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The purpose of this page is to help in the search for reliable businesses, tradesmen, and home improvement specialists. It is a friendly bulletin board which will put you in contact with the craftsmen that your neighbors use and recommend. This "bulletin board" will only work if the neighborhood participates by submitting their recommendations.
Real Estate Agents who live in Hillcrest

Chuck Riley, CRS, SRES
TOP 1% Realtors Nationwide
Office/Direct phone 202-575-5111, or 877-398-8900 x8085
Websites: www.metroDCmove.com and www.HillcrestDCmove.com
Residence: 2839 Hillcrest Drive SE, Washington, DC 20020

I live in Hillcrest and have sold more Hillcrest Homes than any other one REALTOR. I believe in our neighborhood. I coined the phrase" Hillcrest the Best Kept Secret in the District", and I believe it! I ask for the opportunity to earn your business.

Anthony R. Bolling, JD, CCIM
KW Commercial
240-737-5000 ext. 5054 office
1-866-819-7644 direct
240-296-5054 e-fax
202-531-6159 mobile

Ellery Kirkpatrick
Century 21 Trademark Realty
4434 Connecticut Ave N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
Office: 301 441-1100
Direct: 202 270-3047
Email: ellerykirkpatrick@mris.com
Residence: 2806 31st St. SE Washington DC 20020

They say that Hillcrest is DC's best kept secret...well its not a secret to me. Ive lived here all of my life.

Valerie M. Blake, GRI, SRES
Licensed in DC, MD and VA
Office: 202-243-7700
Direct: 202-246-8602
Email: Valerie@DCHomeQuest.com
Residence: 2911 W Street SE, Washington, DC 20020

Nearly 20 years of experience selling real estate in the DC Metropolitan area. Washington Blade's Best Realtor® Award - 2015, Washingtonian Magazine's Best Realtors® - 2016. Former federal executive and foreign diplomat, skilled negotiator and energetic professional ready to exceed your expectations.

Your neighbors recommend the following businesses

see Tree Service

Auto Body Repairs
Murphy's Auto Body Shop
1708 Good Hope Rd SE
Washington, D.C. 20020
phone: 202-678-0100

update 11/3/2011: "We've had some additional work done in the past year by Murphy's and continue to be very satisfied. Today we were looking for someone to plug a flat tire, and called Murphy's. They said they don't normally fix flats, but if it only needed a plug they would do it. Since we are their customers, they didn't even charge us."

"We've both had auto body work done by Murphy's, from major fender-bender repairs to fixing a rust spot. We've used them 4 times. They do excellent work and have the car ready when they said it would be ready. Their prices are reasonable. Their estimates are often less than half the amount of a larger shop (like Pohanka Body Shop in Marlow Heights), and they stay within their estimates. Murphy's people are courteous, and professional. We like using a local neighborhood service."
submitted by Kathy Chamberlain and Bob Bush, Hillcrest
Auto Detailing
Kelvin's Detailing
Muhammad Mosque
Pennsylvania and Branch Avenues
Kelvin Muhammad, 240-602-5506
noon to 3p M-F (Sat and Sun appts only)
hand car wash to carpet shampoo

"convenient service, very respectful worker."
submitted by Wayne Young, Hillcrest
Dan Briosos
"Finally, a person who is very skilled at carpentry and reasonably priced. Licensed in VA in Home Improvement. He built a beautiful portico for my front door. Also did other smaller carpentry tasks in my home. Very capable, hard worker. I highly recommend him."
submitted by Margaret Roberts, Hillcrest
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
A&A Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services, LLC
Rick Richardson, Licensed & Insured
Suitland Maryland
phone: 240-461-7414
email: Richardson_rick at yahoo dot com

"I highly recommend Mr. Richardson for your carpet cleaning. I had several spots and stains in my carpet that I thought couldn't be removed. After the job was completed, I couldn't tell where the spots or stains were. His equipment is the latest technology in carpet cleaning; I've never seen anything like it. My carpet was dry in a few hours. He is very dependable, courteous, and professional, someone you can truly trust in your home. His prices are reasonable too."
submitted by Deborah Dillard, Park Naylor

Ceramic Tile
Jorge Goicochea
Cellular: (202)255-5210
"He is awesome with laying Ceramic Tile. He is very reasonable." Lisa Shaw, 4/30/2007

Chimney and Fireplace Contractor
All Pro Chimney Service
email: customerservice@allprochimney.com
P.O. Box 1377
Lanham, MD 20703
phone: 240-486-6731

"I was in the market for a company to install a chimney cap. This company had previously been featured as a recommended business. All Pro Chimney Service employees, Sid and his partner Nelson, were courteous, friendly and efficient. They not only installed the chimney cap but checked the chimney and furnace for nesting animals and birds. In addition, they made a visible inspection of the chimney for visible defects.
The cost of the chimney cap and its installation was reasonable. I would recommend All Pro Chimney Service to those who need this type of service.

