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Each month you’ll get “The Twenty-Second, Twenty Second Read”, delivered on the 22nd written in easy to digest segments taking no longer than 20 seconds to read. There’s a market update, home ownership insights as well as a recap of the most recent episode of the podcast Real Estate in the 608.
Guys I know
I make connections: people with houses, houses with buyers and often, people with people. Because I not only sell real estate, but own and manage a decent amount of it, I have a pretty in-depth figurative Rolodex. A lot of these guys have been guests on my podcast Real Estate in the 608. Their profiles will link to their episodes. I always get multiple bids on larger projects or jobs I cannot estimate myself. That being said, I hope this is a good start and helpful.
If you’re here poaching my tradespeople, I’ll assume you already get my newsletter, if not sign up above. If you’ve already got a favorite real estate agent and it is not me, use their people. I don’t want this to get awkward.
For best results, share with them how you got their name and keep me informed about your experience. This list is a living breathing things and times and priorities change. Because people and priorities change, it is important to keep a deep bench. You never know when you plumber will think it too difficult to wear a mask and talk-out a problem versus acting like a child.
Pino and Sons Remodeling
Cesar has helped us with some interior framing and taking out that wall everyone asks if it is load bearing. Decent guy, good to work with. Still a contractor and may be hard to nail down in the bust season. Cesar’s Website
Chris Mikkelson, Handy Guy
Also my home inspector, Chris keeps his schedule full with handyman work. He is a better finish carpenter than I ever dream to be. He’ll always answer the phone but may not have the time to squeeze you in if the job is not in his wheelhouse. 608-712-0421 he’s been a guest on the podcast as well.
Skip Norlin, Norlin Builders
Former Dunning St. neighbor I’ve turned to Skip for medium sized jobs. He’s skilled with a bobcat, concrete work, masonry, doors, windows. Don’t ask too much of this two man and a truck operation and you’ll be pleased with the result. (608)219-0985 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben Jones, Black Dog Construction
Ben Jones does great work but likely limits his work to what he enjoys. Decks, doors, windows, hates painting. You’d see a lot of his decks, and fences near his former homestead in the Schenk’s corners neighborhood. (608)658-0602
Bryan Bingham, Handyman on a stick
Bryan might look familiar if you’ve ever enjoyed Bacon on a Stick at an East Side Festival. Hangin up his apron and hoping to live higher on the hog, he’s now doing year-long what he before could only do seasonally. He can handle most any small to medium job. I’ve seen his repair work as well as larger, up to say a bathroom remodel, work and there is no doubt you’ll be pleased. (608)438-9643
Jason and Brian
I think Jason is the boss but it’s hard to tell they move as one. Jason and Brian did the finish carpentry for a new build project I was involved in and idd a great job. They are easy to communicate with and did great work. Jason Wittwer can be reached by phone at (608)215-5327
Dave’s Plumbing and Repair LLC
I’m rebuilding my team here. I had to make a cut and when I needed a new name I called Jesse Miller, son of my last landlord and now broker owner of Home Realty. His card says he’s half the price of the big guys. Jesse says he a good guy.
Jack the Plumber, Plumbing Pros
Not the young upstart he was when we first worked together, now with a fancy Plumbing Pros truck and website. We’ve known Jack for a long time and he’s a solid option. (608)669-7473
I was surprised to find them as the low price leader when I needed a sewer lateral located. Don’t always assume big overhead means big prices. For something that can be quoted over the phone, always worth a call. They also earned big point for having Mona on their records and asking if the work was for her when I called. Website
Nic Sweatt Assurance Electrical Services
Nic does not shy away from the dirty work (the kind I have the most of). He’s often the best bid on knob and tube removal which is an acquired skill and taste. Super quick with estimates and a great value for service changes as well. (608) 287-6391 You can also get to know him from his time on the podcast.
This Fall River group is grounded (get it?) in the Schlachter brothers — Drue, Ray and Mike. They have helped us with big, small, easy and complicated jobs. Their success makes it hard to get a brother on the phone, so call Dawn at the office: (920) 484-3641.
