Vendors We Like

Looking for a vendor or contractor but you don't know where to turn?  Have a vendor you can refer?  No guarantees are stated or implied as to price, quality, or service, only that you or your neighbor had a good experience.  "Buyer beware" applies and we each need to exercise sound judgment when selecting vendors and contractors.  Refer your favorites here and add a new category - it's a win-win for everyone! 

 

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NOTE:  Vendor names underlined are linked to websites or email addresses - just click on the vendor name to go to a website or email address. 


KEYWORD SEARCH:  We have a lot of vendors who do work in multiple categories, so the best thing is to do a SEARCH or FIND for a specific word, like "deck" or "power wash".  Hold down your CTRL and F keys to bring up a FIND box (look around your screen, it's there somewhere!), then insert the word(s) you wish to search for, then click ENTER to scroll to each reference.  

Air Filtration - See Water and Air Treatment

Alterations - See Dry Cleaner-Alterations & Repair-Shoe Repair

Antiques
BLUE CRAB ANTIQUES: 108 Annapolis St., Annapolis, MD 21401 (Village of West Annapolis), 443-949-7055, Michael Ernst, CEO/President.  A magnificent collection at affordable prices. Open Sunday, 12 PM-6 PM, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 AM-6 PM. You'll find furniture, jewelry, art, Persian rugs, china, pottery, collectibles, and probably the largest collect of glass you've ever seen, including Fenton, Moser, Phoenix, Murano, Cambridge, Fostoria, and Scandanavian!  Mike is a wealth of knowledge and if you want more information, he will look it up on the Internet while you shop.  Easy parking right on the street in front of the shop.

WEST ANNAPOLIS ANTIQUES: 110 Annapolis, St., Annapolis, MD 21401 (Village of West Annapolis),  410-295-1200, Pam Levin, Owner.  Specializing in estate jewelry, silver, linens, & home furnishings including furniture, art, and decorative pieces. Jewelry, jewelry, jewelry!  You'll also find a large selection of silver coffee and tea service sets.

Appliance Repairs -
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Attorney
STACIE J. WOLLMAN, 135 Gorman St. #2 Annapolis Maryland 21401, 410-268-7200. Specializing in a wide range of personal injury matters, such as automobile (including motorcycles), medical malpractice, product liability, and slip and fall injuries, as well as serious traffic violations and criminal defense. Stacie J. Wollman was inspired to pursue a career in law because she wanted to help people who weren't in a position to help themselves. She derives great satisfaction from helping her clients deal with problems the unable to resolve on their own. In fact, her favorite part of her job is helping people who are facing a difficult time.
  • My family and I have always been extremely satisfied with Stacie Wollman. I always like to pass on a great business since they are so far and few between anymore!
EUGENE M. WHISSEL II: 140 South Street, Annapolis, MD, 410-990-9595.  He handles traffic violations, DUIs, criminal cases, domestic violence, and wills. Gene has 30 years experience, is courteous and personable, and has reasonable fees.

PRE-PAID LEGAL SERVICES, INC. Lauren Bradshaw, 443-223-1696.  Pre-Paid Legal Services is the legal equivalent of having medical insurance, just replace "doctor" with "lawyer." If you want access to professional legal counsel not only for traditional legal problems, but for everyday events such as: buying a house or a car, creating a living will or medical power of attorney, handling a problem with an insurance company, dealing with identity theft, speeding tickets, copywriting your novel, child support, landlord/tenant, illegal credit collection tactics, then talk to Lauren. She is professional, personable and knowledgeable.

Automotive-Car Repair

ADMIRAL TIRE AND AUTO/EDGEWATER TIRE AND AUTO, 3420 Pike Ridge Rd, Edgewater, MD 21037, 410-956-5500

 

AUTOTECH, 2455 Hudson St, Annapolis, MD 21401, 410-224-6060.  Swear by them.

CATLETT'S SERVICE CENTER AND TOWING, 537 W Central Ave, Davidsonville, MD 21035, 410-798-5446


CHRIS WINKLER, Mayo Road next to Trick Trucks, Edgewater MD, 443-336-2644.  We have been using for years. One of the most honest guys I know and does an incredible job. 

 

HOMMEL HIDDEN AUTO, 521 Defense Hwy, Annapolis, MD 21401, 410-266-6594. A small, privately owned shop in Crownsville at the intersection of 450 and Crownsville Road.  He is super nice and very knowledgeable with all different types of cars. 

 

KC AUTOMOTIVE, 7305 Crain Hwy, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772, 240-417-8959, Terry, owner.  Was recommended by a coworker who used him after a Honda dealership told her she needed a new transmission and engine. Terry disagreed and gave her car a very cheap tune up. That was 5 years ago and her car runs great. I also use Terry and he's terrific!  Well worth the 30 minute drive!

NEALEY AUTO SERVICE, 74 Mayo Rd, Edgewater, MD 21037, 410-443-0186, AJ Nealy, owner.

  • Their services as well as professionalism are outstanding. I am new to the area and was very pessimistic about choosing a new auto mechanic.  These folks sure put me at ease. You would do well to place them in our preferred vendor newsletter. They are located within walking distance of our complex.
  • AJ Nealey has done excellent work for me in the past.  Highly recommend. 

JACK THE GREEK GARAGE , 1920 West St # H, Annapolis, MD 21401, behind Valvoline, 410- 266-6013, Bobby, owner. Does great work for a very fair price.

 

SILVER STAR SERVICE CENTER, INC., 24 Old South River Rd, Edgewater, MD 21037, 410- 263-7444.  They specialize in service, repair, and maintenance of Mercedes, BMW, Saab, and Jaguar.  I have been a customer of this shop for years with nothing but the best to say about them.


STEVE MCDONALD, Davidsonville, MD (off Central Avenue near Killarney House), 410-798-4486.  If I had a daughter, I'd hope she would have a mechanic like him.

SUTTONS AUTO REPAIR, 3481 Pike Ridge Rd, Edgewater, MD 21037, 410-956-2390. Jeff Barbrick, owner.  Very honest, very good, I've taken both of my cars to him over the last 3 years.

 

WEST ST. SHELL, 2056 West Street, Annapolis, MD, contact Zee at 301-222-3064.


Babysitting-Child Care - See Home Businesses subpage

Beauty Salon - Cosmetics & Skin Care

BELLA VIA SALON: 69 Mayo Rd # 102, Edgewater, MD 21037-1845, 410-956-3104.

  • There are many salons in the area, but none as close or easy going as Bella Via, in the Shops at River Oaks.  Mary Ann Wall and her staff are experienced, friendly, and flexible in scheduling. They provide a range of services, including hair and skin care, body treatments, and makeup."Bella Via" means "beautiful way" and that's how you feel from the moment you enter their welcoming shop until the moment you leave.  Walk-ins welcome.
  • I was very happy that I could get into their appointment book so quickly, and everyone was so friendly. I loved my cut & color!  I had been looking for a nice place locally, and it was perfect that they are so close. Jessica did a great job assessing my crazy long hair, and gave good suggestions as we considered my new look. I plan to be a regular.
Boat Maintenance and Repair
HELMKAMP MARINE SERVICE Chris Helmkamp, (618) 567-6288. Sail and power boat maintenance, repairs, customized solutions and dive/salvage.  Chris has been my go-to mechanic since 2014 and he is honest, persistent and cheerful. He tackles small and large jobs and his rates are very reasonable. I highly recommend Chris as your starting point for your boating needs. 

