Our Recommended Vendors
Mad City Dream Homes recommends these local businesses for your home and real estate needs.
Vendors by Category
- Builders & Construction Companies
- Electrical Work
- Financial Advisors / CPAs
- Floor Plan Services
- Flooring Installation and Repair
- Handy Man Work
- Heating & Cooling
- Home Inspection & Testing
- Home Staging
- Insurance & Restoration
- Landscaping & Lawn Maintenance
- Mortgage Lenders
- Moving Companies
- Painting & Drywall
- Pest Control
- Senior Move Managers
- Specialty Contractors
- Title Companies
- Window Installation
Jason Greller - Real Estate Attorney
Jason Greller at Knoll Greller, s.c. offers flat fee legal services for real estate transactions. Greller specializes in real estate, and offers services including contract reviews, writing condition reports, and managing legal issues as they happen. Our clients find him to be professional, detailed and very knowledgeable. His fees are clear, making sure that you know all costs in advance. If you need a lawyer with real estate expertise, Jason Greller is the person to contact.
Juscha E.M. Robinson - Real Estate Attorney
Juscha E.M. Robinson is a real estate attorney with Pines Bach Law Firm, a small law firm located on the Capitol Square in Madison, Wisconsin. She handles a full spectrum of real estate work, including residential and commercial transactions, leasing, financing, planning and development, and disputes. Whether you seek an experienced attorney to review your offer or someone to consult with on your rights in an uncertain situation, Attorney Robinson offers comprehensive legal advice and services, using flat fees and reasonable hourly rates. Her areas of practice also include estate planning, probate and estate settlement, and business organizations. She graduated cum laude from University of Michigan Law School in 2003, and lives with her husband and daughter in Madison.
Nennig Law Offices, LLC - Estate Planning Law Firm
Nennig Law Offices, LLC, is a boutique law firm which assists clients throughout Madison, Wisconsin, with estate planning, probate & estate administration, planning for children, special needs planning and guardianships. Our clients have worked with Bob Nennig and his team, and have found him to be both thoughtful and trustworthy. Bob places a high value on mutual trust, and will provide you with extensive information on his background, qualifications and experience before you begin working together.
Bob and his team have experience creating Wills, Trusts, Durable Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives. They also work on Special Needs Trusts, Guardianship matters and Administration of both Estates and Trusts. Nenning Law Offices uses a proactive approach to ensure that your property and the people you love are both protected.
Flexible scheduling and consultations on site are both available. Contact Nennig Law Offices, LLC, to learn more about their services.
Paul T. Eckerle - Real Estate Attorney
Paul Eckerle has worked with many of our clients. He is a real estate attorney and has been helping both buyers and sellers for almost 20 years. From the initial offer through closing, Paul takes the time to thoroughly and clearly explain the process and guide you through all the details of the transaction. Our clients appreciate his honesty, attention to detail and reasonable rates.
- Phone: 608-222-2505
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Builders & Construction Companies
Ganser Construction Inc.
Ganser is a family-oriented construction company that offers remodeling and restoration services. They have the skill and professionalism necessary to make your project a success.
Marten Building and Design
Marten Building and Design has been building and remodeling homes in the Dane County area for over 12 years. They put an emphasis on building a personal relationship with you to ensure your house will be perfectly designed and customized to fit you and your family's needs.
Ed Hefty Construction
Ed Hefty Construction has been serving the Oregon, Wisconsin area since 1977. In addition to new construction and remodeling, they also specialize in storage and rental properties.
Immaculate Rae’s Green Cleaning
Immaculate Rae’s Green Cleaning offers a wide variety of green cleaning services, including deep cleaning services for move-in and move-out. They use only the highest quality green products, keeping your family and pets safe from harmful chemicals while leaving your home spotless. They only use plant-based products and reusable rags and mop heads. Services include dusting, cleaning the kitchen and appliance, cleaning the bathrooms, wiping baseboards, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, and window cleaning. In addition to move-in and move-out cleaning services, they offer regular maid services and spring cleaning services. Immaculate Rae’s Green Cleaning has a strong attention to detail and strives to offer clients an immaculate home with natural and green products.
- Phone: 608-800-4200
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Class A Cleaning
Class A Cleaning has been in business in Wisconsin since 2010 and offers residential and commercial cleaning as well as construction clean-up services. They are focused on detailed cleaning and have their own patented green cleaning products and a cleaning process that is designed to provide a healthy and clean environment for their clients. Their prices are reasonable, and they are committed to providing a quality cleaning experience with care for their clients. They are particularly focused on being timely and efficient so that you return to a clean and sparkling home while staying within your budget. Class A Cleaning provides free estimates for their services!
