Tallahassee Good Guys

Tallahassee Businesses

Tallahassee Good Guys

Local Tallahassee Businesses

We are often asked for recommendations for various local services and businesses in the Tallahassee area.  We’ve created this ‘Good Guys’ page to provide some information and recommendations.  We are going to start with the local Tallahassee Businesses we use most in the real estate world. 

These businesses are locally owned and can include some local franchisees.  These are local Tallahassee Businesses we have used and have been pleased with their services.  If you have other local Tallahassee Businesses you have used and would recommend, we are always happy to vet them and add them to our Good Guys List.  If you are working with us, or plan to, do not feel pressured to only use these guys.  These are just recommendations and you can use whoever you want (make sure they are appropriately licensed and insured).  No matter what, you should do business with those you trust to do right by you. Please check our website often because we will be adding more local businesses as we go!


Mortgage Lenders

Below are some of my favorite lenders in Tallahassee. This does not include all the great lenders in Tallahassee, so if your favorite lender is not on here – feel free to recommend them to me! 

Some information on lenders – it is in your benefit to shop around for your mortgage.  There are federal lending rules and sometimes banks add their own rules on top of those rules (called overlays).  Since the rules can be different from bank to bank, you can find that some banks have options that other banks do not (for example, some lenders do not have renovation loans, construction loans, mobile home loans, in-house financing, etc.). I recommend that you talk to at least two to three lenders about purchasing a home and evaluate what they are offering you.

Michael Forslund

Michael has become my go-to mortgage guy when I have questions about financing.  We have closed a lot of mortgages together and not once have we had to have an extension because the lender missed something.  He may ask more questions than the average lender, especially up front, but when he gives you a letter, I am confident we are going to closing.

Mortgage Advisor

Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation

NMLS# 659608

Mobile: 850-980-4400

EMail: michael.forslund@fairwaymc.com

Office: 850-724-1070

4832 Kerry Forest Parkway, Ste A

Tallahassee, FL 32309 

Michael’s Bio:

Michael Forslund has been in the mortgage industry since 1995. He graduated from Florida State University and began his mortgage banking career in Atlanta, Ga. In 1998 he moved to Tallahassee where he lives with his wife and two beautiful daughters. Michael loves college football and traveling with his family.

With over 25 years in the industry, Michael has the experience in helping his customers achieve the dream of homeownership with the speed and service they deserve. His team has perfected the mortgage process to make it simple and easy from application to closing and beyond. He works jointly with his realty partners and referral sources, who entrust he and his team with assisting their customers in the home buying process. Michael enjoys attending all his closings to congratulate the new homeowners. You can read more about Michael here: www.mforslundfairway.com


Dana Cummins

Dana is one of the nicest loan officers I have ever met.  Besides being super nice and very professional, Dana knows her stuff and if there is a way to get you to the closing table, she will find it.  We have found her incredibly trust-worthy and she really cares about her customers!

Senior Loan Officer

Movement Mortgage

NMLS 414502

Off: (850)359-1940

Cell: (850)264-5407 (Best number to reach her)


6265 Old Water Oak Road (Suite 204)

Tallahassee, FL 32312

Dana’s bio:

I have been in the mortgage industry since 1995, fulfilling many roles. I have been a processor, a team leader and finally became a mortgage loan officer in 2007.

I have been involved with MBA in Tallahassee for many years, recently serving as president for 2012/2013. I was also a Director for Mortgage Bankers Association of Florida. I was recently elected affiliate director for Tallahassee Board of realtors and named “Affiliate of the Year” for 2018. I am also a member of the “biz to biz” chapter BNI Northwest Florida and 2019/2020 Treasurer for Women’s Council of Realtors in Tallahassee.