HARNEY YACHT RIGGINGTrevor Harney, (703) 283-2317.  Repairs or replaces standing and running rigging, cleans winches and anything that involves climbing the mast, including light replacement. Trevor is responsive and thorough.

Carpets-Rug Cleaning
AMERICAN BOOKS AND CARPETS,Falls Church, VA, 410-980-2068, Erik Doye, Owner.  Veteran-owned small business of River Oaks owner. CDR Erik Doye owns a handmade carpet business under contract with the Military Exchange Stores. He has a unique product line of alma mater and fraternity/sorority carpets ("Handmade Art because your Alma-matters!") and an upcoming military children's book series inspired by the times Erik or his wife, Lydia, were deployed and their children had to cope with separation anxiety. Erik has been selling Persian, Indian, Pakistani and Afghanistan floor carpets for over six years and his family has been in this business for multi-generations. Erik gives great discounts and would love to earn the business of anyone in our community. Call when you are shopping prices and he can compare to anyone in the area.
  • I have not purchased a carpet or a book from American Books and Carpets, but I URGE you to peruse their website, read about this unique business and the team that comprises the company.  I think you will find it most interesting!
ARUNDEL ORIENTAL RUG CLEANERS. Tim George at ArundelRug@yahoo.com. 800-585-9650.
  • Did a wonderful job cleaning my carpets. I was going to buy new, now I don't need new carpets. My 12-year old carpet looks new again. They got down on their hands and knees and scrubbed. You get what you pay for..wonderful new find...come see.
  • I just used Arundel Oriental Rug Company for cleaning both oriental rugs and wall to wall carpet. I have never had a better carpet cleaning service. They may cost more but they show up and do great work. I got their name from the website.
THE CARPET SANITIZERS.  Joseph Devine, Pasadena, MD, (443) 253-4196, joe@thecarpetsanitizers.com
  • I emailed Joe Devine the proprietor of this company because I had some dining room chairs that were stained.  He promptly  responded to my email.  I sent him a picture of the chairs and he was quick to give me an estimate that I thought was very reasonable.  I would recommend this company to anyone needing upholstery and/or carpet cleaned. Joe did a great job cleaning my chairs and coating them with a protective (scotch guard like) treatment. He was very professional and efficient.  This company offers carpet repairs, tile and grout cleaning and floor maintenance as well. I will definitely contact Joe for any future needs of this nature that I may have and I highly recommend this company.
Chef - Custom Personal Chef and Kosher Catering; Event Planning
CUSTOM KOSHER: Linda Berns, 301-581-0422. Personal chef and caterer specializing in delicious, nutritious custom kosher meals for all occasions. Click for Appetizers, Basic Menus, Party Menus, Passover Menus. Catering and event planning for families, individuals, seniors and organizations. Services include custom invitations, program design, room and table decorations, flower arrangements, cooks, servers, bartenders, set-up and clean-up crews that make your weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, baby namings, Sunday brunches, funerals, unveilings and private parties flawless. Traditional Jewish favorites, American classics and gourmet international cuisine with flair and freshness guaranteed to meet strictly kosher standards. Recipes and menus that conform to special diets and respond to the requirements of specific health issues, including cancer, weight loss, eating disorders, allergies, gluten intolerance, diabetes, kidney and heart disease. Flexible menu plans designed to serve the nutrition needs, health requirements, tastes, portion size, frequency and delivery specifications of each customer, including vegetarian and vegan meals to please every palate. Delivered to your door at home, in hotels, at country clubs or at businesses. Private and group cooking classes.

Computer Repair

COLLINS MICROSYSTEMS Scott Collins, 443-880-7346, Berlin, MD. Scott offers outstanding remote tech support to resolve residential computer issues at a fair price. He is often available after normal business hours because that's usually when computers decide to give us trouble! Scott removed a serious "ransomware" virus from my computer and restored all my files that the virus had "encrypted" even though internet forums and "help" references indicated that it was not possible to recover those files without paying the ransom and getting a decryption key.

 

WEBGIRL TECHNOLOGY: Rikki Schneider, 443-871-9227.  Rikki is knowledgeable and easy to talk to. She provides on-site computer repairs. Rikki got my computer working in less than one hour, charged a reasonable fee, and is available by phone when you have "issues."  She is comfortable and honest, reliable, dependable and has extensive background in computers.

 

COMPU COMPUTERS: 6816 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD 21061, 410-900-0100. Excellent place to buy a used computer or to have a new system built to your specifications.  They buy old equipment, working or not!


Dentist
MAYO DENTAL:  Dr. Puneeta Keer, D.M.D., 55 Mayo Road, Edgewater, MD. 410-956-6626 or email info@mayo-dental.com.  Opens on January 4, 2009. Dr. Keer enjoys working with patients of all ages and also has worked in a pediatric office for more than one year. There's even a pediatric play area in the office! Dr. Keer graduated from Tufts University in 2004 and, prior to that, was an accomplished dentist in India for 2 years. Dr. Keer welcomes River Oaks parents to park in the few spots near the refuse containers while waiting to pick up their children from school. No overnight parking.

Doors - See Windows, Roofs, Gutters and Doors


Dry Cleaner-Alterations & Repairs-Shoe Repair

SOUTH EDGE CLEANERS: 14 Mayo Road, Edgewater, MD 21037, 410-956-0909. Organic dry cleaners. I have been pleased with their cleaning service, alterations, clothing repair and especially their shoe repair. I took a pair of shoes to them that others would not fix or quoted me $100 and they fixed them for $25. The shoe repairman is an individual who is off-site and is not affiliated with other shoe shops in the area. He or she is a hidden gem!

 

Dryer Vent & Duct Cleaning - See also Heating-Air Conditioning

T & D DUCT CLEANING,1526 Liberty Rd, Sykesville, MD 21784, (410) 795-6200.  (Recommended by Victory Management Company)


Electrician

GUY GETTMAN. 443-221-1644.  Licensed electrician. Fixed lamp post wiring and GFI switch using weatherproof wiring.  Reasonable rates. For more information, contact Tina Bello.

  • Guy returned my call right away and repaired my lamp post a day or two later. He was very professional. (Jagannathan Parthasarathy)
  • Call Guy to fix your lamp post!  "This" Guy will get your lamp post working again for less $$!  Like Tina and Jagannathan said above, Guy responds quickly and is professional and charges reasonable rates. Everyone's problem with their lamp post is different and if a small solution doesn't work, he'll troubleshoot as many times as it takes. When my lamp post started tripping the circuit breaker randomly, I had all parts replaced one by one, including the socket, but that didn't solve the problem. The wiring didn't appear to be shorting out, but that was the only source left and Guy worked persistently until he found a small nick in the wiring. Running new wiring was not as easy as anticipated, but Guy worked in miserable weather to ensure the job got done in one day, including waiting for me to drive to Home Depot and buy a replacement post when he found the original one completely rusted through at the base. Guy also does HVAC service and other home repairs.  Highly recommend Guy for integrity, professionalism, price and quality.

