Winstar Home Services
5th year as a Best Pick
Best Pick 2017
certified company
Based on 371 Surveys
Our Certification Process
Best Pick Guaranteed
Verified License(s)
Verified General Liability Ins.
Verified Workers' Comp
Compiled Score: star star star star star
Winstar Home Services has received 5 out of 5 stars (A-rating) based on 371 customer surveys conducted by Best Pick Reports.
5th year as a Best Pick Call
"Our promise to you: we will do everything we can to over-deliver on each and every job. We will do it with a smile because we have an attitude of gratitude and are thankful for every opportunity we have to serve our clients."

Talbot Watkins III | President
Company Information
Services Offered
Winstar Home Services installs, maintains, and repairs residential electrical systems for hot tubs and spas; recessed and landscape lighting; motion detectors; home generators; fans; intercoms; communications; low voltage wiring; CCTV; basketball courts; residential renovations; and swimming pools. The company also provides energy-saving updates, free energy audits, aerial and underground repair and troubleshooting, emergency electrical services, and scheduled maintenance programs.
The company offers its 100 percent customer satisfaction Winstar Guarantee.
Company History
Started by Talbot in 1995 as a one-man operation, the company has expanded to over 60 employees and 30 trucks. After rebranding in 2015, Winstar began offering full residential services.
Talbot is a Master Electrician.
Areas Served
Washington, DC

“It was a very good experience. I think he was obviously very well trained. I was able to talk to him, and he was very efficient. I have no reason to think that he was not first rate. It turned out to not be a big deal in the end, replacing a special lighting—not the whole fixture, but the particular kind of bulb that you had to use. It was not a huge deal, but nonetheless, if I had an electrical problem I would call them again. I would give them an A. They're very neat and very efficient. My experience is limited. This was not a terrifically complicated thing, but I didn't know what the problem was and what to do about it. He took care of it efficiently. I had every reason to think he's fully competent.”

“They were the best. They did a ceiling fan for me. He was really good. I really enjoyed it. He was everything all-around. It was excellent. They get excellent grades all the way across.”

“Winstar—positive experience. It was great.”

“I've had quite a few of their engineers, contractors, technicians come out—about six times, and each one has been very knowledgeable and very pleasant. They did good work, did it fast, explained what they were doing, and gave advice on how to maintain my equipment. They did plumbing, HVAC, electrical—all of the above. I would grade them an A+.”

“They did some electrical work for me. They were on time, and they diagnosed the problem quickly. They finished quickly. I'd give them an A+.”

“It was a positive experience.”

“I like the fact that they responded quickly. They gave an estimate of the work to be done, and then they completed the work in a timely manner. They did several—they did some electrical work for one of my locations, and they did some plumbing work for another location. I'd give Winstar an A.”

“It was good.”

“They were really professional. Accurate quote. They were just really good—easy to do business with. They switched out electrical outlets, ran new power sources, and changed and installed recessed lighting. I would give them an A.”

“They're very friendly. They remember your name. As soon as I called, they knew who I was. There were no complaints, and I would recommend them.”

“Winstar did a very good job. I'd like to give them a very nice rating.”

“They did the work that we needed to have done. We talked about it, and they did it. We had quite a lot of work done. We had electrical installed in the main level of the house. We had some new switches added. We had a hot water heater installed. We had all the plumbing and piping redone, all the way from the basement to the second floor. I'd give them an A-.”

“My experience with Winstar was fantastic. They installed a ceiling fan for me. They were on time, they cleaned up after themselves, and they did a great job. They get an A+.”

“Their quality of work was A+. Their customer service was great, and their expertise was really good. The tech had a lot of experience and knew what he was doing. He knew what was wrong right away and fixed it quickly.”

“I've used them multiple times, and they've always been on time. They've hung chandeliers, put in new junction boxes, and added some lights. They take care to lay cloth down and clean up after themselves. They're professional. I'd give them an A+.”

“Winstar did a great job. They changed out a couple of plugs and replaced a switch in my garage. They showed up on time, were courteous, and made sure to clean up. They're an A.”

“They did very good, so I'd give them a very high rating. They did electrical outlet work, and it was A+ work.”

“They were prompt and good communicators. They did what I asked and did a great job. They ran new electrical wiring to the garage for a higher amp capability. They're definitely an A.”

“He estimated the work to be done, and made clear the work that had to be done. For the last of the work, he showed me what he did, and I think it was working. I was moving from my house, so they tried to fix the problems they found during the inspection. He came and fixed those. The water pump hadn't been working for a while, so he replaced the pump. The microwave wasn't linked to the breaker, so he fixed that. I'll give them an A+.”