My vision is to be the best home lender, guided by integrity, fairness, and a caring enthusiasm. You can read more about Dana here:  www.movement.com/dana-cummins


Laura Hewitt

When we were looking for another lender to add to our lenders page, there were so many great people in Tallahassee to choose from the decision was difficult.  So, like any great Realtor, we called up our colleagues and asked them who they used so we could poach them.  The decision was an easy one to make in the end and we are thrilled that Laura Jo agreed to let us put her on this page.  Laura Jo is highly regarded, respected, and recommended by many Tallahassee Realtors, including us.  You will be in excellent hands working with Laura Jo and Prime Meridian.

Senior Vice President, Mortgage Lending Manager
Prime Meridian Bank
NMLS# 775253
Office: 850-907-2344
EMail: LHewitt@PrimeMeridianBank.com

1471 Timberlane Road
Tallahassee, FL 32312  

Laura’s Bio:

Laura Jo Hewitt and Prime Meridian Bank pride themselves on providing the finest lending services to homebuyers. Tallahassee is Laura Jo’s home town and she has been a lender here since 2004. She joined Prime Meridian Bank in 2011. Laura Jo is dedicated to finding the right financing options for buyers and can help you purchase investment property in this College Town as well.  Give her a call to get your pre-qualification started.  Are you a Veteran? Prime Meridian Bank has a special commitment to the men and women who have served our Country.

You can reach Laura here:  www.trymybank.com


Local Home Inspectors

Most home inspectors are not also licensed as pest control and therefore can not complete a termite report.  If you are looking for a wood destroying organism (or termite) report – look for the termite control tab above. 

Tallahassee Home Inspections

Chris Durfee, owner, inspector, and veteran.  Chris is one of the easiest guys to work with and he has a big heart and an eye for detail.  He will work weekends by appointment.

Phone:  850-443-0785

Email:  info@tallahasseehomeinspection.com

Website: http://www.tallahasseehomeinspection.com

Certified Inspections

Michael Fleming, owner, inspector, etc. Michael must have more certifications and education in the construction trades than anyone else I have met in Tallahassee.  He is also a general contractor and can provide proposals or quotes for repairs and remodeling.  His webpage has a ton of information too!

Phone:  850-562-4010 (Candice usually answers the phone.)

Email:  CertifiedTLH@gmail.com

Website:  http://www.certifiedtlh.com

Orange Inspections

Luis del Castillo, owner, and inspector.  Luis is one of the sweetest guys in the business.  He is highly knowledgeable, and he can go where other inspectors cannot.  (Sorry Luis – but you do call yourself the guy who can fit anywhere.)  It is always a pleasure to work with Luis. 

Phone:  850-730-0351

Email: luis@orangeinspections.com

Website: https://www.orangeinspection.com/

ACL Home Inspections, LLC

Joel Hagans, owner and inspector.  Great guy and he’s very active on Facebook.  He answers all kinds of questions and sometimes posts things that make me shake my head. He is also able to perform pool and spa inspections.

Phone: 805-312-8919


Website:  https://aclhomeinspections.com/


Local Home Insurance Companies

Below is a list of our recommended Home Insurance Carriers. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact anyone of them listed below:

McGinniss Himmel Insurance Agency

Allen McGinniss, Owner / Agent

Phone: 850-329-6996

Email: allen@insurancemh.com

Jefferson County Farm Bureau

Agent:  Abby Godwin

Phone:  850-997-2213

Email:  abby.godwin@ffbic.com

Website:  floridafarmbureau.com

McKee Insurance Agency

Ian Clark, Owner / Agent

3512 Maclay Blvd S

Tallahassee, Fl 32312

Tel 850-224-6055

Fax 850-513-0646

Cell 850-510-9959

Email: ian@mckeeagency.com


Local Tallahassee Surveyors

Below is a list of recommended Tallahassee Surveying Companies or individuals. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact them.

AD Platt and Associates, Inc.

