Best Tampa Contractors of 2012
CPR – Computer Problem Resolutions | Tampa, Fla.
CPR owner Tom Hernden returns to the Best Contractor list for a record fifth time, thanks to members who awarded him 23 Page of Happiness nominations last year. The self-taught computer repairman and programmer credits his accolades to loyal return customers, though he says he can ironically become the victim of his own success. “If you do a good job and look at the system as a whole, people don’t necessarily need to call you as often!” he says. “But they tell their friends about me, and I get a steady influx of new customers that become regular clients.”
Hernden, a four-time Super Service Award winner, helps out his clients and the environment by recycling old computer components. His work does not require a license.
Stacy Matulis, an Angie’s List member living in Tampa, hired CPR for the first time last year to configure a new laptop computer and transfer her data from another computer that died. “The time and aggravation he saved would have been well worth any extra amount, but we ultimately paid less because of his purchasing arrangements and market knowledge,” she says. “He provides a fantastic service.”
Integrity Security Services | Tampa, Fla.
Matt Swezey appreciated Integrity owner Gary Long’s swift action and thoroughness when he lost a house key a few days before a trip. “Gary responded the same night and was willing to come out first thing in the morning,” the Tampa Angie's List member says. “He rekeyed seven locks and repaired a few others that weren’t closing properly, and didn’t charge for the additional work.”
Long founded Integrity in 1998 after working for a friend’s locksmith business. “Schools can teach you the basics, but to be a good locksmith, you need practical experience,” says Long, adding that he keeps his skills sharp by attending training and seminars.
After a prior career as an insurance adjuster, he appreciates the service aspect of locksmithing. “Back then, I felt like I was always bringing people bad news,” he says. “In this career, I can help people in a tough time. I always like to go a little extra above and beyond, without necessarily charging extra, like making sure all the other locks work the way they’re supposed to and check on all the doors before I leave.”
Long credits moral dedication for his long string of positive reviews. “We try to live up to Christian standards,” he says. “God blessed me with being mechanically inclined, so I picked up on this quickly once I started training.”
Long, who isn’t required to be licensed for his work, received 19 Page of Happiness nominations last year. He donates services to his church and recycles brass and other materials. “I’m a bit of a packrat when it comes to materials,” he says. “I’ll hold on to stuff for a while so I can salvage parts for customers who might only need a small piece.”
Angie's List member Bill Sullivan of Citrus Park, Fla., hired him to make complicated duplicate keys for his car. “I have laser-cut keys, and out of five local locksmiths, Gary was the only one who would make a duplicate at a reasonable price,” he says. “He’ll have all my future locksmith business.”
Pest Control Solutions & Services | St. Petersburg, Fla.
Angie's List member Dwayne Hickman of Largo, Fla., appreciated PCSS’ dedicated, personalized work during a yearlong service pest control contract. “I used to hire big franchise companies who were in and out in 10 minutes at triple the price,” he says.
Owner Julian Gregory started out in the pest control and wildlife trapping business 20 years ago and established his own company in 2002, but his interest goes back to childhood: “I was always catching bugs and lizards when I was a kid,” he says. “So I’m blessed every day that I can continue to do this.”
Gregory, who holds a Florida pest control license, received 14 Page of Happiness nominations last year. He uses as low-toxicity pesticides as much as he can and works to catch and release wildlife if possible. His company donates services to Friends of Strays, a local nonprofit.
Waypoint Property Inspection | Riverview, Fla.
Bob Hintze says his father was hands-on around the house when he was growing up, teaching him how it was put together. Those lessons serve him well as owner of Waypoint Property Inspection. “It gave me a strong attention to detail and street smarts about house construction,” he says.
The two-time Best Contractor holds a state home inspector license, and received 10 Page of Happiness nominations last year. While inspecting a home for problems, he says he also looks for potential areas of energy loss. Outside of work, his business sponsors Relay For Life teams.
Angie's List member Barbara Totaro hired him when she moved to Sarasota, Fla., from Virginia. “His effort really paid off when I began my search for homeowners’ insurance, something that can be very challenging in this market,” she says.
More Tampa Best Contractors of 2012
Find these companies' full profiles at AngiesList.com to read more about what makes their service superlative.
A and S Appliance Repair | Riverview, Fla.
A Bow-Meow Affair/Cameron’s Cat Care | Dunedin, Fla.
Andre’s Auto & Truck Services | Oldsmar, Fla.
Bermuda Bay (painting - interior) | Seminole, Fla.
Gator Mechanical of Tampa Bay | St. Petersburg, Fla.
Highlander Hard Surface Restoration | Lutz, Fla.
Let Linda Locate (genealogy) | Tampa, Fla.
Lindsey Pressure Cleaning | St. Petersburg, Fla.
Lint Busters Dryer Vent Cleaning | Tampa, Fla.
Mr. Water (water softeners) | Trinity, Fla.
Orion Heating & Air | St. Petersburg, Fla.
Suntamers (window tinting) | Cape Coral, Fla.