Harmony Electric offers a variety of electrical work services, including knob and tube removal, panel changes, home inspection repairs, code repairs, and the addition of new circuits and lighting. They specialize in non-invasive repair methods that limit the damage to drywall or plaster. Harmony Electric sticks to the price of the estimate, meaning there aren’t surprise charges at the end of a project. They also work hard to provide a smooth and clean remodel process, so clients don’t have to worry about extra clean-up when the project is complete. Clients receive free estimates.
Helping Hands Electric
Helping Hands Electric offers electrical services of all kinds to both residential and commercial customers. Several of our clients have used them, and been very pleased by both their experienced technicians and their reasonable rates. They communicate well, give clear estimates in advance, and they place a high priority on doing jobs both efficiently and correctly the first time. All services are guaranteed and come with a one year warranty. Helping Hands Electric also offers 24 hour emergency services, and aims to have you speak to a customer service person directly each time you call.
Verona Electric provides a full range of electrical services, including remodels, new construction, service upgrades, code updates, installation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and lighting. They are particularly focused on client satisfaction, and take pride in maintaining their reputation for a high quality of work. They have been serving Dane County for over 60 years.
Financial Advisors / CPAs
Meicher CPAs is a Madison-based accounting firm and offers three locations around town. The firm is focused on both professional excellence and relationship-building. They want each CPA to become a valuable part of their client's team. By knowing and understanding your personal or business needs, their CPAs can offer tax strategies, advice and accounting services to help to make sure that you are in the best possible financial position at the end of the year.
We recently featured Meicher CPAs in our blog. You can see that entry here. We have found Meicher CPAs to be a firm that sincerely cares about their clients, and works hard to make their clients successful. They are honest, hard-working and responsive.
- Phone: 608-826-1900
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Laurie Ellis-McLeod, Financial Planning
Laurie Ellis-McLeod works hard to help clients save and plan for the future. She works independently at AERIE Preferred Financial Group. She works to create a custom investment planning strategy in the context of your life, not just your portfolio, that’s in her clients’ best interest, without being obligated to a specific company’s funds.
Laurie is focused on building close and trusted relationships with her clients. She offers retirement, financial, insurance and planning services. She is dedicated to her clients and places a high value on transparency and education.
Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through H. Beck Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. 6600 Rockledge Dr Sixth Fl. Bethesda MD 20817. AERIE Preferred Financial Group, LLC and H. Beck Inc. are unaffiliated.
Home View Services
Home View Services creates floor plans for real estate listings. Floor plans are an excellent way to give buyers an idea of the layout of your home before they even visit, giving your listing an edge that can set your home apart from other listings. John Brzezinski of Home View Services provides high quality floor plans for our clients.
- Phone: 608-469-3456
Flooring Installation and Repair
Mike King is fully insured and installs flooring of all kinds. He has experience with hardwood, tile, carpet, vinyl and more. He also works on tile back splashes, showers and other installation projects. Our clients describe him as reasonable, professional and responsive. Every client we have ever referred to him loves his work. He offers photos of his current projects on his facebook page, along with reviews from recent clients. He also provides free estimates for all projects.
CTW Abbey Carpet & Floor
CTW Abbey Carpet & Floor has a wide variety of flooring options available, as well as countertops and cabinetry. Their showroom features a large selection carpet, hardwood, tile and stone, laminate, vinyl and area rugs. Some flooring options feature a lifetime warranty. They offer help and expert advice every step of the way, from product selection to installation. Their kitchen and bath design studio has a designer on staff to help you find the right materials to build or remodel your bathroom or kitchen. CTW Abbey Carpet & Floor has many ways to help you remodel and refresh your home.
The Groutsmith in Waunakee provides grout and tile cleaning services. Their trained staff inspects your floor and determines the best treatment process that will restore your floors to their original beauty. They feature floor tile and grout restoration, tile and grout repair, floor tile re-bonding, shower repair and installation, granite and natural stone sealing, color matched caulking, anti-slip treatment, and EnduroShield treatment for glass. The Groutsmith offers a free estimate and demonstration to new clients.
- Phone: 608-850-9729
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Handy Man Work
Cody Hellmer - Home Improvement, Maintenance/Repair, Handy Man
Cody does everything. Whether you need home repair, roofing, remodeling, garage repair, or you just want to chat about hunting - Cody is your guy. He has helped many of our clients and is known for his exceptional quality and service.
- Phone: 608-577-7041
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Grant Priehs - Handyman
Grant Priehs specializes in small jobs that make a big difference when you’re looking to refresh your home before selling. He installs new lighting, backsplashes, new fixtures and also has a knack for repairing furniture. As a former art director, Grant uses his eye for design to come up with creative solutions that improve the look of your home in a cost-effective way. He offers estimates and is usually available for quick-turnaround on projects.
