At Lapels Dry Cleaning, the owner is always behind the counter, fostering an open relationship with clients. Same-day cleaning allows for speedy turnarounds on suits, and 24-hour drop-off service lets efficiency-minded patrons leave their clothes while sleepwalking. As a service to the planet, Lapels uses a nontoxic dry-cleaning solvent and recycles hangers and plastic garment bags.
Licensed by New Jersey and certified by Pella, Fittin Construction tackles home projects of all sizes, ranging from minor repairs to major renovations and construction. Wielding advanced 3-D imaging technology, they can project home additions, renovations, landscaping, and other projects in vivid detail for homeowners to inspect and approve. Using their estimation software, they analyze each project from more than 40 different scopes of work to customize projects with complete transparency. In-home consultations are complimentary, and Fittin will even disclose how much profit they yield for each project, making them more transparent than a window washed with invisibility potion. Fittin handymen also disclose their profits for all smaller services and repairs. After receiving a description of the project, they arrive to homes to power-wash decks, insulate windows, adjust gutter downspouts, and perform other household repairs as needed.
Jaspan Hardware outfits handyfolk, gardeners, tinkerers, and painters with all the tools and equipment they need to tackle household chores and projects. Table saws, drills, and sanders from brands such as DeWalt and Black & Decker add a hit of electric power and precision to jobs. The shop also deals in timeless implements with sturdy, old-fashioned Stanley claw hammers, ensuring that jobs get done even after the impending magnetic-field reversal destroys the power grid. Whether they’re professionals or weekenders, plumbers, builders, mechanics, and other tradesfolk outfit themselves with an extensive online and in-store collection of pipes, parts, and tools. The inventory also includes the equipment needed to tame houses’ outer surroundings, with an ample supply of spades, fertilizers, and planters helping gardeners care for lawns and flower beds.
Lombardo Roofing & Exteriors protects residential and commercial spaces from the elements with maintenance and renovation services, as it has across four generations of family ownership. Contractors specialize in roofing and siding, the two elements of household appearance that most directly affect whether the home gets recognized by the paparazzi. For roofing projects, the team brings along GAF certification and a full-size trash truck or trailer to keep the workspace neat while handling steep-slope roofing, including asphalt shingles, slate, and cedar shakes. Prior to taking on a siding project, the team looks to the future with Renoworks visualization software, a design tool that helps homeowners choose between the styles of bevel and between beige or gingerbread siding.
When pairs of insured technicians arrive from Betsy's Cleaning Service, Inc., the first thing they do is listen. After determining which areas need the most attention, they either unleash their own vacuum cleaners, mops, and cleansers or happily use customer-selected products. In addition to one-time, weekly, and biweekly cleaning services, they help clients spruce up homes for move-ins and move-outs and after minor in-home construction jobs, removing post-project dust, dirt, and spare turkeys found in every new kitchen set.
Leaning on the knowledge he picked up while earning his degree in marine biology, John Spadola of Clear Aquarium Services monitors the cleanliness of aquatic habitats. He ably tends to freshwater and saltwater aquariums, as well as koi ponds, preserving each as a safe and hospitable environment for aquatic life. Services span the entirety of aquarium and pond ownership, from the design phase to installation and from water delivery to regular feeding—services that are all preceded by a free consultation.