Maxine A. Gordon, Hillcrest, 8/9/10

"When we moved in, our new home in Hillcrest had a beautiful fireplace but the chimney needed some minor repairs. We called All Pro Chimney and they came out the next day to give us an estimate. After meeting with Dennis and his team to discuss the work we needed to have done, we realized that a high-efficiency wood stove insert would help us make our home even more energy efficient during the winter months. The All Pro Chimney team did an incredible job and our new fireplace is even more gorgeous than before. They protected our floors during the process and they left our home spotless. We highly recommend All Pro Chimney service for all your chimney- and fireplace-related needs. They do fantastic work, their pricing is very reasonable, and they are the most customer-service friendly folks around!"

Recommended by Kimberly Acquaviva and Kathy Brandt 8/5/08
Concrete, Brick and Masonry
F.A.L. Masonry
ATTN: Nelson Armando Bonilla
Cellular: 703-867-9428

"We hired Nelson for 2 separate jobs. First he rebuilt a 10-ft brick column that was supporting our porch but leaning. He removed it, poured a concrete footing, then rebuilt it using the original bricks. The quality of his work was excellent and he did the job in a few days. Later he and his team installed a 22 ft diameter brick and stone patio in our backyard, including rebuilting a sidewalk adjacent to the patio, and building retaining walls of different heights on one side. We got multiple bids on this project, and Nelson's was quite reasonable. The quality and timeliness of his work exceeded our expectations. We would definitely use him again."
Kathy Chamberlain, Hillcrest, 7/16/2012

Concrete and Masonry
C.J. Construction, LLC
ATTN: Carlos Joya, Owner
PO Box 4842, Woodbridge, VA 22193
Cellular: 571-437-4824
Office: 703-497-1440

"Highly recommended by Vincent Spaulding for doing Concrete and masonry work projects. C.J. Construction, LLC did the sidewalks at East Washington Heights Baptist Church, 2220 Branch Ave, SE and the quality of the work was excellent and at a very reasonable price."

Concrete and Brick Work
Creative Concrete Co.
Leonardo T. Humes, Pres.
P.O. Box 2463, Hyattsville, MD 20784
(301) 918-3195
FAX (301) 918-3194

"Recommendation is based on excellent driveway concrete work done at my home last fall. I understand that they also do brick laying too."
Submitted by Jim Hannaham, Hillcrest, 3/31/2000

Concrete and Brick Work
Hallmon's Home Improvements
James Hallmon, Masonry Contractor
(202) 678-5169

Recommendation is based on brick work done in March-April 2000
Submitted by Gladys Miller, Hillcrest, 4/1/2000, no email address
Also recommended by Earl Nichols, Hillcrest, 4/1/2000, no email address

Concrete, Brick, and General Handyman
HandyMan Contractors
Andre Jackson

"He lives east of the river - Ft. Dupont. He has done work here several times - retaining wall, remove and replaced steps, railing. He has told me how to do things myself - which saved me $ He has done work at friend's home. Currently he's doing some work over on W Street by Union Temple."
submitted 3/31/00 by Wayne Young, Hillcrest

Concrete and Masonry
Sandoval Construction, Inc
President/POC: Jose' Sandoval
Hyattsville, MD 20783
Office: 301-422-7870
Cell: 301-343-0106 (Best Way to get him)
Highly recommended by Vince Spaulding (Hillcrest) who has used him 3 times

Construction-Home Automation-Handyman-Construction Management-Consultation
PERHE Design and Construction
M.H.I.C#123689 and DHIC 70107853 Insured and Bonded
Email: perhellcdesign@gmail.com
Address:8909 Brookville Rd. Silver Spring, Md.20910
Ph. 240 839-7493 web www.perhellc-dbc.com

"The manager Glen Gordon repaired my porch roof and water damage inside my home. I needed the roof repaired due to Hurricane damage and an area around the AC unit sealed. Mr. Gordon came out, analyzed the damage, and did an excellent job repairing inside and out. They were prompt and efficient and completed the job in two days.
I was very pleased and would highly recommend PERHE CONST for any home repair work you need."
Submitted by Mark Johnson, Hillcrest 11/29/2011 202 550 5798
Deck, Driveway Sealing, Cleaning
Charles Halliday, 866 301-9265
William Beattie, 800 379-0298

