Scope of Cleaning Services For The Job

Scope of Cleaning Services

When a first-time client calls and asks for cleaning, are you comfortable with quoting a price for the job?  Are you confident in your ability to judge where this job falls in the cleaning cycle?  What do you say or do if your new client doesn’t think their home is in such bad shape while you cringe at the thought of what it will take to bring their surfaces back to life?  You know the hours it will take but your client thinks it’s a 2 hour job for a 1-2 person team. What if a regular customer calls and asks for an additional “basement” clean?  

Sarah Vance, co-owner Town & Country Cleaning ServicesCleaning expert Sarah Vance of Town & Country Cleaning Services in Chapel Hill, NC offers help on how you might handle this situation by explaining the cleaning cycle in detail.  She also talks about the “Dirt Scale.”   Have you ever heard of the dirt scale?  It might become your new best friend.  Sarah explains how this tool can be used by both you and your potential client to provide a good starting point for setting expectations and determining the scope of cleaning services the client is truly asking for.  Read the full article.

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House Cleaning Done Right: Using Common Sense

House Cleaning and Common Sense – the Fifth Sense?

Here we are at the conclusion of our series of articles focused on using your senses to properly and efficiently clean a house.   Our final article focuses on what some in the cleaning business may consider to be the fifth sense – our common sense!

Besides those senses of sight, touch, smell and hearing, we will trade out the sense of taste (for obvious reasons) and suggest the most important sense of all – and the hardest to teach:  common sense.  
common sense chalkboard signIf you enter the house during the seasonal change to winter weather and the house feels really cold and especially if it seems like the owners could be out of town (check for pet sitter notes, drawers out of place, vacuum patterns still looking like new from the last visit and other signs) do call the office.  Check the thermostat setting (there may be more than one) – if it’s set for A/C, not heat and it’s due to freeze that night (or before your next visit) – call the office for instructions. 

By the way, if you are the owner/technician “Call the office” when used in this series should be code for “Engage brain and take responsible action” – you probably are ‘the office’.

If the water is cut off to a toilet and you turn it back on to clean the toilet, be sure you cut it off again!!  There’s a reason it was off and you don’t need to analyze why, just leave it as you found it.  It would be nice for the client to alert you in advance but just following that common sense advice can keep you out of trouble. 

Be clear about this rule (leaving things as found) with your technicians.  This includes blinds and curtains, thermostats, lights on or off, etc. 

Conversely, if you notice water around the toilet or it seems to be running on and on, you should cut off its water supply, call the office and leave a note for the client.  Being proactive can avoid a large water bill and possibly prevent a water damage loss or even lawsuit. 

If you clean a gas stove top, do be diligent about preventing moisture on or damaging the little ignition posts.  Always, always, check all the stovetop knobs (gas or electric) for correct position and fix any errors, checking for odd noises or smells.  Secure any doors you open and always re-lock them without fail – the same with windows.  Many other examples come to mind – along with the conviction that there are thousands of potential slip-ups. 

So, as my Mom used to say, ‘Use the brain the good Lord gave you.’  Common sense trumps rote, auto-pilot cleaning every time.  Be a ‘dirt detective’ and engage all your problem-solving skills – and senses!

If you missed the other articles in the series, “House Cleaning Done Right”, visit our ISE Today blog to catch up!

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