With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home-care projects underway. Pick up a Steel Grip six-piece screwdriver set ($8.49), a VPT rip hammer ($6.29), and a whole bunch of screws, anchors, and bolts (prices vary), and you'll be ready to finally mount every buffalo nickel and steel penny in your coin collection. Illuminate the newfound décor with a 12-pack of Ace light bulbs ($21.48), the better to see by as you make use of a Purdy Chinex Slide paint brush ($14.99–$19.99). 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, or you can get keys made for your home or your car thanks to their automotive chip key cutting service.
S2 Lawn Services' fully licensed and insured team tackles home and lawn issues with a host of services, from weekly maintenance and seasonal clean-ups to shrub planting and landscape lighting. S2 project prices are based on yard measurements, scope of work, and outdoor-wrestling-pit size, with a grass trimming for an average-size, 4,500- to 5,000-square-foot yard running $42.50 per week. A same-size yard, with a same-size wrestling pit, could be dressed with pine mulch ($75 per yard) or tidied with a spring clean-up (starts at $125). S2 also makes house calls for jobs such as pressure washing ($175) and removing leaves and squirrels from gutters (starts at $125).
Mattress King's wide selection of mattresses from well-known brands such as Sealy Posturepedic, Embody, and Stearns & Foster run the firmness and texture gamut, giving sleepers of all shapes and sizes a shot at a good night's rest. Sealy's Posturepedic queen-sized Spirited supports dreamers with a comfortable durability ($409 for the mattress, $699 for the set). Dozers with a penchant for luxurious expediency snooze on the Stearns & Foster Bradenburg queen-sized bed, which lends backsides a plush surface and a patient ear as they complain about lousy desk chairs ($719 for the mattress, $1,169.10 for the set), or opt to bounce to another to decide which size fits the mold.
Standard Furniture traces its origins back to 1912, when a local family began traveling through Birmingham, peddling fine household furniture out of a wagon. Four generations later, the business has blossomed into 13 retail stores throughout Alabama and Tennessee, and its century-long commitment to quality furniture and customer service won it the Alabama Retail Association’s Silver Award as one of the Retailers of the Year in 2011. Each gallery abounds with bedroom, living-room, and dining-room furniture from top designers such as Lane, along with mattresses in a range of shapes and styles from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Serta, and Jamison. At each location, a knowledgeable staff awaits to offer design counsel, suggesting pieces that best suit a household’s style or will hold up against a disobedient pet woodchuck.
The Mosquito Authority keeps winged nuisances at bay with services such as barrier sprays and misting systems. During each treatment, applicators coat exterior foliage with an solution that causes no harm to children, pets, or sentient lawn gnomes. The application eradicates all current mosquitoes and prevents new ones from appearing for up to 21 days.
Thoughtful landscape design takes time, much like courtship or training a cat to bark. That's why the designers at White Shovel spread out the process across three visits. On the first, they meet with homeowners to survey their home and get a feel for personal aesthetic preferences. On the second, designers offer up photos of several different designs, and clients determine which elements belong in the final product. On the third, the landscapers unveil the final layout and help homeowners wade through costs and materials.