Comments: "These guys are highly recommended for power washing/painting decks, recoating asphalt pavement and drive ways and do small concrete and carpenter work jobs. They were referred to Paula and me by Paul and Barbara Savage and we are very pleased with their work which was very reasonable.
Charles Halliday is the man we contacted initially about sealing the driveway and subsequently about sealing and staining the deck. His number is 866 301-9265. The man who actually performed the work is William Beattie and his number is 800 379-0298."
Submitted by Hillcrest resident Vince Spaulding, 7/2004
Drywall and more
Santana Construction Corp. (licensed and insured)
Santana Soto, 240-286-3020

also does cabinets, carpet, decks, hardwood floors, ceramic tile, painting, basement finishing Comments:
"He's the best. He did my house.(drywall)"
Chuck Riley, Hillcrest, 10/2007

"He drywalled our basement, which was cinderblock. He did the framing and insullation, and also primed the drywall. Did an excellent job and did it in 2 days (along with 2 helpers). Reasonable price, and shows up when he says he will. "
Kathy Chamberlain, Hillcrest, 11/2007
Jerry Schulthei
Cell 301-758-0034

recommended by Pat Terrell, 11/2007
Also see Heating and Air Conditioning, Electrician, and Plumbing
Gernot Ritzau
301-580-4491 or ritzau@ritzauelectrics.com

Comments: "He has his own company, Ritzau Electrics. He has done great work for me and is trustworthy. His prices have been reasonable. He's increased his prices lately, but I think you can negotiate a bit with him. He lives in Gaithersburg, MD. A nice guy too."
Submitted by Margaret Roberts , Hillcrest, 4/4/2006
Wilcox Electric

Comments: "I highly recommend Wilcox Electric for your electrical needs. Steve Wilcox provides affordable and professional services. He has finished two jobs for me on time and under budget."
Submitted by Sherry ways, Hillcrest, 2/8/2004
A-Fabulous Floor
Jesse Eubanks Office: 202-422-8138.

"This company specializes in installation, sanding, refinishing and repair work for wood floors. They do a fantastic job."
Submitted by Kelsi Bracmort, Hillcrest 12/2009
Floors (hardwood floors, sanding)
Jorge Goicochea
Cellular: (202)255-5210
"I use the guy who sands for Naylor Garden apts. He is excellent and very reasonable." Lisa Shaw, 4/30/2007

Castillo Flooring, specialists in hardwood floors.
Installation, pre-finish, repairs and re-finishing; laminated, pergo, and hardwood. Licensed and insured. Free estimates.
President: Adan Castillo. Telephone: 202 327-0012.

"Castillo Flooring refinished two bedroom floors for us and we were very satisfied with the quality of their work. The floors now look beautiful and they removed much of the dust before they left. We thought their price was reasonable and their customer service was excellent. Highly recommend."
Vince and Paula Spaulding, April 2008
Garage door sales and installation
Tony's Garage Door, LLC
owner Tony Zelaya
Free estimates
Woodbridge VA

"Tony provides service to both residential and commercial customers. He does not provide carpentry work prior to installation if any wood prep is required." Highly recommended by Vince Spaulding (575-6101) and Don Murray (583-0738).
General Contractor and Electrician
Paul Mudd

"Don and I can't say enough about Mr. Mudd! His work and professionalism are great!
He is an electrician by trade but has workers and a network of associates who also show up as planned. He rewired a ceiling light fixture in our hallway that several other electricians said would have to be replaced; got a crew of 6 to come in, prime and paint the living room (including ceiling!), hallway and hallway to second floor, a bedroom; and got an associate to tow and store an old family car, while another associate put in a new garage door!
If you've been in our house you know that painting our living room ceiling was no small feat!! All painting and priming was done in 3 days and was very neat!
When he says he'll be there at 8:30 am, you can bet he'll be there at 8:25 am (with his crew!). And is always reachable!
Can't say enough good things about this guy!

Lucy Murray, Hillcrest, 10/23/2007
General Contractor - Home Improvements
Lewis Construction Service
Carroll Lewis
(301) 452-2823 (cell)

"Mr. Lewis has just completed a full basement renovation project in my home on 31st Place. His work is excellent. His company handled electrical, plumbing, painting, drywall, tiling, basically every aspect of home improvement I needed for a total basement renovation. His prices were affordable, and he completed the work within budget and a full two weeks ahead of schedule. I contracted with Mr. Lewis after reading an earlier recommendation on our Hillcrest classifieds page. He has exceeded my expectations in every way. I am extremely pleased with the quality of his work, his work ethic and honesty. Mr. Lewis' website (provided above) has examples of his work. I'd be happy to show my basement to any Hillcrest resident interested in renovating their basement."
submitted by Jeri Green, (jrgrn4 at gmail dot com) 2/18/2008

"We used a guy named Carroll Lewis, who has done both interior and exterior work for us. He is not in the neighborhood though, he's in Lanham. He does pretty much everything, drywall, carpentry, plumbing, etc. But I can't recommend him on any of those cause he has only done the painting work for us. Nice guy, reasonable rates, free estimates. He doesn't take forever to set a time to come do the work."

Submitted by Cathy Keen, Hillcrest, July 2005
General Contractor
Ingram Construction
Mr. Ernest Ingram, Craftsman
(202) 832-0357 Phone
(202) 253-5749 Cell

"Mr. Ingram is a blessing; he repaired my roof/gutters and completed my kitchen renovation. Kitchen work included laying natural stone, backwash tiling, and hanging cabinets."
Ralph O. Barnett, III, Penn Branch, 10/29/2011
General Contractor
Oscar Escobar

"Oscar Escobar is an awesome, honest guy that does great work. He as transformed my home.
-- Joy Doyle, 8/27/2005
"Oscar just finished working at my house-- painting, installing bookshelves, and putting in new baseboards. He and his brother are fantastic and very reliable, conscientious and diligent workers."
-- Charlotte Brookins-Hudson 8/28/2007
General Contractor
Mr. Cornelius Snow
P.O. Box 10355
Washington,D.C. 20020
(202) 487-3019
"I have lived in at this address since 1990, through the years Mr. Snow has provided excellent service for a variety of home improvement needs, was successful with boiler and air conditioner. He is honest and caring and I highly recommend him."
Submitted by Ratrini H. Nyasumah, Hillcrest, 4/27/2006
General Contractor
The J. Danton Company, Inc.
Call Jeffrey D'Antonio at
703 799-0762(o) 301 332-6107(c)

"He completed my side porch, a sun room off my kitchen and in the process of completing my kitchen. I highly recommend him."
-- Donovan Anderson, Hillcrest, 4/17/2005
General Contractor
Custom Management Services
Call Frank Miles at
202 543-8180

"He completed a steam shower for me and I would recommend him."
-- Donovan Anderson, Hillcrest, 4/17/2005
General Contractor
Ruffin's A-1 Contracting Co.
Lenzell Ruffin
3640 Bangor Street SE
Washington, DC 20020
Office 202-583-2921
Fax 202-582-1584

"Mr. L. Ruffin recently did some work for me and I must say I am very please. I was extremely satisfied with his reasonable prices and reliability as well as the professional way everything was handled, all debris was removed and everything was left clean. I do recommend him highly."
submitted by G. Felecia Thrower, NW DC, 10/20/2008

"The company built our retaining wall. It is attractive and well built. We are pleased with the work. They do all types of work."
Submitted by Alwilter T Wilson, Hillcrest, 4/4/00

General Contractor
DiPietri Contractors, inc
Giorgio DiPietri
12505 Perrywood Lane
Dunkirk, Maryland 20754
(301) 855-2584
(301) 303-5221

"He enclosed and renovated our porch and has done several other jobs for me. He put a roof on a house I have on 31st place and this only took two days. I highly recommend him, but he is so good that he is in high demand and you may have to wait to get him. I waited about three months, but it was worth it. "
Submitted by Mark Johnson, Hillcrest, 7/5/00

General Contractor
J's General Contractor
Lee Jones
Contractor is a Hillcrest resident
"Specializing in Home Improvement:
Kitchen Cabinets-Plumbing-Ceramic Tile-Replacement Windows-Gas Boilers & Hot Water Heaters Installed"
Submitted by Alyce Foster, Hillcrest, 4/10/00

M & M Handyman Service
4501 Alabama Ave S.E.
Washington, DC 20019
(202) 276-0900
(202) 582-1707
email: jmmhandyman@aol.com

"I contacted Mr. Brinkley to find the source of water leads for my garage and living room window. After using 3 other contractors, we finally found someone who could identify and fix the leaks. It's been several months since Mr. Brinkley repaired the leads and lots of rainy days - voila, no leaks. We are thrilled to finally get to the bottom of our leaky problem. He is prompt, professional, and his prices are fair. I highly recommend him."
Charlotte Brookins-Hudson, Hillcrest (Westover Drive) (work performed May 2012)

