When Branden Donley was in college, he set out with his push mower to earn some cash tidying lawns around the neighborhood. His friend Sam Johnson began pitching in, and though the two were just 18 and 19 years old, their success soon made them realize they could turn their small operation into a full-time business.
That was more than 20 years ago. Branden still runs the business, but today, he shares his love of creating beautiful yards with a staff of more than 40 people. The crew is dedicated to manicuring lawns with services that range from mowing grass and pulling weeds to complete landscaping overhauls. Rather than find a compatible bear to hibernate with during winter months, the crew turns its focus from greenery to snow removal, using its fleet of snowplow trucks to clear commercial parking lots, roads, and paths.
Go Green Energy Consultant’s team of environmentally conscious experts can reduce home energy bills by 20-30% by uncovering the insulation insufficiencies and leaky spots that welcome drafts indoors. Their process begins with trawling Michigan houses with thermal cameras and industrial-strength fans, uncovering the cold zones that suggest air leakage or closets full of icebergs. After pinpointing these draft sources during “energy audits,” the team can alleviate them with a custom combination of remedies such as caulk, foam, and sealant. The resulting snugger environment requires less energy to heat, rendering obsolete band-aid solutions such as overheating to counteract drafts.
The staff at 1-800-4Blinds have been dressing homes with window treatments for the last 40 years. And although blinds are their bread-and-butter?both from Hunter Douglas and their own line?they also boast an impressive selection of shutters, shades, drapery, and even flooring, outfitting abodes from top to bottom. Their services include estimates, based on their products' lifespan, and installation for new window treatments and repairs for old windows that have had one too many cars driven through them.
The word “prestissimo” means “very fast” in Italian. Though the company’s cleaners boast an unbridled enthusiasm for work that results in timely job completions for homes and businesses, it doesn’t mean they cut corners. The meticulous window cleaners follow a multistep process designed to thoroughly extricate every fingerprint, bug protein, and suction-pawed Garfield afflicting glass and screens. Hard work has always been the cornerstone of the business, which was founded in 2006 by Carl Scott, a college student looking for a challenging, more fulfilling way to put himself through school. In addition to demonstrating upbeat energy, the team also keeps an eye on the environment by using green solutions and fuel-efficient vehicles, causing nearby weeping willows to burst into rounds of applause. That same conscientious attitude is carried with them into customer homes, where they take care to use drop cloths and shoe covers to protect carpet and all other surfaces.
The licensed-and-insured techs at Pro Home Improvement meticulously buttress homes against Mother Nature's wrath with high-quality home-maintenance services that employ local supplies when possible. When they aren't layering walls with siding to defend against hot summers, cold winters, and constantly scheming autumns, their CertainTeed-certified master shingle applicators defend roofs against environmental onslaughts with shingle-plated armor. Their aluminum gutters channel water away from homes, and techs employ cellulose, tripolymer, and spray-foam insulation to reduce energy costs or turn homes into giant thermoses.