Martin Home and Business
Aaron Martin of Martin Home and Business provides handyman services to our clients. Aaron is very client-focused, friendly, kind, efficient, professional, and responsive. He is licensed and insured and able to work on a variety of home repair and maintenance projects.
- Phone: 641-417-0179
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Heating & Cooling
Hillestad Heating & Cooling Systems - Installation, Maintenance, & Repair
Hillestad Heating and Air Conditioning offers new HVAC units, and also repair and maintenance services for existing units. They have worked with many of our clients, and have proven to be both reliable and professional. They are also specialists in boiler furnaces.
The company has 3 locations, and serves Dane, Columbia and Eastern Sauk County. They offer Bryant products, and understand that HVAC needs can happen day or night. Their 24 hour service line ensures that a technician is always available. They also keep a variety of parts on hand, to make repairs efficient. Financing is available for purchase and installation of new HVAC or boiler units.
Top Hat Heating - Fireplace, Chimney, Heating & Cooling Services
Top Hat has helped our clients with fireplaces, chimneys and heating/cooling services. They are honest, efficient and offer impressive showrooms in Madison and Baraboo. Established in 1981, Top Hat has grown from a chimney sweeping business to a 5 division operation, including Heating & Cooling, Fireplace/Stove Retail, a Service Department as well as Chimney Restoration and Repair. The company is a certified Bryant dealer for HVAC services. They also work with geothermal heating and cooling, and provide solar panel installation and services.
Top Hat's services include financing for larger purchases, like HVAC units. They offer installation, maintenance and repair services for fireplaces, chimneys and heating/cooling systems. All Top Hat installers are trained and certified to do each job correctly.
- Phone: 608-204-7585
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Wohlers Heating & Air Conditioning - Installation, Maintenance, & Repair
Wohlers Heating and Air Conditioning Corp. specializes in all areas of indoor air quality. They offer service and regular maintenance to all HVAC units, and provide a 24 hour service line for emergencies. They also offer a wide range of brands for replacing existing furnaces and air conditioners. Our clients find them to be very responsive. Their rates are reasonable, and they offer some troubleshooting help online.
In addition to furnaces and air conditioners, Wohlers also offers thermostats, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, air cleaning systems and duct cleaning services. They offer financing services on new purchases and regular maintenance contracts to ensure the life of a new furnace or air conditioner.
- Phone: 608-839-1604
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Classic Chimneys provides cleaning, repair, inspection, construction and cleaning services for chimneys in the Madison area. They also repair fireplace starters. Jake Kleinsmith has helped our clients get their chimneys back in working order with an emphasis on safety. Classic Chimneys provide high quality customer service and affordable pricing for their services.
- Phone: 608-658-1619
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Home Inspection & Testing
Premier Inspections - Real Estate Inspections & Testing
Brian Paull from Premier Inspection and Consulting assists many of our home-buying clients each year. Our clients value Brian for his attention to detail, his thoroughly-documented home inspection reports, and his willingness and ability to clearly explain the issues he uncovers. Brian uses a thermal-imaging camera, which is a useful tool for detecting water and moisture problems. He tests for the presence of radon, mold, and lead-based paint. Brian also provides radon and mold remediation services.
Brian is uniquely qualified inspector. He has 35 years of construction experience, 20 years of experience as a licensed real estate broker, a long list of current certifications, and expertise in radon and mold issues. He encourages clients to follow him through inspections, ask questions, and learn more about what he finds.
If you are buying a property, contact Brian as soon as you get an accepted offer, to schedule a quick inspection, and ensure plenty of time to negotiate any issues that are found. If you are selling, Brian can pre-inspect your home, and give you the opportunity to fix any issues that could hold up a sale. He can also inspect properties you are building or remodeling.
Haack Homestead Inspections, LLC. - General Inspections & Testing
Dave Haack, from Haack Homestead Inspections, LLC, began his business after realizing his passion for helping others select solid properties. Haack has assisted several of our clients with home inspections. He is thorough, and provides his clients with a full digital report with pictures, by email that evening after the inspection. He also welcomes them to contact him after acquiring their home for any maintenance issues or questions that may arise.
Dave has been inspecting homes for more than a decade. He has saved buyers from troubled properties, and has trained others to offer proper maintenance to keep their home safe and secure. Our clients like him because he takes the time to clearly explain everything he finds. The inspection process is not just for buyers. Dave offers services to homeowners that want to ensure they are doing the proper ongoing maintenance. He also provides inspections for sellers, allowing them to identify issues before they list. These pre-inspections can be a great asset to a home marketing plan.
We strongly recommend that you contact Dave as soon as you have an accepted offer on a home. Having the inspection quickly will give you more time to negotiate any issues you find. A typical inspection takes about 3 hours, and the report comes afterwards.
