Justin's List of Recommended Contractors (or Handy People) in San Diego

The buying process may be over when you move into your new San Diego home, but the work of owning a home never stops!

Throughout the life of your home, you’re likely to need the help of a whole variety of professional contractors, from plumbers to landscapers to roofers. Just like you need a buyer’s agent you can trust, you need contractors you can trust, too!

As a service to my past clients, I’ve put together a list of some of the best San Diego contractors

Please keep in mind that everyone has different tastes and opinions. I cannot vouch 100% for the work of any of these contractors for legal reasons (gotta love how litigious California is!), but each of these are contractors/businesses with whom either my clients or I have had good experiences. Certain jobs require a contractor's license, while others may not. I recommend that you do your own research before hiring a contractor/handyman to check on the license status, insurance, etc. 

Here's an interesting thing I've learned over the years about contractors:


1. There are three qualities we hope a contractor will display: (A) quality work, (B) low price, and (C) great customer service.

2. The problem is we can only realistically get two out of three (and sometimes less than that).

3. We usually have to decide what we're willing to sacrifice out of those three (quality work, low price, and great customer service).

4. The smaller companies tend to have lower operating costs, so they usually cost less (and in many cases, a LOT less) than bigger companies. And they often have worse customer service for a variety of reasons. They just don't have the same level of organization and teamwork as bigger companies often have and they can be spread thin at times. So you might have to stay on them more and track them down a bit. That said, a lot of smaller outfits still do quality work. 

What we especially want to avoid is bad quality work and horrible customer service at an unreasonable price. And you will need to decide which two of the three qualities matter most to you.

There is also the issue of finding a contractor whose availability fits with your schedule/timeline.

I always recommend that you interview several contractors when you're getting ready to start an important project on your home. You'll learn a lot through the process, you'll get different ideas from different contractors, you'll get a feel for who you trust and prefer to work with, you'll often see widely varying prices for the same work, and you’ll have a much better chance of choosing a contractor with whom you’ll be the happiest!

Please let me know if YOU have a contractor to ADD to (or remove from) the list.

Acoustic Ceiling Removal (Popcorn Ceiling/Asbestos Removal)

  • Boyd's Remodeling Ceiling Specialist (Danny Boyd): 858-568-2594

  • Juan (acoustic/popcorn ceiling removal and drywall repairs): 760-978-4898

Appliance Repair

  • Just Call Me Greg (Appliance Repair): 619-549-2929

Attic Cleaning, Etc.

  • Attic Projects (Attic & Crawl Space Experts): 858-326-0417

Bathtub & Sink Refinishing/Resurfacing


Carpet Cleaning

Chimney Repairs

Chimney Sweeps

Civil Engineers/Structural Engineers

Craftsman/Victorian Wood Refinishing

Custom Closets (Design and Install)

  • Jim Somers: 858-735-0882

Demolition (Concrete, Sheds, Etc.)

  • Juan De La Cruz (DLC Landscaping): 619-493-8392

  • Impact Environmental Co. (junk removal and light demolition): 619-393-6265 https://impact-eco.com/

Designer & Drafting

  • Lance Stratton (kitchen and bath design and drafting): https://studiostratton.com/  

  • Jesse Leon (Draftsman): 619-733-8134

  • Ian Harris (Plan Runner): 619-395-7275

Drain Line Cleaning


  • Felipe: 619-971-7166 

  • Juan (acoustic/popcorn ceiling removal and drywall repairs): 760-978-4898

  • Noe (drywall installation): 619-727-9524


  • Raceway Electric

  • Arce Electrics - talk to Lugo: 619-750-9087

  • Borrego Electric: 619-817-5921

  • Joe Casillas Electrician: 858-610-8253

  • Milholland Electric

  • ER Electric

  • Premo Electrical (ask for Julian)

  • Ms. Sparky Electric (Mary Stapleton) sparky89@cox.net (for installing a Tesla charging outlet and other custom electrical work)

  • Emerald Pacific Electric


  • San Diego Fence Co.

  • Alpine Fence Co.

  • Scripps Poway Fence (Ron Heater)

  • Vega's Fence Co.

Fireplaces/Chimney Maintenance

  • Authentic Fireplaces, Inc. (Chimney repair and maintenance - last time I checked $1000 gets you a full chimney inspection and basic repairs.)

  • Innovation Gas Fireplace 619-796-4419


  • ClickOnFloors (One of my clients used them for all their flooring, both wood floors and tile): 858-935-8131

  • IR Hardwood Flooring (Ismael Ramirez, refinishing specialists): 619-917-5788

  • Friendly Flooring: https://www.friendlyeliteflooring.com/

  • JR Hardwood Flooring: 619-917-5788

  • Palomar Flooring: 858-457-1122 https://www.palomarfloors.com/

  • Coles Fine Flooring (San Diego and San Marcos: https://www.colesfineflooring.com

  • Abbey Carpet and Floors

  • Kevin (flooring installer): 951-973-1246

  • Ulysses (flooring installer): 619-398-6768

Foundation Contractors

  • RAD Construction (foundation specialists)

  • Powerhouse Foundation Repair

  • Craftsman Foundation

  • Affordable Foundation Solutions

  • Atlas Footing Repair

  • San Diego Footing Repair


General Contractors/Construction

  • All Seasons General Contracting

  • Classic Home Improvements

  • Precision Renovations

  • Vanberg Construction

  • Maurer Construction, Inc.

