Post Construction Cleaning Services

By Dorothy Ainsworth

Wherever construction is going on, there will be a big mess left in its wake that somebody has to clean up. That somebody can be you, and you can make excellent money doing it. Cleaning only one sizable house a week can gross you $2000 per month.

If you're the energetic type, in good physical shape, and a fussbudget about detail work, you're "da man" (or woman) for the job. You should be comfortable with ladders and heights, be willing to work long hours on short notice, and maintain a positive attitude and cheerful disposition. But most importantly, you must be dependable, even if you're a grouch.

Contractors are almost always in a pinch to meet deadlines (open-house showings, escrow-closings, etc.) and will be calling you at the last minute to clean a house. You'll have two or three days max to complete the job, no matter how large the place, and with subcontractors still underfoot making messes. (That's where the cheerful disposition comes in.)

In your own post-construction cleaning business, cleaning only one sizable house a week can gross you 00 per month.To build a great reputation, you have to just do it, no whining allowed. You and you alone will be responsible for making the house presentable to sell, or if it's presold, making it turn-key ready for the new owner to move in—maybe Martha Stewart herself. It has to sparkle.

Getting started

Check out some good books at the library on cleaning, and read up. The experts have a lot to offer in tips and advice that will help you look and feel like a pro, even on your first job.

Think up an original name for your business. Beware of borrowing anyone else's idea. You will need a name (DBA—"doing business as") to apply for licenses.

The next step is to get licensed, bonded, and insured. This is the part none of us likes, but there's no way out unless you want to risk a fine if you get caught. (The contractor who hires you can also be fined.)

A city license is nominal (under $100 most places). Here in Oregon you also have to have a contractor's license to do post-construction cleaning. This requires renting and watching a set of videotapes, available from your local contractor's board. The nine-tape program addresses the legal aspects of the business, not the technicalities of building. You then take a multiple-choice test and when you pass you are issued your contractor's license number, which you will use on your business cards and advertising.


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Q&A

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I am starting a post construction cleaning service, does anyone have advice?

My friend is starting a cleaning business and it is quite lucrative. You needed to get a business license and get insured and bonded. You should add other services such as carpet cleaning. You can rent a carpet shampoo machine until you can afford to buy on of your own. You could add window cleaning services as well. You can make a tidy income off of those services alone. Good luck.