Ready to battle intrusive light from the sun or an inconsiderate neighbor's supped-up space shuttle, the window experts at Discount Window Focus arrive at homes armed with an array of elegant blinds from brand names such as Hunter Douglas, Levolor, Graber, and Kirsch. During a free in-home consultation, the blind visionaries take measurements and pair home decor to the most ideal window furnishings, suggesting sleek shutters, wood blinds, solar shades, or honeycomb blinds. The techs then return in approximately three weeks to install the horizontal or vertical window coverings that keep sunny living spaces cool and finally allow homeowners to invite vampiric houseguests over for lunch.
Bell Plumbing and Heating's highly trained technicians help customers escape Jack Frost's fury by performing comprehensive tune-ups of forced-air heating systems and boilers. Furnace authorities inspect the entire unit before cleansing the ignition system and burners and replacing filters clogged with heat-seeking Nerf missiles. Chafed motors receive a lubricating spritz of oil, and the heat exchanger undergoes a full-body exam to illuminate any heat seepage from cracks or defects. Lastly, technicians test all safety switches and test the air surrounding the system with a carbon-monoxide meter to check for traces of toxic molecules. The 45- to 90-minute service prolongs the life of heating equipment and reduces energy costs by ensuring the system heats the home efficiently instead of laboriously knitting sweaters for chilly residents.
Mike Chavez and his team of highly trained handymen specialize in all manner of household refurbishment. After going to blows with faulty electrical wiring, techs can fully renovate a bathroom, or tackle complicated landscaping jobs such as mowing the lawn or painting the driveway green. The company also performs tricky flood remediation, as well as tidies up homes with regular cleanings.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home and lawncare projects underway. Reclaim the yard from winter's occupation with Adams Adirondack stacking chairs ($14.99 each) and an Ace Flexogen 50-foot garden hose ($19.99). Illuminate outdoor living spaces with a 6-pack of Solar Walk Lights ($12.99) or the welcoming blaze inside a Living Accents portable firepit ($29.99). Ace also covers indoor bases with products and services for tree-free areas of the home. If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge.