The trained inspectors of American Home Inspections examine homes for any interior or exterior issue, from electrical wiring and plumbing to roof damage and gutter conditions. Homeowners are always welcome to tag along for the assessment, and the inspector will provide a property-inspection report after each job.
An affordable and monumental selection of plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s wondrous warehouse. Pick up a Matrix accent chair ($249) in a bevy of academic hues, such as scarlet, black, and chocolate brown, then use it to accent your next book club meeting’s discussion of Lego Star Wars. A Cubit ottoman with a flip top ($99) comes paired for two potential sets of weary feet. Augment somnolence and fill the skeletal squares of empty bed frames with mattress sets from household brands such as Sealy and Tempur-Pedic.
In their white vans and red polo shirts, the technicians behind Augusta Carpet Cleaning travel to homes and businesses to clean carpets, rugs, and upholstery. Before they dig in, though, they throw open the back doors of their trucks to reveal HydraMaster equipment. They use its silver nozzles, attached to long blue tubes, to expunge odors, allergens, and stains with steam-cleaning techniques and distribute Scotchgard to protect carpets from future splotches. When they aren't purifying fibers, they purge tile and grout, clean air ducts, and restore abodes that have been flooded—they ask the resident, however, to fish out any trout beforehand.
A professional photographer whose work has appeared in Sports Illustrated and Ebony, Wilson Studio owner Wes Wilson lends his lens to capturing glamorous portraits and special occasions. Instead of gluing macaroni likenesses of new family members to old portraits, update images of the current clan during a studio session ($60/hour). Snapshot connoisseurs expertly execute specific session styles, such as urban, pizzazz, and glamour, transforming negative film into positive mementos. Location sessions ($90/hour) find subjects frolicking through their favorite parks or kicking it in their own backyards, and special beach sessions ($169+) immortalize sand castles before they can be sacked by Visigoths. Wilson Studio also commemorates monumental moments by photographing weddings ($2,000+ for packages) and high-school senior portraits.
Instead of exercises that rely on bulky and often single-user workout machines, Three B Fitness’s workouts revolve around functional movement including kettlebell swings, medicine-ball tosses, and body-weight exercises. These moves can be done simultaneously in groups to help keep energy high and morale up. There is one machine used during the facility’s group fitness classes—it’s the rowing machine, an apparatus that cannot be beat for increasing shoulder strength by mimicking the movements of a whitewater-rafting guide powering a raft through rapids or a bathtub with the shower running.