Financial Advisor - Investment Services
EDWARD JONES: Greg Miller, 780 Ritchie Highway, Suite #S31, Severna Park, MD, 21146, 410-544-1379. 
  • Greg Miller proved to me that he could have grown my investments by more than $3000 based on a portfolio that included investments that performed well and not ones that Edward Jones owned or had a vested interest in selling me.  I like the Edward Jones individual investor, personal relationship-building philosophy, that Greg is a part of my community, and that a real person, Susan Ward, Office Manager, always answers the phone, no automated voice prompts.  Greg is honest, thoughtful, personable, smart, and backed by a company with a long history of success.  Best of all, no annual management fee for my small account like my previous company.  Let Greg evaluate your portfolio and if he can't do better, he'll tell you so.

Floors
BUDDY KOEPPER - 410-672-0550.  Wooden floor installer and finisher.  Buddy pays attention to details and offers a very reasonable price for materials and installation.

Florist

BLOOMS FLORIST:  Shops at River Oaks, 69 Mayo Road, Edgewater, MD, 410-956-2013.  Hand-crafted, creative fresh and artificial arrangements suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Conveniently located around the corner next to Valvoline. Click on "BLOOMS FLORIST" for their Teleflora website, but also click on EDGEWATERMDFLORIST for other beautiful and different arrangements.

  • Virginia is a master designer of real, faux, and mixed real and faux floral and green displays for small and large pots containers.  Bring your own container and she will work magic!  You can see her handiwork in my front yard during the winter and in my back yard all year long. You almost have to touch the arrangements to see if they're real! Customer service is outstanding. This is a family-owned business with numerous specialty and gift items, such as delicious chocolates and nuts, and locally-crafted beaded jewelry.

Graphic Design-Signs-Logos-Business Cards

FASTSIGNS OF ANNAPOLIS, 1907 West St., Suite 101, Annapolis, MD 21401, 410-263-7446. "More than fast. More than signs."  One-stop shop for custom signs, graphic design and all visual communication projects big and small. Did you see the colorful and cute River Oaks Easter Egg Hunt signs?  Credit goes to River Oaks resident Mike Brice, Graphic Designer and longest-tenured employee at FASTSIGNS. Mike also does freelance graphic design, specializing in logos, business cards and flyers. For consultation or design services, email Mike or call him at 619-398-5981.

 

Gutter Cleaning

AEROTECH GUTTER SERVICE:  Rick Watkins, 800-365-1382. These folks offer gutter cleaning plans - anywhere from a one-time service to 12 times a year!  Cleaning, repairing and installing new gutters, new siding, windows and doors. Family-owned. 

 

A. HORTON GUTTER CLEANING: Tony Horton, (301) 233-6514 (NEW NUMBER!) This is the guy leaving notes on your door about cleaning and tightening gutters, unclogging downspouts, tightening ridge vents, re-pitching gutters if necessary, and inspecting your roof - all for $65!.  Skylight cleaning, gutter screening, and waterproofing roof vent collars for small additional charge.

  • Former River Oaks resident used A. Horton for four years and was a satisfied customer.
  • Another satisfied neighbor reported on 2/20/2009: "I was at work Saturday and called (A. Horton) around 11:00.  He said he would fix (my shingles) that day and when I got home at 5:30, it was done.  I was concerned about getting him a check, and he said, "Oh, I will just leave the bill in the door and you can mail me a check," and that is what I did.  He cleaned the gutters, fixed the bad spot and inspected the roof for $150.  I thought that was great.

JOHN GORDON, 443-822-6577.  Gutter Cleaning, Roofing & Siding.  Free estimates. Emergency Service. Work guaranteed for one year.

  • John was unbelievable! He had great rates and fixed the issue quickly. Recommend him to everyone!
  • Roof, siding, gutter and wood trim repair and maintenance. High quality workmanship at good price. Has been maintaining units in River Oaks for many years. Trustworthy and dependable. Works weekends.

Handyman-Remodeling-Home Improvement-Home Repairs

AA RESTORATION, CONSTRUCTION, REMODELING, INC.  Frank Gavern, 443-694-0035.

  • Frank Gavern of AA was the one who solved my leaky window problem.  His was one of several companies suggested by VMI.  I now use him for all of my "house" problems.

AMERICAN REMODELING CORP:  Richard Singleton, 877-818-2024.  Cover your wood trim with a vinyl product that eliminates maintenance. 

  • They do anything a house needs, including remodeling, painting, etc.  In fact, they are going to rebuild one of my closets in the very near future, as well as handle some "handyman" issues around the place."

CNK HOME IMPROVEMENTCarlos & Kathy Lopez, 52 Ridge Avenue, Edgewater, MD. 240-375-4430. Free Estimates. Licensed home improvement contractor. Lic. 8469. Better Business Bureau Accredited.  Landscaping, fencing, decking, siding, windows, stone, patio, tile, laminate, hard wood, heated floors, kitchen and bath remodeling, additions, minor repairs and much more. Emergency calls OK. Lead-safe certified. References available.

  • I replaced my windows and wood floor, and replaced and repainted drywall after damage from water penetration during Hurricane Irene. But after Hurricane Sandy, I had more water damage to my drywall, laminate floors (which replaced the wood floors) and window frames. I called Carlos Lopez for an estimate to install flashing at the windows and also to install Tyvek on the rear-facing side of my home. Carlos and his wife Kathy were prompt at 9 AM for our first appointment. They discovered that none of my windows have flashing (the rubber kind you need) plus they were never caulked in the in the J-Chanel. I decided to do the whole job, flashing and Tyvek installation. Carlos did a GREAT job for a good price and I recommend him! (See the photos in the Photo Gallery under "Tyvek Installed Under Siding".)

CENTRAL MOVERS: 435 Blossom Tree Ct Annapolis, Md 21409. Tony Cheri-President (River Oaks resident) at 410-626-8140.  Family owned and operated for over 25 years. Bonded and Insured and DOT Certified. Referrals upon request. Commercial or residential moves. Flat rates available. Specializing in moving safes and pianos. We also do pressure washing, gutter cleaning, interior and exterior painting, and general contracting. See ad in the Yellow book and Verizon Yellow Pages.  Free estimates. 

 

DAVID WOODSIDE: 443-600-0013. David is an off-site owner and handyman, and "can do it all" including his specialty of shutter hanging (see his Vendor listing under Shutter Hanging)

  • We called Dave after being turned down by two other handymen who said the fascia painting job was too difficult.  After stopping by to give us a free estimate, he told us he could complete the project the next day.  He did a great job, was professional and went above and beyond to make sure the job was completed to our satisfaction. In addition to great work, his prices were very reasonable.  I would definitely recommend Dave for your next home improvement project.

EMPIRE BUILDERS:  Annapolis, MD, 410-224-1779. 

  • Installed a full bath and stacking laundry in first floor family room. Owners Larry Schwartz and Tom Lewis and their office staff take a personal interest in the client.  Responded almost immediately with an on-site visit, provided a detailed itemized estimate, and finished the job on time and within budget. They also have a handyman division for their customers.

