Rebecca Bartley, Simple Mortgage (810) 516-4227
Rebecca has been my go-to lender for over 10 years. She is the best in the business when it comes to mortgage law, rules and regulations, and will stop at nothing to insure that your loan closes. If Rebecca says it's going to happen, you can take it to the bank.
Liberty Title (810) 357-0759
Liberty Title is my title company of choice. All title companies are not the same. Some are sloppy. On the other hand, Liberty is great at getting things right the first time, and making sure the home you buy or sell is free of all liens and encumbrances. This will speed up your closing. Since they have 11 offices in Michigan, they are easy to get to. They have many resources on-call, so if you need something special (like a legal opinion during the closing), they will have someone on staff who can help. With their closest location in Grand Blanc, it is easy to drive to to drop off documents and attend your closing.
Electrical & Garage Doors
David Gregg, Vet-Con (810) 820-2468
Dave and some friends left the military and created this veteran-owned company. I always trust vets first, but also knowing Dave I trust this company even more. He does both residential and commercial electrical installation and repair. In addition, Vet-Con specializes in repairing or replacing garage doors. This is one contact you'll keep on your phone long after you buy or sell your home.
Interior and Exterior Painting
Scott Barnes, A New Look Home Painting (810) 730-5794
The Tremaine Family trusts Scott as our interior and exterior house painter. Even when the designer came into Mary Ann's house with over a dozen colors, Scott and his team executed perfectly. Baseboards to ceiling without a hitch. No job is too big or too small. Scott is great at power washing wood and brick to clean your house before selling too.
Carpet and Ceramic Floor Cleaners
Shari Pichey, Pichey's Clean Rite (810) 235-7988
My son uses Pichey's, I use Pichey's, and my mom used Pichey's for years. Tremaine’s have been using Pichey's Clean Rite for three generations, and Pichey's has been in business in Flint for three generations. We use family-owned business whenever possible and this family is no exception. Pichey's cleans my house carpet every other year and on the opposite years they steam clean my ceramic floors. I trust them in my home even when I am not there.
Tony Erdman, 1st Home Inspections, Inc. (810) 691-3611
I've used several home inspectors over the years, but once I found Sonny, I quit looking. His son Tony is the proverbial "chip off the old block." He brings lots of professional equipment, so he can answer the hard questions. Tony is not only an inspector, but a building expert. This means that no matter what is wrong with the house, Tony will know how it should be fixed to pass inspection. This is essential when you're trying to figure out the cost of repairing a problem vs. lowering your offer or buying the home "as-is."
Zack Hawley, College Hunks Hauling Junk (810) 735-3500
While these guys are officially a moving company, what I really love about them is that they are the only local company that will remove anything from your home that you don't need anymore. No time and money spent renting a trailer, a storage unit, or having a garage sale. Zack will come to your house, give you a quote, and everything you don't want to move to a new home simply "disappears." Whatever they charge is more than offset by the savings when it is time to move.