Best Home Services: A SW Florida Story
BHS was founded by Perry J. Hodges many years ago. In January of 1972, shortly after his 17th birthday, Perry joined the U.S. Navy and served his country in the Vietnam War. While being stationed in Pearl Harbor on a Destroyer ship, Perry became an electrician. After finishing his naval service, he returned home to California, married his love, Marilyn, and began working in the residential and commercial electrical trade. In 1977, he became one of the youngest electrical contractors in the State of California.
In the early nineties, Perry and Marilyn decided a new beginning was in order for them and their two sons. So in 1992, they found a small electrical business in Florida whose owner wanted to retire. After several months, arrangements were made, the house in California was sold, the moving truck was loaded, and on October 13, 1992, the Hodges family arrived in Bonita Springs, FL.
A Bright Start as Best Electric
For the first several years, Perry and his small crew of electricians worked in the field performing new construction jobs while Marilyn did the office work and kept everything organized. By 1996, Best Electric was a well-established new construction company, employing over 45 people and servicing all of Collier, Lee, and Charlotte counties.
In 1997, Perry and Marilyn decided they wanted to guide the company in a new direction. They gradually phased out the new construction division and went strictly into residential and commercial service work.
A Family-Owned Company
A true family-owned business, Perry and Marilyn’s two sons, Keegan and Chadd, began working in the business when they were 12 years old. They gained valuable experience early on. After going away to school, the two sons officially joined the company in 2007. Not too long thereafter, they decided that providing superior electrical service wasn’t enough. Living in Florida, the heat can be sweltering. Shouldn’t Southwest Florida residents receive the same exceptional service for their home’s air conditioning, too?
So the company added air conditioning repair, replacement, and installation to its list of services. We even changed our name to Best Electric & Air. The next three years we knocked quality customer service out of the park.
Best was voted by the Ft. Myers News-Press as the best air conditioning and electrical business in all of SW Florida for 2008, 2009 and 2010. Talk about living up to the business name!
Becoming Best Home Services
At the tail-end of 2011, we added plumbing to our list of specialties and changed our name to BHS. This decision was made to align with our new business mission: to offer our customers the very best in all home services. Our intentions are to be the company Southwest Florida residents trust to do the best job of helping you fix and maintain the A/C, electric and now plumbing in their homes.
Today, the company is as committed to providing superior customer service as it was in 1980. Our foundational code of ethics is the Golden Rule: “do unto others as you would want others to do unto you.” In a world of big box marketing and multi-chain franchises, BHS understands that nobody cares more about you than family. At its core, our company is just a family who takes care of other families, all across Southwest Florida’s tri-county area.