GRANDIOR KITCHEN AND BATH DESIGN: Daniel Khoshkharaman, Owner/Designer, 10243 York Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030, 410-415-1451.

  • Daniel made my vision of a spa bathroom come true and created a design with really cool furnishings that I never dreamed of. Daniel created dozens of scale drawings of my master bath until I was satisfied, and he worked until late at night many nights to do so. Daniel has accounts with manufacturers that I never knew existed because they only work with designers.  He got me better prices on higher quality than I could find in either big-box stores or local establishments that wanted me to work with their favorites. When I found an item I liked with a company he had never worked with, Daniel worked it into my design and then set up an account with that company to expand his offerings. His showroom in Cockeysville is gorgeous! Daniel is a perfectionist and oversaw my project from beginning to end, even though someone else was doing the work, so he watched my back. If you want a unique space with artistic touches, please let Daniel show you what he can do. If you'd like to see my master bath, please contact me.

HONEY DO HANDYMAN SERVICES:  948 Ships Bell Court, Annapolis, MD, 21401, email James "Chip" Dalton or call 410-798-7098. 

  • They are fantastic! They arrive on time, do whatever you need to be done, clean up after themselves and generally leave the place much better than the way they found it. So far they have rehung a closet door, installed curtain rods (and hung the curtains ON the rods without being asked), corrected some light switches, hung pictures, cleaned up my yard and trimmed my bushes, including my crape myrtle. I recommend them very highly!. They are also listed on "Angie's List".

TOOLING AROUND TOWN: Contact John Duret, 443-875-8744. A full-service handyman company "taming your to-do list." John is a true professional. He is knowledgeable, values quality, respects your time (calls if he is going to be even a moment late) and property, and has a fabulous truck equipped with every tool under the sun to do the job right the first time, every time! His skills are broad, just click on the business name link to go to his website.

  • John replaced my defective, hot-to-the-touch door bell switch (that had been installed by an electrician) with a classy lighted switch that does not emit any heat - marvelous. He listened to what I wanted and met my goal.  He fixed my overhead garage door opener light which others had tried unsuccessfully to fix.  He installed wire rack shelves, wood shelves, and tool hangers in the garage, all in a day's work for a reasonable price.
  • We contacted John from Tooling Around Town based on his recommendation in "Vendors We Like". He did great work on several projects for us which were all on a tight timeline to get complete. I highly recommend him.
  • John has helped me many times over the years, most recently, Sept. 2013. He has proven to be reliable and very competent in many areas of home repair. He may cost a little more but he shows up and does great work.

Heating - Air Conditioning - Humidifiers & Dehumidifiers; Dryer Vent and Duct Cleaning

ACE A/C, HEATING AND PLUMBING CO. INC: Richard Starling, 47 Ridge Avenue, Edgewater, MD 21037, 410-956-9869 or 301-779-1198. A small family owned business, honest & reliable. In business for 40 yrs.  All HVAC. Owner has a Master HVAC license #5084, WSSC license, Anne Arundel County Master gas fitter & plumber license #2437, Master HVAC mechanic license #2709. Home construction, build houses, remodeling, carpentry. Service call is $90.00/hour plus parts; weekends $135.00/per hour plus parts.
  • I highly recommend this company for any heating and air conditioning needs you may encounter. I've been the "fortunate" recipient of services provided by Ace A/C Heating & Plumbing Co. for several years.  I first became aware of ACE when I had a heating issue on Christmas Eve. After several desperate calls to a number of heating companies, I could find no one available to assist me.  This vendor was highly recommended on our community website.  Rick Starling heeded my call within an few hours and resolved the issue. The service I received was efficient, professional, and reasonable.   I can't say enough about this company and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for efficient and honest service.   This business offers a Spring and Fall Maintenance Plan that is very reasonable and well worth it. I've had both plumbing and air conditioning work done since that Christmas Eve and have always received immediate and efficient results.

  • I lost my heat yesterday after work as did my neighbor. We didn't know until we arrived home around 4 pm.  I immediately got on the phone calling at least 8 companies who all said the same thing, "we can't get to you until tomorrow." I kept trying until I got Mr. Starling.  He came within the hour, had to retrieve the part, and fixed my unit, which took about 2 hours. My neighbor saw him when he arrived looking for my house and asked him to come over when he finished with me."
  • January 2010- I was helped out tremendously by the River Oaks website "Vendor's We Like" page and thank Chuck for his recommendation of ACE Heating and Air Conditioning. I woke up on New Year's Eve morning to find that it was 57 degrees in my home. I made several calls and was unsuccessful at getting someone out before the weekend because of the holiday and that a lot of others are experiencing problems at this time of year. I decided to check the River Oaks website and saw Chuck's recommendation. ACE Heating and Air Conditioning/Richard Starling was booked for the day but I was told that if I couldn't get anyone out that day, he would come out that evening. His secretary called me back because he had a cancellation. Richard was at my house by 1:30 PM that day. He left briefly to purchase a part but was able to repair the problem promptly. He offers great customer service and is very reasonable. I readily took advantage of the service plan he offered. He offers a large range of additional services.  I will surely contact him for future projects and repairs.

AP MATTHEWS HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING COMPANY: P.O Box 161, Davidsonville, MD 21035, (410) 798-7000; (301) 261-4022.

  • Paul came out at 9:00 am on a frigidly cold Sunday, diagnosed a burned out furnace fan motor (which is why I had no heat), located a motor in their Bowie shop (they also have a shop in Edgewater), returned at 10:30 am and had the unit replaced and operating again by 11:30 am. Paul charged me for the cost of the motor and some miscellaneous connections ($325) and only 1 1/4 hours of labor ($150).  He also did  a complete furnace inspection, ran some tests, declared a good clean unit, and sealed everything back up as if nothing had happened. Amazing work and I highly recommend this company.
GUY GETTMAN.  443-221-1644.  Guy is an independent contractor who can do preventive maintenance on your heating and air conditioning system without any hassles or high fees.  He's not a big fancy company, but he is responsive and professional and you can trust him to do the job right for a good price. He also fixed my lamp post!  See comments under Electrician.

 

HEIDLER INC. PLUMBING AND HEATING CONTRACTORS:  208 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401, telephone (410) 268-7191. Scroll down to PLUMBING-HEATING-AIR CONDITIONING-REFRIGERATION to read three outstanding testimonials about this company.

 

JDB HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING:  Jerry Broady, Crofton MD, (240) 565-2162. Jerry was timely, very knowledgeable, very fair pricing, efficient, and cleaned up. He was referred to me by way of Chip Dalton who is a handyman who does a lot of community jobs. They grew up together.


House Cleaning

GAIL INAK - Organizer - Cleaner - Gardener - Artist. (410) 451-6956 or (410) 279-5736.  See full review under Landscaping below.

 

Hypnotist-Hypnotherapist

LIGHT HOUSE HYPNOSIS CENTER : Judy McBride, CHt, 410-7527-2576.  Judy is a Board Certified Hypnotist/Hypnotherapist and her motto is "Embracing change with ease." Judy helps people overcome phobias, change habits, rid themselves of physical pain, emotional stress, allergies, anger, and depression, and weight loss.  Often, she can accomplish a lot in just one session.  In one such session, Judy helped me release a negative physical reaction I was having. She has helped other friends deal with stress and impediments to learning and test-taking. Click on her business name to read more about what hypnosis is and why it is so effective.

