I moved to Atlanta with my family in 2013. Everything was new. And like anyone who has moved to a new city, it was a challenge to find the best services & professionals that you only need every once in a while.
We’re still in the market for some services, but here’s the list of professionals, contractors and solid businesses that we’ve found so far.
Real Estate Services
We bought a home in Grant Park in 2013. Atlanta’s real estate market is pretty crazy, but these people helped us navigate everything.
Christian Ross at Village Realty
We found Christian via a referral from our real estate agent in Athens, GA (Bob Allen). She found us the right house in a super-tight market. I’d recommend her to anyone looking for a home.
Ray Waisler at Finance of America Mortgage
The seller of our home required us to use Ray. Needless to say, we were very skeptical. But Ray won us over with his attention to detail and professional work.
I run a small business – and have a family. For any big life decisions, I talk to these people.
Larry Raimondi at Raimondi & Associates
We found Larry via Christian Ross. He helped close our home sale. But we went back to him for our family and business legal work. Like every lawyer I’ve ever met – he’s fast and to the point. But he’s good and I recommend him to anyone.
Sam Cash at Cash Accounting
Dr. Cash has long and impressive accounting resume. He’s been running his own firm for several years. He’s a longtime friend of my family, and has been invaluable to my business. He is technically in Athens, GA – but well worth the drive / phone call.
Anyone who owns property knows all the random things that come up both regularly and irregularly. Here’s the people that help me out.
Mark Harrelson at The Home Handyman
Mark works exclusively in neighborhoods around Reynoldstown / Grant Park. He does everything in a house that does not require a professional license. He’s ridiculously fast & effective. He’s affordable and does high quality work.
Ayinde Bryant at Widespread Landscaping
I found Ayinde via NextDoor when our 2nd year fescue lawn needed aerating. He’s ended up doing regular lawn & yard work in addition to several landscape projects like our front patio.
Text or call Ayinde at (404) 376-9839
Skyline Pest Solutions
Skyline did our original termite warranty. They now our our regular pest control. They’ve also done a wildlife exclusion. They’re on-time and reliable.
Marty the Plumber
Thankfully, we haven’t had many plumbing problems. But both times, we’ve called Marty. He’s honest and fair.
Text or call Marty at (404) 358-5868
Percy Hampton at Handy Electrician
Thankfully, we haven’t had any electrical problems. But we have made a couple changes that Mark Harrelson hasn’t been able to do. In those cases, we have called Percy Hampton. He’s incredible. Not cheap – but also the best electrician I’ve ever worked with.
Harden Goldberg at Smart Space Atlanta
We had our house weatherized and sealed up. It was one of the best investments we’ve ever made in our house. We called Harden to do the work (including the Georgia Power rebate application). Great experience.
We had issues with our trees after Hurricane Irma. Atlanta Arbor was fast and professional.
Hugo Duarte HVAC
Hugo is a local Grant Park HVAC specialist. He’s smart, straightforward, and very reasonable given the extra level of service we got.
Call or Text him at 770 906 1965.
Car & Bike Services
I get around Atlanta via bus, train, bike, car and foot. But it’s my car and bike that need occasional work. Here’s who I go to.
EZ Dent Repair
Whenever we’ve needed any non-engine car repair, we’ve always called EZ Dent Repair first. They are based in Athens, GA. But totally worth the drive. The owner is a long-time friend and client of mine.
Mark’s Auto Repair & Body
We’ve needed larger scale body work twice (after a collision incident and after Irma). Both times, the dealer body shops quoted extortionate prices at absurd time frames. We took our car to Mark both times. He does not have the nicest facilities – but he does great work at a great price. He’s honest and fair – which is rare in the car body repair world.
Call Mark at (404) 974-5946
Tires Plus in Buckhead
We still haven’t found an independent car engine repair shop. However, Tires Plus has always taken care of our cars for cheaper than the dealer. They are decently fast and up front.
Atlanta Bicycle Barn
I’ve used several bike repair shops in Atlanta. But Atlanta Bicycle Barn is the only place that I’ve gone back to. I also bought a bike from them.
Doctors. Health insurance makes this a bit frustrating, but these are the people that I trust when I can.
Southern Smiles Dentistry
Southern Smiles is our neighborhood dentist. They’ve been great.
Brookhaven Children’s Dentistry
Our son has been going here since we moved to Atlanta, and we’ve stayed with them because he likes them so much.
Rossi & Shirey
I’ve been to Dr. Shirey as my GP. Great experience.
We researched so many pediatricians when we moved up here. Even when we were living in Buckhead, we drove to see Intown Pediatrics. Their whole staff is amazing.
There are plenty of people that help me regularly. This section is sparse, but I’ll add to it when possible.
I tried so many haircutteries in Atlanta before I found David at Axiom Cutler. They are reasonably priced, but also fast and great.