Decks, Patios, Fences, Porches
Larry Enten, c: 202-329-6006 f: 202-537-7203 email@example.com; references licensed insured “Larry and son did a great job of power washing my aging deck. They were careful to gently wash the more delicate cedar trellis work twice, rather than blasting it just once to save time. They also, as a bonus, cleaned my ancient teak deck furniture. Finally, they put on a natural finish and sealant that has my deck looking fantastic!”
After heavy rains in July 2019 our neighbor Kate asked for outdoor drain clearing recommendations. She compiled them as follows:
For those who want to DIY, one neighbor said “I used a power washer and a plunger and it seemed to do the trick.”
Other responses: Plumber R.D. Springer, 301-439-8200, charges much less than the insane amounts that Roto-Rooter now charges. He’s also highly recommended in Checkbook.
Plumber Chris Williams, Williams Plumbing and Heating, 301.725.5536. I don’t think I have ever paid more than $150.
Drain Science/Kevin: 202 445-7949. Honest, reasonably priced. Handyman Ben, 480-907-4311, does really good work.
Rocket Rooter, https://www.rocketrooter.com/ – much lower cost than Roto Rooter Plumber
Michael and Sons, (202) 695-1532
Howard Workeman – I love our electrician, Howard Workeman. His number is 240-882-2524.
Marco Ruedas – (301) 442-6046, firstname.lastname@example.org. “[Marco] gives free estimates, was quick to respond and timely. I might add that he was very reasonably priced.”
Ridgeway Electrics – Don Bonnet, (301) 585-2000.
- “We have used Ridgeway and been very pleased.They were prompt, understanding of some concerns we had about some old wiring, and did a good job.”
- “I’d recommend Don Bonnet, Ridgeway Electrics.”
Alan Perry – 301-279-5844 “…a great electrician…I can’t recommend Alan highly enough.” Hyman Electrical – www.hymanelectric.com
- “We’ve had excellent results in our ongoing renovation with Hyman Electrical. They have extremely skilled and professional employees who are also honest, polite, conscientious and neat. And while Hyman’s pricing is on par with other electrical contractors we priced (but did not hire) – we’ve been so pleased with their hard work, honesty and professionalism – we’d never hire anyone else.”
- “The gentleman that answered the phone was lovely, but unable to assist me because they refuse to do work on condo units. Just in case others are looking to contact them.”
Universal Floors – email@example.com , 202.537.8900 or 301.370.6851 and ask for Tim
- “I highly recommend Universal Floors. You can check out their website at comI recommend them whenever a client (home seller) needs work on their floors and I’ve also used them to do my own floors, which involved patching several places with oak that they salvaged from older homes to match my 1929 floors. Impressive!”
- “I have used them, they are good but pricey.”
Neftali Florian – (703) 843-1289
Do Not Use – Hightower Floors. Did a shoddy job that wore out way too quickly. Cheaper estimate, but you get what you pay for in this case.
A Wider Circle – The nonprofit, A Wider Circle, will pick up furniture and give it to families who cannot afford it. I’ve used them a few times and they are nice, prompt and helpful.
Georgetown Restoration – www.georgetownrefinishing.com “We have had great work done by Georgetown Refinishing on multiple family heirloom antiques and a more modern piece. On every occasion, I’ve been impressed with their honest & prompt communication, from letting us know how any repairs might affect the value of our heirlooms, to how we might first look to find a less expensive fix. You can email them photos for a free estimate. If you want cheap, they may not be your best or only choice, but if you want a flawless job, there’s no one else in the wider area to call.”
Larenas – Woodwork Arts, 301-953-9764. “He is fabulous; his prices are reasonable/cheaper than others! He will come and give a free estimate. I had him repair and refinish 6 antique dining room chairs, and I am thrilled with the work.”
Gardening / Landscaping
Jane Brookstein, (202) 441-6098, firstname.lastname@example.org “Jane is knowledgeable about gardening so she is able to do more than yardwork. She arrived on time and worked very efficieintly on a variety of tasks, and she asked questions at the right time. I will definitely hire her again.” “Jane does great work plus she has a friendly easygoing personality. There were a lot of leaves to be raked and she really helped us out with this difficult task. I definitely intend to use her again once gardening season begins.”
Potomac Lands Tree and Shrub
David Pail, (703) 450-4475
Taylor Duke – (Missing area code) 425-6730 “Taylor Duke is a graduate of Virginia Tech where he majored in forestry. … Taylor positively loves everything about trees! …Taylor has all his own cutting and safety equipment and works with a colleague when the job requires it. He doesn’t bring a chipper with him, but he can trim the pieces up so you can bundle them for pickup or fireplace, or he may take them in his pickup truck and drop them for you…I recently had Taylor undertake this exact kind of work for me on a very large, old oak with an elaborately intertwined branch extending at least 14 feet along the wires. He also trimmed up a lot of storm damage and improved the aesthetics of the tree that had been butchered by someone who had charged me three times as much several years ago (who was not a professional). I’d welcome anyone to look at our tree as example of his skilled work.”
Slav – (301) 801-9466, “USDA certified gardening expert, moderate to inexpensive in price.”
Mary K – (301) 831-0454
AC Gregg – (202) 297-5841 “Did both our hardscape and landscaping front and back three years ago, also very reasonable.”
Y and Y Garden – www.yandygarden.com
Nancy Everett – Boxwood Design LLC, (301) 807-6333, Boxwooddesign@comcast.net “Nancy has helped me transform my front and back yards over the past two years and in the process has also made me more confident about gardening. Experienced landscape designer, pruner, and garden coach. Graduate certificates in Horticulture and Landscape Design. Available for consultation, design work, rejuvenation of existing garden, custom pruning and pots, locating suitable plants, or garden coaching (learn to do the work yourself!)”
Shifflett Tree Company – (301) 948-5554 “I’d recommend Shifflett Tree Company.”
Do Not Use – John Carroccio, 240.603.3173 “Expensive and just alright – I will be switching landscapers soon.”