  • Lars Construction

  • Hultenius Construction

  • TR Construction

  • Finest City General Contractor (Oscar Ramos)

  • Coast to Coast Restoration: http://coasttocoastrestoration.com/ 

  • Powerhouse Green Construction http://phgconstruction.com 

Geotechnical Engineers

  • Michael Hart Engineering (engineering geologist)


  • Ask neighbors for referrals. Find handyman recommendations on neighborhood forums such as Facebook Groups and NextDoor.

  • TaskRabbit and Thumbtack can help you find a handyman in a pinch

  • Handy Ivan: 619-214-8622

  • Helper Henry Jones: 619-857-7588

  • Alonso's Handy Services: 619-356-8303

Heating and Air

  • Gladstone Heating and Air

  • Guthrie and Sons

  • Action Air & Heat

  • West Coast Heating and Air Conditioning

  • Cano Heating and Air Conditioning

  • Major League Comfort Systems Heating & Air Conditioning

  • Carini Home Services


  • J & L Insulation: 619-561-8632

Junk Removal

Landscape Design

Landscapers/Outdoor Projects

  • Gold Star Concrete (Oceanside)

  • Ryel Landscapes and Home Services

  • Gordy's Stump Grinding

  • Perpetual Tree (Mike) - Tree Removal

  • Terra Firma Landscape Co. (Larry Swikard): 858-408-3720

  • The Landscape Company https://www.thelandscapecompanyus.com/

  • Dan Jennings (landscape construction): 619-200-2195



  • C & D Locksmith (John): (760) 705-4118 

  • Alcatraz Locksmith


  • Tru-Block Masonry (Mike Larsen): 619-267-5747

Moving Company

Network Wiring & Phone Systems Installation


Pest Control

  • Payne Pest Management 


  • CSR Plumbing: (888) 243-5353

  • JG Water Heaters, Filtration, and Plumbing: 858-434-7257

  • Joe Scheineman: 619-549-9892

  • Tradesman Plumbing (Tom Caron, owner): 619-362-6620

  • Route One Plumbing (Hector Montano, owner): 619-654-3331

  • Tomo’s Service Plumbing

  • Core Plumbing (Father & Son owned company): 858-293-4174

  • Jon Brien: 858-268-2290 or 619-410-7758 (cell)

  • Top Quality Plumbing (Steve): 858-272-6692 or 619-985-8716 (cell)

  • Greentech Plumbing

  • Plein Plumbing (Steve Plein): 619-562-5239

  • Ideal Plumbing

  • Clearwater Drain Service (Seth) 619-248-6484

  • Verday Smart Solutions (tankless water heater installation & repair, water softeners and water filtration): 858-300-6172

Pool Construction

Pool Removal

Professional Home Cleaning

Rain Gutters

Raising a "Sunken Living Room" Floor

  • Aging In Place (Tyler Owen)


  • Boyce's Roofing

  • Oceanside Roofing

  • Dana Logsdon Roofing

  • All Seasons Roofing

  • Weathermaster Roofing Services

  • TR Construction

  • The Roof Masters

  • California Premier Roofscapes

  • TWM Roofing Inc.

  • Mark Anthony Construction and Roofing 

Shutters & Window Coverings

  • The Shutter Guys: 760-546-6442

  • Perfect Fit Shutters and Shades: 760-412-9152

  • PRO Window Covering Services (Cleaning and Repairs): 619-766-2019 http://prowindowcoveringservices.com/

  • Lowe's (the home improvement store): Blinds & Window Shades Department

Solar Panel Installation

Tile Installer

  • Seaside Tile (Roger Verdugo), tile installations and countertops: (619) 581-4308

Water Damage Remediation

Water Heater & Water Softener / Filtration Installation

  • JG Water Heaters, Filtration, and Plumbing: 858-434-7257

  • Verday Smart Solutions (tankless water heater installation & repair, water softeners and water filtration): 858-300-6172

Windows & Window Screens & Screen Doors

  • The Glass Guru (glass and mirror shop in Carlsbad, also foggy window repair): (844) 960-4878 https://www.theglassguru.com/ 

  • Alpine Mobile Screen (screen repair, re-screening, and security screen doors): 619-569-2345

  • Affordable Glass & Window 619-241-1373

  • Farrell Construction (Heath Farrell, Wood Sash Window Repairs): 619-787-5814

  • Dutchman Vintage Home Restorations (wood sash window repairs): 619-296-4544

If you need a specialist that’s not listed here, you might call one of the companies listed above and ask for a referral. Or call me (my list continues to grow), and I’m always excited to hear from you!


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Globella Buyers Realty
Ph: 858.437.2662
CA 92102 US
CA DRE License # 01714813
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