With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home and lawncare projects underway. Reclaim the yard from winter's occupation with Adams Adirondack stacking chairs ($14.99 each) and an Ace Flexogen 50-foot garden hose ($19.99). Illuminate outdoor living spaces with a 6-pack of Solar Walk Lights ($12.99) or the welcoming blaze inside a Living Accents portable firepit ($29.99). Ace also covers indoor bases with products and services for tree-free areas of the home. If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge.
Dutch Shine Window Cleaning founder and Amsterdam native Will van der Meer has been scrubbing grime from domestic glass since 1994. During a standard window-washing ($4–$7/window; extra $1/pane for French windows), his staff of lintel whisperers carefully cleans each pane inside and out, wipes tracks, and rinses screens, rendering windows invisible to even bifocaled birds. Alternately, power-washing ($75/hr) can absterge decks, siding, and outdoor pizza-ovens with its highly focused spray, and gutter cleaning ($1.20/foot) transforms gunked-up gutters and downspouts into glitzy aquatic thoroughfares. After a visit from Dutch Shine, homes' twig-, smudge-, and mildew-free surfaces cast a radiant glow, impressing neighbors and causing nearby squirrels to don tiny aviator sunglasses.
Keeping round-the-clock hours seven day a week, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning launches uniformed teams of certified technicians on HVAC service, installation, and repair jobs. Each of the company's repairmen undertakes regular classes and seminars to hone skills and remain current on industry advances. Armed with quality parts and equipment, the courteous and punctual technicians journey to households to settle issues with all models of heating and cooling systems, from malfunctioning heat pumps to sputtering air conditioners. Company experts are also available online and over phones to provide immediate answers to customers' concerns or a friendly ear for stories about new crushes.
The painters at A Touch of Class Painting will gladly redo a room in pristine white, but they have a soft spot for rich, warm color. With 20 years of experience behind them, they can recommend appealing color combinations for interior and exterior walls, from subtle two-tone schemes to bright, bull-resistant reds. Once on the job, workers focus on neat edges and thorough cleanup.
In true family style, brothers Nick and Kirby Kuklenski own and operate two “sister” Ace Hardware stores in Colorado Springs, keeping local homes beautiful with name-brand products and services. Lawns grow thick and colorful with Scotts fertilizers, plants, and seeds from the shops’ lawn departments, whereas computerized color matching in the paint aisles keeps outsides as vibrantly hued as flowers in a garden or a house fly strolling across an artist’s palette. Collections of DeWalt and Craftsman hand and power tools help homeowners assemble Weber grills, with staffers standing at the ready to build any piece bought at the store. Even autos can get in on Ace Hardware’s helpful services: keys are cut onsite, with Sidewinder keys including built-in chips that interact with car computers to ensure proper starts without feeding vehicles buckets of floppy disks.
Bling Bling Window Cleaning purges panes of invading dirt and sanitizes homes sullied by the grime and gunk of daily living. Choose the first option, and two or more capable cleansers arrive at your home equipped with all the materials necessary to clean panes ($4–$7/pane) that have transformed from clear viewscapes to murky canvases from domestic gray periods. After consulting with customers about the correct pollutant-free cleansers to use, washers go to work on windows, removing dirt, sopping up standing or pooled water, and washing sills and tracks. A window restoration ($5–$10/pane) involves a more refined rinsing, during which scrubbers also remove overspray and extra paint to return glass to a more air-mimicking state. For those opting for the house cleaning, Bling Bling's two-hour service leaves laundry washed, dishes dried, surfaces sanitized, and sheets changed after technicians expertly expunge the clutter of previous evenings' indoor pie-eating contests while leaving the glory untouched.