“They did heating and air conditioning and electrical work for me, and they worked on my water pump. They were very good, so everything is A+.”

“They came out, did a thorough assessment, and were very reasonable in their recommendations. They didn't recommend anything we didn't really need, so I thought it was an effective and smart solution. There were two different things they did for us. One had to do with a treadmill and the electric socket where it was going in that was shorting out. The other was adding an additional section to my panel, because I needed another gizmo in my panel. I'd give them an A+.”

“They did our living room lights. We got a quote, they came in, and they got it done pretty quickly. It was nice not to have our house torn up for multiple days. Another small thing was that they fixed an outlet outside that was not properly grounded. They earned an A+.”

“Winstar Electric put in a dimmer. I had a problem, so they sent an electrician to my house. Everything was fine. He put the smoke detectors all in my house together because I needed an electrician to switch out my smoke detectors, and then he also put the dimmer in because I asked him to. I'd rate them A+.”

“Winstar Electric checked my electrical system to make sure I had a dedicated outlet. They did A+ work.”

“The tech was positive and helped out with answering questions as far as what we needed. They did some lighting and electrical repairs. I'd give them an A+.”

“They gave me a good estimate. They are good, so I have no complaints. I asked them to inspect my well water and try to replace a pump, and then I also tried to get him to estimate how good my well water is. They'd get an A+.”

“They arrived when they said they would, and the guy knew how to fix what he had to fix. Then he did a review, a general look over, which he didn't have to do, of the entire system. He was very thorough. I'd give them an A+.”

“It was a great experience. They did plumbing work for me, and they were A+.”

“I probably called three different companies trying to get somebody to do the job they did for me, but nobody wanted to do home sprinkler system work. They were the first ones that said yes, so that was great. Then they showed up, were very professional, and got the job done pretty quick. They had to replace a backflow preventer on the sprinkler system, and they did an A+ job.”

“Their workers were very pleasant, efficient, and did a good job. They corrected a leak under my basement sink and installed a pump. I'd give them an A+.”

“They did electrical work for me. I didn't have any complaints.”

“They did electrical work for me. I'd give them an A.”

“I had them out twice—once to do some electrical work, and once to do a minor plumbing fix. I'd rate them A.”

“They didn't do a big job, but overall I had a good experience. It was something about replacing an electrical box because of the outlets wasn't working right, and they fixed it. They were prompt, they were on time, and they did the work, so I don't have any complaints.”

“They did a good job on the electrical work that they did for us. I'd give them an A.”

“It was a great service. They did electrical work for me. I'd rate them A.”

“They installed smoke detectors. Then I had them do a double switch, one for the fan and one for the light. I'd give them an A.”

“The technician seemed very thorough. They did electrical work. They switched around some lights for me down in my basement. I'd give them an A.”

“They came out to fix the electric water pump. They were on time, they checked out the pump, diagnosed the problem, and put in the new part to get it back to working again. They're definitely an A.”

“They fixed the thing in the bathroom. They did electrical service. We didn't have any problems with it, and I was going to give them another call on a light I need fixed on the outside. I'll give them an A. Their quality of work was real good. I had no problems with their customer service, and they cleaned up behind themselves, so it was very nice and very good.”

“I needed some work done, and they responded very quickly. They came over, they were very quick and professional, and they didn't leave a mess or anything. They did a good job, and they were very quick about it. I think there was something wrong with the panel. It needed a new fuse or something. There might have been an outlet that wasn't working, so he had to test a few other outlets to try and trace it down, and he was able to fix that outlet. That's my recollection of it. He was polite and everything. They provided good service. These guys called very quick, and they were able to get out there pretty quick to get the work done. They did good work. I would give them an A+. They're very quick.”

“They were great. They had great customer service. They did exactly what I needed them to do, and they did it quickly and right the first time. They just did a great job. I had two things done. They installed a chandelier for me, and they installed a new outlet down to my basement for my deep freezer. I chose them because they are the electric company that the builder of my house used. I would give them an A+.”

“My electrical outlet was tripping every time I used my vacuum. Whatever they did, it fixed the problem. A couple of electrical sockets were making the power go out in a certain part of the house, and so they had to come and replace some things down in the fuse box or something to that extent. The house is relatively new, so whatever it was, it was under warranty. They changed something out or fixed something down in the basement, and that's pretty much all I know. He was very nice; he just wanted to make sure that I could still vacuum, and he made sure that it worked before he left. They did a good job. The property manager chose them, I think, because of the warranty. They called the people who put in the electric. I would give them an A+.”