Al Gindt, BPG Inspections
Al Gindt of BPG Inspections is a leader in the home inspection industry, and offers a wealth of knowledge and experience to our clients. Typical inspections include a review of the home’s plumbing, electrical, air conditioning, foundation, roof, exterior and appliances. After your inspection, he provides a comprehensive report that describes the condition of the systems and items inspected. His inspections come with a 90 day guarantee, and he offers up to 12 months of extended advice on your home.
Capitol Inspection Services
Paul Hughet of Capitol Inspection Services provides homebuyers professional inspection services that help make the home buying process easier and less stressful. He helps buyers learn about the features of their home and identifies potential concerns and any repairs that may be required. Following a home inspection, Paul provides buyers with an electronic report that includes his observations of the home’s major systems, including the exterior, roof, plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning systems, interior, insulation and ventilation, fireplaces (if applicable), and the overall structure. Paul has been in real estate since 2003 and has conducted hundreds of home inspections. He has the experience and attention to detail to help you make an informed decision when buying your home.
Radon Measurement and Mitigation, Inc
Radon Measurement and Mitigation offers radon testing and mitigation services, both for existing homes and new construction. They are EPA certified and guarantee their products and services. To minimize noise and electrical usage for homeowners, they recommend a mitigation product specifically for your home and focus on cost-effective strategies for mitigation. They have excellent customer support, a two-year warranty, and fair prices.
Williamson Surveying and Associates, LLC
Williamson Surveying is a locally owned surveying business in Waunakee. The company is owned by Noa Prieve and Chris Adams, and has a consistently positive reputation for excellent work. Our clients appreciate their attention to detail, professionalism, and their reasonable fees for services.
Surveying property before a purchase takes place protects buyers from facing surprise boundary or encroachment issues after closing. Having the parcel defined can also clarify questions with neighbors about fence placement, tree maintenance and other property-related issues. A typical residential survey is billed by the hour. The final report will be completed within 2-3 weeks.
In addition to residential properties, Williamson Surveying works on commercial and new construction projects.
We recently featured Williamson Surveying and Associates on our blog.
Showcase Home Stagers (Debbie Lea) - Home Staging, Home Listing Preparation
Debbie Lea and her team at Showcase Home Stagers do amazing transformations in just a few hours. Debbie is skilled at using the resources already found in your home to transform it, and add value to your listing. Her unique design sense can transform any room. She also helps our clients identify paint colors, light fixtures, flooring or other details that can upgrade a home's overall appearance.
Debbie believes that homes need to be photograph-ready first, because the photographs online are always the first showing. She has an eye for capturing a room's possibilities, and can help you move furniture, adjust lighting and add details that warm up a space. Clients typically work with her for 2-3 hours, and then are left with a list of projects to complete before their home officially lists.
All our clients work with Debbie as part of our complete marketing plan. Her services add value to each home we list, and homeowners are always amazed at how she can improve their living space.
The Cozy Home
The Cozy Home offers staging services for clients. They offer both consultations and complete staging services. For occupied homes, home stagers go through your home with you giving suggestions for staging that take advantage of your existing furniture and decor. Then, they share a summary and to-do list with you so you can work your way through the list and get your home freshened up before it goes on the market.
Box Brownie provides virtual staging and photo retouching services for real estate listings. The team can add furniture to real estate photography to help showcase a vacant, or under-furnished listing, helping to show potential buyers the space in a more compelling way. They can also remove clutter in photos or change the background in an image. Box Brownie can provide virtual staging services in 48 hours, meaning your listing can stay on track. In addition to virtual staging services, Box Brownie offers a wide variety of photo retouching services, floor plan rendering services, and virtual renovations. Their services are fast, affordable, and are a great way to enhance your listings.
Insurance & Restoration Companies
Sarah Drew, State Farm Insurance - Insurance & Financial Services
At Sarah Drew’s State Farm Office you will be greeted at the door with smiles and exceptional service. Sarah Drew has been in the insurance business for over 15 years with State Farm and her entire team understand how to take care of their clients because they take time to get to know them. Her office is knowledgeable on the sales and service aspect of the industry and they are effective communicators concerning your policies. Whether it’s home, auto, life, or supplemental health insurance options, Sarah and her team have you covered. Although her home office is in Verona, she serves the entire Dane county area and can also write policies throughout Wisconsin. If you’re relocating to the area, or just want someone to run you some quick quotes for comparison, call Sarah Drew State Farm.
Cliff Insurance agency is a full service local insurance provider that provides high quality insurance at an affordable price. They are an independent agency, which means they can access policies across many insurance companies to find the best solution for their clients. In addition to homeowners insurance, they also provide auto, business, renters and life insurance. They have built a strong reputation for honesty, integrity and dedication to their customers. Their focus on customer services means they are committed to providing personalized insurance solutions that make sense for their clients now and as their needs change over time. They serve the greater Madison and Middleton area.
