Dirt Busters’ truck-mounted steam-cleaning units have been purring across carpets for nearly three decades. The company’s insured techs draw upon experience accrued during that time to launder shag with a special three-step method. After a preconditioning treatment, hot-water extraction frees area rugs of dirt, grime, cookie crumbs, and shredded contracts with cookie companies. The final swoop of a high-suction vacuum leaves carpets without unpleasant residue. Clients can also call upon Dirt Busters to remove stains and burn marks.
"You should call somebody to fix that."
This declaration of resignation, as Greg Bell's aunt pointed out back when he founded his business in 2000, was the common denominator among homeowners who were never able to find time to complete their lists of home improvements and repairs. As it happened, this group of time-thwarted homeowners was just Greg's target market, so he dropped his business's original name, "Greg Bell, Handyman," in favor of the cleverly anonymous, Mr. Somebody. Nowadays, supported by a team of handpicked handymen, Greg undertakes a range of remodeling and repair services. However, his success means that he can no longer hide behind the blank moniker, as his customers often refer to him glowingly by name on the consumer review aggregator Angie's List, where he also won a Super Service Award in 2011.
From the recesses of the secret Caribama hideout, the bring-bring of a phone call raises the hand of Angel M. Rodriguez, a fearless contractor with a background in aerospace engineering and professional work with the U.S. Navy and Air Force. "No job is too big," he says and pushes the big red button. The ground rumbles, the gates lift, and his cadre of highly trained fixer-uppers swoops in and restores order to all facets of household catastrophe. While mending the roof, a skilled technician can repair a bent gutter or save a frightened tree limb from the evil meowing of a stuck kitten. Drains unclog and electrical wires cease malfunction. If time remains after raking leaves or removing a felled branch, homeowners can request a tech's meticulous re-glazing services to overhaul a vintage bathtub or an especially meaningful donut.
The licensed pest-control technicians from Florida Pest & Lawn shoo away a wide range of critters such as termites, bedbugs, ants, or rodents from inside and outside homes. The pest-control team takes its orders from Richie Kidwell, an industry veteran who learned from his father Fred, also a pest-control specialist, that bugs require more stern evacuation measures than a polite cough or a cease-and-desist letter. On each visit, a team member makes sure that no bug slips through cracks by performing treatments on both the interior and exterior of the home, inspecting and spraying popular pest hangouts such as around appliances, bathroom fixtures, windows, and garbage cans. To ensure that colonies don’t return, the technician also sprays a six-foot barrier around the home’s exterior, which effectively keeps all but 6’1” bugs at bay.
In addition to their pest banishing specialty, the team trims and cares for lawns and shrubs to keep yards healthy and verdant, wielding environmentally friendly products to fertilize plants or snuff out unwanted weeds.