“They did work around December of last year. They were prompt. They were here when they said they were going to be, and they did a good job. They just repaired the outside lamppost in front of my house. They called me, they scheduled it, and then they called back to make sure that everything was OK. They were great. I just chose them because they did the electric in our community. They were an A+.”

“They're very professional. They were up front about the charge that was going to be done. I needed to have some extra stuff done that I didn't request initially, and they were more than accommodating to go ahead and get that done the same day. They replaced an outlet that kept shorting on my back porch and disconnected a live electrical wire underground that was supposed to be done and wasn't done. They replaced our electric smoke detectors. They were more than willing to stay here and do extra work even though it wasn't on the scope of the work order when they initially came here. We would definitely use them again. Actually, we're thinking of getting some security lights put in, so they're definitely going to be the ones that we call. A lot of my friends had used him and said what good work he did, so I thought to give him a try. I would give Winstar Electric an A+ rating.”

“They were fine. They did what I asked them to do. They changed maybe three sockets. They changed some faceplates for me too. They did a big job for me four years ago, and they did a good job, so that's why I chose them. I would give them an A.”

“We were selling our home, and the real estate agent actually arranged for them to take care of some things that needed to be satisfied for the new buyer. They came when they said they were going to. They were reliable. I know they had to put in some GFCIs. We had a septic tank and a pump problem, and they fixed that. It was electrical. They were recommended by our real estate agent. I would say they're a solid A.”

“Everything was good. They did what they were going to do. It was just some minor electrical wiring. I don't have any negative complaints. They were the first company to call me, so they lucked out. I would give them an A rating.”

“They were on time. They matched the estimates that they gave me, and everything was completed. They were courteous and professional. I had some GFCI outlets put in and a few other electrical outlets. They just did a nice job. I would give Winstar Electric an A.”

“They were on time and polite. We had electrical work done. I chose them because I'm a repeat customer. I would rate them as an A.”

“They were friendly and accommodating to exactly what I wanted. I had cable outlets installed in three rooms of my house, and they had to run the cable from the attic through walls. They were friendly, and they cleaned up really well. I would say they were an A grade.”

“The technician that came was on time. He was thorough and polite. He was just hardwiring a plug for us. They were recommended by a friend. I would rate them as an A.”

“They were very friendly. When the problem didn't get fixed the first time, I called back, and they came out again. We had a short behind the dishwasher, so they had to repair that, and then they had to go through and rerun the wires. They had to rerun wires from our basement up to our kitchen. They were in the Best Pick Reports book. They get an A.”

“We needed an electrician, so I called and got them, and their guy came out and did a nice job. My daughter had them back like last week or so. She had a ceiling fan put in and a light fixture and something else. There was a wall plug that wasn't working properly, and it actually started to smell a little bit hot. I was worried about it. The fellow replaced that. We installed a ceiling light and an electrical outlet down in the basement near the washing machine. That was a couple of things that we had done. They came on time and did a good job. I would say they're an A. They were very good—reliable, showed up on time. It was very good.”

“Winstar Home Services did wonderful, excellent work, and they did it quickly. They hung ceiling fans for me and put some electrical outlets in a room that didn't have electrical outlets. They were prompt and easy to work with. They were excellent. I would give them an A+—the top mark.”

“We interviewed three companies, and we decided on Winstar based on the people they sent out and their level of expertise. We were very satisfied with the whole thing. They had to put in a new box and upgrade the whole thing. The people in the office were very personable and accommodating. I only have good things to say about them—they're an A+ company.”

“We've used Winstar over the years, and we recommend them. They've done little jobs and big jobs, and we like them. They do good work. They definitely get an A+—no question.”

“Patriot Electric fixed a few things around the house, and the quality of the work was excellent. The electricians were nice and pleasant. I'd recommend them, and I'd give them an A.”

“Patriot Electric did what they said they were going to do. They rewired our over-the-range microwave, and everything turned out well. I would give them an A+.”

“We live out of state, and my son resides in the residence. We happened to have been in town and called Patriot Electric for a problem. They were able to rework their schedule so the problem was handled while we were there. It was an issue with a street lamp, and they were able to do it in a timely fashion. I would absolutely use them again if I needed some additional work done. They're an A+ company. They were recommended to us through our builder. They were clean, courteous, and prompt, and they did very good work.”

“Patriot Electric is the company I call when I have an electrical problem. I've been using them for quite some time. When I called them to do one of my rental properties, they got the problem fixed, which hadn't been done before. Most recently, I had a freezer in the garage, and when the person came in to do the work, the whole line was dead. He said there was something wrong with the freezer, and it was shorting everything out. He unhooked the freezer and restarted the line, and everything was fine. I was pleased with his work—A+.”