 

Insurance

MCDOLE EDGE 410-871-4700, Independent Insurance Agent for a wide variety of auto, home, health, personal, boat, commercial, business liability and life insurance, among other more unusual insurance products that you might not find elsewhere. Personal service and an honest and thorough evaluation of your existing insurance to customize your coverage. They also check with clients every year to make sure that things haven't changed, to make sure that you are still properly covered.  They do not wait for you to call them, which makes me feel more secure.



Kitchen Cabinets

B & D KITCHENS, INC, 4420 Southern Business Park Dr., White Plains, MD 20695, 301) 870-3179,Dan email:  mailto:dan@bdkitchens.com  Extra or replacement kitchen cabinets to match original builder's installed cabinets can be obtained from the below company that installed for the builder.  At least one owner's cabinets were made by Marsh.

  • We had a broken part in a kitchen cabinet drawer.  I got in touch with Dan at B&D Kitchens, sent him a picture of the part, and he was nice enough to offer to send me a replacement part.  He wrote: "please just keep us in mind if you or your friends ever need cabinets or tops." I told him that I would try to post his info on our community website, in case anyone else needs help.

Landscaping - Mowing - Patios
CS LAWN & LANDSCAPE, INC. Chuck Saine, (40) 643-5404 or (410) 721-4873, or chucksaine@aol.com. Our community contractor since 2011. C.S. Lawn & Landscape, Inc., is available for hire to mow individual unit lawns as well as landscaping.  Since C.S. is in the community on a weekly basis, if you have a lawn that you would love if only it would mow itself, C.S. could be your salvation!  Any owner/renter who is interested in contracting for the service should contact Chuck Saine.
  • One owner wrote, "Perhaps this will help those who can't seem to get to their lawn on their own - I know it sure helps me!!" 

RGJ LANDSCAPING. (410) 615-3622 (C), (443) 510-6540 (office), P.O Box 1552, Edgewater, MD 21037. Patios, retaining walls, stonework, ponds, masonry, lighting and landscaping, driveways and walkways. Raymond earns high marks for installing patios and pavers and for PVC pipe repairs.

  • They did my new patio and are duplicating it next door to me, and did two others in the neighborhood as well.  My prior guy retired and told me about this guy. The work is superior, and he is very reasonable compared to the prices out there. Come see my new back yard at 2110 Millhaven Drive.
  • We have used RGJ several times and Raymond always gives a good price, does good work, and is reliable.
  • Raymond's strong suit is the quality of the work that he and his team do. They create functional designs based on the architecture they are faced with or they can turn a picture into reality. They do good "yardscapes" within a confined space of a property. They recommend very good products or they will find what the customer wants as a product. Their PVC work is related to drainage and pipes leading from houses integrated within the papers and hardscapes, so they carry the tools to work with PVC outdoors. They are a bit challenged on timeliness, work site neatness and letting you know when they will start, but once on the job, they were thorough, have some of the best paver cutters in the business and the projects look fantastic when completed.

ROB GRAHAM LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS, 1019 Wayson Way, Davidsonville,MD 21035, 443-336-6216.

  • I cannot say enough good things about Rob Graham! He renovated my backyard, regraded the property, corrected the drainage issues, installed a patio and walkway, and planted bushes and flowers. Right after he did the work we were descended upon by Hurricane Irene, so the drainage work was given the ultimate test and passed with flying colors!  Rob is a great guy and a real artist who knows hardscape, drainage, and plants, as he used to work for Homestead Gardens.  He is meticulous about his work, his workers keep things neat as they work, and they get the job done on time. I recommend him highly as did Tulip Grove. Feel free to contact me if you would like to come by and see my backyard paradise or click here to go to the Photo Gallery (224 Tilden Way).

GAIL INAK - Organizer - House Cleaner - Gardener - Artist. (410) 451-6956 or (410) 279-5736.  De-clutters, cleans homes and small businesses, organizes, gardening/landscaping installation and maintenance, paints home interiors and artist paint by commission.  Gail formerly worked for professional landscape companies but decided to be her own boss and combine all her skills. Gail is youthful but "old school" - no computer, some texting (to a flip phone!) - but she knows her stuff and is a hard worker. Gail used to maintain my gardens when she worked for a large company. We lost touch but found each other again and I'm delighted. In two hours, she had my shrubs pruned and leaves raked front and back for a VERY reasonable rate. Highly recommend her if you want someone honest, easy going and skilled. Contact me to find out more!


Meal Preparation - See Home Businesses subpage

Movers
CENTRAL MOVERS 435 Blossom Tree Ct Annapolis, Md 21409.  Tony Cheri-President at 410-320-0299 or Tina Bello at (301) 928-8128.  River Oaks residents (2138 Millhaven Drive)  Family owned and operated for over 25 years. Bonded and Insured and DOT Certified. Referrals upon request. Commercial or residential moves. Flat rates available. Specializing in moving safes and pianos. We also do power washing, gutter cleaning, interior and exterior painting, snow removal and general contracting. See ad in the Yellow book and Verizon Yellow Pages.  Free estimates.
  • Central Movers did a wonderful job with our move from River Oaks to PA.  Tony told us they would arrive at 8:30, and they were exactly on time.  His crew was very careful and respectful our belongings.  They were also very accommodating.  Tony is a master at organizing items in the moving van.  Not one item was damaged!  I recommend them very highly and would not use any other mover.

ROBINSON AND ROBINSON:  Call Chuck or Jack, 571-220-6214 or 571-220-5963, or a free estimate.

  • We had a mover who had people move us from Illinois and we found many things broken and unusable. The moving company had 2 brothers, Robinson and Robinson, move us in March 2013. These brothers really knew the business. Chuck and Jack had a terrific attitude about unloading our items. They were very helpful as to where things should be placed and handled our items as if they were their items. Most of all, they were happy to do it. These brothers really want you to be happy with their services. They are very reasonably priced and honest.  They created a stress-free move and made it fun rather than a chore. I would highly recommend this company.

Painting
BAY COUNTRY PAINTERS:  Severna Park, Maryland 21146, Office: 410-544-4400. 
  • Bay Country Painters painted all the shutters on my house.  They painted two coats and took their time to make it look really nice.  I will not say it was a bargain, but I was very satisfied with the customer service and I am always happy to pay a little more to get the best.

BAYSHORE PAINT COMPANY:  909 Fiorenza Dr. Lothian, MD, 20711, 410-320-0180, Owner - Terry Selby

  • GREAT PAINT COMPANY! I recently had drywall and some painting done in my house. Bayshore Paint Company was fast, professional and the finished product was far better than I imagined. While searching for a contractor, this company was highly recommended to me. Not only were they fast but they were less expensive then the other three estimates that I had received. I also felt I could trust the gentleman that did the work. He was very kind, hardworking family man who has been in the business for more than 35 years. So if you are looking for a professional paint job, this company is top notch. 

