Handyman brothers enjoy mondo success near D.C.

Handyman brothers enjoy mondo success near D.C.

Greg Mondloch jokingly attributes his desire to run a business to being the youngest of eight children and being bossed by older siblings. He wasn’t even allowed to be a foreman in Mondloch Brothers Painting, the company he and his five brothers started when they were in middle school and high school.

The six Mondloch brothers operated the business in the summer and also delivered newspapers to pay their way through college. After graduation from James Madison University and while he pondered how best to use his business management and psychology degrees, Mondloch went to work with his brother, Roger, in a startup house painting business.

“Well, that was 25 years ago, and we have never looked back,” Mondloch says.

2012 Angie’s List Super Service winner:

Mondo Improvements

Brothers Greg and Roger Mondloch founded Mondo Improvements of Clifton, Va., in 1990 and earned the Super Service Award in 2011 and 2012.

Greg and Roger chose Mondo Improvements after a nickname for the brothers, and the name reflected their expansion beyond painting homes. While Mondloch oversees the painting side of the Northern Virginia business and the overall company, Roger runs the carpentry and handyman aspect.

Mondloch says employees are the key to the company’s success. He strives to put employees in a position to do the best job possible. Also, company foremen hire their crews based on strengths and talents, and the Christian faith of the employees transfers to their work ethic. Mondloch says he and employees also take responsibility for mistakes and move to quickly remedy them.

Fairfax Station, Va., member Cheryl Richardson hired Mondo for interior and exterior painting of her home. Although she consulted with a color specialist, she still listened to Mondloch’s advice on which shade of yellow to paint her foyer.

"He was right on a color selection and I was wrong,” Richardson says. “I respect his opinion, and I have referred him to other friends.”

The painstaking way crew members prepped the walls and checked for popped nails before painting also impressed Richardson.

Mondloch says he always tries to offer his professional opinion, but he defers to the customer when it’s just a matter of aesthetics. “I respect their decision and the fact that they have different tastes than myself,” Mondloch says.

In addition to operating a business, Mondloch stays heavily involved in the community. He and his extended family members volunteer at Mondloch House women’s shelter, named after his deceased father, in South Alexandria, Va. He also coordinated a volunteer painting effort at Christ House homeless shelter, where his brother Kevin is director, in Alexandria.

The self-described sports junkie is becoming an avid mountain biker and is starting to rekindle his relationship with the Washington Redskins. “I love my Nats and seem to be falling back in love with the Skins,” Mondloch says. “Thanks, RG3.”

The Super Service Award recognizes contractors and health care providers that have maintained a stellar service rating on Angie’s List throughout the past year. Be sure to always check the List before hiring, however, as ratings can and do change.

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