The pace of life can go from mildly busy to downright hectic in the blink of an eye. And when that happens, we can all use some help getting through our to-do lists— whether that means someone to handle odd jobs around the house, whip our closets into shape, or make arrangements for a much-needed vacation. But who to call? We’ve rounded up four specialized businesses that will do the heavy lifting for you, giving you the peace of mind all homeowners crave.
1. Hobbs Care
An extension of luxury builder HOBBS INC., this service helps people keep their homes in top condition. “We’re set up to take care of everything in your house,” says DREW TIMSON, managing director.
“If you want to deal with one person for everything from irrigation and landscape to HVAC maintenance, we arrange all of that at your convenience.” Shifting from one season into the next is seamless with Hobbs Care, as it will clean and set up patio furniture, open the pool, clean windows and screens, and tackle many other household jobs. The company can handle smaller tasks too, such as replacing shingles on a slate or cedar roof, adjusting doors or cleaning gutters. Yet Hobbs can also serve as full-time property managers or manage a renovation project. Need someone to keep an eye on your home while you’re living in Europe for a year or two? Hobbs Care can maintain the house until you return.
ALL IN A DAY'S WORK
“We’ve dug into some tricky things and figured them out,” says Timson. For example: resolving leaks in odd locations, determining the cause of a strange smell in a finished library and extricating a dead squirrel from behind millwork.
The team of craftsmen and technical experts, including seven project managers and thirteen supervisors, does nothing but work on home maintenance and renovations. “We are dedicated to this 24/7,” says Timson.
Just as your car needs regular tune-ups, so does your home. This home-maintenance service, founded by Greenwich homeowner George Liu, ensures that each season’s worth of tasks are scheduled in advance, helping homeowners avoid costly emergency calls.
Liu understands the value of maintenance firsthand, as he once had a root grow into the septic line on his property, causing a flood in the basement that cost thousands to repair and could have been avoided. When you subscribe to HomeSquare Essentials, the package includes regular visits from a technician to perform more than fifty seasonal and general services such as kitchen hood cleaning, flushing septic and drain lines, checking for safety equipment and cleaning out dryer ducts. These services start at $200 per month. “Traditional home maintenance is inconsistent and wearisome for the homeowner,” says Brian O’Neil, managing director of HomeSquare, who has twenty-plus years’ experience in building and home improvement. “Our mission is improving that experience using modern technology.” homsqr.com
3. My Exclusive Concierge
Founded by Lis Suppo, this Greenwich-based concierge service is designed to help people save time, simplify, get organized and achieve better life balance.
Lis, who has a talent for decorating and organizing, looks for long-term solutions when she’s helping people get their surroundings in order. “It’s so much easier to enjoy life when everything is in its place,” she says. “I organize clients' homes and teach them how to keep things in check.” For instance, when she’s re-doing a clothes closet, she’ll put together outfits for clients and create a photo book of what to wear, when. She has an eye for style; one of her bedroom-turned-dressing-room projects was selected by Architectural Digest as a best makeover. Lis and her team also run errands, plan vacations and handle any job that will help life go more smoothly for her clients, who range in income level and need for services. She designs packages so that you can pay a fixed fee for a specific project, such as closet organization, or buy a certain number of hours and then use them as you go. myexclusiveconcierge.com
All In A Day’s Work
During the holidays, many people rely on Lis to buy presents, wrap, decorate the house for the season and send Christmas cards. She also has helped people manage their valuables, Lis will organize a woman’s sizable jewelry collection so that she can really see what she owns and enjoy wearing her jewelry more often.
This concierge works to stay ahead of clients’ needs. “People have enough on their plates. they don’t have time to hear things like, ‘I couldn’t find it,’” says Lis. “We think about what people need before they know they need it.”