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 Stanley six-piece screwdriver set for $6.99, a VPT rip hammer for $8.49, 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 four-piece premium paint-tray kit ($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. Get keys made for $1.99 a pop, or clean a barnacle-encrusted carpet with the help of a carpet-cleaning machine ($30 a day to rent).
Clad in a tool belt and on a mission to renovate, San Mateo Handyman's experts specialize in every manner of building trade, from carpentry and electrical to landscaping and plumbing. After mending a chain-link fence, a skilled technician can install garage shelving, remodel a bathroom, or mend charley horses in unapologetic couch potatoes. In a flurry of elbow grease, drains unclog and electrical wires cease malfunction.
Mister Chimney’s modern-day chimney sweeps aren’t just creating cleaner fireplaces with their arsenal of poles, brushes, and scrapers—they’re saving lives. Citing a 2006 report by the Department of Homeland Security, Mister Chimney reports that 73% of heating fires and 25% of residential blazes come from a buildup of creosote, a flammable tar formation formed from billowing smoke and smoldering resentment of the furnace. To augment its work on chimneys and wood stoves, to which its workers bring 25 years of experience, the company offers supplementary services that include repairs, construction, waterproofing, and vent cleaning.