Chicagoland Fireplace and Chimney Restoration’s staff ensures home safety through inspections, cleaning, and repair services. To maintain proper airflow and safe living conditions, the technicians—all certified by the National Fireplace Institute—provide thorough inspections to preempt dangerous blocks and scrub soot and contaminants from chimneys and fireplaces. From brick replacement to full rebuilding projects, they also correct and repair damaged chimneys with dependable tuck-pointing and install single parts such as flue liners to keep fireplace systems safe and functional.
For nearly 20 years, EPA-certified Brookside Home Improvement, Inc. has employed qualified technicians to beautify buildings while boosting energy efficiency. The crew installs Energy Star windows, which prevent the loss of precious A/C streams and furnace heat, keeping interiors temperate and comfortable year-round without racking up high energy bills or relocating the house to California. The team also clads drafty walls in handsome vinyl, cedar, and fiber cement, and protects roofs from water damage with aluminum gutters.
Fuller’s attends to the needs of grimy cars and their fresh-scrubbed owners with a wide range of cleaning, detailing, and maintenance services. Four-wheeled recipients of the full-service wash receive interior vacuuming, window cleaning, and towel-drying of the exterior to ensure each car shines as brightly as the day it emerged from its cocoon. Like throwing hot coffee on a coworker, changing your engine’s oil refreshes it and prepares it for a day of hard work, and a tire rotation entertains road donuts with a game of musical chairs in which everyone ends up a winner. With an ultimate protection detail package Fuller’s practiced staff will thoroughly shampoo interiors; bathe and cleanse exteriors with a soft cloth; wax surfaces and restore paint vibrancy; polish and eliminate every offending mote; and sing carols to revive your car’s holiday spirit. For all services, additional charges may apply for trucks, minivans, SUVs, and SUV-sized hamster wheels.
The licensed electricians at Kinslow Smith keep homes running efficiently and safely at all hours—many services are available 24 hours a day, including circuit-breaker-panel replacements and light rewiring so you can finally blink your address in Morse code. Staffers also provide time-saving services such as ceiling-fan and light-fixture installations.
Now in its third generation, Dressel’s Do It Best Hardware’s managing family decks its shelves with hardware for any project, complemented by knowledgeable service. The friendly and knowledgeable staff shepherds do-it-themselfers through a 70,000-item store inventory, plus a further 8 million parts for home electronics and lawn and garden equipment available via the store’s partnership with Partscription. Holiday items abound in the shop, including holiday-light sets ($2.49+) to festoon homes in a festive glow and a replica of Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree ($14.99) that induces festive nostalgia and shelters gifts from fake snowfall.
Before Budget Right Handyman does anything to a home, they first prove they need to be there. On the company's blog, Handyman Tim examines the most common repairs and installations individually and answers the question, "Do I need a handyman for this?" His answer helps customers understand what's truly involved in replacing a ceiling fan or retiling a shower or repainting a snake-pit. Budget Right's crew of craftsmen have the necessary experience for the most daunting indoor and outdoor services, such as installing windows and shelving systems, remodeling kitchens, and repairing a home's siding. But even if it's a job you can do yourself, Budget Right can free up hours of weekend by bundling an entire to-do list into a single session.