"We hired M & M Handyman Services to install a small section of iron fence and a gate. Mr. Brinkley was prompt, neat, and he did a good job at a fair price."
Robert Wilkins

"Since we moved into our home almost 3 years ago, we've been fortunate to discover a gentleman who we consider to be The World's Best Handyman - John Brinkley. Mr. Brinkley's company, M & M Handyman Service, has done pruning, gutter cleaning, front stair repairs, and carpet removal (from our basement stairs) for us so far, and I'm sure he will be doing many other jobs for us in the years to come. Every job has been completed neatly, professionally, on-time, and on budget. Mr. Brinkley is prompt about giving written estimates to customers ahead of time and is almost always able to start the requested work immediately if the customer wishes. Not only does Mr. Brinkley do exceptional work, he is also a true gentleman in his dealings with customers. He is friendly, courteous, and honest, making him a true delight to work with. We highly recommend Mr. Brinkley to anyone in Hillcrest looking to hire a fabulous handyman! :)
Kim Acquaviva and Kathy Brandt
Hillcrest Drive SE
Handyman and Painting
C & C Home Improvement
Dennis Cruz 301-728-3508

Highly recommended by Earl and Karen Williams, June 2012
Wilkins Painting & Hauling
Norris Wilkins, Owner
Phone: (202) 544-1581.

Recommended by James H. Hannaham, 4/13/01
(202) 582-5823
(202) 583-2035 (FAX)

Heating and Air Conditioning
J’s General Contractors
1629 K Street NW, WDC 20006
(202) 438-0718 (License # 4803)

"In the past couple of years I have used J’s General Contractors, to service the radiators and boiler system in my home. The owner, Lee Jones, is a Hillcrest resident. He has drained my boiler, replaced and repaired leaking copper pipes, and replaced valves. He is reliable and his prices are competitive."

Recommended by Charlotte Brookins-Hudson (Hillcrest, Westover Drive), January 30, 2016
Heating and Air Conditioning, Electrician, and Plumbing
John C. Flood of Virginia
phone: 202-521-1475
(Our main contact: John Steward, estimator)
email: service@johncflood.com

"When we recently bought our home in Hillcrest, we needed to find a reliable contractor who could do a significant amount of work in a short amount of time for a reasonable price. No small feat! We were incredibly fortunate to find John C. Flood of Virginia. They came in to give us an estimate within a few hours of our phone call and two hours after we closed on our house, they began work at our house. Within a week, we had a new hot water heater, furnace, heat pump, sump pump, and electrical panel upgrade installed. Every step of the way, their team of experts has treated us incredibly well and their work has been impeccable. In all my years as a homeowner, I've never experienced high-quality professional service like what we've received from John C. Flood of Virginia. I highly recommend John C. Flood of Virginia for any plumbing, electrical, or HVAC work you need done in your home. Their staff of professional electricians, plumbers, and HVAC experts are simply the best!"
Recommended by Kimberly Acquaviva and Kathy Brandt 8/5/08

Heating & Air Conditioning
American Residential Services, Inc, (Formerly General Heating)

Highly recommend after using services for over 35 years for placement and servicing of heating and air conditioning systems in my home located in the Hillcrest community.
James H. Hannaham, 4/4/00
(202) 582-5823
(202) 583-2035 (FAX)

Heating & Air Conditioning
Twin Air
David Vinson
(fax) 575.6614

The contractor is a Hillcrest resident. Highly recommend for installing central air. The workers are courteous and very professional.
submitted by Alyce Foster, Hillcrest, 9/6/00

Heating & Air Conditioning
John Watkins
703-790-5998 home
703-400-3267 cell

He says he can build a whole house. However, so far, I have used him over the years to maintain my heating and air conditioning system. This has included installing a new heating system and fixing the air conditioner when the pan or the support system under the coiling system fell - - which caused the water to spill onto the floor instead of the system pumping it to the outside.

submitted by Wayne Young, Hillcrest, 08/09/03

Home Improvement
William Journette
Office: 301-586-0154

"This company has completed multiple home improvement projects for me (e.g. carpentry, electrical, painting, and plumbing). Mr. Journette and his staff are consistently professional, responsive, and reliable."
-- Kelsi Bracmort, Hillcrest 12/2009
Home Improvement & General Contracting-- also see Painting
R&U Design and Build LLC
Mr. Roberto Romero
12807 Laclede Street
Silver Spring, MD 20906
cell: 240 353 7924

Mr. Romero and his team did an excellent job of painting the paneling in my basement. They also took care of several repairs to the basement flooring and changed several light fixtures. Mr Romero and his team of workers were extremely profession and courteous. All of the work was completed in a timely fashion, and everything put back in place without my having to ask or supervise. I highly recommend him to take care of any home improvement.