Reidle Electric, Jim Reidle
One man and a truck operation. Competitive, easy to work with. (608)206-1088
Brad Littel, Brad Littel Tree Service
20 some years ago Brad let me borrow his bucket truck and I’m still grateful. I find him very cost competitive on larger jobs, on par for smaller job. He’s got a truck big enough for most any tree and can grind stumps as well. (608) 575-9626
Eon Dinauer, My Tree Guy LLC
Eon’s worked for several of my clients with good result. Straight forward and friendly guy. (608) 358-7423
Gere Tree Care, Sean Gere
Sean may give you the history of the tree you’re having him work on as it relates to the rise of colonialism, but some people like that. www.geretreecare.com
Carl, Carl Cure Roofing
I’ve worked with Carl for 14 years. He is constantly one of the better prices and is super low-key and easy to deal with. He’s working up to digital proposals and still relies on carbon copies. Maybe Carl Jr. will get that expedited. I almost always get better traction with Carl for repairs and smaller stuff. (608)333-6809
Nate: Sometimes you talk to salesperson instead of someone who is a roofer or the boss. That’s often one of the differences when you start working with larger companies. That’s what happens here, but Nate iss legit. He knows the game and the right questions to ask. Price competitive. (608)249-0831
Miguel Salgado, Price Quality Gutters
That’s all you need to know. You’ll want to watch to marvel how quickly the job happens and how easily he scales the home navigates the roof edge. Texting can be great to smooth the language barrier. (608) 234-2992
Leon’s Roofing and Siding
Jason at Leon’s has helped us with Roofing and Siding, helping turn an old Ray Peterson home into the gem it is now on Corry St. Leon on the web.
Heating and Cooling Inc.
Gary seemed to lose interest in service calls a bit but was always a good number on swapping out old systems. Good number to know but I have to keep everyone I use happy and not give all the easy work to one guy. (608)256-3950
Jason Bender started out as a one man and one truck. He’s moved into the fast lane with multiple crews and ads on the radio. That said, they are on-call and can handle any kind of job. They also are competitive on entire system installs, sheet metal, duct-work etc. (608)320-8565
Jeff is an independent agent. We learned all about that when he sat with us on the podcast. He’s at Thomas and Bradley and can hook you up with most any product or provider. (608)695-5050
Carlos Chacon American Family
Carlos keeps an office in Fitchburg and lives in the Jenifer St area. He’s just a decent guy and in Madison I would be remiss not to have an American Family contact to choose from. (608) 327-2220
Pappy Johnson, Johnson Bank
Before Johnson Bank, Pappy was a mortgage broker, the type more associated with buyers on the financial fringe and needing to identify specific programs or tactics for approval. I got my first FHA loan from him years ago. He is now better suited to work with buyers aiming for a conventional mortgage with 5% down or more. Johnson works well in downtown condos as well as with university and hospital folk when substantial income increases are on the horizon but not quite here yet. (608)206-1118
Micha Peterson Monona Bank
If you like the idea of a local bank, a really local bank, Monona is for you. Micha is often at the Atwood Branch and it’s always great to see her when I’m in doing my banking. Knowing your dollars are staying local can be a great feeling. Monona Bank has for years been a supporter of my fave summer festival Atwoodfest. (920)988-1689. Micha sat with us on the podcast to talk about home buying.
I took me a long time to come around to working with a national mortgage lender in lieu of a brick and mortar bank. It was Abbey Wentland at Fairway Mortgage that made me see the light. She literally works harder, faster and smarter than most. So many people go to credit unions based on their perceptions and ingrained preferences. Do not look past Fairway and Abbey. They are taking steps there that will make you offer stronger and anticipating issues versus reacting to them.
One of the brothers is a certain siting at Atwoodfest and the other summer festivals, so is their banner and their money. When I buy new, that’s where I go.
I said when I buy new I go to Brother’s Main. I don’t always buy new. When I want used or repair, I call Ted at Kirch.
Early Morning Landscapes LLC
Sean Barr is not going to impress you with his shiny trucks or uniformed crew, but he is honest, decent, and often a very affordable option. He contracts for lawn care for a former landlord friend as well as lawn care and show removal for some of my church connections. (608)219-1836
Juscha Robinson, Partner Pines and Bach Law Firm
Juscha is my go to for all Real Estate and Estate law. I honestly don’t generally have needs outside those two areas. She is super personable and accessible. The firm’s roster is full of faces from Girl Scouts, Soccer and school concerts. Good, local people. You can get all her info at the Pines and Bach website.
The Boyd Brothers, Boyd Flooring
Brian and Brett have been my go-to’s for carpeting, vinyl tile as well as pre-finished hardwood for as long as I have been a landlord. They offer “Apartment Grey” all the way up to plush, and toe-tickling, dense, carpeting in all sorts of styles and colors.
Brian’s Cell (608)575-1092