Texas

Angie's List member Robert Borg praised The Real Stump Busters for being conscientious by covering his driveway to avoid tracking mud while they trimmed a tree and removed a branch at his Universal City, Texas, home. “Stump Busters was quick to respond for an estimate and even came and did the job a few days early after calling me first,” Borg says.

Stump Busters owner Tom Bussell opened his business in 1996. “Every job is estimated by me to ensure the customer receives the best price,” he says. The company, which has a San Antonio Tree Service License and 11 Page of Happiness nominations in the last year, also turns tree waste into mulch, which it first offers to customers.

More San Antonio Best Contractors of 2012

Find these companies' full profiles at to read more about what makes their service superlative.

Adrian Russell Salon | San Antonio

Barbara Lane | San Antonio

The Barton Co. Carpets | San Antonio

B & B Tree Trimming | San Antonio

Blanco Fixit | San Antonio

Blinded by Delight | San Antonio

Elle Jay’s of San Antonio | San Antonio

The Lawn Barber | Bulverde, Texas

Luke’s Asphalt Paving | Spring Branch, Texas

Pete’s Remodeling Service | San Antonio

Sky King Painting | San Antonio

Tony Darryl Upholstery | Helotes, Texas

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Allen Townsend says he enjoys the day-to-day surprises his job provides.
Photo courtesy of the Townsends
Allen Townsend says he enjoys the day-to-day surprises his job provides. Photo courtesy of the Townsends

Angie's List names the best San Antonio contractors for 2011.

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