The word “prestissimo” means “very fast” in Italian. Though the company’s cleaners boast an unbridled enthusiasm for work that results in timely job completions for homes and businesses, it doesn’t mean they cut corners. The meticulous window cleaners follow a multistep process designed to thoroughly extricate every fingerprint, bug protein, and suction-pawed Garfield afflicting glass and screens. Hard work has always been the cornerstone of the business, which was founded in 2006 by Carl Scott, a college student looking for a challenging, more fulfilling way to put himself through school. In addition to demonstrating upbeat energy, the team also keeps an eye on the environment by using green solutions and fuel-efficient vehicles, causing nearby weeping willows to burst into rounds of applause. That same conscientious attitude is carried with them into customer homes, where they take care to use drop cloths and shoe covers to protect carpet and all other surfaces.
The licensed-and-insured techs at Pro Home Improvement meticulously buttress homes against Mother Nature's wrath with high-quality home-maintenance services that employ local supplies when possible. When they aren't layering walls with siding to defend against hot summers, cold winters, and constantly scheming autumns, their CertainTeed-certified master shingle applicators defend roofs against environmental onslaughts with shingle-plated armor. Their aluminum gutters channel water away from homes, and techs employ cellulose, tripolymer, and spray-foam insulation to reduce energy costs or turn homes into giant thermoses.
Family owned and operated since 1924, Detroit Hardware Co. bolsters do-it-yourself home projects with an inventory of hardware, tools, and landscaping supplies. Handy men and women circulate tool-lined thoroughfares, picking up new garden tools ($2.99–$125) to beautify landscapes or new hammers ($4.99+) to pound nails or lumpy pancakes. Cast-iron cookware ($12.99+) heats heavy-duty meals, just as roasters ($12.99+) and bake ware ($4.99–$18.99) simmer savory dishes for holiday dining. As patrons tackle weekend to-do lists, friendly keysmiths stand by ready to replicate keys ($1–$4) for new roommates or encrypted computer files.
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.