Contact:  Alan Platt

Phone:   850- 385-1036 or Alan’s cell: 850- 694-3712

Email:  adplatt@comcast.net

Website: https://adplatt.com

Gary Allen Land Surveying

Contact:  Gary Allen

Phone:  850- 877-0541

Email:  gary@garyallenlandsurveying.com

Website:  http://garyallenlandsurveying.com

Delta Land Surveyors

Contact:  Randy Rowell (or anyone who answers, they are a family run business!)

Phone:  850-997-0301

Email:  kimatdelta@gmail.com

They are on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/deltalandsurveyors


Local Home Appraisers

Below is a list of our recommended Tallahassee Appraisers. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact them directly.

Timberlane Appraisal Associates

Contact:  Greg Lane or Kim Gassett

Phone:  850-894-2500

Email:  kim@timberlanevalue.com

Website:  https://www.timberlanevalue.com

J.D. Salley & Associates

Contact: Joel Salley or Dana Salley

Phone:  850-222-7169

Email:   jdsalley.associates@gmail.com

Website:  http://www.jdsalley.com

Poppell Appraisal Firm

Contact: Skip Poppell

Phone:  850-894-4004


Local Tallahassee Credit Repair Businesses

Most of the things a credit repair service will do for you, can be done by you if you have the time to research the subject. 

The Credit RX

Contact:  Jackie Calloway

Phone:  850-298-8904

Email:  info@thecreditrx.com

Website:  http://www.thecreditrx.com

Good Line Credit Service

Contact:  Janae Watson

Phone:  229-421-6261

Email:  goodlinecredit.rs@gmail.com

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/GoodLineCreditServiceLLC


Local Tallahassee Septic System Businesses

Below is a list of our recommended Septic Systems companies. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact them directly.

Apalachee Backhoe & Septic

Owner: Michael Sundin

Phone:  850-901-9772

Email:  office@apalacheeseptic.com

Website:  https://www.apalacheeseptic.com/

McNeill Septic

Owner:  Michael McNeill

Phone: 850-877-1139

Website:  https://www.mcneillseptictallahassee.com/

Billy Simmons Backhoe, Hauling, Septic

Owner: Billy Simmons

Phone:  850-509-1465


Local Tallahassee Pest Control

WDO stands for Wood Destroying Organism and this is a report that is sometimes needed for some loan types.  If you want your potential home checked for termites and other pests, most pest control companies can provide the WDO report per the Department of Agriculture rules and specifications.

Paul’s Termite & Pest Control

Phone: 850- 222-6808

Email:  stephanie@paulspest.com

Website:  http://callpauls.com

Panhandle Pest Control Inc.

Phone:  850- 593-6912

Email:  panhandlepest@gmail.com

Website:  http://www.panhandlepest.wordpress.com/

Mike’s Pest Solutions, LLC

Phone:  850-228-5411

Email:  mike@mikespestsolutions.com

Website:  https://www.mikespestsolutions.com/


Local Tallahassee Water Testing

The local Department of Health can also perform water testing for a small fee.  If you need a sample collected and tested for a mortgage, these companies can meet the VA requirements.

Ackurit Labs & Aqua Systems

Phone:  850-562-7751

Email:  alexsis@helpwithyourwater.com

Website:  https://www.ackuritlabs.com/

McGlynn Laboratories, Inc.

Phone:  850-570-1476

Email:   kmcglynnlabs@gmail.com

Website:  http://www.mcglynnlabs.com/


Local Tallahassee HVAC Businesses

Below is a list of recommended HVAC companies here in Tallahassee. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact them directly.

Stewart Heating and Cooling

Owner:  Stewart Dalzell

Phone:  850-342-3294

Email:  stewartdalzell64@gmail.com

Website:   https://www.facebook.com/Stewart-Heating-and-Cooling-190477988339862

Donny’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc

Phone:  850-942-4349

Email:  donny@donnyshvac.com

W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor, Inc.

