As children, many kids spend their days mowing lawns to supplement their allowances. Brothers Ben and Brian Marsh carried their grass-tending ways over to adulthood, and they now spend their days professionally beautifying lawns with full-service landscaping and maintenance services. All year long, customers can call on the duo for anything from routine mowing and edging to lawn aeration and fertilization. In preparation for spring, they take up special projects of hiding garden gnomes from nearsighted owls. The Marsh brothers can work up customizable contracts to help their clients' lawns look lush all year long.
Triad Pest Control’s technicians have protected homes from pests and rodents for more than 25 years. Wielding organic, green products, they work with clients to develop integrated pest-management solutions that can stave off myriad pests and creepy crawlies such as ants, spiders, crickets, fleas, earwigs, roaches, rats, and mice. Their services also extend to shield against yellow jackets, bees, and hornets, and their mosquito treatments help protect families from annoying mosquitos and their accompanying dangers, such as West Nile virus.
One Guy and a Machine owner Joe Barbagallo and his team of professionals collaborate with the natural layout of customers' outdoor spaces to create functional and innovative design solutions. The team adorns properties with patios, retaining walls, and flowerbeds, and keeps investments healthy with regular seeding, mowing, and aerating services. With an artful eye, landscapers transform flat surfaces into synthetic putting greens, or add another dimension with hardscape walls and stairways. The price of landscaping services will vary depending on the cost of materials, labor, and the amount of Gushers required to distract mischievous gophers from thwarting the job, but Barbagallo offers free written estimates to each customer to provide an approximate overall job cost.
Midas Fabric & Blinds' large selection of fabrics supplies all manner of DIYers with the materials necessary for their projects. Designers of all skill levels can select from hundreds of fabrics, then reupholster a timeworn sofa or relative with a durable new covering or swathe drab living spaces in swanky animal-print tapestries. Custom window treatments ($129/valance) surround panes in style, and a made-to-order set of 48"x90" curtains ($309/pair)—including fabric, lining, fabrication, wood rods, and finials—furnishes hard-to-cover windows. During an in-home consultation ($50), one of the store's talented interior decorators makes expert recommendations as to which fabric patterns best complement furniture, architecture, and the ghost chandeliers of tenants past.
As a certified building analyst, home-energy specialist, and EcoBroker-certified affiliate, John J. Redmond knows that energy efficiency is more than an environmentally sound practice—it also saves homeowners money. Along with his partner Jay Gardner, Redmond has created a home-energy-consulting company that diagnoses inefficiencies and offers custom, low-cost solutions. Redmond is also known to share his expertise with the community Sunday mornings on a radio show focusing on energy efficiency.
In free home-energy analyses, Building Performance Institute and RESNET-certified technicians sleuth out energy and ventilation problems and develop custom plans to fix them, which may include air and duct sealing, window replacement, insulation, and heating- and air-conditioning-efficiency services. Certified contractors from Home Energy Solutions’ fully vetted network can perform repairs or improvements. After contractors complete their projects, Home Energy Solutions’ technicians return to homes to perform a second energy analysis to demonstrate improved household efficiency and reveal the punch line to knock-knock jokes they began on their first visit.
Insured, factory-trained technicians from Custom Air, Inc. pay close attention to details when they inspect and service furnaces, performing a 21-point inspection with each tune-up. They check heat exchangers, electric connections, and the safety of the furnace. To prepare furnaces for the winter, they change filters, keep a lookout for dangerous gas leaks, and give riveting pep talks. In addition to tune-ups, the technicians are factory certified to install and repair systems, offering express appointments at any time of the day or night. They back all their services with a 100% guarantee.