After years of working as an electro-mechanical technician and repairing trains for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Earl Washington Jr. decided to create his own business in 1986, advertising his handyman services door-to-door. Although he began by performing basic repairs and cleaning gutters, he continued to learn new home-improvement skills while he built relationships with local carpenters, masons, and industry professionals.
His company grew over time and eventually established itself as a full-service provider of maintenance and repairs for homes, commercial buildings, and rehabbed bouncy castles. Now joined by a full-time staff of technicians and tradesmen, Earl tinkers with homes from foundation to attic, helping to assuage clients' plumbing, electrical, and heating- or cooling-system concerns.
After more than a half-century in business, Fry Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning has its residential fix-it services down to a science. Beyond basic plumbing repairs and furnace installations, the expert technicians can capably tackle such jobs as drain and sewer cleaning, which includes a camera inspection. But they don't just set to work fixing a problem and bill you later—before every job, whether tuning up a furnace or installing a footrest for the toilet, they provide free estimates to allow homeowners to budget properly.
John C. Flood’s skilled service technicians deftly ready homes and cooling systems for warmer climes, taking air conditioners through a thorough check list to get them in shipshape condition. Daydream about upcoming summer months while chillbox wranglers check evaporators and operating pressures and ensure that motors are running properly. Possible leaks will be addressed, as will all air filters and thermostats. Meticulous mechanics will then inspect the AC’s belt and make necessary tension adjustments, then clean the condenser coil and condensate drain and lubricate the breeze unit’s moving parts for optimal motion and killer line-dancing skills.
• For $50, you get $100 toward plumbing services. • For $99, you get a drain cleaning (up to a $269 value). • For $139, you get a drain cleaning, water-heater flush, and plumbing inspection for the whole house (up to a $375 value).
Sleek hardwood floors. An earth-toned tile backsplash. A stone fireplace that matches the stone floor of a refinished basement. These are just a few of the many customized remodeling options that Lofft Construction Inc. offers up to its customers. It does so by working directly with architects and each client to design new additions, update a kitchen, or make a basement a livable space for the family members who aren't ghosts.
The approach has paid off. In addition to making customers happy, the company has racked up awards, including the COTY Contractor of the Year Award in 2009, 2011, and 2013. It also gives back to the community, donating unused building materials to Habitat for Humanity and hosting meal nights to feed those without homes.