Contact: Bryan Strickland

Phone:  850-386-1029

Email: bstrickland@wwgmc.com

Website:  http://www.WWGMC.com/


Local Tallahassee Plumbers

Below is a list of recommended Tallahassee Plumbers. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact them directly.

White’s Plumbing

Phone:  850-576-3510

Email:  cjdub14@yahoo.com

Website:  http://www.whitesplumbing.net/

W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor, Inc.

Contact: Bryan Strickland

Phone:  850-386-1029

Email: bstrickland@wwgmc.com

Website:  http://www.WWGMC.com/

Keith Lawson Services LLC

Phone:  850- 562-2600

Email:  service@keithlawsonservices.com

Website:  https://www.keithlawson.com/


Local Tallahassee Electricians

Below is a list of recommended Electricians in Tallahassee. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact them directly.

Meeks Electrical Services

Phone:  850-575-3201

Email:  info@meekselectrical.com

Website:  http://meekselectrical.com/

Lawson & Lawson Electrical Services

Phone:  850-562-4111

Email:  ryan@llelectrical.com

Website:  http://www.llelectrical.com/

Albritton Electrical Service, Inc.

Phone:  850-562-1193

Email:  contact@albrittonelectric.com

Website:  http://www.albrittonelectric.com/


Local Tallahassee Roofers

Below is a list of our recommended roofers here in Tallahassee. If you have any specific questions you would like to ask, please feel free to contact them directly.

Arnold’s Roofing Enterprises Inc.

Phone:  850-942-9042

Email:  info@tallyroofs.com

Website:  http://tallyroofs.com/

Dave’s Roofing LLC

Phone:  850- 445-7025

Email:  dave@davesroofingllc.net

Stubbs Roofing & Gutter Company

Phone:  850-597-8866

Website:  http://www.stubbsroofing.com/


Local Tallahassee Handymen

Below is a list of recommended handymen. Tired of having to find someone to do those smaller things that you don’t really want to do? We have a list of recommended people to help you out! Check them out below:

Ace Handyman Services (Tallahassee)

Phone:  850-901-9500

Email:  tallahassee@acehandymanservices.com

Website:  https://www.acehandymanservices.com/offices/tallahassee/#

ProStar Pressure Wash & Handyman Services LLC

Phone:  850- 980-6850

Email:  prostar.tallahassee@gmail.com

Website:  http://prostartallahassee.com/

Capital City Handyman, LLC

Phone:  850-895-1432

Website:  http://capitalcityhandyman.business.site/


Tallahassee Title Agents & Real Estate Attorneys

This is the company and person you trust to transfer ownership without missing anything.  They will search for any outstanding liens, missed heirs in probate cases, etc. to make sure that your title is yours without any encumbrances. Here are agents and agencies we have met at the closing table many times.

Tallahassee Title Group, LLC

Jamie Temples

Address: 1407 Piedmont Drive East, Tallahassee, Florida 32308

EMail: Jamie@tallahasseetitle.com

Office Phone: 850-580-2222 or 850-697-3988

Fax: 850-580-2229 or 850-697-3983

Website: http://www.boydlaw.net/

We are a full service real estate closing/title insurance company who handles real estate transactions throughout the State of Florida.

Smith, Thompson, Shaw, Colon & Power, PA

Lisa A. Warmack, Closing Officer

3520 Thomasville Road, 4th Floor Tallahassee, FL 32309

Direct Phone Line: 850-241-0135

Main Phone line: 850-893-4105 Fax 850-702-0710

Email:  Lisaw@stslaw.com

Owen Title Company Inc.

Cindi Owen Briley,  President/Owner

2865 Remington Green Circle Tallahassee  FL  32308

Phone: 850-422-2800

Fax: 850-385-9419

EMail: Cowenbriley@owentitle.com

Website: https://owentitle.com/

Advantage Title Group

Becky McNeal, Owner / Agent

1415 E. Piedmont Drive, Ste. 1 Tallahassee, Florida  32308

Telephone:  850-329-6920

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