Mildred B. Hannaham, Hillcrest
(work done in June 2009)
Housecleaning Services
Vicky’s Housecleaning Services

Vicky does a great job cleaning my home. She has over 30 years experience. She is very flexible schedule-wise and doesn’t require that you use her regularly (such as once a month) as others have required of me. She is trustworthy -- most of her clients provide her their house keys, so she can work in their absence, but that is not necessary either. She will schedule a home visit first so you can discuss the job and the price. I find her fees very reasonable. A clean house goes a long way!
Margaret Roberts, Hillcrest (October 2013)

Vicki also cleans our house regularly and I agree with everything said above. Although I hesitate to recommend Vicki because then I might have to share her, I do recommend her highly.
Kathy Chamberlain, Hillcrest (October 2013)
Charles Ornamental LLC
Mr. Winston Charles, Certified Welder

After my house was burglarized in late August, we searched for an Iron Man to install window guards and we found the right person. Mr. Winston Charles is a certified welder who came highly recommended to me by one of my Hillcrest neighbors. His company is Charles Ornamental LLC. He customed built the iron guard for our window air conditioner and for our front door, as well as the other windows. I later recommended him to another Hillcrest resident - Sheila Brown - and she has been singing his praises since he began the work at her church. I highly recommend Mr. Charles for your home's iron needs.

Charlotte Brookins-Hudson, Hillcrest (Westover Drive) (September 2012)
Interior Design
P.A.T. Terrell
MODE, Inc.
Licensed Interior Designer
(202) 583-MODE (6633) ext. 9

"I am a Hillcrest Resident, who was asked by the "East of the River" newspaper to have my home featured in an article.The article subsequently was titled "A Gentlemen's Quarters" in May 2003.Being a Bachelor I was panicked until I found Pat Terrell a Hillcrest Resident. She came to my home and and accessorized my home painlessly and without delay.I highly reccomend Ms. Terrell. "
Submitted by Alan K. Holt, Hillcrest, 7/8/2004

Landscape and Garden Design
Evergreen Landscaping
Stephen J. Labas
3941 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E., D.C. 20020
202.581.4244, cell: 202.841.7170

Submitted by Chuck Riley, Hillcrest, 7/4/01, adcrealtor@aol.com

Lawncare and Mowing
Elvis Butler

"Elvis Butler has been our gardener for years. He is reliable, has a flexible schedule, and offers reasonable prices."
--Mattie Cheek, 5/9/2009
"We've asked Elvis Butler to mow our lawn when we're away. He is reliable and always does an excellent job."
--Kathy Chamberlain, 5/11/2009
"does a fabulous job, is very dependable and reasonably priced" --Angela Addison, Carpenter St., 5/21/02

Lawncare and Mowing
Saunders & Son Lawn Care and Light Hauling
Victor E. Saunders
3604 Southern Avenue, S.E.
Cell: 703-627-7860

"Mr. Saunders lives in the Hillcrest neighborhood, is a member of Hillcrest Civic Associon and does many lawns in my immediate neighborhood. He is fully equiped to do complete lawn care. My neighbors are well satisfied with his work..
-Dennis N. Logan, Hillcrest, 5/27/02

Hayes Landscaping Service
Residential and Commercial
Also does Asphalt Paving, Cement Work
**Bobcat Rental Available
Carrington C. Hayes
(301) 868-2029, Pager-(301)901-2855

Recommended by Jourgette Reid of Hillcrest
Handy Andy Lock & Key
Office (Andy): 301-613-7882

"He fixed a lock I have had trouble with in a prompt and professional manner. I highly recommend him."
Linda Church, Hillcrest, 2011

"This company is available 24/7 for locksmith work. They come out immediately when you call and finish the job quickly."
Submitted by Kelsi Bracmort, Hillcrest 12/2009
Milo Briscoe
cell 262-5662 (Best way to get him)
Highly recommended by Vince Spaulding (Hillcrest) who has used him over 8 times. His parents live in our neighborhood

