One of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of paints in the Pacific Northwest, Parker Paint has been sprucing up interiors and exteriors since 1945. The company has evolved over the years to keep up with the latest advancements in painting technology. Among the multi-hued fruits of this evolution are weather-ready exterior paints, whose modern formulas scoff at the elements and prove ideal for realistic yet unflattering outdoor murals of the neighbors. With more than 1,600 shades to choose from, painters will find it nearly impossible to settle, like a bowl of jello during an earthquake. Luckily, customers can take advantage of the handy virtual decorator to narrow their choices and forecast what color schemes should be applied to which room, such as aquamarine themes for the exotic-fish room, bright primary colors for the inflatable fire escape, and a variety of yellows for a basement filled with antique butter churns.
When it comes to assessing her clients’ homes and offices, Victoria El-Zarif doesn’t like to delegate. The Sparkling Homes owner visits each of her new customers personally, determining their needs before sending her crew to sanitize bathrooms and kitchens and vacuum carpets. For consistency, Victoria sends the same crew member each week, which means customers get to know the people they’re letting inside their homes. In addition to general housecleaning, the staffers polish silver, do laundry, and organize closets and garages.
Since its founding in 1978, the international quick-lube franchise Grease Monkey has maintained its focus on speedy treatments and a detail-oriented approach to auto care. Shop technicians tune up rides with services such as air-conditioning repair, air-filter replacement, and fuel- and emissions-system cleaning. Grease Monkey's signature service, though, is its full-service oil change. After replacing a vehicle's lubricant with GF-5 or re-refined motor oil, technicians perform an entire review of its maintenance needs, referencing the owner's manual and the wise hermit living in the trunk.
Homeowners' chore lists can be daunting: check the furnace, clear the gutter, bait a fishing pole with a chestnut and use it to lure squirrels out of the chimney. But tree pruning and removal is a big, potentially dangerous job, and it's best outsourced to the licensed, bonded, and insured professionals from Accent Tree Service.
With heavy lengths of rope tied onto their belts and climbing boots firmly on their feet, helmeted Accent professionals scale trees to maintain them. They also remove fallen trees, grind stumps, and clear views, and they offer a 24-hour emergency service.
The Custom Closet Company has been engineering elegant organizational systems for more than 25 years, using high-quality materials and hardware to streamline bedrooms, pantries, and home offices. The Custom Closet Company offers free in-home estimates and includes the cost of design, materials, and construction in all price estimates. Give chatty corduroy a place to schmooze with a standard 6- to 7-foot wardrobe closet ($500–$1,000), or house regal robes in an 8’x8’ walk-in closet with drawers ($3,000). With more than 100 years of combined professional experience, Custom Closet's team of design professionals will work with homeowners to craft a plan around specific concerns, crafting as many shelves, clothes racks, and shoelace dispensers as necessary.