When Nick Baucom returned stateside from six honorable years of service in the US Marines, he found himself with some time on his hands. Given his strong character and equally strong back, his friends and family often asked him for help moving. Nick discovered that organizing and conducting a move utilized many of the same leadership and management skills he had employed in the marines. To prevent these useful skills from atrophying, he started Two Marines Moving, fueling himself with a personal mission to make one of life's most stressful acts more manageable for his clients.
While Nick still runs the business today, the name Two Marines Moving hardly seems appropriate anymore. He employs more than 45 veterans, who load, transport, and unload items of all shapes and sizes, including boxes full of books, couches, and pianos. So far, they've completed more than 10,000 successful relocation missions. Each staffer receives professional moving training upon joining the company, equipping them to deal with any kind of object, from delicate electronics to hefty closet skeletons.
When Kent Baake isn't scaling rock formations in Yosemite or shooting for another world record in roadskating, the Metro Gutter & Home Services, Inc. founder can often be found devising energy-efficient ways to protect clients' rooftops, doing everything from sealing leaks to repairing gutters. Baake began the company in 1989, taking on each gutter job with only one truck and one ladder. His crew has since expanded, and the trucks have hatched eggs of their own, resulting in a fleet that carries the exterior specialists to counties throughout Virginia, Maryland, and DC. While restoring damaged home exteriors or preparing houses for harsh seasons, the team cleans, repairs, and replaces roofing, gutters, siding, windows, and doors. They also offer attic ventilation and insulation, as well as home energy audits, weatherization, and solar design services.
You can’t blame Gust Renovations’ pros for not knowing where to start when they set foot in a house with broken sinks, peeling walls, and chipped floors. That’s because the workers specialize in just about every facet of home renovation, from repairing plumbing problems to constructing outdoor sheds for storing mattress receipts. With 30 years of experience, the renovation veterans also paint walls, remodel bathrooms, and power-wash grimy siding.
John C. Flood’s skilled service technicians deftly ready homes and cooling systems for warmer climes, taking air conditioners through a thorough check list to get them in shipshape condition. Daydream about upcoming summer months while chillbox wranglers check evaporators and operating pressures and ensure that motors are running properly. Possible leaks will be addressed, as will all air filters and thermostats. Meticulous mechanics will then inspect the AC’s belt and make necessary tension adjustments, then clean the condenser coil and condensate drain and lubricate the breeze unit’s moving parts for optimal motion and killer line-dancing skills.