“The experience was positive because the guy who assessed the job and the person who actually did the work went out of their way to do extra work and make the experience even better. I purchased a new home, and we were just trying to finish the electrical work in the basement. Everything is OK for us. As a matter of fact, we haven't had any issues whatsoever. I recommended them to my neighbor, and they actually did work for him as well. I'd give the company an A rating.”

“Patriot Electric put a new electrical panel up. They showed up on time, and they finished the work in a timely fashion. They were respectful of my home and surroundings. They communicated well and explained everything thoroughly. In the future, we would use their services again. I would give them an A.”

“They were fine. They installed a new chandelier for me, and I did not have to clean up after them—they were great. They did not have to come back out and do anything else to it after it was completed. I'd give them an A grade.”

“What I remember of the experience with Patriot Electric was that it was OK, and I had no problems. They put some halogen lights in the garage for me. I could have put them in myself, but I needed somebody to give me a hand with it. It was a minor job, so there was nothing really heavy duty. I would think they got an A because they were pretty good; there were no conflicts that I can recall. Everything is still functioning, so we're good. There's no smoke when you turn the lights on, so that's a plus.”

“Patriot Electric put recessed lights in the basement, wired sconces next to the fireplace in the living room, and replaced outlets that had to be upgraded. The electricians were excellent—very nice and clear about the work as to how and when they would do it, and then the electrician that came out to do the work was very nice and professional. He did a perfect job—A+.”

“I couldn't have asked for a better experience. We remodeled a bedroom, and Patriot did all of the electric work for the remodel. They are absolutely the type of company I would use again. They communicated well with me, explained things thoroughly, and the electrician was fantastic—definitely an A+.”

“My experience with Patriot Electric was positive because the work was completed on time and on budget, and it was high quality. They definitely showed up when they said they would. They've done a couple of projects. They installed some light fixtures, and they've also installed ceiling fans in the past. It was one or both of those two. I've been using them for about four years. I initially found out about their service through neighbors. I'm not sure if I received a warranty on the products that were installed, but I'm confident that if there were a problem, they would fix it. I had no need for any follow-up services. They communicated well and explained things thoroughly. They deserve an A.”

“For electrical, I use a company called Patriot. They're excellent—outstanding.”

“Patriot Electric has done three different jobs for me. I like their availability to come and service me, and the workmen that have been here have all been very personable and engaging. They made me feel very comfortable. The last occasion was just a problem with one of my receptacles that was covered under warranty. Then, the time before that, they mounted a television for me, did all the wiring, and put a ceiling fan in. They were on time—actually, they were a little bit early—and everything was great; timing was perfect. Their communication was good—no complaints. All across the board, I would give them an A+. I would recommend them. There's no criticism at all.”

“We used them once, and they were terrific. They were prompt and courteous. We had a whole pile of lights that were out in the basement, and the pull chains and all of that all had to be replaced, so they came in and did all of that for us. They were great. I would give them an A+.”

“I remember Patriot Electric doing the wiring and different things throughout the house and that they made sure that they cleaned up all the work areas. Whatever we had going on with the electrical, they came in and fixed it. Our house is like five years old, and they're the ones that came in and did all the electrical work on the house. Everything has held up pretty well for us so far, and they were courteous to us. I'd give them an A+.”

“I've used an electric company called Patriot Electric. They're excellent.”

“They did excellent work for us. The gentlemen who came were efficient and knowledgeable, and they didn't leave a mess. They did some rewiring down in the basement. Everything has held up fine since the work was completed—no problems at all. Everything is still working. I would give them an A.”

“The fireplace had some problems, and Patriot Electric fixed that. They put a new igniter in the gas fireplace. They were the ones, I think, that put the electrical system in the town houses that we bought. I felt like they were able to do that in a timely fashion, and they explained things to us thoroughly. There was no need for any type of follow-up services. They cleaned up well afterward. I'd give them an A. I would highly recommend them to my friends.”

“Patriot Electrical was able to help me with my electrical work. They did all the electrical installation in the home that I just bought. They ran some ceiling fans, and then they ran some HDMI cables to the wall. That was my first time using them directly. They were very quick to come out, and they did a very good job. I would call them in the future. I would give them an A+.”

“They did the wiring in the kitchen when we needed some lights to come hanging down out of the ceiling. There had never been electric in that wall before. This was the first time my mother used their company. I recommended them because before I sold my house, I had them do work on my house. They came out, and they were on time. When they were finished with this work, it was spotless. A+ all the way.”