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Landscaping & Lawn Maintenance
ZDA Outdoor Creative, Inc.
ZDA, inc. is an award winning, locally owned and family run landscape architecture and garden design firm. Their services include design and planning for new construction and existing home landscapes, home or garage additions, play spaces for children, sanctuaries and therapeutic spaces, privacy screening, and designing for aging in place for urban, rural, waterfront, and historic properties. Our clients have worked with them on a variety of projects, and have praised their effective use of space to solve problems. A recent client said, "ZDA is very good at creating custom landscaping plans that not only add beauty to a setting, but they are also very good at implementing solutions that improve drainage and protect a home against water intrusion."
Their team of landscape architects and garden designers collaborate with homeowners to develop landscapes tailored to their specific site, style, needs and desired maintenance. All planning is thoughtfully done to ensure that the final product supports the client's lifestyle in the present and into the future. Designs can encompass a wide range of elements, including site grading/drainage, retaining walls and steps, driveways, walkways, decks, patios, water features and low maintenance planting areas. ZDA is an independent design office, but they work with a variety of contractors to implement their designs and are involved in the process until the project is completed.
Potential clients can expect a no charge design estimate, and a thoughtful process for their project from start to finish. They consider their work a success when the design blends naturally into the surrounding environment, and offers the variety of uses desired by the homeowner.
Ganshert Nursery & Landscapes
Ganshert Nursery & Landscapes designs and installs residential landscapes across the Madison area. They help clients with a variety of services, including plantings and flower bed design, hardscapes, woodwork and decking, and finishing touches like edgings. Being family owned and operated for over 65 years, Ganshert is committed to customer satisfaction and works to provide the most seamless process - from design to installation.
The team meets with customers to understand their budget, preferences and problem areas. They come up with a design based on these needs, plus taking into consideration what will grow and function the best. They do a great job improving curb appeal and outdoor living spaces for our clients. In addition, they adjust the grade of the yard to get a better positive pitch away from the foundation when they are on-site, protecting the home from water damage.
Luis Alarcon Brush Removal
Luis Alarcon offers brush removal services to our clients. He is very affordable and reliable, and has the experience needed to safely remove brush and protect your property and existing landscaping. The best way to reach Luis is via text message.
- Phone (texting is best): 262-844-1768
Bill's Key Shop
Bill’s Key Shop is a local locksmith with 24 hour emergency service and experience with just about anything lock-related. They offer re-keying services, lock repairs, lock rebuilding, key cutting, key duplication, and emergency lockout assistance. Bill’s Key Shop is licensed, bonded, and insured and has been providing locksmith services all over the Madison area since 1947.
- Phone: 608-535-6654
Capital Lock, Inc
Capitol Lock is a full-service locksmith in the Madison area that offers re-keying services, master key systems, lock installation, key duplication, keys by code, and emergency lock-out assistance. They also sell and install safes. All service technicians with Capital Lock are Certified Registered Locksmiths with years of experience. They have a storefront on Regent street and also provide services from a fleet of radio dispatched trucks. Free site surveys are available for clients, and each time technicians service a lock they do a 10-step door check to verify security.
John Schroder, Great Midwest Bank, Lender
John Schroder is Assistant Vice President at Great Midwest Bank. He has over 15 years of banking experience in both residential and commercial lending. Additionally, he is a father of two, a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Costa Rica 96-98), and is fluent in Spanish. Our clients describe John as a great listener, and they appreciate his commitment to finding the right loan product for their unique situation. John believes the home loan process is very personal – and sometimes emotional – so he strives to work in the most efficient manner possible, and to keep communication lines open.
Great Midwest Bank is a family-run, stockholder-free company that focuses ONLY on residential loans in our local Wisconsin market. Their products include:
- WHEDA Loans (Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority)
- Conventional Fixed Rate Mortgages, locally serviced here in Wisconsin
- Conventional ARMs, for situations that perhaps don't fit Fixed Rate requirements
- FHA Loans
- Construction Loans
- Home Equity Products
Karen Wedvick, Johnson Bank, Lender
Karen is a local lender, working for Johnson Bank. We highly recommend her services because she is efficient, good at troubleshooting, and can make things happen over a short time frame. Our clients appreciate her advice and her creative solutions for financing. She works hard for each client and strives to give them the best financing packages available. She has more than 20 years experience, and stays informed on new and changing loan options, in order to offer the best possible packages.
Karen's advice has been featured on the Mad City Dream Homes blog before. You can read her suggestions for preparing to purchase here: http://www.madcitydreamhomes.com/blog/thinking-about-buying-read-this-first.html.
Joan Sergenian, Fairway Mortgage, Lender
Joan Sergenian is a Senior Mortgage Lender with Fairway Mortgage. Our clients appreciate her excellent communication and her clear explanations of the lending process. Buying and financing a home is a big deal. That's why Joan invests so much of her time into helping you understand and feel comfortable with each step. She works hard to ensure you know the costs and benefits associated with different loan options, and she's never too busy to answer your questions.