CHESAPEAKE BAY PAINTING, INC.: 850 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Severna Park MD 21146, Cecilio Carino, 410-544-9660.  Neat and clean, affordable, professional. No Money Until You're Satisfied!  Serving Anne Arundel County; Interior & Exterior Painting; Residential & Commercial;  New Construction; Custom Colors - Repainting; Drywall Repairs - Water Damage Repairs; Wallpaper Removal; Molding/Trim Installation; Power Washing - Deck Staining / Sealing; Carpentry Repairs; Free Estimates - Licensed & Insured.  Cecilio is reliable and professional. He did a great job power washing my house, deck and fence and then coming back, without prompting, to seal the deck and fence.  He also installed new vinyl trim around my sliding glass door to replace the rotted wood trim and painted my front door trim and gas meter/utility boxes. He communicates by email with proposals and email invoices.

 

CHRISTIAN GOMEZ: 410-544-1267. Interior and exterior painting.  Afternoons after 5:00 PM and on weekends.

  • Christian works for a painting company but also does side jobs which he did for us and did an excellent job. He gave us an astoundingly reasonable quote, was fast and very neat. We recommend him highly and know that a few others in the community have used him and have been very happy.
  • He did a wonderful job, was reasonably priced, and protected the carpeting and furniture.
  • We used Christian before and he is good.  He corrected all the poor painting done by another company.
FINE LINES CUSTOM PAINTINGMatthew Wilson, 443-569-9922. Excellent interior painter. Finishing/sanding between coats, expert in cutting in straight lines, standard and faux finishes.  Specializing in wall papering/removal, wall preparation, and drywall repair.  Also specializes in deck treatment and Shield-Crete epoxy concrete garage floor coating with added clear-coat finish.  Insured-Reliable-Affordable.  Free Estimates.
  • June 2009 - Matt Wilson provides excellent service.  He painted the inside of our house and we are about to hire him for the outside.  Matt and his crew were on time everyday and did more work than we expected. They are very thorough and Matt is a perfectionist, making sure the job is done to your 100% liking. On top of that, he provided a very reasonable and competitive rate.  We will definitely use his services from now on and will recommend him and his crew to everyone.  His is a wonderful person to work with.
  • November 2008 - Matt Wilson is not only reasonable and reliable, but he does an amazing job. I couldn't ask for a better painter. He's done ceilings, outside lentils and window caulking for me. He is just a pleasure to work with and takes pride in all of his jobs and will not ask to be paid until you are 100% satisfied.
  • July 2009 - Matt provided us with a very competitive quote and excellent workmanship.  However, it was the intangibles that Matt and his crew provided to me and my wife, which really won us over.  Everything from suggestions and assistance with choosing more aesthetically pleasing designs, to the odds and ends that come up anytime doing home renovation. Fine Lines provided us with invaluable feedback and assistance and even helped us out with issues that needed addressing that they weren't contracted to do.  We would recommend them to everyone for exterior (and especially interior) painting and anyone considering using them can see an example of their work at 58 Millhaven Ct.
July 2009 - River Oaks Group Project for LINTEL work.  Click here to go to the Home Resource page and read about what a "Lintel" is and why homeowners had them painted.  Here are comments from the neighbors after the painting by Matt Wilson:
  • Matt has done the lintel work as well as the exterior painting of my house and he has done a really great job in a very timely manner.  He is also very reasonably priced.  I would recommend him to do a good job if anyone asks.
  • I was extremely happy with the work done by Matt Wilson on my Lintel and gas meter work.
  • Matt did nice clean work in a timely fashion.Matt did a great job scraping and painting the lintels on my home. I think the red he painted the lintels enhanced the window/brick area. I look forward to having Matt do additional work for me in the future.
  • August 2009 - I met Matt when I was having my lintels painted. I was looking to get the entire interior of my home painted, so I asked Matt to have a look and give me an estimate. Well today August 27th the job was completed after 9 days and I am ecstatic with the results. I feel like I moved into a new home. Matt is a meticulous craftsman and Fine Lines is an appropriate description. They moved all the furniture and cleaned up everything. Almost every room in the home has accent walls and he did a super job. I guess I am pounding the superlatives here but feel it is warranted. I will post some photos in the near term.  If you need your home painted and want a real pro, give Matt a shout.
  • August 2011 - Matt recently completely a large interior painting project for us as well as some exterior paint work. He did an excellent job, charged a fair rate, and kept to the timeline he set out for completing the project. He is a great resource for any painting project
JAKE NORSWORTHY:  I was very pleased with the painting that Jake Norsworthy did for us. He was professional, competent, reliable and reasonable. Jake can be contacted by email at  JTNSKINS@yahoo.com.

KLAPPENBERGER AND SON Dave Klappenberger - 443-223-0645.Professional interior and exterior painting since 1989. Dave attributes his 21 years as a successful painting contractor to regular communications with the customer and using only experienced painters with an eye for detail.  Services also include wallpaper removal.  Professionally power wash house and siding, decks, railings, walkways and sidewalks; also deck and railing staining.


Party & Event Planning-Cakes-Photography - See also Home Businesses subpage

B FLORAL EVENT DESIGN, 8610 Jones Mill Rd. Chevy Chase, MD, 202-487-0871, Shelly Bagdasian, Owner.  B Floral Event Design is a full service floral and event design firm designing custom florals and decor for everything from intimate events to large scale galas.  Although our specialty is weddings and corporate events, we also love designing for all of the special occasions in between.  We offer custom floral design, table top design and decor rentals for all of life’s special events and holidays.  We are committed to providing extraordinary designs using exceptional products with a focus on unparalleled customer service.  We love our clients and feel that they deserve the best!

  • Shelly and her team are fantastic to work with and her her work is stunning! The most beautiful flowers ever. I highly recommend this business!

Pest Control

ACCUTECH PEST MANAGEMENT.  Severna Park, MD.  410-439-0500.  ?I have a yearly contract with Accutech Pest Management Service and have also pre-treated for termites.  Being in the real estate business, it is my opinion that investing in bug treatment is one of the best things you can do.  Contact Liz Bell for more information.
 

SOUTHERN PEST CONTROL  (800) 627-0577, ext. 105; Betsy Piedmont (Home Office, Richmond, VA) or Columbia, MD @ 301-408-7526. With the Termite and Pest Control Service Plan, they apply 2 EPA approved chemicals that have a long lasting residual effect.  They currently use a product that does not require frequent reapplications thus they turn into cost savings to customers.  They stand behind their service by including unlimited service appointments, if necessary, at no additional charge. They also have a 100% money back guarantee should they not be able to keep the residence free from the covered pests. The once per year treatment also includes an exterior inspection for termite damage.


Pets - See our JUST PETS subpage

Photography - Picture Framing - Art

P SQUARE STUDIOS:  Jen Reilly (River Oaks Resident), 410-562-1390. Email Jen at jen@pSquareStudios.com.  Great photography, friendly staff, on-location. "We FOCUS on you!" Patient Photography of People and Pets ---We bring the studio to you!