See Concrete

Moving and Hauling
EasyTime Moving and Hauling Company
Andrew Brame

I highly recommend Andrew Brame, owner of EasyTime Moving and Hauling Company, if you have large or small furniture or other items to be moved or hauled away. Mr. Brame, is very personable, professional and reliable. He is licensed and bonded and has been in the hauling and moving business for 28 years. His clients include owners of local furniture stores, offices, private homes and apartments. Recently, he moved some very large and small furniture for me and others I know. We are so impressed with his work. He returns calls quickly and his prices are reasonable.
Recommended by Mattie Cheek, 6/10/2015, Hillcrest
Moving and Hauling
Blake Enterprises
1718 M Street, NW, #262
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 882-4414
E-mail: info@bemovingandstorage.com
Website: www.BEMovingandStorage.com

A gentleman named "Sal" and his partner moved a very large and heavy table from our house to another nearby location. They were reasonably priced, and I plan to use them again.
Recommended by Rhoma Battle, 9/16/08, Penn Branch
Glad 2 Organize, Inc.
Gladys Kozlik
Cell: 703-725-3827
E-mail: gladys@glad2organize.com
Web: www.glad2organize.com
Member, National Association of Professional Organizers

In three hours, Gladys showed me how to organize my overwhelming clutter of paper and set up easy systems for managing household tasks (e.g., processing mail, filing, etc.). We accomplished in a short time more than I could have accomplished in several days on my own. I highly recommend her. Her rate is reasonable, too.

Submitted by Donna Lewis Johnson, Hillcrest, January 3, 2003

James Carroll
202 563-4058 or 202 575-8896

I'm using James Carroll, who lives in Ward 7. He and his sons have been working on the ceiling and walls in my condo and I would recommend them. I think they're neighbors of Johnnie Scott Rice.

Submitted by Shaun Snyder, July 2005

Painting and Handyman
C & C Home Improvement
Dennis Cruz 301-728-3508

Highly recommended by Earl and Karen Williams, June 2012
Painting and Other Work - see also General Contractor
Carroll Lewis
Lanham, MD

We used a guy named Carroll Lewis, who has done both interior and exterior work for us. He is not in the neighborhood though, he's in Lanham. He does pretty much everything, drywall, carpentry, plumbing, etc. But I can't recommend him on any of those cause he has only done the painting work for us. Nice guy, reasonable rates, free estimates. He doesn't take forever to set a time to come do the work.

Submitted by Cathy Keen, Hillcrest, July 2005
Paintingand Other Work
Hann & Hann, Inc.
11912 Maple Avenue
Rockville, MD

We have had work done by Hann & Hann, Inc., 11912 Maple Avenue, Rockville, MD (301-468-3340) and were quite pleased with their work. They are professionals. They are not only painters but do all sorts of work. They are not inexpensive, however, they charged us no more than the individual we had hired to paint the outside of our brick/stone house who did a miserable job which had to be redone. We have learned the hard way it is cheaper in the long run to hire professionals.

Submitted by Judy & Bob Curtis, Hillcrest, July 2005
Painting and Other Work
Edgar Amaya
202 439-7529

He is very dependable and reasonable. I have been using him for over 4 years. He has painted, done drywall, completely remodeled my bathroom and updated my kitchen. He has completed work in my house and several of my associates/neighbors houses.

Submitted by Lewis Douglas, Fort Davis, August 2005
Also see Heating and Air Conditioning, Electrician, and Plumbing
Cornell Fields
301-403-9621 (pager)

I highly recommend the work of Cornell Fields for any plumbing work you need done in your home. He is very professional, works quickly and charges modest prices. He lives on Capitol Hill in SE DC. I had a major water leak in my basement and after fixing that, he was willing to tackle my dripping sink and toilet (and teach me how to do it at the same time) and didn't charge me anything additional for the extra work. He is licensed and bonded.
Submitted 10/24/2002 by Margaret Roberts
Joseph C. Bauer, Inc.

