Winner of the 2010 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence, Lowe's has been helping customers conserve energy and expletives with home improvement, gardening, and hardware solutions for every budget. With the store's friendly handypeople as their guide, nail-pounding novices and seasoned remodelers alike can outfit their toolbox for any undertaking with more than 6,000 products between $25 and $50. Impress spouses and annoy car-pooling coworkers by ably installing ceiling fans into your car roof. Add lighting fixtures to darkling domiciles, or finally finish your back yard's Super Mario Bros. level with Lowe's garden tools. The store can also mix together a rainbow of hues for painting projects involving dining rooms, nurseries, and sweat lodges. Afterwards, you can clean up the dust with a 6-Gallon HP Wet/dry Shop Vac ($44.97), or rinse off caulk-covered corpuses under the Moen Brushed Nickel 7 Spray Pattern Shower Massager ($49.98). Regardless of your mission, the accommodating staff at Lowe's will offer expert advice for completing your home's improvements.
In 1982, brothers Jerry and Kenny Bell headed off to Arizona's Universal Technical Institute to learn the ins and outs of the HVAC field. When they came back to Elk Grove, they earned their chops at various companies while helping out with their father's new pizza parlor, Pizza Bell. In 1991, they decided to strike out on their own—two men in a pickup truck on a mission to repair and maintain heating and air-conditioning systems. Their only advertisements were flyers pasted on top of Pizza Bell boxes and willing strangers' foreheads.
They've come a long way since pizza-based advertising, employing an experienced staff of industry certified, professionally trained, background-checked and drug-tested technicians who thoroughly tune up air-conditioning units with a 30-point cleaning, calibration, and fine-tuning process. In addition to replacing heating and air-conditioning systems, their technicians can parachute to homes to inspect, maintain, and repair entire HVAC and furnace systems.
Pesticides aren't always the first course of action for Fast Action Pest Control's specialists. In their mission to rid homes of ants, spiders, or lethargic houseguests who won't leave the couch, they often take nonchemical measures. Such services include spraying citrus extracts or growth regulators that diminish populations or setting baits to lure insects and rodents from their hiding places. If a pest problem requires more powerful measures, technicians will spray homes with low-toxicity pesticides, taking a specialized approach to minimize human and pet exposure. Fast Action Pest Control also guarantees treatments between service calls, dispatching licensed technicians to address any problems that may arise.
Owners Keri and Ron Mitchell bring more than 14 years of experience with earth-conscious cleaning practices to the arsenal of Green Clean Freaks. During each cleaning and surface restoration, the couples' licensed and insured cleaning technicians scrub furniture and floors with Green Seal–certified products that eschew harsh or abrasive chemicals for eco-friendly ingredients. The team scours rooms from floors to fixtures, flushing out stains with steam-powered equipment, elbow grease, and, when all else fails, the magic word. They shine surfaces in bathrooms, dust blinds in living rooms, and tackle appliances in the kitchen. Crew members also ensure interior windows are spotless and mantels free of dust before packing their equipment in their bottomless carpetbag and flying away via umbrella.
Driven by the philosophy that everyone deserves a safe and efficient home, Rebuilding Together Sacramento works to preserve and revitalize the homes of those who may face challenges to performing regular home maintenance or obtaining necessary upgrades, including elderly people, people in low-income communities, and those with disabilities. Along with installing energy-efficient upgrades, the organization provides minor repairs and safety modifications—such as fire detectors, shower stools, and transition ramps—to help ensure that older residents can continue to reside in their homes safely.
The licensed, bonded, and insured cleaners of Supreme Impressions design custom cleaning plans for each and every client before they scrub down domiciles. Teams vacuum, scrub, dust, and polish their way through rooms, guaranteeing satisfaction for all their sprucing services. Outside of Sacramento, Supreme Impressions' staff travels up to 30 miles to rid homes of dust, odors, and garbage sculptures—no matter how closely they resemble Picasso shoebox guitars.