Designed to Move's concept is simple: provide a personal and affordable moving experience without the bureaucracy of larger moving chains. The owners are often on hand during local and long-distance moves to ensure quality of service and see that furniture pieces don't wander off on their own. What's more, they guarantee that the movers will roll up in their big white truck right on time. The company also offers an array of packing services, as well as temporary storage for furniture and mimes who want a taste of real captivity.
Gary Morgan’s pest-control techniques have been refined through his encounters with insects in the most unexpected of places. Called in to help a business solve its carpenter-ant problem, Morgan checked all the usual spots but found nary a bug in the building’s wood or along the exterior. He then tracked the tiny creatures back to an unopened computer box. Inside, he found a nest in the keyboard, and saw that the ants were feeding on the rubber mechanisms that gave the keys their spring action.
Morgan thrives on solving pest problems like these, the jobs that make him “everybody’s hero.” Growing up an outdoorsy kid who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and teaching trees how to read, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to be when he grew up. Then his brother got him an interview at an exterminator, and he “knew this is what I was supposed to do.” After gaining experience by working for companies such as Orkin, the independently minded Morgan eventually struck out on his own in 2003, buying Aapex Pest Control a year later. Today, he continues vanquishing structure-infesting intruders from cockroaches to rodents and proudly proclaims he’s smote every bed bug that’s ever challenged him to a pillow fight. In addition to servicing clients’ homes, he also posts tips to help homeowners prevent pest intrusions.
A 23-year veteran of the industry, North Wind Heating and Air Conditioning owner Ed Szajna has been keeping homes and businesses in Macomb, Oakland, and St. Clair Counties temperate for 19 years. Fully licensed and insured, Ed never outsources HVAC projects to subcontractors or out-of-work Santas masquerading as chimney experts. Instead, he and his highly trained technicians take a completely hands-on, customer-service-oriented approach to every job. Because he values his clients’ time above all else, Ed always makes himself available to take calls and answer questions, and emergency services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The chimney specialists at Detroit City Sweep unclog flues of soot and other buildup that might be preventing proper ventilation and posing a safety risk. After laying down a protective barrier to prevent damage to carpeting or interior surfaces, the sweep sets about brushing the chimney from top to bottom. Over the course of the visit, which can last up to 45 minutes, he also performs a 26-point safety inspection and, once finished, informs the homeowner when the fireplace is again safe for use. In keeping with the unclogging theme, the team also performs dryer vent cleanings and gutter cleaning, wherein they remove sticks, leaves, and other detritus from the gutter so that rainwater might run off unimpeded. Detroit City Sweep also offers masonry repair services.
Signature service: Pressure washing
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Water
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
Building the lasting friendships with customers while bringing their property back to its original luster.
Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
I don't try to up-sell every service offered by my company. I also give examples of all the services offer. Then I complete the chosen tasks better than expected, often throwing something in on top.
How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?
I encourage positive and professional experiences with customers, which in turn generate lasting relationships.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I chose to serve my country overseas. Today, as a service-disabled veteran, I apply the same dedication when serving my customers.