Small business profile: Window Genie, St. John

2009-05-24T00:00:00Z Small business profile: Window Genie, St. JohnRob Earnshaw
Times Correspondent
May 24, 2009 12:00 am  • 

Gary Eenigenburg used to build dream homes for Hoosiers, now he's helping to sustain them.

A former project manager with VanDerNoord Homes, Eenigenburg purchased a Window Genie franchise a year ago. Services offered by Window Genie include window cleaning, window tinting, deck cleaning and sealing and house washing.

"Homeowners were always asking me about these different services and who did them," Eenigenburg said. "I never really had an answer for them."

Eenigenburg did some research, partnered up with Steve VanEk, and now owns the only Window Genie franchises in Chicagoland serving Lake and Porter counties.

"It was perfect synergy. We started this company and it's working out great," Eenigenburg said.

Based in St. John, Window Genie also provides cleaning and sealing of concrete, cleaning and protection of gutters and cleaning of chandeliers, tile and grout. What Eenigenburg and his team really enjoy is window tinting because it helps environmentally-friendly consumers keep the green theme going.

The window film Eenigenburg utilizes is a high-quality product made to keep glare and summer heat out of the home. It can also reduce heat in a room and save homeowners money on their air conditioning bill.

"It will also save dark wood furniture and floors from fading," Eenigenburg said.

Along with window tinting, deck cleaning and sealing is a popular service because, in this economy, homeowners are focusing on maintaining and upkeep rather than buying new.

"Decks dirty and gray can be restored and made to look like new without a lot of reconstruction," Eenigenburg said.

Window cleaning is also a popular service offered by the business.

"A lot of people think, 'Oh, that's something I could do myself.' They can't believe the difference between a professional cleaning and someone else doing it," Eenigenburg said.

Window Genie provides free estimates for its services.

"Since I'm the owner the buck stops with me, and I stand behind it," Eenigenburg said.

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