Joan brings a wealth of real estate and financial knowledge to the table. After obtaining her accounting degree, she worked for 8 years in the title industry. Joan has worked the last 20 years in the mortgage industry, the last 10 of which have been as a loan officer at Fairway Mortgage.
In addition to serving you with traditional conventional loans, Joan has the experience and expertise to assist you with Jumbo, VA, FHA, WHEDA, and USDA Rural Housing mortgages. She loves working with both first-time and move-up home buyers. Joan is a member of the Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association, Realtors Association of South Central Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Builders Association.
Joan is a lifelong Madison resident. She has 3 children - two daughters and a son. She enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family in the outdoors. She's a big Packers and Badgers fan. Joan also enjoys riding her Harley and belongs to a Women’s Motorcycle Riding Group, Stilettos on Steel.
- Phone: 608-219-8949
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Steve Hansen, Summit Credit Union, Lender
Steve Hansen is a good listener, a detailed lender, and the kind of person you know is seeking your best interests. Our clients appreciate his helpful attitude and his creativity as he puts together mortgage options. He is genuinely interested in your comfort level, and works to find mortgage options that are affordable and within the range you prefer.
He has more than 14 years of experience in the lending business, and is well-versed in special programs like down-payment assistance. He can help you identify the best options for your needs, and will work to make the home buying process as easy as possible.
Contact Steve to learn more about:
- First-time home buying
- "Moving Up" to the Next Home
- Bridge loans to make it easier to sell and buy at the same time
- Refinancing to take advantage of low rates
- Loans for additions or property improvements
Marty Searing, AMEC, Lender
Marty is the branch manager at American Mortgage and Equity Consultants in Wauwatosa, WI. He is a loan originator, and he takes great pride in giving each customer the attention and resources they need to be successful. Marty makes himself available both nights and weekends to ensure his customers have their pre-approval letters in a timely manner, and will prepare letters specific to the home they are buying. He attends every closing, and works hard to ensure his customers have the information they need to close in a timely manner. He knows what is required to have a timely closing, and he works hard to be sure that each detail is covered before the closing. We have seen him in action, and appreciate his dedication to each customer.
Patrick Averill, Thompson Kane, Lender
Patrick Averill is a lender with Thompson Kane. He's worked with several Mad City Dream Homes clients, and has proven himself to be honest, upright, and service-oriented. Our clients appreciate his clear communication style and his quick response time. He puts the needs of his clients first, and works to be certain that they are getting the best deal possible on their home financing.
Patrick's clients can expect to have pre-approval documents ready quickly. He helps each one determine a comfortable purchase price, and he prepares them so that they can make an offer efficiently, even when they are on-site at a showing. He offers a variety of financing options, and can explain the benefits and complications of each. Patrick knows that a home purchase is typically the largest investment his clients will ever make. He takes his role seriously, and will work hard to make it a pleasant experience for all.
Dave Leeder, Inlanta Mortgage
Dave Leeder is a local lender with Inlanta Mortgage. He and his team have helped many of our clients secure financing for their homes. Inlanta Mortgage has a mobile app and software platform that makes it easy to apply for a mortgage, get a pre-approval, and view your lending options. Clients appreciate the team’s excellent customer service. They are relationship focused, and want to leave a lasting positive impression as clients purchase their dream homes. Inlanta Mortgage also gives back to the community, working with various local and regional charities.
Dave has shared his advice with the Mad City Dream Homes blog. You can read his suggestions on how the COVID pandemic affects the financing process here.
Above Average Moving - Packing & Moving
Above Average Moving offers packing, moving, appliance delivery and moving supplies for both residential and commercial clients. Our clients have been pleased with their prompt service, care with packing and unloading belongings, reliable estimates and reasonable rates. The company serves Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois, but is based in Madison.
Terry Stevens Jr. owns Above Average Moving, and works with each of his crews to ensure that every client is satisfied from start to finish. He provides customers with a good faith estimate, and avoids adding extra costs on moving day.
General Purpose Movers
General Purpose Movers offers affordable moving services in the Madison area and beyond. They are locally owned and take pride in their professionalism. Before each move, they ensure that your items are carefully packed and loaded. They offer full-service moves or will pack your own vehicle for you. In addition, they can help with moving large items between homes, or within your own home for staging purposes.
Gorilla Movers is a locally owned and operated company that offers a full suite of moving services. Services include residential moves, moving large items (gun safes, pianos, swing sets, etc) and loading and unloading. In addition to moving services, they offer overnight and temporary storage. They provide free estimates either in-home or over the phone.
