GuardaVent - A Childproof Vent Cover For The Home

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Grande Prairie

C$2,847

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The Basic Protection

The Basic Protection

Pledge: C$15.00
Boost $15 to receive one GuardaVent cover, a 10% off discount on an order at the online store KaRyMi, one entry to the draw for a pre-paid Visa Gift Card worth $500, and a handwritten thank you note from me!
Boost $15 to receive one GuardaVent cover, a 10% off discount on an order at the online store KaRyMi, one entry to the draw for a pre-paid Visa Gift Card worth $500, and a handwritten thank you note from me!
Pledge: C$15.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-06-01
2 of 2000 Boosted
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Double Trouble Saver

Double Trouble Saver

Pledge: C$25.00
Boost $25 to receive two GuardaVent covers, a 20% off discount on an order at the online store KaRyMi, two entries to the draw for a prepaid Visa Gift Card worth $500, and a handwritten thank you note from me!
Boost $25 to receive two GuardaVent covers, a 20% off discount on an order at the online store KaRyMi, two entries to the draw for a prepaid Visa Gift Card worth $500, and a handwritten thank you note from me!
Pledge: C$25.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-06-01
0 of 1500 Boosted
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Triple Threat Neutralizer

Triple Threat Neutralizer

Pledge: C$35.00
Boost $35 to receive three GuardaVent covers, a 30% off discount on an order at the online store KaRyMi, three entries to the draw for a prepaid Visa Gift Card worth $500, and a handwritten thank you note from me!
Boost $35 to receive three GuardaVent covers, a 30% off discount on an order at the online store KaRyMi, three entries to the draw for a prepaid Visa Gift Card worth $500, and a handwritten thank you note from me!
Pledge: C$35.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-06-01
4 of 1200 Boosted
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Score Four Ultimate Protection

Score Four Ultimate Protection

Pledge: C$45.00
Boost $45 to receive four GuardaVent covers, a 40% off discount on an order at the online store KaRyMi, four entries to the draw for a prepaid Visa Gift Card worth $500, and a handwritten thank you note from me!
Boost $45 to receive four GuardaVent covers, a 40% off discount on an order at the online store KaRyMi, four entries to the draw for a prepaid Visa Gift Card worth $500, and a handwritten thank you note from me!
Pledge: C$45.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-06-01
10 of 1200 Boosted
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No Frills

No Frills

Pledge: C$12.00
If you just want one cover without anything extra - we can do that! Boost $12 for this Reward and you'll also receive a handwritten thank you note from me.
If you just want one cover without anything extra - we can do that! Boost $12 for this Reward and you'll also receive a handwritten thank you note from me.
Pledge: C$12.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-06-01
0 of 2500 Boosted
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FLASH SALE: Complete Home Lockdown

FLASH SALE: Complete Home Lockdown

Pledge: C$100.00
We are having a flash sale! For a limited time if you boost $100 you will get 10 covers - that's enough to lock down the vents for whole house! You will also get a 50% discount code for an entire order at the online store KaRyMi, and 5 entries to the draw for a $500 prepaid visa. ACT NOW, this sale ends March 6, 2020!
We are having a flash sale! For a limited time if you boost $100 you will get 10 covers - that's enough to lock down the vents for whole house! You will also get a 50% discount code for an entire order at the online store KaRyMi, and 5 entries to the draw for a $500 prepaid visa. ACT NOW, this sale ends March 6, 2020!
Pledge: C$100.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-06-01
1 of 20 Boosted

Campaign Description

I have designed a childproof floor vent cover for the home and I'm raising funds to complete the development, manufacturing and marketing needed to sell the product on a larger scale.

ATTENTION PARENTS: You can finally childproof your floor vents!

Floor vent covers in residential homes are easy to remove, and kids LOVE to remove them.  Two main concerns about the covers being removed are:

1. It exposes a child to the risk of injury. 

2: They can't ever resist the urge to put food, or toys, or basically anything they get their hands on, down the vents - leading to costly cleaning and/or maintenance bills.

As a parent myself, I searched long and hard for an easy to use, inexpensive product that would protect my kids and the vents. I couldn't find anything that wasn't a DIY project, and wouldn't damage my floors.  These options didn't work for me, and I know I'm not alone, so I created GuardaVent.

GuardaVent is my own patent-pending invention.  It secures to the sub-floor with two screws (on the inside so there is no damage to the flooring).  The top of the vent opens and closes on a hinge, and has two clips that when the cover is down, lock into the bottom to secure it.  To lift up the cover for cleaning/maintenance there are two tabs that need to be simultaneously pulled to open, so only an adult with good hand eye coordination and mature finger dexterity is able to lift it up. 

The covers will come with two self-tapping screws, as it may need to drill through sheet metal and wood.  The vent grill will also still be able to open and close if you want to change the airflow.  The GuardaVent covers for sale today come in 3" x 10" to fit most current homes, and I will have white and dark brown color options. 

GuardaVent is easy to install, comes ready to go and looks like any other vent cover you can buy! 

If you are kind enough to Boost my Campaign, you will be among the first to receive the finished product, but I'm also including some other goodies in exchange for your generosity.  Check out the Rewards!