  • Jen did a great job with difficult subject matter that does not fit her usual subjects - she photographed a wedding dress and a fur coat so that I could post the items for sale on various web sites, including River Oaks.  I've just spent some time on Jen's website and you MUST visit it - relaxing music, lovely photo gallery, and learn a lot about our artistic neighbor.
WIMSEY COVE FRAMING & ART:  3141 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, MD (across from the Giant Food Store), 410-956-7278. Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm, Saturday, 10am-4pm. Owner Elizabeth Ramirez, watercolor artist, offers an outstanding selection of mattes and decorative frames, and the expertise in putting it all together to make your art shine!  In addition to selling unique and reasonably-priced, limited edition photographs and paintings by local artists (including River Oaks resident Amy Carter, see below), Wimsey Cove specializes in conservation framing, historical maps, memorabilia, shadow boxes, and children's art. A unique part of Elizabeth's business is "Bella's Corner" where children can play while parents are picking out art, photos, mats, and framing.

Plumbing - Heating - Air Conditioning - Refrigeration

LEN THE PLUMBER.  800-950-4610 (main). 1552 Ridgely Street,Baltimore, MD 21230 and 550 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901

  • I was in need of a good plumber and decided to call Len The Plumber. Technician Chris Langley gave us one of the best contractor experiences since we have lived in River Oaks. He had to clear a blockage in the kitchen supply line and used a 50-foot snake to clear the line. He inspected our garbage disposal and suggested we replace it considering that it was the original and the plate was totally rusted.  We replaced the disposal based on the evidence he gave us. Chris went above and beyond when he took the time to look at the whole picture plumbing system rather than just clear the line. Chris was smart, took good care not to make a mess and respected our house while he was doing the repair. Chris was awesome and I even received an email advising me that Chris was en route to our house.
SMITH & RAWLINGS, INC.  410-263-3820. Robert A. Rawlings, President.  This company is highly reliable and does excellent work.

 

HEIDLER INC. PLUMBING AND HEATING CONTRACTORS, 208 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401, telephone (410) 268-7191. 

  • I recently had a leak in the water line under my driveway. I called Heidler to come out and quote the work after MyPlumber.com came out and quoted $7,200 to replace the entire water line. Tim & Fernando from Heidler came out, gave me 2 quotes, one for repair and one for replacement if repair wasn't possible. The repair fee was extremely reasonable and even the replacement cost would have been significantly less than the other company's quote! They were very courteous and friendly, explained everything to me in detail and even made a quick repair (for no charge) to my a/c condenser pipe that was presenting a problem the day they were here. I am so appreciative that they dug in a little deeper, literally, and found the source of my leak (which was halfway under the driveway). They fixed it for the lowest price they quoted. In addition, the office staff I spoke with to get the initial evaluation scheduled and to work out the payment, etc were also very kind and courteous the times I called. I highly recommend Heidler plumbing for any job.
  • Heidler resolved my water main problem very satisfactorily. The break was under the slab somewhere so they had to run a whole new water line. They were on time, solved the problem, though they encountered several unforeseen obstacles and still ended up charging me $200 less than the original estimate. Also their price was more reasonable and their approach was more credible than the other plumbers from whom I got estimates.  Colleen Bolin had already written something on the River Oaks page about Heidler. That is how I found them.
  • What a wonderful experience! They are top notch professionals. I will not hesitate to use their services in the future! I really appreciated how clearly my repair was explained and pleasantly surprised to hear the more than fair price!
  • Great job repairing the split vertical pipe and overhead elbow joint in my lower level ceiling and exterior rear wall leading to the rear hose bib. The work was done quickly, very neatly and thoroughly for a reasonable price.

Power Washing

CHESAPEAKE BAY PAINTING, INC.: 850 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Severna Park MD 21146, Cecilio Carino, 410-544-9660.  Neat and clean, affordable, professional. No Money Until You're Satisfied!  Serving Anne Arundel County; Interior & Exterior Painting; Residential & Commercial;  New Construction; Custom Colors - Repainting; Drywall Repairs - Water Damage Repairs; Wallpaper Removal; Molding/Trim Installation; Power Washing - Deck Staining / Sealing; Carpentry Repairs; Free Estimates - Licensed & Insured.
KLAPPENBERGER & SON:  Dave Klappenberger - 443-223-0645. Professionally power wash house and siding, decks, railings, walkways and sidewalks. Interior and exterior painting since 1989. Dave attributes his 21 years as a successful painting contractor to regular communications with the customer and using only experienced painters with an eye for detail. Dave's crew did a neat and clean job power washing and staining my deck (hand applied the clear stain after power washing) and applied mildew protection on the shady side of my house.

Pre-School

LITTLE PUDDLE JUMPERS:  Maureen Carper, 410-956 -3780, reen_carper@hotmail.com.  This is a great first school for your pre-schoolers.  Both of my girls went and I wanted to pass along Maureen Carper's information.  The school is home based and is located off Londontowne Road.  Ages 2 1/2 - 5 years old.

Real Estate

BRENDA DUNLAP, Douglas Realty LLC, Crofton, MD, Cell: 410-570-6019, Email: 4bdunlap@gmail.com
  • We are River Oaks owners, and our listing agent, Brenda, also a River Oaks owner, has been a vital asset throughout the process, guiding us with home preparation, pricing, marketing, negotiating and provided transaction management to ensure a successful closing scheduled for late March, 2009.  We are thankful to have a real estate agent that has been patient with us, always answered our questions and most of all, helped us to sell our home in one of the most difficult real estate markets ever.  We would recommend Brenda Dunlap and Coldwell Banker to other people looking to buy or sell a home in the future.
  • I have recently become a homeowner in River Oaks, and I thank Brenda Dunlap for that.  Knowing what I wanted in a home, she was diligent in pursuing "just the right thing" for me.  Her thorough knowledge of all terms, processes and time lines involved was invaluable to this first-time buyer, and her constant availability for every question and clarification was greatly appreciated.  Brenda helped to make this big step for me very rewarding and pain-free from beginning to end.  I would highly recommend her for any real estate service you may need.
  • Brenda recently helped us sell our River Oaks townhouse and did an excellent job. As out of state owners, we relied heavily on her expertise and help in preparing our house for listing and getting us through settlement. We would have been lost without her help.

BILLY SAMMONS, Home Town Real Estate, 410-708-8858, wsammons@hometowneteam.com.

  • I worked with Billy Sammons to buy my townhouse and he made it an easy process. Not only is he knowledgeable about real estate prices, area, etc. but he has made connections with local professionals who can help with various aspects of the buying process. He is also very knowledgeable about house structure and repair, which really helped when we were considering some foreclosure houses. He was flexible with meeting with us and worked around our schedule. He was great to communicate with and was prompt in getting back to us with questions and keeping us up to date on the process. I would recommend him for your house buying and selling needs!

Roof, Siding, Gutter and Wood Trim Repair/Maintenance

JOHN GORDON, 443-822-6577. Roofing - Siding & Gutter Cleaning.  Free Estimates, Emergency Service and Work guaranteed for one year.

  • John was unbelievable! He had great rates and fixed the issue quickly.. Recommend him to everyone!
  • Roof, siding, gutter and wood trim repair and maintenance. High quality workmanship at good price. Has been maintaining units in River Oaks for many years. Trustworthy and dependable. Works weekends.

