The home is the biggest purchase people make, with the exception of those who bought limited-edition Beanie Babies in 1997. Because it's such a large investment, it's important to keep it looking its best. That's where interior decorators and the Dream House Company steps in. They meet with home sellers to stage homes, making rooms look their best to attract buyers. They also consult with new owners, or those simply looking for a change, helping them decorate and taking them on shopping trips to use her professional discount at several major homewares retailers.
Inspired by their twin boys, the family behind Green Heat Services decided to create a company that would improve the energy efficiency and health of their home. They had been in the indoor-heating-and-cooling business for more than a quarter century, and so applied their knowledge toward rounding up a capable crew and streamlining the experience for their patrons. A licensed HVAC technician oversees each team during installations and commands the use of portable negative pressure vacuums. In addition to helping families breathe easier via cleaner indoor air, the business lowers blood pressure by scheduling their visits in three-hour increments, rather than having clients wait all day for crews to arrive.
While pacing in the light of a pristine glass foyer, a team member from Sparkling Cleaning Service speaks proudly about a recently serviced home. "Mary and her husband," he explains, "they were elderly, and not in the best position to clean their windows. We removed all the dirt, the water spots, and after we finished, Mary calls me and says, 'I can see!'" That's not to say that Mary had been living with false blindness, but as she elatedly explained to an employee, she'd never seen her windows so clean.
This type of phone call is what owners Fernando Moreno and his wife, Sandra Gomez, wanted from their business from the beginning: to have strong personal relationships with clients—relationships built on thorough and fair service. The couple earned their business stripes as daycare owners, but decided to start Sparkling Cleaning Service in order to provide even more working opportunities for others––relatives included.
A family owned and operated business, one day the team of relatives sat down and sorted out the details of the company's vision. They decided to offer gutter cleaning, pressure washing, and window cleaning. They decided that they would use eco-friendly products. The family also decided that the prices should be based on square footage rather than number of windows––because it's more fair. "It's not as easy these days to trust someone to do a service. We want the customers to see that we can be trusted."
When beginning her own cleaning service, the founder of Greenforce Clean Team wanted to do more than simply tidy up living rooms. Cleaning her client's homes had to go hand-in-hand with keeping the environment healthy, both inside the house and out. This standard of eco-responsibility influences every aspect of the team's methods, including their exclusive use of biodegradable, nontoxic products and the purchase of carbon credits to offset their gas usage. Their dedication to eco-friendly cleaning has gained Greenforce the praise of the San Francisco edition of Daily Candy, numerous corporate clients, and squirrels that leave thank-you notes carved in acorns.
The uniformed techs from Lexie's Window Cleaning have been washing windows and focusing on customer service since the late '80s. Each time they step into a home, they protect furniture and floors from splatters and suds. Outside, they ascend ladders to clean upper stories and pressure wash surfaces such as siding and concrete.
Amidst being featured in media such as Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Oprah Magazine, and The Rachael Ray Show, Homejoy strives to connect homeowners with the cleaning services and technicians they can trust. After scheduling a cleaning appointment through a convenient online booking system, homeowners receive a profile of their assigned cleaners?including their picture and their mop's astrological sign?so that homeowners can get to know the crew before they arrive. Teams then carry out an extensive list of tasks during cleaning visits, from blasting away dust and debris from counters to vacuuming and mopping floors. Customers are free to create or change appointments from their home computer or smartphone, and may also opt for additional services, such as laundry, oven cleaning, or spotless interior window cleanings.