- Phone: Middleton - 608-291-5473; Sun Prairie - 608-291-5972
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A1 Movers of Sauk Prairie offers affordable moving and packing services for the Madison area. They are focused on safety, reliability, and customer satisfaction. They are able to move all kinds of items, including large and bulky items and antiques. They also offer full packing services to keep your items safe. In addition to full-service moves, they also can assist you in packing and loading your own vehicle. They provide free estimates for their work.
Painting & Drywall
Integrity Painting Services
Integrity Painting Services is a locally owned and operated painting company based in Madison, Wisconsin. They have done many jobs for our clients, and always get excellent reviews. Phil McClarey places a high emphasis on relationship. His team is made up of employees, not contractors, and is smoke free. They know that entering your home is a privilege, and they take great care to do excellent work, and keep their word. They communicate with the homeowner, and always arrive on time.
Phil McClarey and his team work on both residential and commercial properties. They complete interior and exterior jobs, and offer a variety of professional services including:
- Professional surface preparation before painting begins, to ensure longer lasting paint applications
- Wallpaper removal and surface restoration
- Sealer treatments for difficult water and smoke stains
- Staining and sealing of fine woodwork
- Sheet rock and plaster repairs
- Brush, roller and spray applications for a variety of surfaces including wood, masonry, vinyl, concrete,
aluminum and stucco
- Window pane replacement and glazing
- Pressure washing/Mildew treatments/Home maintenance programs to extend paint life
- Phone: 608-358-5195
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Warden & Sons
Warden & Sons specializes in interior and exterior painting and repair, and is a family owned and operated company. They focus on providing high-quality and professional painting services to the Madison area, with nearly 50 years of expertise. They take great pride in their work, and minimize drips and runs so you are left with a professional finish. In addition to quality painting services, they offer a variety of home repair and remodeling services. They provide free estimates for potential clients.
Kwik Kill - Pest/Rodent Control
Kwik Kill Pest Control, Inc. is a local, family owned and operated business. The company serves all of South Central Wisconsin, including Madison, New Glarus, Verona, and Middleton. Kwik Kill uses Integrated Pest Management practices, allowing for both the elimination of current pests and the prevention of future issues. The company's services include child-friendly and pet-friendly applications.
Kwik Kill Pest Control recognizes that each property comes with unique needs and challenges. They specialize in designing specific plans to target pests for both one-time services and for ongoing preventative needs. They also provide animal trapping, rodent removal, pest proofing, and green or organic pest control services. The company has been in business for more than 30 years, and offers expert pest control services, with specific attention to local pests that wreak havoc on both residential and commercial buildings.
- Phone: 608-848-8899
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Elite Pest Solutions - Termite Inspections
Elite Pest Solutions is a locally owned and managed pest control company that provides termite inspections for our clients. It’s important to note that all properties financed with a VA home loan require a termite inspection. In addition to inspections, Elite Pest Solutions also provides broader pest control services to homeowners. You can either hire them for a one-time need, or choose packages that include monthly or bi-monthly services. They avoid using pesticides inside of the home, but do have low-toxic insecticides that can help remedy a variety of pest problems. Elite Pest Solutions provides free quotes and guarantees their results.
Justin Lackner captures stunning images of parks and real estate for Mad City Dream Homes. But this isn't all he does. Lackner Photography does professional photography for events, weddings, families and marketing projects. He has an eye for finding the best angles, and he also prides himself with a very efficient turnaround time. Most projects are completed within 48 hours of the photo shoot.
We appreciate his laid-back manner and, at the same time, his detailed attention to the work he produces. He truly is a professional. His website showcases the wide variety of work he has done. Each project is billed fairly, and is sometimes a flat fee and other times by the hour.
Justin's work speaks for itself. He truly loves what he does, and it shows. We recently featured his work in our blog.
Martin Menocal is a professional photographer with experience in both architectural and product photography. He has years of experience taking photos for luxury brands and is also skilled at real estate photography. His unique eye for detail and artistry lends a unique perspective to his real estate photos. His photos expertly capture light and create an inviting look for your home.
VRX Media offers a variety of photography services for real estate listings including listing photos, 3D virtual tours and aerial drone photography. 3D tours are a great asset to listings, letting buyers experience your home before setting foot inside. VRX Media can also take high-quality interior and exterior photos for listings. Aerial drone photography services are also available, which can be a great way to show your property from a unique vantage point.
- Phone: 1-866-247-1934
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Stoppleworth Plumbing, LTD.
Our clients at Mad City Dream Homes have appreciated the excellent customer service they've received at Stoppleworth Plumbing. The company is family owned, and serves all of the Madison area, and surrounding towns. Stoppleworth Plumbing was started by Al Stoppleworth in 1973. It is now a second generation company run by sons John and Greg Stoppleworth and daughter Kristi Warriner. Stoppleworth Plumbing specializes in residential plumbing work, assisting clients with plumbing issues, and also with more enjoyable projects like finding the right fixtures and faucets to meet your needs.