Security - Home and Personal

ADT Home Health Security Services, 6301 Stevens Forest Rd. Columbia, MD.  Help is just a push button away!!  Companion Service is a personal Emergency Response System (Medical Pendant). Dedicated to providing peace of mind to seniors and their caregivers. Affiliates: AARP and USAA. ADT Monitoring Professional 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Flexible contract terms. Waterproof. Long range capability. Sensors built into the unit. 30 day test reminder. Lifetime warranty.  Contact Paige Baker (River Oaks resident), 410-726-4734 or by email at pbaker@adt.com.

Shoe Repair - See Dry Cleaner-Alterations & Repair-Shoe Repair


Shutter Hanging
DAVID WOODSIDE: 443-600-0013 (new number!)  David is an off-site owner and an EXPERT in hanging new shutters on the outside of our homes. Fee is on a per-house basis depending on the job.  If you only need one or two shutters, David may be able to find matching ones from other owners who replaced all their shutters and want to sell their old ones. Guidance for new shutters is on the Shutter Replacements page of this website.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SHUTTERS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE FROM LOWE'S SO WE ARE SEEKING A NEW SOURCE OR SIMILAR STYLE.
  • David hung my house shutter for a more than fair price and did an outstanding job. Reliable and friendly too.
Note from David:  I really appreciate the work the neighborhood is throwing me. People with shutter issues should not go to a general contractor because they don't know how to permanently affix them. They are using glue and they are way overcharging them. It's unbelievable what they're charging. I can do it at a fraction of the price. I've probably done around ten so far so I have experience.

Siding

Look in your electrical box for the list of contractors to see who installed your siding.

C&K HOME IMPROVEMENTS:  Carlos & Kathy Lopez, 52 Ridge Avenue, Edgewater, MD. 240-375-4430. Free Estimates. Licensed home improvement contractor. Lic. 8469. Better Business Bureau Accredited.  Landscaping, fencing, decking, siding, windows, stone, patio, tile, laminate, hard wood, heated floors, kitchen and bath remodeling, additions, minor repairs and much more. Emergency calls OK. Lead-safe certified (I don't have that number but that is the latest requirement for contractors.) References available.

  • After water damage from multiple storms, I replaced my windows but I still had water damage to my wood floors and window frames after Hurricane Sandy. I called Carlos Lopez for an estimate to fix the windows or install Tyvek on the rear-facing side of my home. Carlos and his wife Kathy were prompt at 9 AM for our first appointment. They discovered that none of my windows have flashing (the rubber kind you need) plus they were never caulked in the J-Chanel. I decided to install the Tyvek and Carlos did a GREAT job for a good price and I recommend him! (See the photos in the Photo Gallery under "Tyvek Installed Under Siding".)

JOHN GORDON, 443-822-6577. Roofing - Siding & Gutter Cleaning.  Free Estimates, Emergency Service and Work guaranteed for one year.

  • John was unbelievable! He had great rates and fixed the issue quickly. Recommend him to everyone!
  • Roof, siding, gutter and wood trim repair and maintenance. High quality workmanship at good price. Has been maintaining units in River Oaks for many years. Trustworthy and dependable. Works weekends.

SIDING, INC., 410-266-5546. "Fast, reliable, and does great work!" are the comments from an owner who had some siding replaced (by Rick) in February, 2009. Original siding installer for many homes in River Oaks.


Snow Removal
TONY CHERI. Contact Tina Bello at (301) 928-8128. Owner of Central Movers (see Movers above) and River Oaks residents (2138 Millhaven Drive). Tony and his crew will use their commercial snow blowers on your driveway and shovel by hand on walkways and around cars.

Sprinkler System Repair
ABSOLUTE FIRE PROTECTION, (410) 544-7771, 836 Ritchie Hwy, Suite 1, Severna Park, MD 21146. State Sprinkler License #004. AFP can maintain and service your system. Even if another sprinkler company has installed your system and you no longer work with that company, AFP can become your maintenance provider. A complete system check is done once a year to ensure your system is working properly. If something should go wrong with the system because of mother nature or any other accidental cause, AFP will be out to the site within minutes of your call. AFP has a 24 hour service process in place. So even if there is a problem on the weekends or late night, AFP is on call.
  • For our management properties, we have used Absolute Fire Protection.

MILLER FIRE PROTECTION, (301) 736-3000, 2750 Marble Ct, Forestville, MD 20747. 

  • Miller fire protection is a good one.  I worked for them some years ago.

WOLF FIRE PROTECTION, (410) 439-9171, 7505 Resource Court, Baltimore, MD 21226. Design, install, inspect and provide 24-hour emergency service on sprinkler systems. They came out same day and fixed the leaky sprinkler head.


Tree Pruning/Trimming and Removal
BARTLETT TREE SERVICE, 410-305-0353, email Tyler Balderson. Tyler is the River Oaks Condominium Association representative. 
  • River Oaks does quite a bit of business with Bartlett Tree Service for large trees beyond the scope of our landscaping service contractor, and is therefore highly recommending them.  They are tree specialists. They brought down all of our dead trees in the fall, 2008, and in spring, 2009, did the spraying for Tent Caterpillars and air spaded all of our young trees around the Tot Lot. Bartlett is dependable and efficient, and they also clean up the debris pretty well.  Tyler Balderson is a master Arborist and a licensed Maryland Tree Expert.  Tyler has helped us out on numerous occasions and we have given Bartlett many referrals, so Tyler is reasonable and very prompt on returning calls. 
GREENTREE, INC. 410-741-0776 (office), Jeff Stone, Supervisor, 240-479-8240 (cell). Family owned and operated since 1989.
  • Found them listed in the phone book, called them and they came out on a brutally hot night to try and save our dogwood. Also removed and pruned shrubbery.


Upholstery
CREATIONS BY TAYLOR: 158 Mayo Road, Edgewater, MD 21037, 410-269-6430. Fantastic job recovering chairs and replacing foam and rivets on benches at reasonable prices.

HELEN JOCUS,
3413 Hazelwood Road,  410-956-2102.  Her prices are very fair and she does beautiful work.

 

Water and Air Treatment

 e WATER COMPANY: John Hess, Water Treatment Consultant, 410-604-1130.  Water purification, water softeners, reverse osmosis, and pressure boosting.  If you want REALLY clean, non-chlorinated water for drinking, food prep and bathing, especially if you have skin or digestive sensitivities, then contact Reliable.

  • My coffee tastes better, my pasta doesn't stick together, my skin and hair feels cleaner and not as dried out. John will answer your questions, arrive on time and in just a few hours, install a reverse osmosis water system under your kitchen sink and, if you want, a household system in your utility closet.

Window Cleaning

 STREAK FREE CLEANING COMPANY: Ryan M. Difatta, 813 Bukingham Drive, Stevensville, MD, (443) 618-4453, StreakFreemd@yahoo.com.  Other services include gutter cleaning, pressure washing and black streak removal on gutters and trim.

  • I have used Ryan's services for several years and have found him to be professional, prompt and courteous. Ryan also cleans chandeliers and light fixtures.
Windows, Roofs, Gutters and Doors

THOMPSON CREEK WINDOW COMPANY - A family-owned Maryland-based company specializing in replacement windows, roofs, gutters, doors including sliding doors. Their factory is located in Fort Washington, Maryland. Thompson Creek can replace windows and roofs to River Oaks specifications. For a free quote, please call River Oaks owner Linda Benkhadra at 240-277-4215.