“Patriot Electric arrived on time, and their work was very thorough. They hung two ceiling fixtures. They were very considerate of their surroundings, and I felt comfortable with them being in my home. There was no need for follow-up service. I would give them an A+.”

“I had a good experience with Patriot Electric. It was fast. They replaced a power line to my lantern in the front yard. I feel like they were respectful of their surroundings. This was the first occasion that I used them, and they are the type of company I would consider using again. I found out about their service because that's who did the electric for this housing community. They seemed to have a good attitude, and they communicated with me. I give them an A+.”

“They did fine. They had to fix the dryer plug and various things that needed to be done. I would absolutely use them again. I'd grade them an A+.”

“Patriot Electric did some work for me. They were great. They did some rewiring, and I liked the quality of the work that they did. They were prompt, on time, and friendly. They did not have to come back out for any reason. That was the first time that I had them do work for me. I would rate them an A+.”

“Patriot Electric came out on time, they did what I asked them to do, and they didn't leave a mess. They installed a circuit. I have used them before, and this is a company I would use again. I felt they were very respectful of their surroundings—no issues at all. I would give them an A+, and I would recommend them to people I know.”

“Patriot Electric did a good job. They moved some lights for me and rewired some stuff, and everything was OK. We didn't have any problems, and their customer service was good. If I need some more work, I'll give them another call. If I were to grade this company, I would give them an A+.”

“They added some security lights for me and installed some indoor lights. The customer service and guys that came out to do the work were fine. If I were to grade this company based on their service and quality of the work, I would say they get an A.”

“Patriot Electric got the job done. I had them install a few outlets in my laundry room. The work did not require follow-up. I give them an A+.”

“They came on time, and they did their work quickly. I didn't have any trouble with their work, and they cleaned up after themselves. The type of work they did involved replacing the service panel. The quality of the work was good. I have no problem with it. They had done work for me before over the years, I think. I'd say it was an A+.”

“I hired them because I needed the oil changed in my generator. Everything worked out to my satisfaction. Customer service was great. They cleaned up well after themselves. I would give the company an A+. Somebody recommended them, and they worked with the kind of generator that I had.”

“I called Patriot Electric for an upgrade, and the work was done exactly the way I wanted it to be. The customer service was good. I would recommend them to other homeowners in my area looking for an electrical company to work with. A+.”

“They came to check because one of my breakers just blew out, and I had to get a new one. He knew what he was doing, and I did not have to clean up behind him. I give them an A+.”

“Patriot Electric came in, did the job, and cleaned up after themselves. I had them install overhead lights, and the finish was nice. I chose them because they were a company affiliated with the builder of my home. A+.”

“They were able to help me with my electrical work. I called them to fix a switch for a light. I did not have any problems once they took care of the repair. I had used them before, and I would call them in the future. They're an A.”

“Patriot Electric put in a ceiling fan. They were professional, and there was no mess left behind by them. The builder used them for my home, and I would use this company in the future. I'd give them an A.”

“The service from Patriot Electric was quick, and they were neat. They replaced a light pole in front of my house. That was my first time to use them, and I would use them again. I would give them an A.”

“They have done some electrical services for me over the past year. They did the work effectively and on time. This is the second time I've used them. On both occasions, I had bought an old house that needed the electrical system upgraded, and they did it. I was not on-site when any of this work was done, but my general contractor was very happy with them. I would absolutely use them again if I needed some additional work. I would give them an A.”

“We had two different guys from their company come out and install new lighting fixtures in the ceiling. I thought that they were very good. I felt comfortable with them in the home, and I would use them again.”

“We used Patriot Electric. Most recently, it was a very small job—they just fixed a socket. I'm always satisfied with them and the service they provide.”

“They did lot of electrical work for me, and they did a very good job. They were timely and knowledgeable.”

“I thought the work Patriot Electric did for me was very good. They were the original electricians that did the initial electrical work in my townhome, so that is why I chose them. My heater wasn't working, and they got it working again. It was something with an internal component that needed to be replaced. I had no problems, and they had a very friendly technician. I've used Patriot Electric on two separate occasions. They did a good job, and I would grade them an A.”

“They did the wiring for the doorbell. Whatever service I got, I was happy with it. I would use them again, and I would give them an A.”

“Patriot Electric put up two lights. They gave me a time they were going to be here, and they were on time. They did the job well. This was my first time using them, and I think they are the type of the company I would use again for additional services. I would give them an A.”