The company prides itself in old-fashioned values and consistently excellent customer service. This focus allowed them to receive the Angie's List Super Service Award! Stoppleworth Plumbing has on-call plumbers avalailable 24/7, and if a problem can be fixed by phone, they are happy to help.
Senior Move Managers
Moving Forward coordinates every aspect of moves for seniors including packing, unpacking, and all of the large and small tasks in between. The senior move managers strive to make a senior’s transition to a new home as smooth as possible, treating their clients with compassion every step of the way. Movers arrange items in the way that they were in the senior’s previous home, disassemble and assemble furniture, and go the extra mile to find ways to bring memories alive in the new space. Senior move managers can help clients to make the transitions into their new homes within weeks instead of months. Moving Forward is fully licensed and insured and employs movers with an average of 20 years of experience, meaning your cherished belongings are in good hands. They work with a variety of budgets and provide a free consultation and quote for their services.
Andy Meyers Masonry
Andy Meyer Masonry is a masonry and concrete contractor located in Brooklyn, WI. They do great work at a fair price and offer clients free quotes. Andy has years of experience and expertise with a variety of projects. Services include construction and repair of brick, stone, glass block, and cultured stone. Other services offered include tuck-pointing, restorations, and chimney repair. Andy Meyers Masonry focuses on doing high quality work on every project, large or small.
- Phone: 608-291-2422
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Fox Chimney offers full-service chimney cleaning and repairs. Their services include fireplace inserts, chimney repairs, and work on wood-burning and gas burning fireplaces.They can assist you with interior or exterior care, including concrete, brick, stone and masonry work. They also offer assistance with animal removal. It is not uncommon to find nests or even animals living in a chimney or fireplace. Fox Chimney Service will help you remove them in a humane way, and ensure that they don't return. They work with excellence, and our clients have been consistently pleased with their services.
- Phone: 608-215-6064
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Zander Solutions - Waterproofing & Foundation Repair
Zander Solutions offers waterproofing and radon mitigation services to homeowners throughout the region. They have a proven track record of stopping leaks, repairing foundations and removing radon from homes. They offer a 100% workmanship guarantee for waterproofing- not water management. Our clients have found them to be responsive, reasonably priced and excellent at their work. Zander Solution's services also include installation of window wells, decking and epoxy floors. They can repair and replace concrete, and stabilize areas that are compromised.
Sunvest Solar Inc. - Home Improvement, Saving Energy, Solar Energy
Sunvest Solar is a Pewaukee-based solar energy provider. They offer installation of solar panels for both new construction and existing homes. Their team provides customers with a reliable estimate of the energy that can be produced, and the costs involved with installation. They offer creative solutions to help fund the solar investment, including amortizing the costs into a mortgage, and pointing homeowners to rebates and tax incentives. They have installed more than 600 solar energy systems in the region, and know how to ensure that roofs can support the added weight of solar panels.
Our clients have appreciated their honesty, their commitment to excellence, and their high quality solar energy systems. Sunvest Solar Inc. offers a 25 year manufacturer warranty, and only installs tier 1 solar panels. From start to finish, it takes roughly 8 weeks to identify the specific needs for a home, get the order in place and install it. Sunvest Solar was recently featured on our blog. You can view the article here.
- Phone: 262-547-1200
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Jordan Boyea of Everlight Solar offers solar power installation for both residential and commercial clients. Homeowners can choose to purchase solar panels outright, or can elect a low monthly payment through financing with no upfront cost. Everlight Solar has maintenance options available for their solar power systems, and includes a warranty for both the product and the workmanship. Enjoy tax credits and incentives with solar power. Everlight Solar is focused on quality customer service and they work hard to keep the process of going solar as simple as possible for homeowners.
Homestead Title Company, LLC.
Homestead Title Company has assisted many of our home buying and home selling clients over the years. Homestead provides full title insurance and closing services for residential, new construction and commercial transactions in Madison and throughout Dane County. The rates are very competitive at Homestead. The staff are friendly, and the service and communication are excellent. Our clients appreciate the hands-on approach and the smooth closing process that Homestead is known for. When we work with Homestead Title we know we can count on a smooth and efficient closing. If you need to select a title company for your transaction, we highly recommend Homestead Title for your closing and title insurance needs.
Martin Glass Company
Martin Glass is a family-owned business in the Schenk-Atwood-Yahara neighborhood. The company has been serving Madison since the 1970s and has an excellent reputation for window replacement, repair, and work with other glass needs like showers and mirrors. Dozens of our clients have worked with them, and found them to be skilled at window repairs, and especially good at fixing broken seals. Their rates are reasonable, and their work is exceptional.