American Heritage Fireplace's chimney technicians scour soot and finesse flues to leave home heaters clean and free of excessive soot and creosote build up. After arriving at abodes, an experienced sweep performs a visual inspection of the chimney interior and exterior, as well as any connected fireplace or wood stove. Then they’ll prep the work area to corral dust and debris and manually scrub Santa chutes with a brush perched atop a graphite rod. The sweeping process ferrets out ash, creosote, and minor clogs, such as bird nests, squirrel nests, and licorice-rope nests; an industrial vacuum devours the falling particles.
About two weeks after the paint is dry, someone from CertaPro Painters of Lake County calls the freshly hued home to make sure the paint job is still up to snuff. This method of checking in with customers is part of the staff's style; its specialists believe in communication and respect, and want to make sure that their painting services are completed as expected. And to prove their confidence in their work, they back their work with a two-year warranty.
Husband-and-wife team Molly and Kerry Lovell fortify homes’ structures and beautify their exteriors with services honed by more than 25 years of industry experience. The duo’s passion for maintaining homesteads extends to the study of repairing and installing plumbing, fixing electrical systems, woodworking, and constructing undetectable swiveling bookcases. Together with a hand-selected roster of tradespeople—including Molly’s brother, a master tile setter of 30 years—the Lovells venture into homes and battle disrepair. The fully insured and licensed team of wood, fabric, and metal manipulators travels from home to home strengthening pipework and paint jobs after drafting a free estimate whenever possible. Homeowners seem satisfied, since the company was voted one of 2012's and 2013's Best Handyman Services by Northwest Herald readers.
The licensed and insured technicians from DXM Integrated Solutions wire homes with high-tech gadgetry such as full home audio/video systems, keyless entry, and lighting systems. Homeowners can have a home theater installed or get their entryways lined up with automatic locks and electronic biometric fingerprint scanners to keep out unwanted intruders and dogs without opposable thumbs.
The projects at Mike Lloyd Construction are a lot like new haircuts or outfits. While only updating a single element, the makeovers can drastically change the subject's overall look. For Lloyd's team, that means remodeling or building decks, sunrooms, bathrooms, or other elements of homes—but only after they work closely with clients to come up with the design. The experts also can tackle more subtle projects such as crown molding or in-floor heating, the perfect deterrent for door-to-door snowmen.
Arthur Murray Dance Studios has been a leading name in social dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with certified instructors. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.