What Your Contributions Will Do

Launching a new product and building a brand and a business around that product takes time (and money, of course).  I'm at the beginning stages, and I'm not in it for the profits yet.  All funds raised through this campaign will go straight back into the process.  I have done most of the groundwork and spent my own money on the design, legal costs of a provisional patent, creating a business, and getting a working prototype (as shown in my video).  To move forward I have to hire a company to build moulds for the production of the covers.  This is the biggest expense when creating a product like this, and I have already established a relationship with a company who can build the moulds and manufacture GuardaVent for a great price.  The injection moulds have to be built first, and then each unit has a cost to make.  After that there are packaging and shipping costs.  So, every penny is going straight into production and getting everyone who contributes to my campaign a finished, working product by June 1, 2020.  

I already have a local GP home builder ready to put in an order so they can install GuardaVents in their brand new homes.  Then, I am going to sell the GuardaVent online at KaRyMi, and I have opportunities to sell them in various Marketplaces locally and across the country.  I've also rented a booth at the National Hardware Show Convention in Las Vegas in May 2020, which will put the GuardaVent in front of some of North Americas biggest retailers! 

When you Boost this campaign you will be among the first to recieve your own GuardaVent covers as well as discounts for shopping at the online store KaRyMi (the store sells sustainable products for parents and kids), and you can get up to four entries into a draw for a pre-paid Visa Gift Card worth $500!  The more you Boost, the better the Rewards and more entries to win the Gift Card!

**Note:  The draw for the gift card will be the day after the campaign ends and only if it meets the goal of $10,000.  The winner of the gift card will then have the option for it to be mailed or if they are located in Grande Prairie, I will personally deliver it.

How I Got Here

Hello beautiful people! I live in Grande Prairie with my husband and 2 kids.  My story is not one that starts with "ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of being an inventor".  I am actually very happy being me; a wife and mom, working at a full time job that I enjoy - But here's what happened: 

I was on a Mommy FB page one day and came across a post asking about how to child proof vent covers.  I immediately went to the comments to see if someone knew how, because I had been having the same problem at my house with both my kids.  There were more stories than answers.  I read about lots of kids who had been hurt from the covers being removed, and problems with household items and toys and food being put down the vents. Among all the comments, there was no concrete solution provided. 

After doing A LOT of research, I could only find DIY solutions that involved a lot of work, supplies and time.  On top of the time and expenses, none of these solutions were guaranteed to be successful, and some of them damaged flooring forever.  There is really no one product out there that can do this.  So I became slightly obsessed with finding a better way.

I just really wanted to be able buy something that came ready to install and looked pretty.  Once I thought about it, I couldn't get this idea out of my head.  We spend so much time and money baby-proofing everything else, how come this was missed? So, I did something I never EVER dreamed I would do, and I developed one myself. 

If you want something done right.... :) 

KaRyMi - Online Store

In my "spare" time I run an online store with my two sisters called KaRyMi.  The store sells products and clothing for parents and kids with a focus on sustainable, practical products that you will use for years to come. We only sell things we would personally buy (we have 7 kids between us so we are kind of experts).

Our FB page is very active as we are always sharing our favorite parenting stories, new products, and shouting out to other businesses in our communities.  We love to hear from our friends and customers too!

KaRyMi will donate a portion of sales to a different charity every month.  We all live in different communities so we spread the love around :) This store is also where the GuardaVent will be available for purchase after it is in full production.

Please visit our store at www.karymi.com, and like and follow us on FB, Instagram & Pinterest!

Check out the BoostR rewards for discounts to shop!

Thank You!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your interest in my campaign and my new product.  

I encourage you to check out the Rewards and Boost the campaign if you would like to pre-order a GuardaVent for your homes.

If this is something you are unable to purchase, or don't need at this time, please share!  Everyone knows someone with a baby.

Much Love,

Michele McCrea

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Michele McCrea

Michele McCrea

Creator

Hello! I am a happily married mom of two. I have lived in GP for almost 20 years and, although I hated my parents for making me move here in the middle of grade 9, I have grown to love this community and the people in it. I am so thankful for this opportunity to bring to life something that I am passionate about, and I thank you for taking the time to check out this campaign.

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Dec 24, 2019

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Prototype Has Arrived!

The protoype is here!  It will need some adjustments before it's ready for full production, but the most important thing is, IT WORKS!   Stay tuned for our video where we will show you just how easy it is to install and we'll use our own toddler to test it.

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Nov 19, 2019
Project launched

FAQs

When will I receive my GuardaVent cover?

I have set the deadline for June 2020. I do hope to have them out sooner than that but I left some room in the timeline for the unknowns that might pop up. Once I submit the order to the manufacturer they will take 30-40 days to fill it and ship it to me. From there I will personally be inspecting and packing each one to mail out to the buyers.

How can I make sure I get the color I want?

Everyone who Boosted the campaign will be contacted by myself via email to verify the order and confirm which color they would like.

When will I receive my KaRyMi discount code to shop?

Discount codes will be sent via email within 1-5 days after the campaign ends.
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