"Chuck came to asses my plumbing needs and then told me how to fix it myself which I did at no cost! He is honest and smart."
Linda Church, Hillcrest, 2011

"Insist that they send Chuck Bauer. I had them here to do some plumbing work and Chuck is very good."
Submitted 12/14/2003 by Ricardo Eppenstein
Haynes Plumbing & Heating
9813 Franklin Ave
Lanham, MD 20706
(301) 577-9571
(301) 577-9187 (FAX)

Recommended for timely, courteous and efficient service in placement and repair of bath room and kitchen plumbing accessories in my home located in the Hillcrest community.
James H. Hannaham, Hillcrest, 4/4/00

Plumbline Plumbers
1629 A St, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202)544-4694 (FAX)

Recommended by Edward Wilhelm of Hillcrest 12/2002

Refinance your mortgage
Carrie Staples, Sigma Financial Services

"If you ever need to refinance your mortgage or just want to know what rate would be available to you, give Carrie a call. She has helped me for years and she will keep you in mind if rates change in your favor."
Linda Church, Hillcrest, 2011
A A Roofing
Owner: Wayne Hammond – 301-736-8987

"I have used Wayne for all my roof repairs in the past 15 years and his prices are very competitive."
Linda Church, Hillcrest, 2011

Highly recommended by Ricardo Eppenstein, Penn-Branch, 7/11/2010
Stone Mason
F.A.L. MAsonry
ATTN: Nelson Armando Bonilla
Cellular: 703-867-9428

see recommendation under Concrete, Brick, Masonry Kathy Chamberlain, Hillcrest, 7/16/2012

Stone Mason
HandyMan Contractors
Andre Jackson
(see recommendation for this contractor above, under Concrete, Brick, and General Handyman)
Stone Mason
D&S Stone Work
5612 Elberton Place, Hyattsville, Md.
202-723-2969 ask for Daniel
Recommended by Mary and Phillip Hammond

Stone Mason
Stone & Concrete Construction
301-772-2122 ask for Doraldo Moscoso
Recommended by Mary and Phillip Hammond

Stone Mason
Thomas Workman
Office: 301-422-2646
Cell Phone: 240-508-6802
Recommended by John Hicks

Stone Mason
Manuel Construction (Brick, Driveways, Asphalt, Stone, & Patios)
Principle:  Alves Manuel  703-486-3998  & 703-675-6533
Recommended by Chuck Riley
e-mail: adcrealtor@aol.com

Taxi Driver
Allen Lester
cell: 202-256-2280, home: 202-582-6760
Ever need a ride to the airport but are afraid the taxi driver won't show up, or will get lost finding your place? Mr. Lester is a long-time Hillcrest resident. Very reliable. Best to arrange your ride in advance.
Recommended by Kathy Chamberlain, Hillcrest resident, 8/1/2007

Tree Service/Arborist
T&J Yardscapes
Address:151 Todd Pl NE Washington, DC 20002
Tim Clark, 202-684-1225
Certified Arborist
Comments: "Mr. Clark quickly responded to my phone call to locate a certified arborist to view the tree in my yard. He explained the responsibilities of an arborist. He visited my home the next business day and provided a treatment plan for my maple tree. He was very professional, his service was fast and responsive, and his prices are reasonable.
Submitted by Cindy Wade, Hillcrest, 8/2010

Tree Service
Givens Tree Service
5416 C St, SE, DC
Burnett Givens, 202-583-9310

Stump Grinding, Cable Bracing, Backhoe Service, Firewood, Free estimates

Comments:"Burnett Givens recently removed a tree and stump for me. He was reliable and prompt. His professionalism and pricing is hard to beat."
Submitted by Ralph O. Barnett, III, Hillcrest 11/14/2006
"We used Burnett Givens recently for a tree removal project and he was great. He is reliable, prompt and his prices were well below other estimates. He did a great job and we would definitely recommend him."
Submitted by Emy and Drew Lesofski, Hillcrest, 9/30/2006
"I have used him twice, his is reliable and his prices are reasonable...."
Submitted by Vince Spaulding, Hillcrest, 12/15/00
"We used him for a tree-trim job. His price was competitive, he was reliable and did an excellent job on a huge tree that was overhanging our house and our neighbor's. I would use him again."
Submitted by Kathy Chamberlain, Hillcrest, 2/25/01

Tree Service
Diaz Tree Services
5416 C St, SE, DC
Maximino Diaz, 703-627-3164
Licensed & Insured, Free Estimates
"Mr. Diaz responded quickly to phone calls and was always pleasant. His prices are great! He had equipment to meet the task. His service is fast and thorough. I would definitely use him again."
Submitted by Tamera Cunningham, Hillcrest, 8/2007
"I was very pleased with the availability, price and professional manner in which Max worked to remove a very large tree in my front yard that had partially fallen down in one of our big storms, and was dead on top. I highly recommend him for my neighbors who need trees removed or trimmed. He will take the tree limbs and trunk away, or mulch them and spread them over a part of your yard, if preferred. He removed a tree for my neighbor as well."
Submitted by Margaret Roberts, Hillcrest, 6/25/04

See Ironwork

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