With decades of home repair and remodeling experience under their tool belts, A Bit of Help’s handymen travel throughout San Diego to tackle customers’ household maintenance dilemmas. Rather than tending to many clients all at once, A Bit of Help focuses on building long-term relationships with its small roster of customers. The business’s long list of services includes plumbing, flooring, carpentry, and electrical work. Handymen can install a brand-new sink in your bathroom, a new lighting fixture in your foyer, or a remote-controlled garage door on your walk-in closet. With a “by the job” pricing model, A Bit of Help asks that customers call ahead for a free estimate and assures that no job is too big or small.
A Southwest-based company for more than a century, Frazee Paint and its team of manufacturers are well acquainted with the unique climactic conditions of the region. Always pulling from the latest technology, their technicians design each of their paint and coating products to withstand dry heat, sparse rainfall, and showers of chewing tobacco from passing cowboys. Their quality paints, wall-coverings, wood-care products, and painter's tools stock the shelves of more than 125 retail locations throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as international dealers in Mexico, China, and Guam.
Eventually every homeowner faces the dilemma, or the opportunity, to upgrade their house’s hardware. If your place requires a vintage replacement, or you just love old time detailing, step into Architectural Salvage. The corner location fills with light in the afternoons, the better to showcase antique chandelier drops and stained glass insets to their best advantage, while the curated collection continues in the upstairs loft while heavier pieces such as period doors, metal signage and containers of skeleton keys sit on the main floor. The business has been a labor of love for almost 20 years and hosts Patina, the friendly feline, often found dozing next to the cash register.
Ace Hardware's well-stocked aisles abound with home goods, tools, and furnishings for nearly any home-improvement project. Pick up a Steel Grip six-piece screwdriver set ($8.49), a Stanley rip hammer ($9.49), and a whole bunch of screws, anchors, and bolts (prices vary), and you'll be ready to finally mount every buffalo nickel and steel penny in your coin collection. Home improvers can illuminate their newfound décor with a 6-pack of Ace bent tip light bulbs ($17.94), the better to see by while making use of a Purdy four-piece premium paint-tray kit ($19.99). For those who need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, most stores offer a paint-matching service free of charge. Keys can be copied, and barnacle-encrusted carpet cleaned with the help of a rented carpet-cleaning machine (inquire about pricing at your preferred location).
When two moms—Tina, a senior-level corporate employee, and Kathy, a former carpenter turned stay-at-home mom—found themselves out of work, they decided that instead of waiting for the perfect jobs to open up, they would create their own. The idea they settled on was Handy Moms, offering services such as landscape and interior design, sustainable gardening, and home-improvement project management for large-home remodeling projects. Handy Moms is at its best when homeowners are most in need, making sure projects come in on time and on budget.